Thank You For Your Hard Work
Thank you to the planting volunteers. I was so touched and grateful for the crowd that showed up to help us clean up the front of the church. Many hands do indeed make light work. The beds in the front of the church were weeded for the first time in three years. The bushes were trimmed and thinned out and all the Easter plants were all placed in the ground. We even have some of Chuck Grandgeorge’s day lilies planted where the dead azaleas used to be. Thank you one and all for your help on this important project. We hope to repeat these gardening mornings every once in a while to create and maintain something beautiful for God and our parish.
Media Ministry Needs
Our Media Ministry is one of the most important ministries of our parish. Through the generous efforts of our media ministers our liturgies and important moments in people’s lives are streamed to those unable to attend. Many people in our parish, and even people who used to attend St. Anne Church and have moved away, begin their day with Mass broadcasts from our parish. Last week we had 11 broadcasts and 2171 views. When a media minister is available, sometimes we are able to broadcast funerals, weddings and baptisms to family members unable to get to Columbus or unable to come to church. Sometimes families download the recordings of the broadcast as family keepsakes. We have had people watch our liturgies from Africa, Asia, South America and several countries in Europe. I am especially happy that some of our military personnel who are deployed are able to attend their child’s First Communion or the wedding of a friend. Yes, this is an important and sacrificial ministry. Needless to say we need more people willing to learn how to broadcast our liturgies, special sacramental celebrations, parish events and adult faith formation. You may not know this, but sometimes there are up to five broadcasts a day! Please contact Micki Kaye at 706-366-8817 to let her know you are willing to try and learn how to work in our little control room. It’s not as complicated as you may think. Anyone with rudimentary computer skills and a knowledge of Mass can do it. Thanks in advance for your willingness to learn.
First Communions the Next Few Weekends
Starting next week, our children will begin receiving their first Holy Communions at the weekend Masses. First Communions will take place at all weekend Masses except the 9 a.m. Mass on Saturday morning and the 8 a.m. Mass on Sunday. We moved the First Communions to the weekend Masses to give the parish a chance to celebrate with the families of our first communicants. When you see our little ones all dressed up and excited, please make sure to congratulate them on this very important day in their lives. Please be aware that places will be reserved for the first communicants and their families in church so there will be less space available for our regular parishioners who like being in the main church.
Next week is the Franciscan Missions Collection. This collection supports the missionary work of our friars in Ghana, West Africa, Latin America and Sri Lanka. All the friars are very grateful for your generous support. You always come through!