St. Anna’s and COVID 19 Bulletin
5 Easter Week 5-10-20
“My Father’s House”
Worship and Spiritual Aids:
Prayer Time on Facebook:. We offer Morning, Noon, and Compline Services. On occasion I will offer an evening meditation. The hours of our Live Stream FB worship services are Monday through Friday; Morning Prayer at 8 a.m. Noon Day Prayer; and Compline at 9:00 p.m.
Our Missal/Worship Guide: You can find the missal here (click on the link) or ask and we will mail you one:
Our website contains a lot of information: stannanola.org (try it out)
Fr. Terry and the spiritual team are available to you to talk, meet on the internet, or meet during Office Hours for prayer, for discussion, for Confession, or simply to sit with someone in the church. Reach out to us because we can make it safe and yet stay connected. In our team is Deacon Buck, Deacon Joyce Jackson, Pastor Claire Brooks, Br. Don and myself. We are here for you. Call or email. Please do not let the isolation get to you. Do not struggle alone with depression (clinical or otherwise) give us a call.
The Readings this Sunday are found at this link:
And, if you have some hymnals here is the music for this Sunday:
Opening Hymn: Hymnal 432 O praise ye the Lord
Gospel Hymn: Hymnal 518 Chirst Is Made the Sure Foundation
Offertory: Arr. K. Leach Wondrous Love
Communion Hymn: Hymnal 325 Let us break bread together
Hymn: LEVAS 76 Jesus in the morning
If you wish to have a hymnal for use in the home email email@example.com and we will make sure one is available to be checked and for pick up.
COFFEE HOUR! Help all of us to stay connected
Zoom In and say hello NO PASSWORD REQUIRED…
William Terry is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. NOTE: No password required! I will also post on FB so who knows who will join us. As we did last Sunday join in – I’ll be with you as soon as I can.
Topic: Coffee Hour 5-10-20
Time: May 10, 2020 11:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Vestry of St. Anna’s
Saint Anna’s Vestry will meet this Monday May 11th at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom invitation. If you are on the Vestry and did not get an invitation please text of email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. If you are a church member and want to sit in on the meeting let Fr. Bill know and he will send you an invitation.
As life changes and things evolve our presence at the Church Campus also changes. In general someone, usually Luigi and Brianna, are at the church for most of the work days. That said, they maintain all proper COVID practices. If you wish to visit the church to pray or simply sit call first and we will make an appointment. Bring your mask. We have the sanitizer.
Anna’s Place NOLA
This from Ms. Brianna Carr, Director Anna’s Place NOLA:
“We are gearing up for summer camp at Anna’s Place. This summer is so important so we can assist our kids academically and emotionally whether face-to-face or virtual, we will not let our kids fall even further behind.
We could use your support for our “Month of Giving” for GivingTuesdayNow and #GiveNOLA Day . You can donate online from May 5 – June 2, 2020 donate: at https://www.givenola.org/annas-place-nola or for more information email us at email@example.com ”
COVID-19 may have closed the physical doors to our youth program but the needs of our children did not disappear.
- 30 Familes Served
- 25 (+) Laptops Loaned
- 50 (+) Hours of Arts and Academic Support
Determined to be there for our young people, we loaned laptops and iPads to our children for remote school work – and we need more to keep up with increasing demand. To help please consider donating during our #MonthofGiving at #GiveNolaDay
Anna’s Place NOLA, Brianna Carr and St. Anna’s will soon be featured on AMAZON PRIME in a series devoted to “COVID 19 Everyday Heros”
Film crews and SKYPE interviews took most of the day on Wednesday. I understand that they will also be filming on Thursday and possibly Friday. I, like you, look forward to what they produce. It will highlight, in a holistic way, much of the work that we do as a church. We are a, indeed, a small church with a very BIG HEART. That heart beat is YOUR beat. That heart beat is sourced from Matthew 25:36-40 look it up! For in that Gospel we meet our mission.
A NEW MINISTRY THAT IS EVOLVING
Last week I introduced you to the “Hot Plate” Ministry. Demand is increasing and this ministry is filled with possibilities. As it stands now we will be feeding several of our Anna’s Place NOLA student households – currently 2 days a week (45-50 plates); we are supplying some meals for distribution to the homeless via two of our Parishioners. One is covering the “tent cities” the other street people in the French Quarter.
