Sacrament of Baptism
Celebrated usually on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Please get in touch with the office 2 months in advance. In choosing Godparents please remember that at least one must be a practicing Catholics (must be confirmed, married in church and eligible to receive the sacraments) Non Catholics of a Christian denomination may only act as sponsor; only one non Catholic sponsor is permitted.*
Sacrament of Marriage
Arrangements must be made with the our Wedding Coordinator one year in advance. Couples must attend Pre-Cana or Marriage Preparation Classes, and a Natural Familly Planning Course sponsored by the Diocese before Marriage.
*(Please note that pamphlets listing the detailed requirements for the sacraments are available in the back of the church).
Please inform the Church Office of any shut-in who would like a visit that will be scheduled by the Pastor or a Eucharistic Minister.
Permanent residents as well as summer residents are welcome. All are welcome! All are encouraged to register. Please use the form provided on the table in the back of church. You may drop it in the collection basket when completed. Provided information will be used exclusively for parish records and mailings, which will help you keep informed about St. Ann's parish. Envelopes are available for those who request them. Contribution statements are automatically generated in January for the prior year. Separate statements are available for larger donations.
Printable Registration Form
Mass Schedule at St. Ann of the Dunes
SOLEMNITY OF THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER
Saturday, April 7 - 6:00 PM
Intention: In Memory of Pat Pryor from Rosemary Braun
Sunday, April 8 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Rosemary Adeline McGue from Parish Family
Sunday, April 8 - 10:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Catherine & Ann Kovalan from Janet & John Kovalan
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
Saturday, April 14 - 6:00 PM
Intention: For the People of St. Ann
Sunday, April 15 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Betty Kelchak from the Worthen Family
Sunday, April 15 - 10:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Felicia Smigiel from Husband Felix and Family
MASS FOR OUR LITHUANIAN COMMUNITY - Sunday, April 15 - 1:00 PM
Intention: For Agnes & Juozas Kizys from A. Kizys
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Saturday, April 21 - 6:00 PM
Intention: : For Our Parish Confirmandi
Sunday, April 22 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Paul Zeps from Family
Sunday, April 22 - 10:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Jonas Vaznelis from Akvilina Laucius
St. Ann of the Dunes 2018 Calendar
Pastoral Finance Commitee (Quarterly Meetings Upon Notification)
Stewardship Commission meets 2nd Sunday of the month
Peace & Social Justice, 1st Sunday of the month
Parish Life, 1st Sunday of the month
Spirituality & Worship, 4th Sunday of the month
Lithuanian Mass - 3rd Sunday of the monthLithuanian choir practice - Wednesday evening preceding 3rd Sunday
St. Ann Choir Practice - Tuesday evening
St. Ann Guild Board - meets every First Wednesday of the Month
Treats after Sunday Mass are a St. Ann's tradition that everyone enjoys. It is an opportunity to visit with old friends and meet new ones. Our thanks to the families who take upon themselves to provide treats for our parish community. It is also an opportunity for many of our members to display their baking talents, Thank you to all the volunteers!
Thank you to everyone who signed up to bring treats! The generosity of St. Ann's parish community is overwhelming and always appreciated. We are well on our way to months full of tasty treats to strengthen the community feeling that makes St. Ann so special and unique. Please continue to sign up throughout the year, as there are always volunteers needed!
Our sincerest thanks to all our hospitality "hosts" and "hostesses".
We appreciate the sharing of your talents with st. Ann's parish community and your
dedication to maintain a welcoming atmosphere. God Bless you!
PRAY FOR OUR MILITARY SERVICE MEN & WOMEN
St. Ann is honored to have members serving in both the Armed Services and the Peace Corps. As a community of Christ's people, we at St. Ann's honor their service and salute their dedication by offering prayers for their safety and welfare.
Please remember all members of the U.S. military in your prayers.
WELCOME TO ST. ANN OF THE DUNES!
If you are new to our church or just visiting, please stop and introduce yourself. We are pleased to have you share in this celebration of the Eucharist. If you do not have a church home, or your church is not a home to you, we invite you to become part of our parish family. Our church is open to anyone looking for a spiritual home or a summer church home. Parish Registration Forms are at the back of church. Our ushers will be happy to give you one. We are glad you are here and hope you will join us!
ST. ANN'S WELCOMES YOU AND INVITES YOU TO PARTICIPATE!
There are many opportunities to participate in parish life at St. Ann's. And there are many reasons to volunteer. Make new friends. Answer a need. Show you care. Take pride in giving. Enjoy a new experience. Feel good about giving and sharing your talents and gifts. Be part of the solution. Be a positive influence. Add meaning to your day. Delight in your efforts. Build a stronger community. Have fun. Put your skills to work. Deepen your sense of belonging. Keep active. Enrich your life. Get closer to God. Be a worker in the Kingdom of Christ.
