first Saturday Devotion  


Restoration Campaign Pledge Status

Summer Masses have begun: Sun June 1stthrough Sunday August 31, Sunday Masses are 8am Italian

As the Honoring our Past…Building our Future Campaign continues to progress, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have so generously made contributions and pledges to date.  To those who have not given, prayerfully consider a donation or pledge.  All donations and pledges are appreciated and will bring us closer to our goals.  As we continue to raise the funds for this very historic restoration project, as your pastor, it is my honor to inform you where we stand.  Following is an update of our current pledge status.(continue reading)


 

THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKETS for NEEDY FAMILIES
The THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKET CAMPAIGN has ended...
Saint Ann Guild and the Parish Council created"40" 
THANKSGIVING MEAL BASKETS for Families in Need with the abundance of food you generously donated... 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR THOUGHFULNESS and CONTINUED GENEROSITY!!
WELCOME to the SEASON of ADVENT
The Friday after Thanksgiving is known as “Black Friday”which for many marks the time to begin their “Christmas” preparation.  Much of this preparation focuses on shopping for presents, deciding what presents they may want, preparing menus, going to parties, decorating the house/office, listening to Christmas carols, drinking egg nog or an adult beverage of choice a little more often, etc.  It is a crazy, busy time of the year…in many ways the busiest…and in many ways fun. 
However, for Catholics and many Christians in general, the First Sunday in Advent (November 30th) is the start of the Church’s preparation for the celebration of Christmas.  Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.
The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).
Our Advent preparation is challenged by the Black Friday mentality in many ways because its focus is on the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Christ our Savior and on the Second Coming of our Savior in glory.  This preparation calls us to the reading of Scripture, to quiet reflection and meditation, to reach out to those in need, and to examine our lives, so as to be willing to let the mystery of the Incarnation and the expectation of the Second Coming change the way we live.
Let us as a parish family take advantage of this great opportunity to grow in our faith by entering into this Advent Season with our hearts focused on God.  To help us to stay focused, we will be distributing books, THE WORD AMONG US that have the daily Mass readings and short reflections for the days of Advent.  We will also have a Communal Penance Service on December 4th and a Taize Prayer Service on December 11th.   You can also go to the following link to find more resources:  http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/advent/index.cfm

ADVENT COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICE
THURSDAY  DECEMBER 4th   7pm 
St Ann Church
The parishes of St. Ann and St. Francis will be having a Communal Penance Service with individual confession and absolution on Thursday, December 4th at 7:00pm at St. Ann Church. 
There will be several priests available for confession. 
Please take time during this busy season and make going to confession part of your Advent preparation for the celebration of Christmas.
 
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ADVENT TAIZE PRAYER SERVICE
THURSDAY DECEMBER 11th 7:30pm
What is Taizé
In 1940, a man known as Brother Roger founded a small community of Christians in Taizé, a town in France.  During this war torn era of France, Brother Roger sought to create a community of healing and refuge.  The Taizé community, then, was born out of a vision to create a space for people to find God in the midst of brokenness.  Hence, the name of the church in Taizé is the “Church of Reconciliation.”  The Taizé community has had a major impact in the area of prayer and worship. They have developed a large repertoire of their own music, which is now sung around the world. Taizé music is very contemplative in nature. It usually involves a simple one or two line refrain that is repeated multiple times. As the refrain is repeated over and over, different instrumental and vocal harmonies are brought in. The purpose of this repetitive singing is to help us focus and contemplate on a single aspect of God for an extended period of time.  
Brother Roger explains the purpose of a prayer service at Taizé in this way:
“From the depths of the human condition a secret aspiration rises up. Caught in the anonymous rhythms of schedules and timetables, men and women of today are implicitly thirsting for an essential reality, for an inner life. Nothing is more conducive to a communion with the living God than a meditative common prayer with, as its high point, singing that never ends and that continues in the silence of one’s heart when one is alone again.”
Please consider making this beautiful prayer experience part of your Advent preparation for Christmas
We look forward to having you with us!
JOIN US...and bring a friend...

