Dear People of Saint Anne,
Today, as the community of Jesus’ disciples, we are called to respond to a larger call in his ministry and mission in our time and in the world where we live. We are invited to do respond together as the Church of the Archdiocese of Chicago to support the annual Catholic Appeal of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
The Annual Catholic Appeal is a pledge campaign that responds to the larger needs of the Archdiocese, that serves the many ministries of our Archdiocesan church, in responding to the needs of parish communities that do not know the resources that we are blest with here at Saint Anne through your generosity and commitment.
Our parish goal is $141, 000.00. When we meet that goal, 100% of any additional funds come back to our own parish community to help fund our many ministries within the parish. Let me be clear, that if we do not achieve the parish goal, we do not owe the Archdiocese any monies to achieve the designated goal. Over the last nine years, we have always more than matched that designated goal and have received a rebate of over $25, 000.00.
As a Parish Community, we are delighted to launch the Beloved Retreat. I would describe this retreat as the Adult Kairos experience. This retreat offers adults an upper room experience … through witness talks, self refection, and table dialogue to experience the opportunity to grow in deeper faith and a more profound adult relationship with the Lord and with God’s People – the Church. I would strongly encourage your participation in these days of retreat during the upcoming days of Lenten Season.
I offer you my gratitude and thanksgiving for your incredible generosity to our Christmas stewardship. Your commitment to our parish community in time and talent is remarkable. Your big heartedness to our parish budget needs, especially after your Legacy of Faith pledges is simply inspiring to me. Thank you for your faithfulness to our parish community.
Anointing of the Sick: As I trust you know, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered every Friday after the 8:15 AM Mass.
Our parish priests are always on call to respond to our parishioners at home, in the hospitals along with the retirement and care facilities in the larger Barrington community.
As your pastor, may I offer you some pastoral counsel … If you have a loved one in the hospital, in a hospice facility or at home in need of the strengthening, peace and comfort of this Sacrament … I encourage you to call the parish when your loved one is able to consciously experience the power of this Sacrament. So often, parishioners call the parish at the very last moment before a loved one’s passing. This is certainly understandable, but when family members and their loved ones can share in this sacramental moment together, it can be an incredible source of spiritual comfort, healing and reconciliation.
In the Risen Lord,
Father Bernie Pietrzak