The psalms often express the hope that God would either remember or forget something. Remember, O Lord, the mercy you showed to our ancestors. And remember not our sins and our failings. It makes you wonder: does God have selective memory? Does he remember some things and forget others? And do our prayers make a difference in what God does and doesnít remember? To get a handle on this question it helps to understand the biblical meaning of remembering. When we ask God to remember his mercy, we are asking that he will extend that mercy to us. We pray that the great saving deeds that God did in the past will be made present again for us. And that he will not hold our sins and failings against us. Each time we celebrate Mass we are practicing this kind of remembering. Jesus' offering of himself on Calvary becomes present for us who were not there. Do this in memory of me, he told his disciples, and, as we do, he becomes present to us in the remembering. This is especially evident during Holy Week. In song and movement, in word and sacrament we will re-live the events of Jesus' final days. As we wave palm branches today we welcome him into our midst as did the people of Jerusalem of old. We let him wash our feet on Thursday as he washed the feet of his first disciples and commissioned them to a life of service. On Friday the story of his passion and death becomes our story; we pray for the needs of our world and venerate the cross on which he died for us. Friday's service ends with a simple rite of Holy Communion. On Saturday night we celebrate the high point of the church year, a passage from darkness to light and death to life. We recall the whole history of God's saving deeds, which becomes present for us again in the struggles of our own lives. We baptize new members and renew our own baptismal promises, and we celebrate the first Mass of Easter, the ultimate victory of Jesus and the source of the new life we have received and we receive again. And, since one day is not enough to take all this in, our celebration will continue for the next fifty days -Fr. Peter
We, the parish community of St. Ann's Church, are called by God to be a family of believers united in faith and love, to teach and to proclaim the message of Jesus Christ, to celebrate the Word of God, to witness to the presence of God in our community, and to manifest the Kingdom of God in word and work.
In our efforts to teach the Gospel message we offer religious education classes for all ages. Through discussion, formal instruction and study, the tenets of our Catholic faith are passed on.
In word and in action we strive to proclaim the message of Christ to all. We believe that by our example others can come to know Jesus Christ. We endeavor to build a vibrant community so others are touched by what they see and experience.
In our attempts to celebrate the word of God we seek to create a lively, worshipping community. The Eucharist is our central celebration to which all our hopes lead, and from which all of our strength comes. From this celebration all meaningful parish activities flow. We recognize that the celebrations of the sacraments are great occasions of joy and new life in our parish. The prayer life of our parish sustains us in our journey of faith.
In our witness of the presence of God in our world we reach out to those who are oppressed in any way or who are victims of injustice. By using the gifts of our members we create programs that will bring about peace, justice and harmony in our community.
In our service to others we try to follow the example of Jesus Christ who was present to others who needed healing, forgiveness and restoration. We value the individual and the communal efforts of our parish to recognize and respond to the needs of our community.
We perceive our mission as both gift and challenge. We believe that God will use us as His instruments manifesting His Kingdom on this earth. We rely on the Holy Spirit to lead us in being faithful to this parish Mission Statement.
Sun., Apr. 17 Palm Sunday
“Palm Sunday in the Park, 10:15 am;” Blessing of Palms&Procession through the Neighborhood Palm Sunday Mass, 11:00 am
Wed. Apr. 20 Seder Meal 7 pm Mother Seton Academy Hall
Thur, Apr. 21 Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lordís Supper & the Washing of Feet, 7:00 pm at St. Wenceslaus Church (Ashland & Collington)
Fri., Apr. 22 Good Friday,
12:00 noonĖ 3:00 pm, church open for prayer and Stations of the Cross   led by Deacon Eddie Bee   Stations of the Cross in the   Neighborhood led by St. Annís   Youth (SAY G)   3 pm Liturgy of the Lordís Passion at   St. Annís
Sat., Apr. 23 Holy Saturday Blessing of the New Fire and Easter Vigil, 8:00 pm
Sun., Apr. 24- Easter Sunday Easter Mass at St. Annís, 10:00 am lessed Easter to all! Mon., Apr. 25 Easter Monday Church office closed. Leadership Team meeting, 6:30 pm, Anchorage
EASTER VIGIL READINGS
Genesis 1:1-2: 2
Romans 6: 3-11
1 HARRY WHEELER
1 SHEILA GOODIN
7 REGINALD DRUMMOND
11 ELOISE JACKSON
15 ANNETTE MARCH-GRIER
16 VICTOR MARCH SR.
17 ELIZABETH M. LUTZ
19 DEBORAH FENTRESS
22 ANN JONES
27 JANET BUTTS
29 SARAH RANDOLPH
AFRICAN PROVERB:::::::: :Tell the oppressor that God is mightier than they.. ...... (IBO)(HAUSA)