We hope to expand our services to a group that is working with Sex Trafficked persons with another 15-20 meals a few days a week. We hope, given enough support from partner restaurants, to supply St. Mark’s Harvey with about 100 meals. There are other opportunities to serve. The vision bearers for this quickly developing mission are Ed Collins with some support from Diana Meyers. If you wish to help, or have a contact with a Restaurant that may want to help, let us know. Send your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 2020 Food Pantry Shopping List from Br. Don and Company
We continue to receive new referrals for food assistance. In addition to the 25 Families we have committed to support in the form of food assistance every month we are now reaching out to unemployed individuals in the service industry, musicians, artist and many others. We now have 42+ families or individuals receiving food assistance from St Anna’s Food Pantry. For a list of all the food items we are requesting please feel free to email me at email@example.com Please keep the people we are serving in your prayers and also our volunteers and donors. Peace. -Br Don
The following link will provide a shopping list of needed items (updated weekly) I know it says April but it is really for May!!!:
On Another Note
One of the Quiet Ones: Jim Baird has been a wonderful member of St. Anna’s Community for several years now. Jim joined us after moving from New Mexico and making his home on Algiers Point. Jim is one of the quiet ones. He is a gentle man with deep faith and great gifts to offer. During his tenure at St. Anna’s he wrote a series of reflections in past Annagrams, he assisted Anna’s Place in developing a great reading program for your younger students. Jim has given of his time talent and treasure to our wonderful community. However, in his own words it is time to move along. He and his husband are moving to Covington. Their house sold in Algiers and their new home is ready and waiting to welcome them. So we wish Jim all of the best and offer our thanks for his friendship, his prayers, and his gift of self to our faith community. The best of luck to you as you enjoy the good life in St. Tammany Parish.
Recently Br. Don delivered a message to Bp. Thompson who replied with support and prayers. Likewise, I ask our church community to offer our prayers as a discipline weekly starting on June 1. We are so blessed with the work of Br. Don Dubay.
“Greetings of Peace: I humbly request your prayers as I near the end of my almost four years of formation as a Franciscan Friar. Next month around this time I will be professing my permanent vows of Simplicity, Fidelity and Humility in the Community of Francis & Clare. I thank God for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and gift the gift of ministry serving the Poor and Marginalized. It is joy following in the steps of Francis and Clare and living out the Gospel of Jesus every day of my life.
These are the vows I will be making before God as outlined in our Holy Rule of Life in the Community of Francis and Clare. See below.
Francis and Clare strove for humility and minority. They rejected the seductions of power, position, and status. We vow poverty, chastity, and obedience seeking to place these evangelical counsels into a contemporary expression (simplicity, fidelity, and humility).
The vow of poverty (simplicity) reminds us that God’s love is uncomplicated and unconditional. We strive to live simply as an expression that God and God’s love is enough to sustain, nurture, challenge, and bring us to fullness. We know that all we have belongs to God and that possessions are only tools. We endeavor to avoid materialism and the accumulation of wealth, power, and status. Poverty assists us in our approach to others. We strive to be open to others and believe that all is a gift from God and to be cherished. We also strive to own nothing that stands between us, God, and our neighbor.
The vow of chastity (fidelity) reminds us that God is faithful in love. This vow centers itself on God’s love. We in turn aim to respond to this love by being faithful to the love that God has placed in our lives. We want our love to be marked by gentleness, mutuality, respect and dignity. Chastity is expressed in treating another person in a way that honors their person and the Christ within them. We renounce promiscuity and casual indifference. We will not use others for our own selfish gain, desire, or pleasure. The vow of chastity also guides those who wish to be celibate as is appropriate with their status in life.
The vow of obedience (humility) reminds us that God is within and without us. Obedience calls us to listen for God in the beauty of creation, in the hearts of our companions and in those we serve. We aim to approach the world with open hearts and humility. We try never to be so full of ourselves that we cannot listen to others. We desire to place the needs of others before our own. We seek to avoid arrogance and entitlement. We believe that in community we can rely on the many ears of our family to help us discern God’s will in our lives. Obedience opens us to hear God in all manners of life and in this we develop the spirit of hospitality.
Br. Donald Dubay, CFC, Community of Francis and Clare”
Prayer Requests for Sunday
Parishioners please send your prayer requests to Brother Don via email prior to Friday at Noon if at all possible. Brother will submit a consolidated list of prayers to Fr Bill for our Sunday Mass each week. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Church Office
OFFICE HOURS: Spiritual Direction, Consultation, Hearing of Confessions, or just to visit. Here is the criteria; here are the Conditions:
- It is by appointment only. Call the Church or email us. We will set it up.
- We will maintain safe distancing and have sanitizer present.
- If you have a fever or are sick let us know and Fr. Terry will call you. STAY HOME.
- If you want to talk SKYPE or ZOOM on another day just reach out and we can make that happen as well.
Church Giving Opportunities-help us keep the missions going!
Please consider an additional monetary donation as well as insuring that your pledge or tithe is received. You can do this on line or by mail. That said, as St. Paul teaches us, give with a grateful and joyful spirit. Here is the link:
Another way to help your church out is that when you are making purchases using AMAZON consider using AMAZON Smile. Select St. Anna’s as your charity and a portion of your purchases will go to St. Anna’s and the site is just like your regular AMAZON Site:
” For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Paul’s Letter to the Romans
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