September 25th thru October 3

 

O Lord Jesus, now that the world has again grown cold, inflame the hearts of our youth with the fire of Divine Love, as YOU inflamed the heart of Saint Francis, so that through his intercession and after his example, they may devote themselves wholly to Your service, as members of our Order, the Capuchin Franciscan Friars-Province of the Stigmata of Saint Francis, You who live and reign with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.

O Lord, grant to your Church, saintly priests and fervent religious, especially those looking to answer your call and follow in the footsteps of Saint Francis, and send them to the Capuchin Franciscan Friars - Province of the Stigmata of Saint Francis.  AMEN.

 

Mary, Queen of the Friars Minor, PRAY FOR US.

 

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 

Glory Be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

St Ann pray for us.

St Francis, pray for us.

 

Honoring our Past...

Building our Future

 

Thank you to those who attended the Kickoff Reception for the “Honoring our Past…Building our Future” Restoration Campaign on May 17th and 18th.  Your presence and participation in this very important and historic endeavor will ensure that St. Ann Church will flourish both spiritually and physically for many generations to come.

 

During the reception, a very nostalgic and informative presentation was given by our architect, John Nastasi. He walked us through the building of our Church and provided historical photos of its renovation history through the years. He then described how the Church has aged over the years and explained the extensive repairs required to complete the restoration.

 

 

John disclosed that the restoration will be performed in phases.  Phase 1 will address the exterior of the Church which includes the resetting of the tile roof, the replacement of the windows, gutters and pointings and the replacement of the HVAC system, which is currently in progress.  We will begin with the exterior because it needs to be properly sealed to prevent and inhibit further water leakage into the Church, which is the main source of damage to the interior. Phase 2 will address the interior of the Church which includes plastering, painting and all the finishing work.  A detailed listing of all repairs can be found in the campaign folder and brochure.

Our restoration campaign goal is $2.5 million, pledged to be paid over 3 years.  While this may sound like a huge amount of money, it is a very realistic goal based on the repairs required.  And it is with a grateful heart that I am pleased to share that through the generosity of many people, our total pledge commitment to date is $400,000, a true sign of God’s graces present in this campaign.

I would like to share further blessings on our campaign.  Our architect is providing his time, talent and service, pro bono to this restoration effort.  Additionally, a member of our committee, Casey Campbell, who comes with prior experience in running capital campaigns, has also offered her time and talent.

For those of you who did not attend, you will be receiving a campaign folder in the mail containing a letter from me, our campaign brochure, a pledge form for your financial commitment to this campaign, a return envelope for your pledge, a suggested gift plan and our campaign prayer card, which I encourage you to keep close and recite every day.  These materials will also be available in back of the Church.

In order to keep you all up-to-date on our progress, we will be updating the website to include a section for the Restoration Campaign. Updates will be provided in the bulletin and our progress will be communicated at Mass regularly.

Please ask Our Lord to direct you in your generosity to do what you can to help make this restoration effort a success.  May God bless you abundantly for your generosity.

Peace and Blessings!

fr. remo

Your feedback and input is welcomed and encouraged.  Please send to Annmarie Rizzo, Restoration Chair, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

NEXT EVENT: MOVIE NIGHT

“THE MISSION”

‘…inspiring movie that will provide food for thought (and for the soul) during this Lenten season.’

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS…

“MOVIE NIGHT”

Thursday   April 3rd   7:00pm

 

On Thursday, April 3rd at 7:00pm at the Parish Center, we will have our first “Movie Night” featuring ‘The Mission’.  With a majestic score by Ennio Morricone and lush Oscar-winning cinematography by Chris Menges, Roland Joffé's The Mission examines the events surrounding the Treaty of Madrid in 1750, when Spain ceded part of South America to Portugal, and turns this episode into an allegory for the mid-'80s struggles of Latin America.  Two European forces are on hand to win the South American natives over to imperialist ways. The plunderers want to extract riches and slaves from the New World. The missionaries, on the other hand, want to convert the Indians to Christianity and win over their souls. They want to promote a new society in which the natives will live together in peace with the Spanish and the Portuguese. But this concept frightens the royal governors, who would rather enslave the natives than encourage peaceful coexistence between the Europeans and the Indians. As we watch this drama play out, we witness the faith, doubt, hope, love, sinfulness and conversion of the characters involved.  It is a very inspiring movie that will provide food for thought (and for the soul) during this Lenten season.  It is rated PG but does contain some violence and nudity (in particular among the people of the mission).

