St. Anne Catholic Church
A "Few" Words from Fr. Robert
The Covid Vaccine
I continue to be concerned about our senior citizens who want to receive the Covid vaccine but seem unable to do so. Several have called frustrated and concerned and even afraid. One woman waited patiently on the phone for one hour with the Health Department and was disconnected. Many of our seniors don’t have computers, or if they have registered for the vaccine online they never received a call for an appointment. Director of St. Anne Community Outreach Katie Byers and St. Anne Church Director of Stewardship Kimberly Kaup are doing their best to help gather the most current information in an effort to assist our seniors get registered for the vaccine online. I’m not sure we can be miracle workers, but there has to be some way we can help our senior citizens at least get in the line to receive the vaccine. If you are in this situation please call the Parish Office and ask for Kimberly. She will give you the most up-to-date information we can find and she will do her best to either direct you to the best place to get the vaccine or help you if you have to register using a computer.

The Deimel Ball Next Week
We all know that the Deimel Ball has become the largest annual Catholic event of Columbus. It is the only time that Catholics from all the parishes in our area gather to support the excellent work of our beautiful school. It is always good for us in Columbus to enjoy the company of the bishop as we celebrate the good works of local Catholics and support Catholic education. Obviously this year the Deimel Ball will have to be celebrated with a new format, but nonetheless we will need your support. Details about the Deimel Ball can be found on our school and parish websites. Please visit www.BeAViking.com/deimel-ball for sponsorship opportunities and instructions on how to register to attend the event (in person or virtually).

We Are All Set
Our Covid income deficit campaign has reached and substantially surpassed its goal. We asked the parish for $59,000 and we received $95,782! There is no need to send any more donations to the Covid Appeal. All I ask is that everyone continue to keep up with their weekly or monthly support as best you can and everything will be OK. I promise to continue to monitor our expenses and reduce them wherever possible. I am most grateful for your support in this important endeavor.

Accounting Position Available
St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School is seeking a school bookkeeper. This position will perform general bookkeeping and accounting functions, and administrative and clerical duties per Diocese of Savannah financial and school policies and best practices. The ideal candidate will have good communications and customer service skills; pay close attention to details; and must work well with finance and school staff. Skill in Excel spreadsheets is required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google and experience with QuickBooks and FACTS Tuition is a plus. The candidate must possess at least an associate’s degree and 2-3 years bookkeeping experience or equivalent. To express interest in this position, please email a cover letter and resume to Parish Business Manager Cathy Eckstein at ceckstein@sasphs.net.

On Our Campus
  • Last week our maintenance crew cleared the leaves off the roofs of our many buildings and cleaned all the gutters. This was no small task! This is the type of preventative maintenance that was lacking on our campus before Maintenance Director Travis Harris arrived.
  • Because a paving crew from North Carolina had extra asphalt which they had to get rid of for a nominal fee, Travis directed them to pave in front of the weight room and Deimel Field entrance. We have been having standing water problems in those areas for a while and this should fix the problems.
  • The bell company arrived and once again fixed the motor on the main church bell tower. Those motors are 20 years old and we are hoping that this fix will solve the problem. If it does not we will be looking at a rather expensive motor replacement.
  • We continue to wait for bids on our Early Learning Center, the last project of our Capital Campaign. Travis is in conversation with Architectural Engineer Ron Stotser in hopes of moving this project forward. 
  • As I type this, our school is coming back to on-campus learning. I’ve missed the little ones and I am so glad they can safely return to in-person instruction. With the Christmas Break followed by two weeks of virtual learning our children have not been in our school buildings for over a month. During that time the entire school has been deep cleaned by our new cleaning company. Many of the floors have been waxed, as well. Over this period the new environmental (HVAC) controls enabled us to lower the set points on all 57 thermostats with the push of one button on a computer screen. They switched back to “occupied” at 6 a.m. January 19th. With this new level of control, which was previously impossible, it’s easy to see how we will be able to save significant amounts of money on energy. 

Really...Three Birthday Cakes?
Once again, you guys over did it. I want to thank you for your birthday greetings, gifts and, yes, three birthday cakes. Throughout the day on my birthday cakes kept appearing in the Friary garage. No, I didn’t eat all of them. They were shared with the faculty and staff of our parish and school. Thank you so much for all of your kindness to me and all the friars. I’ve never been a big birthday kind of person, but rest assured I am grateful for all of your best wishes.
Offertory and Attendance
Stewardship of Treasure
  • January 17, 2021 In-Pew Offertory: $ 13,934
  • January 17, 2021 Online Offertory: $ 13,160

Attendance
  • January 17, 2021 TOTAL: 649
  • 5:30 p.m. - 128
  • 8:00 a.m. - 142
  • 10:30 a.m. - 273
  • 12:30 p.m. - 106

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were donated in honor of Ginny Beucler by her family in celebration of her 75th birthday. If you would like to donate altar flowers in memory of or in honor of a loved one, please call the Parish Office. The cost is $100.

Opportunity to Offer the Bread and Wine at Mass
This week’s gift of bread & wine was donated by Dutch Waldheim in loving memory of his wife, Judi Waldheim. If you would like to offer the bread and wine for Mass in honor of or in memory of a loved one, please call the Parish Office to schedule your weekend. Your offering of $50 will help defray the cost.