Welcome to St. Ann, Channahon
Mass Schedule: 8am Monday -Friday, 5pm Saturday, 8am and 10am Sunday
3/17/15 Baptismal Prep Class 6:30pm Fireside room
2/27/15-3/27/15 4pm-7pm Fish Frys begin for six weeks.Sponsored by the knights of Columbus at Sant Ann parish hall
4/19/15 Pancake Breakfast 8am-12 noon. Sponsored by the Men's Club
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4th Sunday of lent reflection
By: Andrew Buchanan
Growing up, like many of us, I can recall being scared of the dark and I’m sure my mom could tell stories of how I would flee my room and seek comfort in her arms. In reality, there was likely little to fear while I slept in my dark room. Yet, there is a darkness which we all must flee; this darkness is the darkness of sin. Sin thrusts mankind into a deep abyss, for sin is a turning away from God, the Light of Love and Truth. Yet, the human race has not been left in the depths of sinful darkness without a means to attain salvation. With joy in our hearts, we recall that the Father sent His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, to suffer, die, and rise from the dead in order to bring us to eternal life.
Drawing on this joyous theme of salvation, let us turn to today’s Gospel reading from St. John, in which we recall that Christ, Who hung gloriously on the Cross, is like the serpent suspended on a pole in the midst of the encampment of the Jewish people while they waited to enter the Promised Land. During these ancient times of journeying, the Jewish people, heeding the instruction of Moses, would look at this suspended serpent after having been bitten by a snake and simply by gazing at this image, the suffering person would receive a miraculous cure from God. Truly, this serpent suspended on a pole was a beacon of hope, a beacon of God’s life giving Light in the midst of the People of Israel. In this image of the suspended serpent, we see an image of Christ. For in the fullness of time the Father sent His Son to be lifted up on the “pole” of the Cross so that all who look to Him might be healed of the poisonous effects of sin.
Seeking healing from all of our sins, in our Baptism we turned to the Lord in His Light for the first time. Saying this, even having been cleansed of sins in Baptism, we still struggle with concupiscence—the remaining scar of original sin on our human nature which entices us to sin. Sadly, there are times when we bow to the impulses of the scar of concupiscence and by sinning anew we turn away from God. At this point we must acknowledge our sin and recognize our need for God’s eternal mercy; we must respond to God’s grace and turn, yet again, with greater fervor to bask in the Light of Christ.
With this in mind, let us further exhort ourselves to constantly seek God’s healing touch so that we might be cleansed of the venom of sin. For if we become hard of heart and sink into the depths of living a content, sinful life, we progressively turn and walk further and further from the Light of Christ. Such contentedness with a sinful life characterizes the plight of the Jewish people in today’s reading from 2 Chronicles. Like the people of this passage, those who are content with sin often make fun of the prophets who emerge to call us into a deeper relationship with Christ. Let us ask ourselves, “Do we ignore the prophetic voices of the Church, calling us to deeper union with God?” Sadly, all of us can say that to varying degrees, we have sought the security of the darkness and not heeded the Lord’s prophetic call during our life.
However, let us not be downcast. We must respond wholeheartedly to the call of God and enter into His wonderful Light. As Christians, we need to joyfully seek to live forever in union with God. We must always long to live in joyful union with Christ’s Spouse, the Church, which is God’s instrument of salvation throughout the ages. To dwell in the Church, the New Jerusalem, and thus live in union with Christ must be our greatest desire, our greatest delight. By living as members of the Church, we live in the fullness of the Light of Christ and we are drawn to ever greater healing by uniting ourselves with the Church’s constant gaze upon her Crucified and Risen Lord.
 St. John 3:14-15 (New American Bible).
 See Numbers 21:4-9 for the story of Moses mounting the serpent on the pole.
 See Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1264 and 1426 for a description of concupiscence.
 2 Chronicles 36: 14-16 (New American Bible).
 Psalm 137: 6, “May my tongue stick to my palate if I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem beyond all my delights” (New American Bible).