LENTEN COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICE

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church

Monday Evening March 24, 2014

7:30pm

 

At 7:30pm on Monday, March 24th, a Lenten Communal Penance Service will be held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church (400 Willow Ave) in Hoboken.  Parishioners from the local Catholic churches (and all Catholics) are invited to gather together to receive the mercy of God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  We will hear the Word of God and a homily, reflect on the areas of our lives where we need forgiveness and then meet with a priest individually to go to confession and receive absolution.  There will be several priests from the local parishes present to hear confessions.  Please make every effort to participate in this Penance Service as part of your Lenten preparation for the celebration of Easter.

Day of Reflection for Women

Be Not Afraid: Rejoice In God’s Mercy

Saturday April 26th, 2014

Seton Hall University

400 South Orange Avenue

South Orange, NJ 07079

Join us for a prayerful, spirit-filled life changing experience. The day begins at 8:30am and ends at 4:30pm (doors opening at 7:30am)includes a continental breakfast and lunch.  Women will gather for a Holy Hour of praise and worship.  The Day of Reflection features talks by Prof. Helen Alvare and Sr. Mary Gabriel from the Sisters of Life.

Mass will be celebrated and there will be an opportunity for confession. 

Registration is $25/person; $20/college students (18-22) and Seniors (65+).

Register on line at www.rcan.org/womcom or by mail; forms are located in the church vestibule.

Make checks payable to “Women’s Commission”.

If transportation is needed, call the Parish Office at 201-659-1114 or email Cindy LoPresti (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

On the day of the event, we will meet and depart from St. Ann Church parking lot.

         Sponsored by ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK WOMEN’S COMMISSION

SAVE THE DATE

Lenten Parish Retreat

 

Our Parish Lenten Retreat begins March 17th and continues on the 18th and 19th from 7:30pm to 8:15pm

The Lenten Retreat theme is

“Do Not Be Afraid, I Am With You”…Reflections on the Gospel of St. Luke 

 

Following each evening’s presentation, light refreshments will be served.

Fr. James Gavin, OFM Cap is our presenter.  Fr James celebrates Mass with us as a weekend assistant andwill preach at all the Masses the weekend of the 16th in preparation for the Retreat. 

LENT is a time to deepen our relationship with the Lord and His Compassionate WORD.  We all need this prayerful time to open our hearts to God’s love. 

MARK your calendar and COME experience God’s love and grace during this Lenten season.

 

WELCOME

The St. Ann Parish website has had a makeover!  Our new website will provide more information, improve communication and will allow visitors to get a taste of the “flavor” of life in our parish family.  It is still very much a work in progress, so expect more features to be available as we move forward. Enjoy your visit!  We welcome your feedback.

LENT

 

The season of Lent is a grace-filled time of year for Christians all over the world.  It is an opportunity for us to experience God’s love and mercy at a deeper level as we open our hearts to repentance and conversion.  The traditional practice of increasing prayer, fasting and almsgiving during Lent never is outdated or ineffective.  As we open ourselves to spending more time in prayer, making sacrifices by fasting and going out of ourselves to serve others, God’s love will transform us.  Don’t let this beautiful opportunity pass us by…let the season of Lent transform our lives…don’t let it be  “business as usual” but let this be a truly different time of year by making a commitment to actively participate in the Lenten practices each day.  There will be many opportunities at St. Ann’s to help us to get the most out of Lent.  To do that, we have to put something into it…participate!  Make the sacrifice to come to as many of these events as possible.  If we make the commitment, we will be blessed as a parish, in our families and individually.  I look forward to making the journey with you through these 40 Days.

 

Peace,

fr. remo

 

 

Taízé Prayer Service

This is a beautiful prayer experience that includes candles, simple chants, scripture and periods of silence.   Since this is unfamiliar to many, here’s an explanation on what a Taizé service is all about.

Taizé is simply the name of a town in France. In 1940, a man known as Brother Roger founded a small community of Christians in Taizé. 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.”

After the war this community began to grow. Besides the 100 permanent members of the Taizé community, there are currently over 100,000 visitors to Taizé annually. During the peak summer months the small town of Taizé will receive up to 5,000 visitors who come for spiritual retreats. The majority of these ‘modern day pilgrims’ are young people in their 20′s. The Taizé community is also ecumenical in nature – meaning that it includes people from a variety of Christian denominations.

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.”

The Taizé prayer experience is very powerful.  The parish community of St. Ann invites you to make it a part of your Faith journey.  We hope to see you at our next Taize' prayer service.  For a sample of Taizé, view this link:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ge4xEI4-yE

Welcome To Our New Website!


The St. Ann Parish website has had a makeover!  Our new website will provide more information, improve communication and will allow visitors to get a taste of the “flavor” of life in our parish family.  It is still very much a work in progress, so expect more features to be available as we move forward. Enjoy your visit!  We welcome your feedback.


