In the Church's liturgy the divine blessing is fully revealed and communicated. the Father is acknowledged and adored as the source and the end of all the blessings of creation and salvation. In his Word who became incarnate, died, and rose for us, he fills us with his blessings. Through his Word, he pours into our hearts the Gift that contains all gifts, the Holy Spirit.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1082
The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. Sacraments are "powers that comes forth" from the Body of Christ, which is ever-living and life-giving. They are actions of the Holy Spirit at work in his Body, the Church. They are "the masterworks of God" in the new and everlasting covenant.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated by Bishop Holley here at St. Ann Catholic Church on March 26th at the 5:00pm Mass.
Our Confirmation Preparation Team includes: Barbara Blum, Deacon David Dierkes, Maria Dopico, Katie Dyer, Emmanuel Gumban, Joe Gumban, Tom Harmeier, Ann Marie Jones, Deacon Chip Jones, Bethany Jolly, Stacey Peeney, Frank Seery and Don Syriac. Contact Kathy Schober if you'd like to join this dynamic ministry... preparing the Young Church of today for tomorrow.
Come Holy Spirit!!!
First Eucharist: Encountering Christ in His True Presence in the Eucharist for the first time, is an occasion of great joy. Preparing our children for this encounter is a joyful journey.
Our St. Ann Parish and School catechists lead our children along this journey for two years. Eucharist I begins to lead them closer to the Sacramental Life of the Church by reaffirming our love for God, God’s love for us, and our place in God’s family as the Body of Christ. Our Eucharist II preparation focuses on the Sacrament and the Mass as well as instructing the children on how to physically and spiritually receive the Blessed Sacrament.
St. Ann Parish and School students will celebrate their First Eucharist (Communion) on May 6th at 10:00 am in the St. Ann Church main sanctuary. Practice for First Eucharist will be held on May 4th at 7:00pm in the sanctuary.
First Reconciliation (Confession, Penance): Pope Francis speaks of the Sacrament of Reconcilation as a "great treasure".
"Jesus therefore willed that the Church continue his works of salvation for her members, in particular through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which flows from the Paschal Mystery. The forgiveness we receive is not the result of our own efforts, but is the gift of the Holy Spirit reconciling us to God and to each other. While the celebration of the Sacrament is personal, it is rooted in the community of the Church, in which the Holy Spirit is present, uniting us all in Jesus Christ. When confessing our sins then, we confess to the priest who represents not only God but also the community of the Church that accompanies us on the path of conversion." -Pope Francis 2/19/2014.
Our children at St. Ann celebrate Reconciliation for the first time during the season of Advent prior to their First Eucharist. This year First Reconciliation will be on Friday, March 10th at 5:00 pm. Eucharist II catechists lead the students to this great treasure through instruction and practice in Examination of Conscience as well as through discovery of the sacred tradition of Reconciliation and its method of celebration.