St. Ann Catholic Church Mission Statement: “Through prayer and the re-awakening of the living Gospel in ourselves and others, St. Ann Parish celebrates the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist to become a Church Alive. Our rural parish includes a university, prisons, a hospital and long term care facilities. Through our call to active service ministries in the local community and a mission in Guatemala, we manifest our faith.” 232 E. High Street Waynesburg, PA 15370 www.stannchurchwbg.org St. Ann (724) 627-7568 St. Thomas (724) 377-2588 Vol. XXIV, Issue 5 MASS SCHEDULE: Saturday - 7:00 pm Sunday - 8:30 am RECONCILIATION: Saturday - 7:30 pm And by appointment GRADE & MIDDLE SCHOOL CCD: Sundays 9:30 to 11:00 am BAPTISMS: The first of the Christian Initiation Sacraments and a joyful occasion for the whole parish. Please call the office to schedule the required Baptismal Preparation Session. Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 1, 2015 Come, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us. — Psalm 95:6 MARRIAGES: To be scheduled at least 6 months in advance prior to the ceremony date (after consultation with pastor) RCIA: A program to familiarize adults with the Catholic faith in preparation for acceptance into Full Communion with the Catholic Church, usually at the Easter Vigil Mass. PARISH STAFF: Rev. J. Francis Frazer, Pastor Dr. James M. Sheil, Deacon - 724-998-1105 ([email protected]) Renee Bosco, Organist Marita Hunchuck, DRE - Ext. 18 Samantha McLaughlin, Preschool - Ext. 15 Marci Snee, Office Manager - 627-7568 Ext 20 OFFICE HOURS: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Please remember St. Ann’s when writing or changing your will. READINGS FOR THE WEEK Mal 3:1-4; Ps 24:7-10; Heb 2:14-18; Lk 2:22-40 [22-32] Tuesday: Heb 12:1-4; Ps 22:26b-28, 30-32; Mk 5:21-43 Wednesday: Heb 12:4-7, 11-15; Ps 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18a; Mk 6:1-6 Thursday: Heb 12:18-19, 21-24; Ps 48:2-4, 9-11; Mk 6:7-13 Friday: Heb 13:1-8; Ps 27:1, 3, 5, 8b-9; Mk 6:14 -29 Saturday: Heb 13:15-17, 20-21; Ps 23:1-6; Mk 6:30 -34 Sunday: Jb 7:1-4, 6-7; Ps 147:1-6; 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23; Mk 1:29-39 Monday: ST. ANN CHURCH Feb. 2 Feb. 4 Feb. 6 Feb. 8 Feb. 13 PAGE 2 ANNOUNCEMENTS PARISH OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS 6:30 pm A Biblical Walk Through The Mass 7:00 pm A Biblical Walk Through The Mass 5:00 pm Boy Scout Spaghetti Dinner 9:30 am Luke—Lent Bible Study (Bell Room) 6:00 pm Knights of Columbus Mardi Gras! Good Neighbors’ Lunch: Monday, Thursday, & Saturday at 11:30 am Preschool: Monday, Wednesday & Friday during the school year HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE STUDY All teens in grades 8-12 are invited to take their faith to the next level by participating in a six-week Bible study on the Gospel of Luke, beginning Monday, February 16, 2015 from 5:30-7:00 in the Bell Room. The registration fee is $5.00. Registration forms are available at the church entrances or through the parish website at www.stannchurchwbg.org. Registration forms must be turned in to the parish office by February 1st so that books can be ordered. Please note: this is not CCD! Bring a friend and join other teens for faith, fellowship, and food! SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER BOY SCOUT TROOP #1280 The Boy Scouts will host a spaghetti dinner at St. Ann’s Social Hall on Friday, February 6th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Dinner includes a salad, spaghetti (Made with Kissy Davin’s famous sauce), a drink and homemade dessert. Proceeds go directly to the troop. Tickets for adults are $7.00 and kids $4.00. Please come out and support local youth by bringing your appetite and a friend! THANK YOU! A big thank you to everyone who bought or contributed to the Respect Life T-shirts on the Sunday before the March for Life. It was a huge success! Because of your contributions we were able to offer free T-shirt to all the 4th thru 8th grade CCD students. They were so thrilled and excited to receive the shirts. We ordered in 40 shirts and all of them were distributed Sunday morning. Thank you for your overwhelming support! ~~St. A nn Respect Life Group From Death to New Life… Remember Lord, and welcome into your kingdom those who have died and have gone before us marked with a sign of faith, especially Marie Louise Colaianni Bocchini, mother of Anthony (Barbara) Bocchini, who passed away on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015. Please pray for the consolation of her family and all those who grieve for her. WEEKLY OFFERTORY REPORT LAST SUNDAY'S COLLECTION: PARISH SHARE REPORT: ASSESSMENT for 2014 PLEDGES: PSP Total for 2014 $ 2,212.00 $ 29,378.00 $ 29,330.00 $ 50,668.00 Total Pledges thus far: 40 Families Have you ever said to yourself, “I wish I could get more out of Mass?" For many Catholics, the Mass might, in a certain sense, be almost too familiar. We go to church each Sunday and perform prayers and rituals that many of us have known since childhood. We stand, sit, and kneel. We make the sign of the cross. We recite “Holy, Holy, Holy,” “Lamb of God,” and “Thanks be to God." But what do all of these prayers and rituals mean? We might know these rites like