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On Wednesday, March 23, we revive a tradition of sharing worship with our neighbors at First English Lutheran Church. In the past, people from the two communities have gathered on the evening before Thanksgiving. In this new variation, St. Anne parishioners are invited to First English, 402 N. Third Ave., for a Lenten evening of worship and preaching at 6 p.m. March 23.  The homily by Pastor Erik Olson will address Psalm 23 - “God gives me a place of honor.”  Members of First English will come to St. Anne for Stations of the Cross at 5:15 p.m. Friday, April 1.
Pope Francis has encouraged all Christians to dedicate prayer on Friday to the cause of peace in Ukraine. We will celebrate Mass for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord and to pray for peace at 5:15 p.m. Friday.
In echoing the Holy Father, Bishop Callahan says, "Let us all pray that the Mother of Humanity and the Incarnation of the Son of God may bring genuine peace and tranquility to all who suffer. May the fragile nature of each human life, created and cherished by Almighty God and protected by His Mother, lead us all to the sense of love God intends."
At right is the video of people in Ukraine praying Psalm 31, as mentioned by Fr. Tom in the video.

Here is
a link to the article about the global prayer for Ukraine.

Here is
a link to pray the Stations of the Cross as inspired by the personal witness of Ukrainian citizens.

Catholic writer Eric Clayton shares his struggle and insight regarding the ongoing war, suffering and death in Ukraine.
Here is another opportunity to reflect on Sunday's closing hymn, which complements so well the Lenten theme of repentance, as well as the deep strife in our world.
Saving Spirit, move among us, Guide our winding human course, Till we find our way together, Flowing homeward to our Source.
 - Ruth Duck

At right is last week's Quick Things Conversation with Ryan Moore examining the history and current relationship of Ukraine and Russia.
We will not offer Stations of the Cross this week, however, here is a link to an excellent resource for praying the Stations while mindful of the suffering being endured by the people of Ukraine.
This sacrament of Love, Mercy and Invitation is offered during Lent at 9 a.m. Saturdays and 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays. During renovation Reconciliation is celebrated in the Parish Library. Here is a link to a guide to the sacrament and examination of conscience.
GIVE US THIS DAY is an excellent monthly prayer resource with daily psalms, scripture, intercessions and reflection.  The parish’s group discount subscription will be renewed soon, so if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, contact Paul Hoffer for more information at. You can learn more and see a sample copy at  
HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING: Might you lend your voice to our worship during The Great Three Days?  A Triduum Choir is being formed for just that purpose.  Rehearsal is at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in McKillip Hall.  All parishioners who enjoy singing are invited.  This choir also will lead the assembly in singing at the dedication Mass of the new altar and renovated church in June. 

AND, NOT JUST SINGING: A parish goal — and need — for these weeks of Lent is to invite and encourage more parishioners to assist in the various ministries at Mass.  To learn more about these ministries and possibly arrange a time for orientation, send an email to

+ READERS: Adults and confirmed teens who proclaim the word of God at Mass.

+ SERVERS: Adults, teens and children in fourth grade or older who assist the presider and assembly in preparing for and during Mass.  This could include a parent and a child.  While dormant for nearly two years, it is important that we restore and revive this significant ministry.  Parents please encourage your children.  Adults of all ages are invited to assist in this role.
+ WELCOME MINISTERS: It’s as simple, but essential, as welcoming people as they arrive for Mass and beginning the collection during Mass.

+ LIVESTREAM MINISTERS: We will continue to offer a livestream of Mass for the benefit of those unable to join us in-person. But, this requires people to coordinate the livestream. Full orientation is offered and it’s not as complicated, or reason for fear, as you might imagine. This is a role that parents and older children could fulfill together.
HANGING BASKETS AND PATIO PLANTERS are being sold to raise funds for the summer Youth Mission Trip. Here's a link for a brochure with complete information and an order form. The order/payment deadline is March 31.

Throughout Lent we'll share in Quick Things a link to a Lenten reflection by Abbot John Classen of St. John Abbey in Collegeville, Minn.
Here is his reflection for Week 1.
ALMSGIVING: Introducing CRS & Operation Rice Bowl
Rice Bowls are available in baskets at the entranceway of church.
Catholic Relief Services is on the ground assisting the more than 1.5 million people fleeing Ukraine. Here's a link to learn more about what CRS is doing and to make a contribution.

At right is a link to the first of our recent presentation by Fr. John Meoska, OSB, of St. John's Abbey, which was offered at the Church of the Resurrection.

At right is the third of the recent presentation, which was offered at St. Anne. The Tuesday night presentation is not available.
Because this week's email is coming earlier, there is not an updated video. However, if you missed last week's here you go. You can find more renovation photos, as well as an updated presentation on our church re-imagining project at
If you've ever wondered whether your contribution to the Diocesan Annual Appeal accomplishes anything important, read Fr. Tom's bulletin column from last week. You're contribution, whatever the amount, helps such stories to continue. You can contribute online via the link below, or by writing a check to "St. Anne Parish" with DAA in the memo line.

Click on the image to learn more about the 2021-22 Diocesan Annual Appeal and to make your contribution.
Parish worship and ministries depend upon the generosity of ALL parishioners. And, it couldn't be easier to make a contribution. Scheduling an ongoing contribution or making a one-time donation - is just a click away. Thanks to all who share generously with the parish.
The registry of needs for our parish's two Afghan families has been updated for March. You can find more information at
Plans are set for another great summer youth mission trip for youth and adult chaperones! We will once again partner with Group Mission Trips and head to Grand Rapids, MI, July 2-9. Click here for registration details. Spots are limited. Why wait?
At left is a link to connect with this week's livestream of Mass.
> MASS IN PERSON is at 4 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday in McKillip Hall. 

> MASS ONLINE: The 4 p.m. Mass is offered online and can be watched live or anytime after that. The link at left will go live at 4 p.m. Saturday; you can also find a link at the parish web site. Here is a link to the readings we'll hear at Mass. A link to this weeks worship aid will be included in the pre-Sunday email.
Watch for more details coming soon

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