Ministry of Reconciliation

To continue on our journey towards the 100 year anniversary of our parish, Saint Ann Catholic Church will build on the power of prayer and focus on the importance of reconciliation – The Year of the Ministry of Reconciliation.   The Year of the Ministry of Reconciliation began with the new liturgical year in December 2017 and will continue through November 2018.

The theme of The Year of the Ministry of Reconciliation is to reconcile ourselves with God and with one another, enlarging the circle of love that is our Saint Ann Catholic Church community.  When others see how we as Christians love one another they will see the light of Christ in us.  Many Catholics may think a year of reconciliation will be a year of penance services.  While penanace services will be included in the year, Saint Ann Catholic Church will offer so much.

The whole world was made new by the cross and the resurrection.  God reconciled himself to the world and has given US the ministry of reconciliation.  We as a community are called to embody the righteousness of God in the world in such a way that the message of reconciliation is made visible in our midst.  Reconciliation made visible is something that can appear only in practices that show unity, love, mercy, forgiveness and a self-giving grace that the world could not even dream of apart from Christ.

Pope John Paul II said “To speak of reconciliation and penance is for the men and women of our time an invitation to rediscover, translated into their own way of speaking, the very words with which our savior and teacher Jesus Christ began his preaching: "Repent, and believe in the Gospel,"(1) that is to say, accept the good news of love, of adoption as children of God and hence of brotherhood.”

We yearn for reconciliation with self and God for those times when we have not measured up. We will pray for reconciliation with others whom we may have offended. We will return to the path of love, focusing on our merciful God.

There is a new banner in Church and a new prayer card for the Year of the Ministry of Reconciliation.  Both the banner and the prayer cards feature a logo of keys surrounded by a community of people.  The symbol of the keys originates with Jesus’ words to Peter, “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 16:19a).

We will have Reconciliation Services for Advent and Lent and Healing Services at some of the weekend Masses.  As a community builder we will have a Trivia and Soup night in January. Lenten Small Groups will read and discuss a book called Everybody Needs to Forgive Somebody by Allen Hunt. An adult education series will focus on John Paull II’s thoughts on reconciliation. Our bulletin will feature a Hero of Reconciliation each month and information on these heroes will be shared with the children in our school and Sunday school.

With God's continued blessings, we hope this upcoming year of the program will engage and excite all of the members of our parish.  Please participate in the many events, activities and opportunities for each of us to grow and strengthen our faith community as we approach our 100th Anniversary.

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Heroes of Reconciliation
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St. Maria Goretti

Patron Saint of Forgiveness

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Maria Goretti was born of a farming family in Italy. When her father died when she was just 9 years old, her family shared the household with another. One afternoon Alessandro, the son of the family they shared their house with, made sexual advancements. When she refused him he stabbed her 14 times. She was rushed to the hospital, but died forgiving him shortly after arrival. He was later arrested, convicted and jailed. During imprisonment he repented. After 27 years he was released from prison, and visited Maria’s mother to beg for forgiveness, which she granted. He later became a lay brother in a monastery.
Saint Maria Goretti, your heart was so full of mercy, that you gladly forgave your assassin, and prayed that he might be saved. Intercede for me before the Lord. Ask Him to pour His grace into my soul so that I may always be ready to forgive all who have hurt me or who desire my suffering, and I ask pardon of all again whom I have sinned. Through Christ, Our Lord, Amen.
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St. Jane Frances
Jane was a happily married to a Baron in France. She and her husband, Christophe, were good hearted people that found great joy in helping others, specifically by feeding the poor.  Her happiness was shattered when Christophe was killed in a hunting accident. Before he died, her husband forgave the man who shot him, saying to the man, "Don't commit the sin of hating yourself when you have done nothing wrong." The heartbroken Jane, however, had to struggle with forgiveness for a long time. At first she tried just greeting him on the street. When she was able to do that, she invited him to her house. Finally she was able to forgive the man so completely that she even became godmother to his child.
Saint Jane, you forgave the man who killed your husband. Help me learn to forgive a particular person in my life who has caused me harm. You know how difficult it is to forgive. Help me to take the steps you took to welcome this person back into my life. Amen
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St. John the Apostle
Patron Saint of Love, Loyalty, Friendship, and Authors
 
John and Peter were the only two apostles sent by Jesus to make preparations for the final Passover meal, the Last Supper. During the meal, St. John sat next to Jesus, leaning on him rather than lying along the couches. John was the only one of the Twelve Apostles who did not forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion. He stood faithfully at the cross when the Savior made him the guardian of His Mother. He later became banished by the Roman authorities; this is where he allegedly wrote the Book of Revelation. It is said John was banished in the late 1st century, after being plunged into boiling oil in Rome and suffering no injuries. It is also said that all those who witnessed the miracle in the Colosseum were converted to Christianity.
 
 
St. John please intercede for us with God so that we may all be blessed with friendships centered in Your teaching. May we never stray from the path of goodness and always seek out a friend who will help us stay in the faith.

 
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