Taízé Prayer Service

On Thursday, March 13th at 7:30pm, St. Ann Catholic Church in Hoboken is having a Taizé prayer service. This is a beautiful prayer experience that includes candles, simple chants, scripture and periods of silence.   Since this is unfamiliar to many, here’s an explanation on what a Taizé service is all about.

Taizé is simply the name of a town in France. In 1940, a man known as Brother Roger founded a small community of Christians in Taizé. 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.”

After the war this community began to grow. Besides the 100 permanent members of the Taizé community, there are currently over 100,000 visitors to Taizé annually. During the peak summer months the small town of Taizé will receive up to 5,000 visitors who come for spiritual retreats. The majority of these ‘modern day pilgrims’ are young people in their 20′s. The Taizé community is also ecumenical in nature – meaning that it includes people from a variety of Christian denominations.

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.”

The Taizé prayer experience is very powerful.  The parish community of St. Ann invites you to make it a part of your Lenten journey by joining us on March 13th at 7:30pm in the church.  We hope to see you there!  For a sample of Taizé, view this link:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ge4xEI4-yE


The St. Ann Church Restoration Committee

A Restoration Committee has just been established here at St. Ann Parish and is dedicated to the beautification and renovation of our Church. Our goal is to ensure our Church is preserved and operational for many generations to come. To carry out this mission, the committee is entrusted with developing and implementing fundraising strategies to achieve our goal.  While most of the work appears to be cosmetic, the reality is that it is much more complex and costly and involves major infrastructure repairs. 

Much of the disrepair to our Church is the result of Super storm Sandy and water damage from an aging infrastructure. While the repairs are numerous, some of the critical areas of focus will include the following:

  • the replacement of our heating and cooling system with a new and more efficient unit which will ultimately reduce our energy costs.  
  • the replacement and installation of new windows, gutters and pointings, which are the source of the evident water damage to the ceiling of the Church.
  • re-plastering of walls and ceiling and repainting of the Church

The work will be performed in phases and we are in the process of establishing our fundraising goal and campaign. Once finalized, we will communicate and request your assistance in reaching our financial goal.  We look forward to your participation, as part of our parish community, to ensure St. Ann Church continues to flourish, both spiritually and physically.

Your feedback and input is welcomed and encouraged and may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Respectfully yours in Christ,

Annmarie Rizzo

Restoration Committee Chair

 


2014 WINTER BLUES/BLAHS PROGRAMS

 

Now that the holidays are over and winter has set in, we enter into two months of blahs—but, not here at St. Ann’s. Get out of the house and join us for the WINTER BLUES/BLAHS PROGRAMS which will start January 21st and end on February 28th

 


 

ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK

CATHOLIC MEN's Conference

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York,  is keynote speaker.

See bulletin for more info.

If you are interested please contact Parish Conference Leader Al Kotkin by email just.us.two@net zero.com 

 

 

ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK

CATHOLIC MEN'S CONFERENCE

Keynote Speaker: Cardinal Timothy Dolan,

Archbishop of New York

See bulletin for more info or email Parish Conference Leader Al Kotkin just.us.two@net zero.com 

 

 

WOMEN’S FAITH GROUP of SAINT ANN

A new faith group is being formed
for women by women

 

Join us: starting Monday March 31th 7-8:30pm
and meeting bi-weekly

 
The Women’s Faith Group of St. Ann welcomes all women to meet and share a path of spiritual growth through prayer and scripture, experiencing God’s love and developing an intimate relationship with Jesus.
 
A small fee of $10 is for reference material.    Register via email by March 10th.
 
For more information and/or to register, email Louise DiGiacamo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Cindy LoPresti This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 

RESTORING the CHURCH

A Restoration Committee has just been established here at St. Ann Parish and is dedicated to the beautification and renovation of our Church. Our goal is to ensure our Church is preserved and operational for many generations to come. To carry out this mission, the committee is entrusted with developing and implementing fundraising strategies to achieve our goal.  While most of the work appears to be cosmetic, the reality is that it is much more complex and costly and involves major infrastructure repairs. 

Much of the disrepair to our Church is the result of Super storm Sandy and water damage from an aging infrastructure. While the repairs are numerous, some of the critical areas of focus will include the following:

  • the replacement of our heating and cooling system with a new and more efficient unit which will ultimately reduce our energy costs.  
  • the replacement and installation of new windows, gutters and pointings, which are the source of the evident water damage to the ceiling of the Church.
  • re-plastering of walls and ceiling and repainting of the Church

The work will be performed in phases and we are in the process of establishing our fundraising goal and campaign. Once finalized, we will communicate and request your assistance in reaching our financial goal.  We look forward to your participation, as part of our parish community, to ensure St. Ann Church continues to flourish, both spiritually and physically.

Your feedback and input is welcomed and encouraged and may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Respectfully yours in Christ,

Annmarie Rizzo

Restoration Committee Chair

 

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