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
DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CATHOLICISM? Maybe RCIA [Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (and teens) is for you. Join us to learn more about the Catholic faith. All are welcome! For more info, contact the parish office 301/733-0410.
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM
Happy Birthday to the Church! If you’re reading this during Mass, which you should not, then you already know that I am not with you this weekend, but away for my annual retreat (week of silence, nonetheless!) so will be praying for you on this Pentecost Sunday! There was no better way to celebrate the coming of the Spirit than on Friday evening with Bishop Rozanski who conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation upon our young people! The message is quite simple on this feast, and yet, so often not recognized or believed with our hearts, but that there is this Spirit, promised by Christ, that continues to lead us outward to serve, be broken open and challenged! I am reminded of a homily by Pope Francis a few weeks ago that said we must go out to the fringes of society to serve and not remain inside. The final message at Mass is to “Go!” We aren’t meant to be pew-dwellers, but active participants in the world who bring that Spirit to the disenfranchised and hurting, to be with the poor, to wash the feet of our brothers and sisters, regardless of who they are or what they believe…the challenge for us all is to see Christ in everyone that we encounter. On this Pentecost Sunday, when the Spirit is breathed into the disciples and into us as well, we pray that we may be more trusting of that Spirit, that Advocate, who leads us gently through life. We pray that we may speak the universal language of Love to all people, of all faiths. We pray that this Spirit is breathed into our Church, to grow and move towards unity while celebrating the great diversity that is shared. We pray that this Spirit may open our minds and hearts to those we have been closed off to in our lives; that we may move from isolation to oneness. We pray that we may have the Courage to live our faith, not simply by clashing words, but by our actions rooted in love. We pray that our hearts may be set on fire by this great gift, this Spirit, this fire of God’s love!
PLEASE PRAY for our military who serve both home and abroad. May God protect them and keep them.
Ssg. Christopher Walker, Army, stationed at McDill Air Force Base, Tampa, FL; FC2 Christopher Rand, Navy, USS Gettsyburg, stationed in Jacksonville, FL; Sgt. Barton Jetter, Army, stationed in Ft. Detrick, MD; Edward Stewart TACP, Fort Bliss, TX; Marine Lance Corporal Cade McCarty, serving in Afghanistan; Specialist Devin Michele Griffin Cook, Army Reserves, Martinsburg, WV; Sgt Philip Charles Cook, Army Reserves, Martinsburg, WV; Michael Johnson, Afghanistan; Alexander Ongay, Airman, NG, Lackland, TX; Capt. Alexander G. Kline, Army, Fort Lewis, WA; Joshua Knepp, USAF, serving in China; Lt.Col. Tom Harmon, USAFR, Dover Air Force Base, DE; CPT Will Hickerson; Brook Schafer, Corporal, Marine Corps, Camp David; and Amn First Class Cody Harmon; Buckley AFB, Aurora,CO.
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen
RESPECT LIFE CORNER
Pope Benedict XVI Quote: “The daily devotion and continuous commitment to serving sick children is an eloquent testimony of love for human life, particularly for the life of those who are weak and dependent on others in all things and for all things.”
Pregnant, Need Help? Call the Gabriel Network at 1-800-ANGEL-OK
Suffering Post-Abortion Stress? Call Project Rachel at 410-286-4224.
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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.
Anointing of the Sick and Dying: If you are going to the hospital, it`s fitting to be anointed before you go. Please call the parish office to make an appointment. In case of an emergency, call the parish office or rectory anytime. The only way we know you are in the hospital is if you or a member of your family informs us. Due to privacy laws, hospitals cannot inform us automatically of your hospitalization. Don`t wait till the last moment to have your loved one anointed when in danger of death.