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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 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.

Marriage Preparation Classes for 2018-19

The class schedule 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

Sick Calls

Please inform the Church Office of any shut-in who would like a visit that will be scheduled by either the Pastor or a Eucharistic Minister.

New Parishioners

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


FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

Saturday, March 9 - 6:00 PM
Intention: In Memory of Roy Golden from Friends

Sunday, March 10 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Virginia Allan from Barbara and John Plampin

Sunday, March 10 - 10:00 AM
Intention: For the Caron and Tischler Families from Ralph & Faith Caron

Wednesday, March 13- 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Carmen & Edward Cattani from Bob and Chris Cattani

Friday, March 15 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Dr. Manfred Frings from Friends

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

Saturday, March 16 - 6:00 PM
Intention: In Memory of Gytis John Mildazis from Zarins Family

Sunday, March 17 - 8:00 AM
Intention: Jakubowicz & Kovach Families ALL SOULS REMEMBRANCE OFFERING

Sunday, March 17 - 10:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Felicia Smigiel from Husband Felix and Family

MASS FOR OUR LITHUANIAN COMMUNITY - Sunday, March 17 - 1:00 PM
Intention: In Memory of Arunas Liulevicius from Barbara and John Plampin

Wednesday, March 20 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Shirley White from Friends

Friday March 22 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Terry Murphy from Parish Family

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

Saturday March 23 - 6:00 PM
Intention: In Memory of Larry Ryan from James & Gloria Sellhorn

Sunday, March 24 - 8:00 AM
Intention: For the People of St. Ann

Sunday, March 24 - 10:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Bill Sullivan from Kathy & Dan Hefner

Wednesday, March 27 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Joey Niepokoj from Family and Friends

Friday, March 29 - 8:00 A.M.
Intention: In Memory of Joann Goldman from Family and Friends


FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

Saturday, March 30, - 6:00 P.M.
Intention: In Memory of Jim Bapst from Family and Friends

Sunday March 31 - 8:00 A.M.
Intention: Vytautas & Eva Kasniunas from Family

Sunday, March 31 - 10:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Father Joseph Kelchak from Ralph & Faith Caron

Wednesday, April 3 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Richard J Jendrzejczyk Sr. from Family and Friends

Friday, April 5 - 8:00 A.M.
Intention: In Memory of Helen Barasinski from Family and Friends

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

Saturday, April 6 - 6:00 PM
Intention: In Memory of Margie Connell from Judy Murphy

Sunday, April 7 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Gytis John Mildazis from Zarins Family

Sunday, April 7 - 10:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Donna Polkowski from Parish Family

Wednesday, April 10 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Adolf & Maria Dziewa from Family and Friends

Friday, April 12- 8:00 A.M.
Intention: In Memory of Mary Salas from Family and Friends

PALM SUNDAY

Saturday, April 13 - 6:00 PM
Intention: In Memory of Jonas Vaznelis from Family and Friends

Sunday, April 14 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Arunas Liulevicius from Barbara and John Plampin

Sunday, April 14 - 10:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Ginny Allan from Family and Friends

Holy Thursday, April 18 - 6:00 PM
Intention: For the People of St. Ann

EASTER SUNDAY

Saturday, April 20 - 6:00 PM
Intention: For the People of St. Ann

Sunday, April 21 - 8:00 AM
Intention: For the good health of Susan Leiker from Family and Friends

Sunday, April 21 - 10:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Felicia Smigiel from Husband Felix and Family

MASS FOR OUR LITHUANIAN COMMUNITY
Sunday, April 21 - 1:00 PM
Intention: In Memory of Dr. Pranas Sutkus from the Sutkus Family

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER

Saturday, April 27 - 6:00 PM
Intention: In Memory of Janet Furness from Terry and Nancy Kolasa

Sunday April 28 - 8:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Dennis Terczak from Family and Friends

Sunday, April 28 - 10:00 AM
Intention: In Memory of Father Edward McKenna from Family and Friends

FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH - Friday, May 3 - 8:00 AM
Intention: For the People of St. Ann

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St. Ann of the Dunes 2019 Calendar



Pastoral Council meets 3rd Sunday of the month

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 month

Lithuanian choir practice - Wednesday evening preceding 3rd Sunday

St. Ann Choir Practice - Thursday evenings

St. Ann Guild Board - meets every First Wednesday of the Month

HOSPITALITY

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!