We are a growing parish. Help us continue to grow and stay vibrant. Have you thought about how YOU may be able to help your parish!? We are in need of Office Staff, Sacristans, Altar Servers, Garden Club Members, Choir Members, Treats Coordinators and Treat Makers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Commission Members, Religious Education Instructors and Aids, and SCRIP Sales Volunteers! Might this be something you could do!?! Contact the church office via email or phone, and we will put you in contact with the correct person to get you started! Thanks for your consideration. There is much to do on a regular basis to keep our Parish running.
PARKING LOT SAFETY
When visitors come to St. Ann's one of the first things they notice is our unique driftwood Altar, Lector Stands and Gift tables. They are sure to be around for much longer now that the EIA has finished refurbishing them! The EIA has painstakingly repaired, cleaned, stained and varnished these pieces. This is one of many projects the EIA has taken on over the years, all to improve and beautify our parish. The EIA meets every Wednesday and is always happy to put idle hands to work. Whether you're a handyman (or woman) by trade or just have a desire to help out, call or stop by and see what they're working on now!
Everyone is welcome to request Masses at St. Ann's. Contrary to what someone recently mentioned to me, One does not have to be a parishioner nor does the intention have to be for a parishioner. To make the process easier Mass Request envelopes are available for this purpose in the back of the church or can be requested from an usher. Please fill all the info as requested keeping in mind that your choice of a date will be honored on a first come first served basis, thus your request for a specific date will be honored only if no other intention has been scheduled prior to your request and the next available Saturday, Sunday or week day will be assigned. Mass Intentions are always published two weeks in advance in the bulletin and are usually accessible on our parish web-site.
NEWS FROM THE DIOCESE...
So, what's going on with the post-synod implementation?? Synod and continued post-synod information can be found on the Diocese of Gary website at http//:www.dcgary.org/synod.htmpage or join us on Facebook for the latest updates at https://www.facebook.com/garydiocese/The journey continues...
Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program
The Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program will now be offered on an elementary and high school level. Choice and Non-Choice families are eligible to apply. The awards are based solely on demonstrated financial need. The Diocesan qualification parameters for financial assistance have been expanded to allow more Catholic families to qualify for tuition assistance. Please submit your applications and supporting documentation as soon as possible. For information on how to submit your application and what supporting documentation is needed, please contact the Diocese, (219)769-9292.
Marriage Preparation Classes
The class schedule for the rest of 2017 and for 2018 are as follows. The classes are offered on Fridays and Saturdays, couples need to attend both classes.
Living a Joy-filled Marriage, Fridays 6pm - 9pm; March 2, 2018 at Sacred Heart, LaPorte; April 13, 2018 at St. Mary, Griffith; May 4, 2018 at St. Patrick, East Chicago
August 3, 2018 at St. Stephen, Merrillville; October 19, 2018 at St. Mary, Otis
Called to the Wedding Feast offered Saturdays 9am - 4pm; March 3, 2018 at Sacred Heart, LaPorte; April 14, 2018 at St. Mary, Griffith; May 5, 2018 at St. Patrick, East Chicago; August 4, 2018 at St. Stephen, Merrillville; October 20, 2018 at St. Mary, Otis
World Youth Day 2019 pilgrimage
The Diocese of Gary Office for Youth & Young Adults, in collaboration with the Office of Intercultural Ministries, is coordinating a pilgrimage to Panama for the next World Youth Day, January 24-28 2019. Included: WYD festivities, including a huge Mass with the pope. Cost is $2200, and includes transportation, hotel, meals, and WYD credentials. The first deposit of $350 is due to the diocese by November 1. To learn more, visit garywyd.com or call Kevin Driscoll at 219-769-9292 x229.
Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide (LOSS)
Catholic Charities is offering a monthly support group for adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide. The group offers a safe, nonjudgmental environment where survivors can share their feelings and experiences. Group participants will receive information and hope from trained LOSS facilitators. The group meets the third Monday of each month from 7-9pm at the Women's Care Center, 8500 Broadway, Suite B, Merrillville, IN. For further information call 312-655-7284.
NEWS FROM OUR NEIGHBORS
St Mary (Michigan City)
You are invited to stop by St Mary's Thrift Shop for new and slightly used spring and summer women's, men's and children's clothing and accessories. Very affordable and in the first week of the new month there is an additional 50% savings discount. Open Wednesdays & Fridays from 9:30am-3:30pm at 321 West 11th St (St. Mary's School Bldg). Our volunteers are ready to greet and assist you or f or more information call 219.872.7494.