St. NicholasPouch
A Saint Ann Tradition 
The legend of St. Nicholas, Patron of Children, was known to be extremely concerned for their well-being. There is a story told of a destitute family with three daughters who because of their extreme poverty, were going to become slaves, so their family could buy food. On hearing this, St. Nicholas, deeply concerned for the girls’ terrible situation, filled a pouch with money, threw it through the window of their home and saved them from this dreadful fateIn keeping with the tradition of St. Nicholas and his concern for the poor and for children, we at St. Ann are once again introducing to our parish, the St. Nicholas’ Pouch”.  Included in this pouch are three pennies in remembrance of the three girls St. Nicholas saved.
The St. Nicholas’ Pouch tradition giving treebegan many years ago at St. Ann’s.  New gift items will be collected during the first three weeks of Advent,  November 29th thru December 14th.  
There are two baskets in church containing scrolls, one at the Baptismal Font, and the other at the 7th Street entrance.  On each colored scroll is listed a gift to purchase ofr a person in need.  
In JesusName Charities (yellow) - founded in 1981 and formed to respond to the various needs of Hoboken's less fortunate.
Good Counsel Homes (
white) - began in 1985, is a private Catholic agency whose primary mission is to help homeless pregnant women by providing a loving family environment in a safe and secure shelter.
Hyacinth Foundation (pink) - founded in 1985, as the first and largest AIDS service organization in NJ, providing client services in Hudson and surrounding counties.
Sisters of Life (
blue) – founded in 1991, is a contemplative/active religious community of women, founded for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. They work with pregnant women and their children.  They also offer hope and healing after abortions. 
Please return the gift, wrapped, with the colored scrolled taped on top showing the gift item.   The people receiving these gifts rely on them...please take only what you will be able to donate.  
Please place all gifts at St Nicholas statue/area designated in the back of Church.  
Thank you for your continued generosity during this Holy Advent Season.

Remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive.Acts 20:35 


 A BIBLICAL WALK with MARY
We continue our journey in December...Fr Remo will lead a discussion and video series through a Catholic Bible study on an extraordinary pilgrimage revealing Mary’s unique role in God’s Kingdom and in our lives.  Week 7 of 8 is Monday December 1st, 7pm in Parish Center...
JOIN US!!

SHARE SUNDAY - November 30th
Share Sunday is the last Sunday of EVERY month. 
Please choose from the following list and bring to Mass for November 30th: 
Items Needed: Coffee; Sugar; Peanut Butter; Tuna Fish and other non-perishables. 
AND: Paper/Plastic Plates; Hot/Cold Cups; Napkins; Plastic Utensils; Toilet Paper; Dish Detergent; Laundry Soap; Deodorant; Razors; Underwear and Socks. 
Items collected are donated to one of the local shelters: 
The Hoboken Shelter, Saint Lucy's in Jersey City, PERC in Union City
YOUR GENEROSITY IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!! BLESSINGS ESPECIALLY DURING THE SEASON OF 'GIVING' AND 'THANKING'!!

“…I needed clothes
              and you did not clothe me……
This biblical quote comes from the Gospel of St. Matthew as part of the narrative of the Last Judgment.
This part of a question that will be posed to each Christian at the Last Judgment.
The men of the Holy Name Society, during each of the four weeks of Advent, offer an opportunity to respond so that at judgment your answer will be affirmative.
The Holy Name Society this year will be collecting the following items to keep the homeless warm.
The items will be donated to Hoboken agencies serving the homeless.
FirstSunday of Advent, November 30th
is SOCK Sunday
SecondSunday of Advent, December 7th
is HAT & SCARF Sunday
ThirdSunday of Advent, December 14th
is BLANKET Sunday
FourthSunday of Advent, December 21st
Is GLOVE Sunday
Your donations may be left on the sanctuary steps in front of the ambo.
HELP KEEP THE HOMELESS WARM

MENS FAITH GROUP
WEDNESDAY December 10th 
ALL MEN of the Parish and surrounding areas are welcomed to JOIN the Men’s Faith Group to learn more about faith, to pray and to support one another in the challenges Catholic men face in today’s world. 
Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in a relaxed atmosphere and benefit ALL men regardless of age, marital status, knowledge of the faith or past history. 
Attend 7pm Mass and go directly to the meeting OR just come directly to the meeting!
For more information, contact Father Remo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Parish Center at 201-659-1114.
Hope to see you there! 

The WOMEN's FAITH GROUP of SAINT ANN PARISH is forall women to share their spiritual and faith journey with Catholic women.  Typically, we gather on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month.  We are attending the Biblical Walk with Mary on Mondays in November through December 15th.
For more Information please contact Cindy LoPresti via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Parish Office at 201-659-1114x100.  
The next session for A BIBLICAL WALK with MARY is Monday December 1st, 7pm in the Parish Center. 

HOSPITALITY SUNDAY 
Coming in DECEMBER...
       After 7:30am, 9am, 10:30am and 12 noon Masses
       Come In, have a cup of coffee, a bagel or a goodie and meet your Parish family!
We are through the door to right of altar, front of Church...
       HOME-BAKED goods are WELCOMED!!