the backs of our hands, but do we really understand the significance of all that we are saying and doing in the liturgy? St. Ann’s Parish welcomes you to a video-based study, A Biblical Walk Through the Mass. Dr. Edward Sri explores the roots of the words and gestures that we experience at Mass and explains their profound significance. In this study, you will come to know and understand the Mass as never before, leading you to a richer, more fruitful worship experience. Start the New Year out right. Join us for A Biblical W alk Through the Mass at St. Ann in Waynesburg on Wednesdays, which started January 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. (we encourage you to first come to Eucharistic Adoration at 5:30 p.m. and stay for Mass at 6:30 p.m. prior to each session) and continuing every Wednesday for 6 weeks. For those of you that cannot make it on Wednesday evenings, A Biblical W alk Through the Mass will also be offered Monday evenings beginning January 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., but we encourage you to take advantage of being in front of Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration and receiving him at Mass on Wednesday evenings before the study. Facilitators for this study will be Carol Vogel, Bill Brown, and Attilia Shumaker. You may join the group even if you’ve missed a session. For a registration fee of $20.00, you will receive A Biblical Walk Through the Mass book & workbook which will be used at each session. For more information or to register for the study, contact the St. Ann’s Parish Office at 724-627-7568 or via email at [email protected] When registering, please indicate which session you will be attending (Wednesday or Monday). Please contact Marci ASAP if you’d like to attend. YEAR END CONTRIBUTION REPORTS Letters with your yearly contributions are now being printed. Please call Marci to print your report and it will be signed by Fr. Francis and sent to you as per your request. Please allow 2 days for completion of your request. Copies may be picked up in the office as well. Please direct any questions concerning your 2014 contributions to the Campaign for the Church A live! To the Diocese of Pittsburgh Office of Stewardship at 412-4563085. ST. ANN CHURCH PAGE 3 WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated on Monday, February 2, 2015. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation. PRAY FOR MEN & WOMEN IN CONSECRATED LIFE Lord God of Life, we pray for those consecrated to you by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience that they may seek to live their baptismal promises more intensely and have the grace to persevere in their commitment to you, O Lord. May they serve with open hearts and willing sprits, through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. MORE Care more than others think necessary. Trust more than others think wise. Serve more than others think practical. —Anonymous THE FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD The feast was first observed in the Eastern Church as "The Encounter." In the sixth century, it began to be observed in the West: in Rome with a more penitential character and in Gaul (France) with solemn blessings and processions of candles, popularly known as "Candlemas." The Presentation of the Lord concludes the celebration of the Nativity and with the offerings of the Virgin Mother and the prophecy of Simeon, the events now point toward Easter. "In obedience to the Old Law, the Lord Jesus, the first-born, was presented in the Temple by his Blessed Mother and his foster father. This is another 'epiphany' celebration insofar as the Christ Child is revealed as the Messiah through the canticle and words of Simeon and the testimony of Anna the prophetess. Christ is the light of the nations, hence the blessing and procession of candles on this day. In the Middle Ages this feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or 'Candlemas,' was of great importance. "The specific liturgy of this Candlemas feast, the blessing of candles, is not as widely celebrated as it should be, except of course whenever February 2 falls on a Sunday and thus takes precedence. There are two ways of celebrating the ceremony, either the Procession, which begins at a 'gathering place' outside the church, or the Solemn Entrance, celebrated within the church." — From Ceremonies of the Liturgical Y ear TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION The Oil of the Sick, usually labeled OI (for Oleum Infirmarum), is often reserved with chrism and the oil of catechumens in an ambry. An ambry is a cabinet, often beautifully ornamented and kept near the baptistery in the church. Olive oil, with no fragrance added, is blessed at the Chrism Mass in Holy Week by the bishop, although there is now a provision for a priest to bless oil if none is available. This restores to our Latin Rite practice a tradition never lost in the Eastern tradition, in which priests consecrate the oil of the sick, even at the sick person’s home. Any vegetable oil may be used now, since olive oil is difficult to obtain in some places. Many priests keep a small supply of oil close at hand in a small metal tube called a “stock.” In the former rite, every sense of the body was anointed, accompanied