WEEKLY BULLETINS, ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS
PARISH UTILITY MAILING AND FAMILY UPDATE
Last week, all parish households received a mailing to update our parish records and contribute to the annual Utility Collection. Many of you may remember this mailing as the Fuel Collection. Our utility costs are rising and our parish savings are declining. It is important to have your support to help our church meet its annual costs. Along with the utility collection, the parish is updating its family records. Please take time to fill out the card and include it with your donation. Envelopes can be placed in the collection basket or mailed. If you prefer to give and update your records online, go to our parish website at www.churchstann.org, and click on the green button on our homepage. Thank you for your kind generosity in supporting St. Ann’s.
PREP SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED
Thought about teaching at PREP? Can’t commit to every week? Have Wednesday evenings open? Become an occasional sub for PREP classes during the 6:45 - 8:00 pm class time! Fill in when teachers need a evening off for work or family events, and join in sharing the gospel message. Subs get a lesson plan, coaching, and the satisfaction of contributing an important service for the parish family. We can help you get clearances and get you up to speed. Please contact Chris Kimock.
Recently some parishioners have received emails from scammers pretending to be a priest from our parish. Please know that Msgr. Coyle and Fr. Jai do not ask for iTunes, or any other gift cards, for people in need. Pay attention to the email address; these emails are not coming from a registered parish email. If you are in doubt, please call the rectory staff.
HELPING HANDS TO COLLECT FOOD FOR NEEDY
This is the beginning of the Helping Hands food collection season. Beginning immediately, our ministry is collecting food for holiday meals - Thanksgiving an Christmas. We are all the hands of Christ! Please bring in your food donations and place them in the boxes at all church entrances. You can help! Donate nonperishable food items:
Canned cranberry sauce, candied yams, applesauce, boxed instant potatoes, gravy, canned fruit, canned vegetables, cake mixes & frosting. Donate grocery store gift cards and other nonperishables, too!
To volunteer, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your help and your prayers!
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS HOMEBOUND?
Our St. Ann Visitation Ministry visits over 20 people who are in nursing/assisted living homes or homebound. We visit at least once every two weeks and often make weekly visits. If you have a family member or a loved one homebound or in a nursing/assisted living home who would enjoy company and is not being visited by our compassionate companions, we’re just a phone call away. We love to listen and to brighten the day of our parishioners! Please contact Sally Gordon.
HELPING HANDS SUPPORTS CHRISTMAS BOXES
It’s time to pack your Operation Christmas Child (OCC) boxes. Boxes and info in the main lobby and side entrances. Please take one packet and a box(es) that you will fill. Once your boxes are filled, please return them to the entrances from October 1st-November 10th. Helping Hands will take all boxes to our drop-off location. Please remember - no liquids of any kind. Should you have any questions on OCC, please contact Pam Schiaffo. For other Helping Hands event inquiries, or to volunteer, please contact email@example.com, or reach us on Facebook.
YIKES! THAT WAS A BIG HOLE IN THE CEILING!
What happened to the ceiling near the lector’s podium, by the weekday chapel? As contractors were doing a leak test to find a roof leak, a weak spot was hit by one of the contractors. (That’s a fancy way of saying his foot came through the ceiling!) Luckily the damage was only cosmetic, but it did take a few weeks until the repair could be done. The ceiling is now repaired and the contractor did find a leak - and where not to put his foot in the future!
CHURCH LOST AND FOUND
Rosaries, Bibles, jewelry, and other lost items have special meaning for their owners. If you find an item in a pew, even a child’s toy or umbrella, please give it to one of our ushers to be placed in the Lost and Found basket on the Information Counter in the lobby. Thank you for your help in reuniting lost items with their owners!
SCHOOL CAFETERIA UPGRADES UNDERWAY
Students and staff will notice some new, and much needed, cafeteria equipment in the coming weeks! New hot and cold serving station lines and new silverware and tray dispensers are going to be added, giving the cafeteria a more modern feel, as well as better conforming to current food standards. A new stove and milk cooler were already installed this summer, replacing decades old models that had seen better days. These necessary equipment additions will also be able to be used for parish events and activities, improving serving and preparation capabilities for our volunteers. Thanks to all of the school board and facilities volunteers who worked to make these improvements possible!
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!
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!
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MONTHLY MEETING
7:30 pm in the Parish Life Center
The Knights of Columbus monthly meeting is Tuesday, October 15th, 7:30 pm, in the Parish Life Center. Refreshments served after the meeting. All members are urged to attend.
COATS FOR KIDS COLLECTION
October 19th and 20th
Before All Masses
The Knights of Columbus will collect for the annual Coats for Kids drive before all Masses on October 19 and 20. We will collect monetary donations to purchase winter coats for local children in need. Through our organization we can purchase high-quality winter coats for elementary students for $19.53 and $25.18 for high school students. The Knights will also accept gently used coats (children's and adults') for St. Matthew's of Emmaus Community Clothing Closet. Winter is coming! The Farmers' Almanac's famous long-range weather outlook is predicting "Sno-verload" for 2019-20. Please help keep a child warm this winter.
ST. ANN SCHOOL 5K WALK/RUN
This year marks the 70th anniversary of St. Ann School! We are so excited to be celebrating this achievement, especially at a time when other schools are seeing declines in enrollments
Won't you help us celebrate? We know that Emmaus is a running community. To mark our anniversary, we are offering our first ever 5K race on October 26th at 9:00 am -- and do you know what we need more than anything? RUNNERS!!! Please click on this link to go to the online registration. More information and a printable registration form can be found here. Information and registration forms can also be found in the Main Vestibule of our Church or in the school office. If you know runners, please pass this message along to them.
ST. ANN BEEF & BEER DINNER
Doors Open at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 7:00 pm
St. Ann School Gymnasium, 435 S. 6th Street, Emmaus PA
Ticket includes an all you can eat buffet: Top round of beef, roasted red potatoes, 3 cheese ziti, macaroni & potato salad, cole slaw & more! Plus a beer raffle, basket raffles and a 50/50.
$30 Pre-Sale Tickets - $35 at the Door (if available). Seats are limited, so please register ASAP. Tables may be reserved for groups of 10 or more! The deadline for Pre-Sale Tickets is Monday, October 21st. More information and a printable pre-sale form can be found here!
ST. ANN PRIME TIMERS MEETING
1:00 pm at Bethel Bible Church
Prime Timers is a social group for seniors! Join the fun! Meeting begins at 1:00 pm, Bethel Bible Church, 4th & Elm Streets, Emmaus. Please call Mary Ann Marshall for more details.
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.