WEEKLY BULLETINS, ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS
GET TO KNOW FR. JAI
St. Ann’s parish is so pleased to welcome a new parochial vicar to our community! Fr. Jaya Kumar Francis (Fr. Jai) joined the seminary 20 years ago and is a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC). He was born in south India, in the state of Tamil Nadu, and most recently resided in Bangalore, where he was a pastor. He spent 15 months in the Philippines as part of his early seminary training. Although being away from his homeland was tough, it was a beautiful country, said Fr. Jai, and his time there allowed him to expand his mind.
As a young child, Fr. Jai grew up in a faith-filled home. His family was very spiritual, and he credits his family’s daily prayers and deep devotion that “watered the seed of faith” within him. Fr. Jai also found a deep spiritual experience through the songs of his parish choir. The songs were a powerful and prayerful connection to God that, along with his family’s faith, compelled him to seek his vocation as a priest.
Fr. Jai appreciates prayer and the many, wonderful facets that shape a church and its surrounding faith community. He says being a priest has been an exciting time for him, and he values the opportunity he has to spend time with parishioners listening, offering spiritual guidance, and proclaiming the Good News. Says Fr. Jai, “I am happy just being available to people in their joys and sorrows as a presence of God’s love and mercy.”
Fun Facts About Fr. Jai!
He enjoys sports and grew up playing football (soccer), where he was a goal keeper, cricket, badminton, and kabaddi (a traditional Indian team sport similar to football without the ball and gear Google it!).
He has two master’s degrees: MSc (psychology and spirituality) and MA (spirituality and counseling).
His favorite American food to eat is steak, and his favorite Indian dish is biryani - spiced rice with vegetables and meat.
You can find Fr. Jai with a good book, listening to music, or enjoying a movie!
BISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL
Parish Goal Update
St. Ann’s parish goal for this year is $119,829. Once we meet our parish goal, St. Ann’s Church will receive 50% of the funds raised after our goal.
To date, St. Ann’s has given $116,678 to support education centers like Mercy School for Special Learning and Catholic-based charities, to educate our seminarians, and to care for families in need.
In years past, our parish received over $30,000 annually from donating over our goal, due to the generosity of our parishioners. Although that amount has decreased significantly in recent years, any extra over-goal funds help to pay for maintaining parish buildings, funding parish events, and assisting with administrative costs, too.
As we generously support the important diocesan charitable initiatives through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, please know that your donations help us move above that parish goal. St. Ann’s will benefit, too, which is a wonderful bonus as we support our Catholic community around us.
PARISH MISSIONS ENVELOPE: HURRICANE RELIEF
Next weekend’s Parish Missions collection, on September 29th, will benefit the victims of Hurricane Dorian. Any money collected will be sent directly to the hurricane relief fund. Thank you for your generosity in helping to support the victims of the devastation in the Bahamas and other Caribbean locations and those victims in need in the United States, too.
ONLY 1 WEEK LEFT TO RESERVE FOR HOLY LAND TRIP
October 6th to 15th, 2020
Reserve by October 1, 2019
It’s a once in a lifetime trip and tour! Join Monsignor Coyle on a memorable trip to the original and revered cities of Emmaus, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and more! Peter’s Way Tours is organizing and leading the tour next October. Tour brochures are available in the lobby or rectory. Contact Peter’s Way Tours for more information at 800-225-7662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. ANN’S DEBUTS NEW PARISH COFFEE CART
Part of Eagle Scout Project for Parish Boy Scout Aidan Tarafas has put the finishing touches on a parish Coffee Cart that he built by hand as part of his Eagle Scout project. Along with the eight benches he built and donated, the coffee cart will be a centerpiece to our WARM and joyful parish atmosphere. The coffee cart and benches will allow the parish to have a place for parishioners and guests to stay, mingle, and spend time together after Masses end. The cart will be used for the first time during Fr. Jai’s welcome reception after Masses this weekend. Look for more coffee cart activity to come!
Aidan and his family joined St. Ann’s in 2009. His dedication to scouting and our parish is evident. Said Aidan, “Not only did this project bring people together, it also helped the bond between the Boy Scouts and the parish grow stronger.”
IN SEARCH OF A YOUTH MINISTRY LEADER
Join our team of adults guiding St. Ann’s Body of Believers teen ministry! Please contact Chris Kimock with any questions.
TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY ANNOUNCEMENT
Due to liability issues, our Transportation Committee is no longer able to offer rides to senior parishioners to medical appointments. Transportation services for older adults are available through LANTA.
IT’S TIME TO BUY YOUR FALL MUMS!
Your Garden Purchases Help Our Knights! Are you adding some colorful mums or other plants to your fall garden or doorstep? Remember to bring along this coupon when plant shopping at Dan Schantz Greenhouse on Lehigh Street. They will donate $2 to the St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus!
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ST. ANN SCHOOL 70TH ANNIVERSARY
We would love to hear from our alumni as we plan our celebrations! Do you have a special St. Ann School memory to share? Please contact Lisa Schultz!
SHOPPING CART GIFT CARDS
Support St. Ann School!