Request For Volunteers
We need YOU! St. Agnes Adult Day Center is looking for volunteers to help make our seniors' days a little better! You would be asked to help run the games and activities for our clients such as bingo, wheel of fortune, trivia and golf to name a few. If you are interested, we ask that you call and come in to shadow another volunteer before you make your decision. We are located on the St. Paul Catholic Church campus at 1859 Harrison Blvd. in Valparaiso. Please call Barb Kubiszak 477-5433 for more information. Hope to see you!
Hospice Franciscan Communities - volunteers needed
Becoming a volunteer can be an invaluable experience. It can provide you with the opportunity to bring joy to others, help someone in need, enrich your soul, give back... Hospice Franciscan Communities is seeking volunteers. You can choose to become a companion to our patients, help to answer phones on the unit or help with light clerical work. No experience is necessary, and no nursing duties are performed. You have the freedom to choose the day/time, so there is great flexibility in our volunteer program. All necessary trainings and screenings are provided by hospice. For more information contact our Volunteer Specialist at (219) 877-1605.
St. Matthias Parish
St. Matthias in Crown Point will host "Find Your Greatness: Four habits that will transform your life" Featuring Dominick Albano, on April 20th from 7pm-10:45pm. Based on Matthew Kelly's book, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, this event will introduce you to four simple habits that will help you reach your full potential. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at DynamicCatholic.com or by calling 859-980-7900. Inquiries are welcome by calling St. Matthias at 219-663-2201 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Patrick Church Bereavement Ministry
This ministry was formed to bring a faith-based approach to those who are working through various stages of grief. Ministry members bring a perspective of having lost a spouse, children, parent(s), sibling, and friend. It is a time to explore and to share the wide range of emotions dealing with bereavement. To discover the faith that helps those who have suffered a loss. Come to share or come to listen; all are welcome. The ministry meets the second Monday of each month except August and every meeting is open to all friends of St. Patrick's parish. Please join us at St. Patrick Parish, 638 N. Calumet Rd.,
Chesterton, In 46304 in the Ministry Room of Building 2 at 7 PM. Questions, contact the church office at 219.926.1282 or 219.241.2732.
PARISH NEWS & EVENTS...
HAPPY EASTER AND THANK YOU
I wish to extend heartfelt thanks to all our dedicated parishioners who volunteered in any capacity throughout Lent and prepared for Holy Week and Easter Weekend. To all who spent time decorating our church and sanctuary, leading our Stations of the Cross and Penance Service, organizing our Lenten Speaker Series, preparing and setting up for the various liturgies of Holy Week and Easter, to the Sacristans, Ushers, Greeters, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Choir Members, Organists, Pianists and all who helped make this Lent and Easter Season that much more special. And THANK YOU to all who contributed to our Easter Flower Memorials to help make our worship space much more festive for the Easter Season. Last, but not least, a big "THANK YOU" to all parishioners and visitors alike, who celebrated the Feast of Our Lord's Resurrection with St. Ann of the Dunes Parish Community.
Have A BLESSED EASTER!! He Risen, Alleluia
Fr. Charles Doyle, St. Ann's former Pastor, passes away on Monday, April 9th.
Visitation will be held at St. Ann's from 2pm-8pm on Monday April 16th, with Evening Prayers at 7:30pm.
Moring Prayer will take place in Church at 10am on Tuesday, April 17th followed by the Mass of Christioan Burial celebrated by Bishop Donald Hying at 10:30am.
Special Appreciation Mass - April 29th
Parish Life Commission is inviting all CCD students, families, their instructors and all Parishioners to attend the 10:00 Mass on April 29th which is the last day of CCD classes. The St Ann's family would like to show appreciation to all students and instructors for all of your hard work this past year. Students, please contact CCD Director Cindy Hargarten if you would like to participate in the Mass which includes reading, gift bearer, altar server, greeter or sing a special song. We hope to everyone there!
Sponsor a Child from Haiti
There is now a new opportunity for those of you who would like to do even more. Sr. Marcella has begun a Sponsor-a-Child Program. Much like the ones we've been hearing about for years, the sponsorship program takes donations and uses them for just one child. Unlike the ones we are familiar with, there is no required amount to donate. Anything you donate will be assigned to a child. Because of this, some children will have multiple donors, but each donor, no matter the amount given, will receive information about their child. All contributions are equally appreciated. There is more information on the bulletin boards in the back of church. If you would like to sponsor a child, please call the parish office and someone will answer any further questions and assist you in beginning the process.
Bishop Donald J. Hying's post-synodal pastoral response is available for reading or downloading at dcgary.org or nwicatholic.com. Important for all the faithful of the Diocese of Gary, the bishop's response includes the key initiatives and strategies that were identified as priorities at the June 2017 synod process, as well as next steps for implementation as we move into growing the future of our diocese, parishes and organizations.
