Update……April 24th……..Day 43 since the Churches were closed

This has been the longest “Lent” I have ever been through.  All of this started last month in the midst of Lent.  And it hasn’t ended yet.  But as we all know, “Easter” will be here eventually.  To make this Easter special, we need to prepare for it.  What have we learned in a positive way about ourselves or those around us?  What have we decided to change in our life as we reflect on that during this extended “Lent”?  In what way have we strengthened our faith rather than let it wilt?  It varies among us.  But emerge from this time a better person in some way and with a stronger faith.

Here are a few updates and reminders……. 

  • Our live stream Mass will be at 11am this Sunday, April 26th (3rd Sunday of Easter) and can be seen live through our Facebook page; it will also be taped so it can be put on our website (www.saintanne.us) and viewed at any time.  There is an interesting story in the gospel this week about two friends of Jesus who come across him after his resurrection…..and do not recognize him.  Not recognizing Christ’s presence happened a lot in the post resurrection period and it happens even today. 
  • It has been announced that the United States Catholic Bishops and Canadian bishops will seek the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church, for strength in the struggle against COVID-19.  This is a renewal of the consecration of the two nations to the care of our Blessed Mother.  This is a prayer for intercession through Mary to her Son, Jesus for the care and protection of our nations and the world.  Let us continue to see prayer as a powerful tool in this pandemic. 
  • Mary Millimet, our Office Manager, and Maredith Haesaert are developing a 4-5-minute weekly segment entitled, “St. Anne Storytime” and will be short vignettes of stories from Scripture for children and youth.  Some of our CCD teachers are joining in.  Stay tuned to our website as they will be posted on here.
  • Here is a listing of our Regular Envelope Collections for the past several weeks.  Our budget is $6346/wk; we are most grateful for the support of our parishioners:  March 14/15:  $1528; March 21/22: $2780; March 28/29: $5952; April 4/5: 7264; April 11/12:  $5708; April 18/19: $3107.  Again, thank you for your support.  We have deferred some maintenance and cut some other costs, but we still have property insurance, overhead costs, and other costs associated with our two buildings.  We hope to receive some funds from the Payroll Protection Program but have not received any as yet.  The Diocesan Finance Office is working diligently to help us receive some assistance from this program.  We are eligible for these funds.  We will keep you updated when that happens.

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Reflection:

One or two phrase sayings can sometimes set the tone for the day.  So here are a few sayings that I have seen or heard over the years.  Maybe one of them can be special for you on this day as we continue our sequestering during this pandemic:

  • Sorrow looks back; worry looks around; faith looks up
  • Blessed are they who place themselves in the hands of Jesus; He will place himself in their hands
  • That which you cannot let go of, you do not possess; it possesses you
  • The gospels do not explain Easter; Easter explains the gospels
  • We get no deeper into Christ than we allow Him to get into us
  • Some things have to be believed in order to be seen
  • Conscience is God’s presence within us
  • Do not let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do
  • Having only modest talent is no excuse for not using it.  Think what the morning would be like if only the talented birds sang.
  • We work to become…..not to acquire
  • It is better to be patient than powerful; it is better to win control over yourself than over whole cities
  • Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them
  • The cost of being a disciple of Christ is big;  the cost of not being one is bigger still
  • Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness
  • When people hear us speak God’s word they marvel at its beauty and power; when they see what little impact it has in our daily lives, they laugh and poke fun at what we say.
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