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PARISH MISSION STATEMENT
A worshiping community
that lives and proclaims
the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
St. Ann Parish is a community of
love, faith, and hope
that welcomes all.
We do this as Disciples of Christ through charity, justice, and fellowship
in service to God through others.
Daily mass is celebrated at 8 AM
Monday through Friday.
Saturday ~ Confessions @ 4 pm
Mass @ 5:15pm
Sunday ~ Mass @ 9 am & 11:15 am
Faith Formation (K-Grade 8) - St
Ann’s Faith Formation classes meet on Sunday mornings from 10:10 to 11:00 AM starting in September.
Parents also have the option to home school their child/children. Please contact the Parish Office to register
your child for class.
PARISH OFFICE HOURS
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM
A couple things of interest this weekend…
First, this is the weekend we begin asking for sign-ups for the Advent Wreath. For the past few years we have been quite successful reaching families and individuals who would like to be a part of the beginning of Mass during the four weeks of Advent. If you’re interested in signing yourself or family up to light the candles, the board with the Mass times is located near the Joseph statue on the North Side of the church.
Second, this is also the weekend that the Giving Trees go up in the church. Again, this has been a very successful initiative at St. Ann’s in reaching out to several hundred people throughout the County who are in need during this holiday season. I invite you to take one tag or as many as you can afford to at this time. All I do ask is that you please be sure to purchase the gifts and return them by the due date. This year we are asking that gifts be returned by Sunday, December 15th, giving you three weeks to shop! We, as a parish, are responsible for all the gifts on the trees so be sure to take a look at the needs of the community.
Lastly, this year we will once again be participating in the REACH Cold Weather Shelter, filling the entire week of January 12, 2014. It is the first time that we are covering the whole week. In years past there have been many that have shown an interest and participated in the shelter by serving meals and other opportunities that REACH seeks help with in running the shelter. If you have never done it before, I can tell you it is an awesome experience and can very much be life-changing. If fear keeps you back, well, pray for the courage to take the leap of faith. If you are interested, please give Lue a call at 301-791-0850 or email her at LueJardinier@myactv.net.
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How the Parish Began
St. Ann Parish was established on June 11, 1966, by Lawrence Cardinal Shehan to serve "Roman Catholics living north of the Western Maryland railway tracks running adjacent to Prospect and Manila Avenues and north of the Pennsylvania tracks leading to Harrisburg" and in Maugansville. Prior to St. Ann`s establishment as a parish, Catholics of northeast Hagerstown and Washington County were served by St. Mary`s Parish. They gathered for Mass as St. Maria Goretti High School after its construction in 1955 under the leadership of the later Msgr. J. Francis Leary. Then the group worshiped in the "gymnatorium" after its completion in 1965 under the direction of Msgr. Daniel M. McGrath. The late Fr. Paul Dolan, our first pastor (1966-74) and the late Fr. Kloman Riggie, the first associate pastor (1967-73), led the approximately 500 families that composed St. Ann at its beginning. Today the parish has over 1200 families. Members live within and outside its boundaries including southern Pennsylvania and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Impetus for building St. Ann Church came from brothers, John and Thomas Pangborn, of Hagerstown who together donated $373,000 of its total cost of $826.000. The design was largely determinded by Cardinal Shenhan and the architects, Gaudreau and Gaudreau of Baltimore, taking advantage of the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
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