first Saturday Devotion  


Restoration Campaign Pledge Status

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

It has been a little over six months since the launch of the Honoring our Past…Building our Future Restoration Campaign. As we continue to make 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 contributed, prayerfully consider making a donation or pledge.  All contributions are appreciated and will bring us closer to our goals.  As we continue to raise the funds for this 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)


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 stay focused, use THE WORD AMONG US, reading  the daily Mass Scripture readings and short reflections for the remaining days of Advent. If you missed the Communal Penance Service, make an appointment for Confession or go on Saturday 4:30pm in Church.  You can also go to the following link to find more resources:  http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/advent/index.cfm
HELP DECORATE the CHURCH for CHRISTMAS!!
and REMEMBER a LOVED ONE...
Purchase a Poinsettia or Wreath in memory of a Loved one or in Thanksgiving for a blessing...
POINSETTIA BASKETS are $35ea
WREATHS are $25ea
Call the Parish Office to place your order...the sooner the better!!
PLEASE SUBMIT ORDERS BY 12 NOON TUESDAY DECEMBER 23rd
NOTE: Special Intentions for the Poinsettias, Wreaths and Christmas Flower Donations will be posted in the bulletin after Christmas...
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
CHRISTMAS EVE
Wednesday 12/24
Vigil 5:00pm
    MIDNIGHT MASS
 
CHRISTMAS DAY 
Thursday 12/25 
8am, 10am, 12noon

HOSPITALITY SUNDAY 
Sunday DECEMBER 21st
following the 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!!

“…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
Third Sunday of Advent, December 14th
is BLANKET Sunday FourthSunday of Advent, December 21st
Is GLOVE Sunday
Your donations may be left under the Blessed Mother, back of Church next to Baptismal Font.

HELP KEEP THE HOMELESS WARM


SHARE SUNDAY
December 27th/28th
Share Sunday is the last Sunday of EVERY month. 
Please choose from the following list and bring to Mass weekend of December 27th/28th: 
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'!!  


St. Nicholas’ Pouch 
A Saint Ann Tradition 
The St. Nicholas’ Pouch tradition “giving tree” began many years ago at St. Ann’s.  Dozens of gift items were collected during the first three weeks of Advent,  November 29th thru December 14th.    
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   


MENS FAITH GROUP
2nd WEDNESDAY of the Month
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
The Women's Faith Group is where all women are able to share both their spiritual and faith journies with other women of Catholic faith.   
We gather on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at the Padre Pio Chapel,
619 Jefferson Street, diagonal to the church.   
The next gathering is
Monday January 12th, 7pm. 
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.