by a prayer for forgiveness of sin. So, the eyes, ears, nostrils, mouth, hands, and feet were all touched. Today, this is simplified to an anointing of the forehead and the hands, but generally today the oil is used more lavishly, and the symbolism of touch so central to the rite is enhanced. Often, a priest will invite everyone present to join in the “laying on of hands.” Sick persons are often pushed aside or feared in our culture, and to be reverently touched in love can be a profound experience of God’s healing, forgiving, accepting presence through the ministry of the Church. —Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co. AUTHORITY FROM GOD According to Moses, the people decided they didn’t want to hear God’s voice directly any more. It was much too frightening. Why couldn’t God send human teachers, prophets, instead? God agreed, but with a warning. The people had better listen to those teachers, because they spoke in God’s name. That arrangement, though, had its own problems, for them and for us. How do I know this teacher is truly from God? And if the teacher is from God, are all parts of the teaching meant for me? We have the Church and scripture to help us with those questions, but still there are always a few loose ends. That is the powerful significance of the sentence in today’s Gospel: “The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.” The people knew that this Jesus was authentic—truly a teacher sent by God. They knew it by hearing him. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co. PRAYER REQUESTS FOR SERVICEMEN & WOMEN We ask for your prayers for these service personnel and their families: Lt. Col. Brian D. Novogradac (Air Force, Kuwait); Major Luke Vitolo (Air Force, Little Rock); Cpt. John Vitolo (Air Force in Omaha). Diocesan Toll Free Number for Abuse Response—1-888-808-1235 When my children were small, I had the power all mothers have to soothe little cuts, scrapes, and bruises with a single kiss. Mother kisses, and the hurt is lessened or disappears altogether. It worked wonders until the day my daughter burned her hand when she touched a steam pot. With full confidence, she lifted her fingers to be kissed — and then realized they still hurt. Over and over she lifted them to my lips, and over and over I kissed them until I finally admitted we needed to try something else. Cold water and a wash cloth eventually soothed the pain, and the limits of my magic touch were suddenly apparent. Jesus’ power is of a different magnitude. It’s evident when he reads and preaches with authority (from the Greek word exousia, which means “out of himself”— as opposed to studying or having a title thrust on him). It’s even more manifest when he simply rebukes a demon and the demon leaves his human host—not because he wants to, but because he knows true authority when he sees and hears it. It’s no wonder the people are astonished. They’ve never seen this kind of immediate response. This is no mother’s kiss to heal the little hurts of life, no magician pretending to have power he doesn’t. This is the Son of God come to cast out evil itself and open Scriptures so the people can hear God’s Word in a new and powerful way. Today, let us turn to him to heal our wounds and make us whole. Mary Katharine Deeley [email protected] WEEKLY LITURGICAL CELEBRATIONS FOR ST. ANN THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Saturday, January 31 St. John Bosco 7:00 pm - FOR THE PEOPLE OF ST ANN PARISH Sunday, February 1 8:30 am - JUDY & BILLY LOGAN by Santino & Emma Barchiesi Monday, February 2 NO MASS The Presentation of the Lord Tuesday, February 3 7:30 am - STELLA RATULOWSKI by Irene Ratulowski Rolling Meadows Ss. Blaise & Ansgar 10:30 am - FOR THE PEOPLE OF ST ANN PARISH Wednesday, February 4 6:30 pm - LULU JONES by Attilia Shumaker Thursday, February 5 St. Agatha 7:30 am - DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE ROTH & MCNAUL FAMILIES by Mr. & Mrs. Frank B. Roth Friday, February 6 St. Paul Miki and Companions 12:15 pm - MARY MOWAD by Bob & Lynn Hoover THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Saturday, February 7 7:00 pm - JOSEPH & CARMINA OSSO by Elaine Puglia Sunday, February 8 8:30 am - GILBERTA SCHONHARDT by John & Melissa Kirsch MASS SCHEDULE FOR ST. THOMAS & ST. MARCELLUS Monday & Wednesday 9:00 am - St. Thomas Saturday 5:00 pm - St. Thomas Sunday 10:30 am - St. Marcellus St. Ann Altar Servers for Jan. 31 & Feb. 1 7:00 pm: M. Davin (Adult Ser ver ); R. Janco, K. Hardie, J. Martinez (Euchar istic Minister s); B. Bocchini, D. DuBois (Lector s); J. Goroncy (Cantor ); M. Desrosiers, R. Sielski, D. Huffman (Youth Ser ver s). 8:30 am: Deacon Jim; R. Phillips, M. Rohanna, L. Pettit, S. Pettit (Euchar istic Minister s); CCD Students (Lectors); S. Karg (Cantor); W. Bristor, J. Revak, A. Revak (Youth Ser ver s). St. Ann Altar Servers for Feb 7/8 7:00 pm: Deacon Jim; K. Hollowood, E. Wang, B. Lang (Euchar istic Minister s); B. Brown, K. Davin (Lectors); N. Milinovich (Cantor); M. Warman, O. Sanvicente, O. Sanvicente (Youth Ser ver s). 8:30 am: L. Pettit (Adult Ser ver ); R. Davin, P. Rock, B. Zalar, J. Milinovich (Euchar istic Minister s); E. Barchiesi, B. Mooney (Lector s); J. Milinovich (Cantor); W.
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