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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
Because of a few occurance of car breaking and stolen purses or personal items we strongly encourage our parishioners and visitors not to be overtaken by the apparent peace and serenity of our Beverly Shores enclave. Many parishioners leave their purses and other valuables in their cars. Many cars are left unlocked as well during Mass. Unfortunately events such as these become a rude awakening, and force us to be on our guards even in and around St. Ann's. Please lock your cars, and do not leave any valuables inside. Even left out of site they become rewarding trophies to a petty thief who may be siting in his car watching you as you leave your car. Should you notice a suspicious vehicle parked in or around the church parking lot do not hesitate to notify the Sherrif's Police. As the Sheriff told us: a vehicle which seems to be out of place is often time out of place...




MANY THANKS to the Elder Improvement Association (EIA)

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!

 

MASS REQUESTS:


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...

Diocese of Gary Totus Tuus

The Diocese of Gary is currently looking for college aged men and women to serve as missionaries to pass on the Catholic faith to the youth of our Diocese. The Diocese will pay a stipend of $2000.00 and all of the housing and food is paid for during the commitment from May 31-July 27,2019 Totus Tuus is a summer Catholic youth program dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis, Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship. Our week-long Parish Summer Catechetical Program assists parents and parishes in the evangelizing and catechizing of their youth by supplementing the work they are already doing. Totus Tuus calls upon college students and seminarians from the Catholic Diocese of Gary and across the United States to carry this mission to every young person they encounter in the parish program. Students are hired for their energy, enthusiasm, love for the faith, commitment to spiritual growth, ability to work with a team, and desire to work with youth. If you know someone that might be interested, please have them email Sean Martin at smartin@dcgary.org or call 219-769-9292.

Diocese of Gary Marriage Preparation Class Schedule

Living a Joy-filled Marriage includes living the virtues, communication, resolving conflict and managing resources.
Friday, March 1st, 6- 9 pm at Sacred Heart in Laporte
Friday, April 26th, 6-9 pm at St. Mary in Griffith
Friday, September 6th , 6-9 pm at St. Mary in Otis
Friday, October 11th, 6-9 pm at St. Mary in Griffith
Called to the Wedding Feast includes Catholic teaching on Marriage, Theology of the Body, Intro to Natural Family Planning and Family Prayer.
Saturday, March 2nd , 9 am-4 pm at Sacred Heart, Laporte,
Saturday, April 27th, 9 am-4pm, St. Mary, Griiffith,
Saturday, September 7th, 9am - 4pm, St. Mary, Otis,
Saturday, October 12th, 9 am-4pm, St. Mary, Griffith.
Contact Sean Martin smartin@dcgary.org or 219-769-9292 ext 230 or Rosanne Kouris at rkouris@dcgary.org at 219-769-9292 ext 259 for additional information.
Registration and payment for the classes is done online at www.dcgary.org/marriageprep . Please registrar at least 10 days prior to class date. Total cost of both classes is $100.00 per couple and must be paid in full before attending classes.

Your Catholic Faith

When was the last time you learned something new about your Catholic faith?
Stay current with a subscription to the Northwest Indiana Catholic! Subscribe now by using the envelope in your collection packet by March 17. The rate for 43 issues of the paper is $26 per year: e-edition subscriptions are available at $13 per year (an email address is required). Or, receive both for the low cost of $30 per year. If you would prefer paying with a debit or credit card, go to our secure website at nwicatholic.com. Thank you for supporting our Catholic press!

Made for More Presentation

Made for More is an inspired blend of live music, art and presentation that taps the deepest desires of the human heart revealing their ultimate purpose and goal. Join Christopher West and Mike Mangione as they offer a vision of the Gospel like you've never heard before through the lens of St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body. This is a live event on Wednesday, March 20th at Queen of All Saints Church from 7:00-9:30 pm. You can purchase tickets at Queen of All Saints parish office or by mail to Diocese of Gary/Made for More, 9292 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410. Tickets are $20.00 and are available now. For more information contact Rosanne Kouris at 219-769-9292 ext 259 or email rkouris@dcgary.org

Rachel's Vineyard Post-Abortion Retreat

The dates for the 2019 Rachel's Vineyard retreats are March 29-31 and September 13-15. These are weekend retreats for all women and men who have experienced an abortion or anyone who has been involved with one. The weekend focuses on the love of God, on his mercy, and on new beginnings and hope through scripture, meditation and sacraments. Those interested can contact Rosanne Kouris at the Pastoral Office @ 219-769-9292 ext 259 or email at rkouris@dcgary.org or on the confidential Rachel's Vineyard phone line @ 219-552-2944. The cost is minimal and should not prevent anyone from attending.