Your purchase of gift cards helps to fund St. Ann School and keeps thousands of dollars in our parish budget each year! Gift Cards available at the Information Desk after most masses! Hundreds of gift cards available every two weeks by special order.
You shop. Amazon gives.
Are you furnishing a dorm room, buying vacation supplies, or getting a jump on back-to-school items? use AmazonSmile for your online purchases! AmazonSmile website is operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to our school and parish!
WELCOME WEEKEND FOR FR. JAYA
September 21st and 22nd
After all Masses
We will officially welcome our new priest, Fr. Jaya Kumar Francis, after all Masses. Fr. Jaya began his duties with us on September 3rd. Take some time to introduce yourself and your family to Fr. Jaya after Mass. Refreshments will be served!
EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT UNVEILING!
September 21st and 22nd
After all Masses
Boy Scout Aidan Tarafas, of Troop 80, knew he wanted to help his home parish when he was deciding on his Eagle Scout service project. Aidan wanted to make sure the project was not only meaningful, but also useful for parishioners - and we think he hit the nail on the head - literally! Aidan built 8 amazing benches for our parish to use as gathering or resting places for parishioners before or after Mass. And, he’s not finished yet - Aidan has another piece to this project that he is putting the final touches on and will dedicate to St. Ann’s during the weekend of September 21st & 22nd! Take some time to enjoy the sunshine, parish friends, and Aidan’s benches! A WARM addition to our parish! Thank you, Aidan!
NEW BIBLE STUDY SESSION BEGINS TUESDAY
7:00 pm in the Parish Life Center
As the Good Shepherd, Jesus seeks after us. He comes to meet us and beckons us to follow him, to trust him, to open ourselves to his merciful love, and to love others as he has loved us. This fall’s Bible study, Follow Me, invites you to experience the joy of a renewed friendship with Christ. Join us as we explore the Book of John in an 8-session adventure starting Tuesday, September 24th.
Join us each Tuesday in the Parish Life Center from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm!
September 28th and 29th
Join the St. Ann School community and help raise money for our 15th Annual Walk-A-Thon! As always, all funds go directly back to the St. Ann students. Our students will be at all masses the weekend of September 28th and 29th collecting to reach their goal. A donation of any amount is appreciated. Thank you for supporting our students!
7:00 pm in the Parish Life Center
MOSAIC (Men of St. Ann in Christ) meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm in the Parish Life Center. Are you looking for a way to give back to or participate more at St. Ann’s? MOSAIC is a social and service group of Catholic guys dedicated to serving their parish and surrounding community. Join us!
ST. ANN PRIME TIMERS MEETING
1:00 pm at Bethel Bible Church
Prime Timers is a social group for seniors! Join the fun! Celebrate fall with chicken pot pie and desserts! Meeting begins at 1:00 pm, Bethel Bible Church, 4th & Elm Streets, Emmaus. Please call Mary Ann Marshall by October 1st to make your reservation! Our speaker from the VA Office will present information on benefits available to veterans, as well as widow’s benefits.
New Prime Timers Bus Trip
Queen Esther, May 20th, at the Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster, PA. Lunch buffet at Shady Maple included. $115 per person. Please call Joanne Kern to reserve.
WASA’S DESIGNER BAG BINGO
For more information, or to reserve tickets or inquire about seating, kindly contact Donna Zwick.
ST. ANN’S PRAYER GROUP MEETING
7:00 pm in the Chapel
The St. Ann’s Prayer Group meets every 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Chapel to pray the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. All are welcome. Would you like to be added to the prayer list or can’t join us on Monday? Please call Janet Mrazek.
PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
1:00 pm in the Parish Life Center
Help create prayer shawls and blankets for those who are sick, or in need of comfort, every third Tuesday, from 1:00 - 3:00pm, in the Parish Life Center. The shawl are blessed by our pastors and are donated to hospice facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. Blankets are distributed through Project Linus. If you know of someone in the parish who is in need of a shawl or blanket, or if you have questions, please contact Bev Ruppert. Beginners welcome!
ST. ANN SCHOOL 5K WALK/RUN
Part of the 70th Anniversary celebration! More information to follow. Get those sneakers ready!
ST. ANN SCHOOL BEEF & BEER
For information, menu or tickets please contact Carrie Gradin.
PRIME TIMERS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BUS TRIP
A Miracle on 34th Street
at the Shawnee on the Delaware Playhouse
Prime Timers Annual Christmas Bus Trip Make your reservations for A Miracle on 34th Street at the Shawnee on the Delaware Playhouse on November 22nd! $75 per person and a $20 deposit is due upon registration. Price includes bus ticket, lunch, and show! Please contact Kay Baney to reserve your place for this holiday trip!
PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN WORKSHOP
8:45 am to noon in the Parish Life Center
If you plan to volunteer with the school, parish, scouts, CYO, or PREP program, now is your chance to attend this workshop at St. Ann’s. All diocesan volunteers and employees who have contact with children are required to attend a Protecting God’s Children program. If you attended a PGC program in the past, you do not need to attend again.
All classes held in the Parish Life Center, 526 Fairview St. To register, please contact Chris Kimock.