Information from the Archdiocese of Baltimore on the response to the coronavirus: https://www.archbalt.org/coronavirus/
Online, Radio and Televised Masses
Catholics of the archdiocese are reminded that if they are ill or suspect they are ill with a contagious illness, they are not bound by the Sunday Mass obligation. They should remain home and return to church when they are well. Here is a link to radio and televised Masses for the sick and homebound: https://www.archbalt.org/online-mass/
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) is an age-appropriate Liturgy of the Word offered for ages 4 and up at the St. Ann’s 9:00 AM Mass during the school year. No pre-registration is necessary. All children are welcome and encouraged to attend. Just before the Liturgy of the Word begins for the assembly, children are invited to go with the weekly leaders from the church to the Chapel. During this special time, the volunteer leader leads the children through prayers, songs and readings that are simplified for children. At this popular program, children learn about the same Scripture readings as the rest of the assembly. They are taught a simplified main message of the readings and are encouraged to share that message with their parents after Mass.
Volunteers are needed to read and teach the lessons each week, as well as to assist with the supervision of the children, and coordinate the timing of the program. This is a great opportunity for adults and middle school/high schoolers to help these eager youngsters learn the Word of the Lord. All volunteers must complete our compliance management system, Shield the Vulnerable , before volunteering. Please access our volunteer sign up here http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4eadab2da1ff2-stanns/30037064
What makes the character of a parish community? Surely, the hospitality that we extend to others is a big part. We’re looking for parishioners of any age to be part of the Ministry of Greeters, adding another layer of hospitality to our worship service. The Greeter’s job? Simply to arrive 20 minutes early for Mass, stand at one of the 4 entrance doors, and extend a smile and a warm “Good Morning,” or “Hello, we’re glad you’re here!” Experiencing the personal warmth of a welcome can have an incredible impact on anyone gathering with us for Mass. Please contact the parish office, 301-733-0410 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you can see yourself expanding St. Ann’s welcoming reputation as one of our Greeters.
This ministry is an opportunity for young people to serve at the altar of Christ. We currently have altar servers (10 years old and older) and are always looking to expand the number of servers, both male and female. For information, please contact Rob Goldsack at 240-463-6737.
Eucharistic ministers are an important part of our Eucharistic celebrations. They assist with the special responsibility of distributing the Body and Blood of Christ at all Masses. They are persons who distinguish themselves by Christian life, faith and morals. These ministers are asked to serve at weekend liturgies, funerals and/or weekday Masses as they are able. A training session is also required. For information, please contact Lois MacCumbee, 240-420-0438 .
Lectors are an integral part of the Mass celebration. Lectors are parishioners who volunteer to be ministers of the Word at liturgies and are usually scheduled to read at least once a month. One can observe the actions of any lector at any Mass. For information, please contact Donna Hunt at email@example.com
Sacristans are under the general direction of the clergy. A sacristan prepares the vessels and linens for the celebration of Mass, then cleans and puts away the vessels and linens after Mass has been celebrated. It is a time that allows for quiet reflection and humble assistance. For information, please contact the Parish Office, 301-733-0410 ext. 4.
Ushers are men and women who serve the parish by assisting during Mass with a friendly greeting, helping to seat those attending Mass, assisting with collections, helping to organize the offertory procession, and handing out bulletins. For information, please contact the parish office. For information, please contact Herm Niedzielski at 301-791-5841.
Altar Society is a group of parishioners whose purpose is to care for the altars. For information, please contact the Parish Office, 301-733-0410 ext. 4.
To assist with the laundering and ironing of the altar linens, please contact Marie Rumbarger, 301-739-6186.