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.

2019 NORTHWEST INDIANA CATHOLIC WOMEN'S CONFERENCE

The Northwest Indiana Catholic Women's Conference will be held April 6, 2019 from 8:15am to 3:30 pm at Queen of All Saints Parish in Michigan City. This year's theme is Sharing the Joy of Our Faith. Come be inspired and uplifted! Outstanding speakers include Sr. Miriam James, Dr. Angela Franks and Kevin Matthews. Cost is $40 for adults and $20 for college and high school students. For tickets and more information visit www.nwicatholicwomen.com or call 219-769-9292 ext 259.

The Passion of Christ

A Polish prayer-theater troupe from Chicago will present "The Passion of Christ" following the 5 pm Mass (in English) and the 7 pm Mass (in Polish) on April 6th. For information, call 219-838-7111. It will be held at Carmelite Fathers Monastery, 1628 Ridge Road - Munster.

TV Mass for the Homebound

Is someone you love unable to join us at Church during this holy time of Lent and Easter? For the faithful at home or in healthcare settings, the Heart of the Nation Sunday TV Mass brings spiritual comfort and the blessings of joy-filled hope in our Risen Savior. Please invite anyone you know who cannot get out to church to tune in Catholic Mass on TV or watch online anytime on Sundays at www.HeartoftheNation.org. (For those who can get to church, the TV or online liturgy does not fulfil the Sunday Mass obligation. TV Mass for the homebound is shown on WJYS at 10:00 am and WCUU & WMEU at 6:30 am.

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. 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.

Open House at the Center for Congregations

Enjoy refreshments, meet staff and learn more about the Center. All guests will receive a complimentary gift bag and a chance to win an iPad. The Open House is 4-7 p.m. (Central time) on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Center office, 9801 Connecticut Drive, Suite 200 in Crown Point. For more information call 219-472-4938 or check out their website https://centerforcongregations.org/ or https://thecrg.org/

SPRED

"Come and join us at St. Mary Parish, 525 N. Broad in Griffith Wed., May 15, 6:30 p.m. to learn more about Spred (special religious development). Spred is different from
religious education programs. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of people with developmental and intellectual challenges. Families and interested men and women are most welcome. In this season of new life, consider a new ministry. Find out more about
us." Contact Elizabeth Sivek <e.sivek@sbcglobal.net>

5th Annual Festa Italiana

St Mary of the Lake invites everyone to their 5th Annual Festa Italiana community celebration
on Saturday, May 4th from 4:00 - 9:00 PM. Tickets are $10 each and will include all you can eat spaghetti dinner. Carry outs are available. There will be homemade bakery items, fresh cannolis, basket raffles and music. For tickets call 219-712-1000. St. Mary of the Lake is located at 6060 Miller Avenue, Gary.

Polish-American Cultural Society of Northwest Indiana

There will be a meeting with the Michigan City Chapter of the Polish American Cultural Society of Northwest Indiana on Wednesday, April 24th at 5 pm at St. Mary School Building, 321 W. 11th St - Michigan City, The facilitator will be Rev. Walter Rakoczy of Michigan City All are invited to attend; for more information, call Theresa Child at 219-464-1369 or Email polamnwi@yahoo.com.

PARISH NEWS & EVENTS...

HAPPY EASTER AND THANK YOU

I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of 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, Commission members 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 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 is Risen, Alleluia
Father John

DID YOU NOTICE ?

I hope you have noticed the beautiful sign at the entrance of our parking lot. The sign was designed and built by members of our EIA group along with the help of Mike Opat and Mark Graff. The statue of St. Ann is the original statue from the old shrine that was located near the kitchen doors. The statue suffered extensive damage. Members of the EIA spent painstaking hours cleaning and restoring it to its original state. A protective coating has been applied to the statue as well. A great thank you to members of our EIA as well as Mike Opat and Mark Graff. We are very appreciative of their time and talents.
Fr. John

Hats off to our EIA

We have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to the members of "EIA" also known as the Elder Improvement Association. The list of improvements they complete around the Church are too numerous to mention but they include helping set up for the Chili Lunch, Pancake Breakfast, decorating the Church and grounds for Christmas, the newly completed sign and lights in the parking lot, the list goes on and on. These dedicated members of our Parish donate hours of their time week after week, doing whatever needs to be done to improve our Church here at St. Ann's. They are always looking for new members to help, even once a month would be helpful. No experience is required and everyone is welcome. They meet every Wednesday morning at 9:00 am. If you are interested in joining, please call the Church office at 879-7565.

