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A quick report on what's happening in the parish, and then a conversation about a significant apostolate of our diocese. 
Celebrating Mass is a collaborative venture — we need people to assist with the various and necessary roles.  As we move through the fall, we hope to bring new and more people to the essential ministries of Mass.  All of them.  Let’s consider this week the ministry of Server.  This is a ministry to which children, teens and adults are invited, including parents and children.  Send an email to Fr. Tom to learn more.
MINISTRY AT MASS: Here are new November links for ministers to sign-up for ministry at Mass. Thank you to all of our generous ministers!
In case you haven’t heard: Parishioners have pledged $818,728 to INSPIRED BY THE SPIRIT - more than 90 percent of our goal.  THANK YOU!
We are so close to meeting our target - If you haven’t pledged or contributed please be attentive to and generous in responding to the letter received in the mail this past week.  Brochures and pledge forms also are at all entrances.
COMMEMORATING ALL SOULS: Our monthlong Commemoration of All of the Faithful Departed began at last Sunday's Masses with a proclamation of names of those who've died since the last All Souls. Click on the image to see the commemoration which comes at the very beginning of Mass.
    Throughout November, people are invited to write the names of deceased family members and friends in the Book of the Dead near the baptistry,
VISITATION MINISTRY: As we anticipate the start of this new outreach to homebound parishioners during Advent, we are seeking the names of those who would appreciate visits, as well as inviting parishioners to join this ministry.  If you are interested in learning more about this new program, contact Fr. Tom.  An orientation session will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.
A COMMUNITY MEAL will be served by St. Anne parishioners on Thursday, Nov. 10. The meal is served at St. Matthew Church to people of the community who need and appreciate a nutritious meal and camaraderie.  People are needed to help at the meals and to prepare desserts.  If you can help make this happen or to learn more, send an email to candbgiebel@ or
THANKSGIVING BASKETS: All parishioners are encouraged to help the parish continue a nearly 50-year tradition by donating items for this year’s Thanksgiving Baskets.  Donations of the following personal care products are needed: -4- or 6-pack or individually wrapped rolls of toilet paper; -boxes of tissues (Kleenex, Puffs, etc.); -36- to 100-oz laundry detergent (please stick to this range of sizes); -dryer sheets; -paper towels; -shampoo and/or conditioner. Bring donated items by Wednesday, Nov. 16, to the Gathering Space.
TV MASS LIVE: Four Masses for the diocesan TV broadcast will be recorded on Thursday, Nov. 10, beginning at 3 p.m. Twenty people are needed to be in the congregation for these liturgies. Each Mass is 30 minutes long and will air on Channel 12 at 6:30 a.m. later this month and in December. If you can join the assembly for an hour or two, please sign-up online.
READY, GO - COMMIT! Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2023 Youth Mission Trip to Mission, SD. July 8-15! All youth ages 14 and up (including adults young at heart) are welcome to register for this life-changing and transformative experience! Click here to learn more and to register. Or, contact John Schmitt, co-director of disciple formation. And, watch this video featuring Wyatt, Sephorah and Haley, participants in last summer's adventure.
THE SUNDAY READINGS: Read, discuss and pray over next Sunday’s readings in a weekly gathering at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Gathering Space.  It’s a great way to anticipate hearing the readings proclaimed at Mass and to gain a deeper awareness into the meaning and power of God’s word.  All are welcome!
THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION is now celebrated in the new Reconciliation Room, what was the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.  Penitents may sit face-to-face or behind a screen.  An examination of conscience is available to prepare for celebrating the sacrament just outside the Reconciliation Room. The sacrament is celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturdays.

If you’re interested in learning more about Jesus, the Catholic Church, becoming a Catholic Christian and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus, we’d love to talk with you.
          You might be baptized in another Christian church and be interested in becoming Catholic, or someone who has never been baptized.  To learn more, contact Lee Ann Lella, a co-director of disciple formation.

Below are photos to accompany a column in last Sunday's bulletin
about rural cemeteries.
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.
LORD'S DAY LIVESTREAM: Worship in-person in our newly renovated church would be ideal, but if circumstances prevent you from gathering with the community, a livestream of Mass is offered at 8:30 Sunday morning. A link is at left, as well as at the parish web site and at St. Anne Parish on Facebook. The link can be watched anytime after 8:30. Here is a link to this week's worship aid and a link to Sunday's readings.
A WORK IN PROGRESS: Oct. 11 marked the 60th anniversary of the first session of the historic Second Vatican Council, the most significant moment in the life of the Catholic Church in the past century. Fr. Tom talks about the legacy of Vatican II in this conversation with Fr. Frank Corradi.
Much has been written in recent weeks assessing the impact and "success" of the Council. Here are links to several worthwhile articles on the topic:
- Did Vatican II fail. Are we allowed to ask the question?
- Vatican II didn't fail. It's just getting started.
- Pope Francis preaches on the Council's 60th anniversary
- From 1962: The opening of the Council
Here is a link to the June 19 Mass of Dedication, and a link to the worship aid.
    > Here is a link to the Dedication Evening Prayer, the first worship celebrated in our renovated church, and the worship aid.
    > Here's a link to a Quick Things Conversation about what happened during the Dedication Mass.


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