St. Anne Catholic Church
A "Few" Words from Fr. Robert
What Special Weeks
These last two weeks have certainly been very special in the life of our parish. Diocese of Savannah Bishop Stephen Parkes came twice - both to confirm our 60 plus young people and preside at the Baccalaureate Mass and High School Graduation of St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School on our new Deimel Field. Every time Bishop Parkes comes he is impressed with the variety of activities that happen on our beautiful campus. He always remarks on the friendliness of our people. He is very impressed with our St. Anne Outreach program and almost always asks how things are going at Outreach. 

Of course Bishop Parkes is very impressed with our school and all the people who make it one of the most successful schools in the Diocese. He told us that he was happy to attend our first-ever graduation on Deimel Field. The weather could not have been better and he made it a point to greet each graduate and faculty member as they left the field . 

At Confirmation he really enjoyed standing in front of the bell tower and taking pictures with the families of our young people who were confirmed. Almost every family wanted a picture with the bishop, and even with me trying to move the line along it took almost 25 minutes. He told me he didn’t mind at all.

Recently in an email he said, “Robert, really I enjoyed being with the friars and the people of St. Anne and St. Anne-Pacelli. There is always a great spirit on campus.”

Last weekend we also started our First Communions. They are often my favorite time of the year. I love seeing our 2nd graders coming up with their parents to receive our Lord for the first time. I am always grateful for all of the efforts the parents make to bring their children to this moment. 

Keith Hammonds took pictures of the Confirmations and First Communions; his photos can be seen here. Marc Spano photographed our Baccalaureate Mass and High School Graduation; click here to view those photos.

Updated Pandemic Protocol as of May 17, 2021
We have always been faithful to the CDC and diocesan guidelines when it comes to Covid-19 safety. In light of the recent changes in CDC guidance, please take note of the updated protocols in place and make appropriate changes as you attend church at St. Anne.

  • In compliance with the new CDC guidance fully vaccinated people do not have to wear a mask inside the church building. However, if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask please feel free to do so. Those who are not vaccinated are required to continue to wear masks in church. 
  • Seating has been expanded to accommodate new social distancing guidelines 
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will return to saying “Body of Christ” and parishioners will respond with “Amen” during distribution of Holy Communion.
  • The Act Spiritual of Communion Prayer will not be read during weekend Masses; it will only be posted on the live stream screen. It will continue to be read during the weekday Masses.
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will wear a mask to distribute Holy Communion if they are not vaccinated.
  • We will continue to distribute Holy Communion outside to those streaming Mass in their cars.
  • If you receive on the tongue, please continue to place yourself at the end of the line.
  • We will keep the holy water fonts empty for the time being.
  • Please continue to place your offering in the appropriate box or basket near the entrance of the Church. Our collection baskets will not be passed at this time. 
  • We will continue to use the bulletin as a worship aid; missals will not be used for the time being.
  • The church will need to continue to be cleaned after each Mass.
Good Bye, Friar Franck, and Thank You
As many of you know, for the last 10 months Friar Franck has been living with the friars and working in our beautiful school. He taught classes, coordinated those moments when our school gathered for prayer, substituted when a teacher was out and did his best to help out wherever he could. Friar Franck will be remembered fondly by both the students and the faculty he served and cared for. We wish him well as he continues his journey toward becoming a friar priest. Friar Franck, you will always have a home in Columbus.
Hello, Friar Cristofer, and Welcome
Friar Cristofer joined us just last Monday for a summer internship. He will be working at all three of the Franciscan parishes in Columbus. At St. Anne Church, he will be helping out three days a week in the Outreach Center. He is anxious to get to know the poor in our community, especially those who need rent or utility assistance. On Thursdays he will help the people of St. Benedict the Moor serve meals to the poor of the neighborhood and spend some time being present to those who come for food. On Sundays he will be a regular presence at Our Lady of Lourdes where he will be in a unique position to help out because he is fluent in Spanish. All of the friars in our friary always enjoy the company of our younger brothers when they come to assist us. Thanks, in advance, Friar Cristofer.

Thank You…Mysterious Banner Person
I noticed that someone got on a ladder and fixed the welcome back banner which hangs over the front door. I don’t know for sure who you are but I have my suspicions. Thanks for taking the time to make those needed repairs.
Offertory and Attendance
Stewardship of Treasure
  • May 16, 2021 In-Pew Offertory: $ 15,897
  • May 16, 2021 Online Offertory: $ 11,024

Attendance
  • May 16, 2021 TOTAL: 1,082
  • 5:30 p.m. - 201
  • 8:00 a.m. - 271
  • 10:30 a.m. - 354
  • 12:30 p.m. - 256

Opportunity to Offer the Bread and Wine at Mass
This week’s gift of Bread & Wine was donated by Shiny Maliakal in celebration of the engagement of her daughter, Femy Maliakal, to her future son-in-law, Peter Thomas. If you would like to offer the bread and wine for Sunday Mass, please call the Parish Office to schedule your weekend. Your offering of $50 will help defray our cost.

Altar Flowers
This week’s altar flowers were donated in loving memory of Peter Amendolia by Theresa Amendolia; and in loving memory of Lula Hebert by her family. 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.