Seminarian Kevin Lenius will be at St. Ann’s for themonth of July. He is from Abilene and will be a senior in college at Conception Seminary in Missouri this Fall. Welcome, Kevin!
Mass Times Weekends Saturday: 5:00pm Sunday: 8:30am*, 10:45am, 1:00pm (Spanish), and 5:00pm* *9:30am Donuts in the Commons, Adult and Elementary Religious Education Programs for children *6:00pm Life Teen for High School and Edge for Junior High Week Days Monday: 8:00am *6:30pm Religious Education Programs for children
Tuesday: 8:00am, 6:30pm (Spanish)
Wednesday: 8:00am, 5:45pm
Friday: 8:30am (10:30am at Manor Park)
Marriage Encounter Community The Diocese is attempting to enrich marriages by forming Marriage Encounter Community Circles in each Deanery. With your assistance, Family Life and Marriage will continue to minister to married couples throughout our Diocese. Contact Thomas Burke for more info. email@example.com
Steubenville Meeting – Please pray for our group who will be heading to Tuscon, AZ later this week for t he Steubenville West Youth Conference.
Teen ACTS — Mark your calendars for this year’s Teen ACTS retreat. It will take place August 6th - 9th. It will be open to all those currently in High School (2014 - 2015 academic year). Registration is now open and regist ration forms are available in the Church Office . Cost is $ 200 and a deposit is required to hold your spot. Registration will close on July 20th.
St. Ann’s have had requests for a new children’s ministry — The Liturgy of the Word with Children. This would take place at the 8:30 am Mass. Children between the age 3 - 5 would be dismissed during the Liturgy of the Word and would hear the words and a short meaning from an adult that has been trained to do this ministry. The children join the congregation after this for the rest of the Mass. The material is in and now all we need are some volunteers. It would be good if we could have 8 teams (husband and wife, parent and an older child or whatever works). These adults would have a background check, an ethics class and also trained to use the material. Please give this prayerful consideration and call Carol Ann at the church office with questions or to jo in this wonderful ministry.
The 14th Annual Assembly of the Hermanamiento (Texas/Honduras Partnership) took place in La Ceiba, Honduras June 22-26. Representatives of the four dioceses in this partnership attended, including all four bishops:
- Bishop Michael Sis of San Angelo,
- Bishop Joe Strickland of Tyler,
- Bishop Angel Garachana of San Pedro Sula and
- Bishop Michael Linehan of La Ceiba.
They signed an agreement to continue this partnership, at a Eucharist offered in the La Ceiba Cathedral, St. Isidore. Diocesan representatives reported on partnership activities in each diocese, expressing joy in the relationships between parishes. They discussed new possibilities for the future.
They toured several parishes: Natividad de Jesus, St. Anthony Claret, and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Interesting trips were also made to other church-related ministries: schools, a home for the elderly, and a center for natural medicines.
The Assembly ended with a lively morning at La Milagrosa Catholic School in Tela, with its 842 students. Sr. Malachy Griffin of San Angelo reflected on the partnership: "For these fourteen years I have found the Honduras Partnership to be a gift.
This year we enjoyed the best Honduras has to offerits people! In a country of serious contrasts and contradictions, we were overwhelmed by the kindness, generosity, honesty, service, intelligence, creativity and faith of our sisters and brothers.
These beautiful people come from a beautiful country. The mountains are magnificent, the sea a tranquil blue, the vegetation multiple shades of green, and we saw a myriad of colorful flowers and fruits. "One scene that was played out at La Milagrosa will be etched in my memory forever. A group of junior high students took to the stage to perform a dance from the Garifuna culture. In the audience, a special needs child of about nine was dancing with the "official" group, several of whom invited and encouraged her to join them. I will never forget the look of pure joy on the face of a little one with Down Syndrome nor will I forget the welcome she received from the older students nor the roar of approval from the spectators."
Participating in this Assembly from the Diocese of San Angelo, besides Bishop Sis and Sr. Malachy, were Leonor Spencer of Midland, Clementine Urista of San Angelo, Diana Madero of Odessa and Msgr. Larry Droll of Midland.
They expressed the hope that more parishes will join the partnership, to develop relationships with fellow Catholics in Honduran parishes or specific ministries. The experience expands participants' horizons of faith and appreciation for the Church universal.
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