St. Ann Catholic Church 24500 S. Navajo Drive Channahon, Illinois 60410 Website: www.stannchannahon.org
Lent Season Tuesdays: Feb. 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24* & 31 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Stations of the Cross Chapel - 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. *Extended Confessions, Tuesday, March 24, 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Lent Season Fridays: Feb. 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20*, 27 Confessions – 6:00 p.m., Stations – 6:30 p.m., Lenten Mass – 7:00 p.m. * No confessions or Mass, Stations only on March 20th Palm Sunday, Saturday, March 28, Blessing & Distribution of Palms Confessions: 3-4:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. Mass Sunday, March 29 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Mass
Holy Thursday, April 2, 2015 No 8:00 a.m. Mass Morning Prayer – 9:00 a.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 7:00 p.m. Holy Thursday Adoration Chapel – 8:00-10:00 p.m. Good Friday, April 3, 2015 Morning Prayer - 9:00 a.m., Seven Last Words of Christ Prayer Service - Noon Way of the Cross - 3:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 7:00 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 4, 2015 Morning Prayer – 9:00 a.m. Blessing of Easter Food Baskets – 11:00 a.m. Blessing of Easter Fire – 7:25 p.m. Easter Vigil & First Reception of Sacraments – 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, Sunday, April 5, 2015 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. Area-wide Divine Mercy Celebration, Sunday, April 12, 2015 Host Parish: St. Paul, Joliet, 2:00 p.m. Confessions, 3:00 p.m. Prayer, 3:45 p.m. Holy Mass
2015 PARISH SUMMER PICNIC
Community building is so vital to the growth of a parish community, in the diocese of Joliet. When we come to know one another by name and serve together, the work of Christ happens. Let us continue to build on what has been done in the past and celebrate the present. If families, parish organizations, commissions, volunteers want to be a part of the planning team, please email or call the office. email@example.com An initial date will be set for the initial meeting and the creation of small working teams. Seasoned parishioners, new families, single parishioners, jr. high, teens and college students, recent graduates are invited. Fr. Peter
St. Ann Choir of Joy
A choir for grade school and high school students
Practices will be held the 3rd and 4th Sundays of each month after the 10:00 AM Mass.
Practices will be 30 minutes in length. Parents must be present with their children.
On the first weekend of each month they will sing at the 5 pm and switch off with the 10 am mass. We are calling our young parishioners who play and instrument, drums, guitar, percussion, trumpet, flute, etc., to come forward also. We are looking for students who love to sing. Rehearsals will begin in April 9th/ 26th first mass in May.
All this can happen when our parents are involved with this ministry. We are looking for a team of six parents and two at home college students or graduates to work with us. By holy week, we will need the names of 15 students and commitments by parents. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, so we can plan. More information to come, questions, please put in the email. This is only a start, but there are great possibilities. Training our young parishioners to be leaders in the world and participants in the Music ministry of St. Ann Parish is our goal.
Fr Peter, Tim, Kathy, Lana, Bill
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ATTENTION HOME BOUND PARISHIONERS
The St. Ann family wants to connect with you. If you are unable to come to church because you are sick, in rehab from surgery, living at a health care center or you live alone, please let the office know. A deacon, priest, or a home visitor will come to your home. When you need to go to confession or receive the anointing of the sick, call our office. If there is an emergency of illness or death call the main number and press x 5, if it is after 3 pm or on the weekend. Your cross of ill heath or living alone and unable to come to mass is such a difficult sacrifice for you. In being the only priest, I will do my best to serve your spiritual needs. Your family at St.Ann, prays for you. Please call our prayer line or office, to let us know what is going on, if your are preparing for surgery, recovering from surgery or live alone. We do care about you. God bless you and keep you in His Care - Fr. Peter
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A Letter from: Fr. Peter Jarosz
Dear Friends in Christ,
The peace of the Lord be with you always. As you may know, I was called to begin my term of service here at St. Ann on the Feast of Corpus Christi in June, by Bishop Daniel Conlon. What a joy it is to begin serving the family and St. Ann, in my 25 th year as a Priest. Over the years, I have served at Visitation Parish, St. Walter, St. Isidore and twelve years as Pastor of Christ the King, Lombard. Thank you for your warm welcome and helping me to feel at home during these last five months.
This is the time of the liturgical year, in which we celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons. After prayer and reflection, I present to you on behalf of the parish staff, spiritual opportunities during these joyful seasons. It is our hope and prayer, that you join us and take opportunities to know one another by name, in the new year of our Lord 2015.
We hope you feel at home here at St. Ann. During these busy times of the year, come, pray, prepare and celebrate Christ's coming as a child at Christmas and Jesus Christ when He comes to welcome us home one day to heaven.
The clergy,parish staff and parish leadership are very thankful for your presence here,for the many ways you already share your time, talent and treasure. It is a joy to serve you. God has blest us in many ways at home, work, school and the parish. p,In return,please be as generous,as you can at Christmas and thank you, for the commitment you made, in our yearly increased offertory program.
Thank you for serving our parish as a volunteer,through your time and talent. Your gift of prayer is the most precious gift we can give to one another this Advent and Christmas. The weekly presence of each parish family member at Mass brings us closer to one another and to Jesus Christ, the Giver of All Life. It also reminds us we are never alone in our faith journey. The staff, clergy, leadership and I look forward to walking with you and being a part of your life in 2015.
Our Holy Father Pope Francis tells us,"May the Church be a place...where all feel welcomed,loved, forgiven and encouraged to live according to the good life of the Gospel." A peaceful and grace filled Advent to you. May Christmas day and season be a time of joy. This new year of grace 2015 be a time of good health, happiness and peace of mind.
In Jesus and Mary,
Reverend Fr. Peter Jarosz, Pastor
St. Ann Parish, Diocese of Joliet