In this spirit, for the last eight months, St Ann's Synod Team met jointly with St. Patrick's team on a monthly basis to discuss Synod issues and to select three topics of interest to our parish. The topics chosen by our team were (1) Evangelization, (2) Marriage and Family, and (3) Sacraments, Prayers, and Worship.
At this time, we concluded our joint meetings and St. Ann's team will begin working on the established plan for the implementation of the proposal presented to Bishop Donald Hying.
I would like to personally thank Parish Delegates for their consistent work with the Synod project, in particular Jim Oates, Janine Girzadas, Phil Farese, Sister Melanie Rauh, and Phil and Cindy Hargarten. I would also like to thank members of the Pastoral Council and other parishioners who provided input.
Catholic Services Appeal
The annual Catholic Services Appeal will begin next weekend at St. Ann of the Dunes. The programs, services and ministries supported by the CSA meet larger needs of Catholics and others not only in the Diocese of Gary but also throughout the universal Church. Our theme "A Church of Living Stones" gives witness to the goal of this annual appeal: to reach out as one Body to continue God's work not only locally in our parishes and diocese, but also throughout the world.
Servers, you are an important part of our parish liturgical services. Please sign up to serve once a month. Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the back of church. We will now have altar servers at all our masses as available! REMINDER: Those children who just received their First Communion are now eligible to serve as Altar Servers. We can team you up with other altar servers so you may shadow along with them to become comfortable with the duties.
Thank you to everyone using an Amazon Smile account to make your Amazon purchases. As you know, 0.5% of your purchase is refunded to St. Ann's. Please be sure you have selected the proper "Saint Ann of the Dunes" as your charity. If you're not using Amazon Smile to make your purchases, why not set up an account today? If you need help, the parish office is happy to assist you!
Your Parish Contributions
As a reminder, if you wish to earmark your donations to the parish to a specific fund, your checks need to be labeled accordingly: St. Ann of the Dunes Memorial Fund, St. Ann of the Dunes Haiti Mission Fund, St. Ann of the Dunes Building Fund, St, Ann of the Dunes Guild, etc. Thank you!
PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
COMMISSION MEETINGS AND REPORTS
PARISH LIFE COMMISSION
SPIRITUALITY AND WORSHIP COMMISSION
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMISSION
PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMISSION
OUR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM 2017-2018
St. Ann's Religious Education Program for children and youth supports parents in their role as the first and most effective teachers of their children. Our focus is on forming faith, not just teaching religion and it encompasses Sacramental Preparation and Faith Formation for children and youth.
If you are interested in assisting with the Religious Education program as a teacher, teachers aid, or even as a substitute instructor, please express your interest to Cindy. Instructors there will be a meeting on Sunday, August 30 after the 10 a.m. Mass (following treats) in the Parish House.
Religious Education classes for school age children, grades 1-8 meet in the church at 8:45 A.M. TILL 9:45 A.M.
All classes will be taught by a group of very dedicated and faith-filled volunteer catechists.
Religious Education Class Schedule
2017-18 CLASS SCHEDULE:
St. Ann of the Dunes CCD Schedule 2017-18
Registration August 19 & 20
August 26 & 27
September 10, First Class; September 17; September 24;
October 1; October 8; October 15; October 22; October 29 - Fall Break (No Class)
November 5 - Rosary & Stations; November 12; November 19;
November 26 - Thanksgiving (No Class)
December 3; December 10; December 17;
December 24, December 31, & January 7 - Christmas Break (No Class)
January 14; January 21; January 28;
February 4; February 11; February 25;
March 4; March 11; March 18;
March 25, April 1, - Spring Break (No Class)
April 8, April 14, Regular Class & Confirmation Retreat (Grade 8) 12:00 noon to 6:30 PM
April 15; April 22; April 21 Confirmation at 6 PM Mass
April 29; Last Class
May 6 - First Communion 10 AM Mass
ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS/ RCIA
All are Welcome
At the table of the Lord
Have you ever considered becoming a full member of the Christian Catholic community? If you are ready, committee and have contemplated a serious study of the Catholic faith, then this might be your time to take the next step. RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a process that includes a series of meetings, beginning soon here at St. Ann's, that will help you in discerning a pathway of your faith journey.
This process is also designed for those who have been away from the Church and who not have longing for a new beginning.
Need more details? Talk with Perry Cartwright or contact him through the parish office.
Diocesan policy mandates that all staff and volunteers who have substantial contact with children must pass a criminal background check and attend a VIRTUS training session within 60 days of classes starting. Please call the location of the training session to verify the date and time and to register. Each participant needs a workbook to participate. The latest dates are always available on the Diocesan Website, www.dcgary.org (click on Protecting Children). We will be holding this training here in our parish in the very near future. Watch the bulletin for more information as soon as a date has been scheduled.
SCRIP PROGRAM AT ST. ANN
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Last update: April 05, 2018
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