HOSPITALITY MINISTRYnday Treats

Thanks to Matt and Cindy Block for volunteering to take over as Treat Coordinators. They, along with a dedicated group of other volunteers will make it possible for us to continue the tradition of having treats and a time for fellowship after the 10 o'clock Sunday Mass here at St. Ann's. This longstanding program will now be known as our Hospitality Ministry. Let's show Matt and Cindy our support by signing up for treats. The Treat Hospitality sign-up sheet is now open!

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.

SYNOD

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.

LENT AT ST. ANN

As we approach this Lenten season, let us work toward a living relationship with God by attending some of the many services and events our parish is offering:

Weekday Masses: Wednesdays & Fridays at 8 AM
Stations of The Cross: Friday Evenings ( 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12) at 6 PM
Penance Service: Wednesday, April 3, 6 - 7 PM
(opportunity for confessions in Lithuanian)
Anointing of the Sick: Sunday, March 31 during the 10 AM Mass
Holy Thursday: April 18, Mass at 6 PM
Good Friday: April 19, Liturgical Service at 3 PM

This Week, Sunday March 10th, we begin our Lenten Speaker Series by welcoming Michael Schuck. He will speak to us about the Roman Catholic tradition of social ethics and engagement. The discussion will begin at 11:15 A.M.

Information about our Lenten Speaker Series on March 10, 24, 31, and April 7, can be found on brochures in the missalette carts. Plan to attend these informative and inspirational sessions.


Lenten Palms

If you have palms from last year, you can bring them in and place them in the container at the back of Church. Since palms are blessed, they must be buried or burned. Those we collect will be burned in our Easter Vigil fire.

Lenten Rice Bowls

Lenten season will begin next week. During Lent we fast and repent in preparation for the Resurrection of Jesus. As you give up your excesses this Lenten Season, fill your rice bowl with thanks that you can help those in need. Anyone wishing to participate can pick up a rice bowl from the table at the back of church. Please give what you can during Lent and return your boxes on Palm Sunday, April 14th.
Pope Francis says, "Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty."

Attention Servers...

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.


SMILE!

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!

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

COMMISSION MEETINGS AND REPORTS

PARISH LIFE COMMISSION

STEWARDSHIP COMMISSION

SPIRITUALITY AND WORSHIP COMMISSION

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMISSION

PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMISSION


OUR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM 2018-2019

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
2018-19 CLASS SCHEDULE

September 2--Registration; 9; 16; 23; 30;

a "Welcome Back to CCD Mass " will be held September 23rd, at 10:00 AM (after regular class).

All Students are expected to attend

October 7; 14; 21;28--No CCD-Fall Break

November 4; 11; 18;25--No CCD--Thanksgiving

December 2; 9; 16; 23 & 30--No CCD-Christmas Break

January 6; No CCD-Christmas Break;13; 20; 27;

February 3; 10;17--No CCD- Presidents Day; 24;

March 3; ( Saturday March 9, 2018 - First Reconciliation) 10; 17; 24 & 31--No CCD- Spring Break

April 7; 14; 21--No CCD--Easter ;(Saturday April 27, 2018 - Confirmation Retreat); 28 Last Class.

May 4--Confirmation MASS at 6:30 PM
May 5--First Communion



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.

VIRTUS TRAINING

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

SCRIP - NOW!

ScripNow ecards are electronic gift cards that can be ordered and printed right from your ShopWithScrip account - perfect in those last minute situations. You can also send ScripNow eGifts via e-mail. With the option to add a personal message, just schedule a delivery for a specific date up to a year in advance for birthdays, thank-you's, graduations and more. To order browse ScripNow brands, select the product, pay with PrestoPay and receive your order in minutes. If you pay by check, your order will not be received until after the coordinator releases your order.


Last update: April 01, 2019


 

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