Here is an update as of Monday, March 23rd at 9am:

Please note:  events are changing fast so this information is subject to change at any time

  • It is increasingly unlikely that we will resume Masses for Holy Week which begins on Palm Sunday, April 5.    We will know more about that as we get closer to that date, but for now it is unlikely.
  • Will there be Palms distributed on Palm Sunday?  As of now, we are planning to distribute Palms in the parking lot.  But this could be subject to change based on guidance given by the Diocese and/or civil authorities.  We intend to have a Palm Sunday “Drive through” in that we would hand out palms to people in their cars.  We will have more information as to how that will be done as we get closer to April 5. Watch our website for information.  Please note, that Palm Sunday is a ways down the road.  Distribution of Palms may be canceled based on the changing situation.  
  • RCIA will be postponed but rescheduled for a later date.
  • Confirmation of our high school students will be postponed to a later date.  It will happen, but just at a later time. The bishop has suggested that these be held in the Fall.  Parents will get an email on this.
  • First Communion will be postponed to a later date as well.  Again, parents will get an email on this.
  • As reported earlier, all Masses and other activities are cancelled for now and for the foreseeable future.  Again, when allowed to reopen we will announce this on our website: www.saintanneparish.us.  
  • As of now, our parish office is only open from 9am to 12noon Monday through Thursday.  We have a minimal staff working shortened hours to the essentials only. 
  • We also have voice mail through our phone system at the regular parish office phone number at 532-7503.  If an emergency, please call the office and, if no one answers, please push “2” as prompted and the answering service will pick up.  They will page me or Fr. Dennis and we can get back to you.  
  • Regarding weekly collections:  if you have envelopes you can mail them in or drop off at the parish office.  Your support is appreciated. 
  • Masses for private intentions are being celebrated privately by Fr. Dennis and myself.  These are Masses parishioners have booked for loved ones. We will continue celebrating these Masses privately.  We are currently up to date on these.  
  • Remember:  the Sunday Mass is televised on the Chalice of Salvation every Sunday morning on WWLP Channel 22 at 10am.  The bishop celebrated the Mass on March 22nd and is scheduled to celebrate the Mass on March 29th.  

Let me end by saying that we all need each other’s prayers at times like these.   It is very powerful to do so. Prayer joined to sacrifice constitutes the most powerful force in human history.  Remember that you are never alone! We have Christ in the boat with us and we have each other’s prayers. When it is difficult to pray…..the most important thing is not to stop praying.  The rosary can be a key way to do this. It is so powerful in its simplicity and its depth. In that prayer we repeat many times the words that the Virgin Mary heard from the Archangel and from her relative, Elizabeth.  Try praying the rosary each day. We will get through this!

“Pray without ceasing; do not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians: 5:17,19)

Fr. John Connors

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