Joe's Camp Coming!
June 15, 2013 - Mark your calendars for June 23rd thru June 28th. This weeklong work camp is for both middle school and high school teens; we are in desperate need of adult volunteers who can lead small groups throughout that week. WE ARE ALSO LOOKING FOR ONE OR TWO BUSINESSES WHO CAN DONATE DINNERS; we have two meals that can feed about fifty people that we still need to cover for that week. Please contact Natalie for more info and pray for us as we continue our preparations. Early registration has passed. Registration is now $100 per teen. See
Vacation Bible School In July
May 30, 2013 - VBS or Vacation Bible School has been in the planning for almost a year now. The dates are July 15-19 fom 9 AM to noon daily. This adventure in learning is for ages 5 yrs. old (going to Kindergarten in the Fall) through 11 yrs old (going in to 5th grade).
Register soon in order to get the early registration discount. Prices go up after June 10th. Download the VBS Registration Packet and turn it in with your payment either to the parish or school office. Click here to download Registration PDF.
Help Victims of Midwest Disasters
May 21, 2013 [UPDATED May 31] - The tragedies in the wake of the horrific tornados in Oklahoma and the Midwest leave us all in great sadness. There are two important ways you can help:
1. Pray for the victims, their families, and the rescue workers, and
2. Donate money to Catholic Charities of Oklahoma and elsewhere.
3. On the weekend of June 8/9, St. Anne's and her missions will offer a second collection for aid to the victims of these tornados.
Congratulations Archbishop Sample!
April 3, 2013 - Last Tuesday, Archbishop Sample became the 11th Archbishop of Portland in Oregon. Congratulations. Photos of the Mass of Installation can be viewed by clicking the Flickr button to the left. Some 30 bishops and 250 priests were there as well as teh Papl Nuncio and Cardinal Levada. The Archbishop's mother was even able to attend. The Chiles Center was full. The Archbishop gave a enthusiastic homily. Blessings to all who were involved in the organizational aspect of such compicated liturgy! It was a joyous day!
March 13, 2013 - We Have a new Pope. Pope Francis from Argentina. Learn more about this amazing event here:Catholic News Service.
Catholics Come Home
January 1, 2013 [UPDATED Jan. 9] - It's football bowl season and maybe God is calling you to get back in the game! Have you been away from the Church? Maybe God is calling you to return. If you are finding yourself pondering the potential of such a decision, we encourage you to head to the catholicscomehome.org web site to discern further. Below is one of the most recent commercials which aired on ESPN and other stations during the bowl games. If you wish to watch more, you can also head to the Catholics Come Home video page.
As a parish, we are offering some informal classes to help you discern with some of our own caring Catholics who want to help you in your journey. Those classes begin Thursday, Jan. 10th at 6:30 PM until 8 PM in our Kelly Youth Center. Call the office for more details or just show up!
St. Anne's Pastoral Priorities
Aug. 12, 2012 - This past couple years, St. Anne's Pastoral Council has been working hard on discerning the vision and mission of our parish. The result is a new mission (see left) which was published almost two years ago and now a series of priorities with goals and objectives describing how we will accomplish those priorities.
On July 22nd, Lorin Schrader, the Chair of the Pastoral Council offered a presentation describing the overall vision of the Pastoral Priorities. In order listen to that presentation (mp3 format), you can click here.
You can also download a PDF version to read for yourself in detail. To do so, click here to begin download.
January 27, 2013 - Beginning this weekend, we are starting the process of the annual Archbishop's Catholic Appeal. Most past contributors to the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal will receive a mailing from Archbishop Vlazny within the next few days.
The Appeal provides funds to support essential parish-based ministries that would find it difficult, if not impossible, to operate solely on parish funds. Appeal funds are used to help fund Archdiocesan offices and agencies that assist the parishes and their people. In addition, part of the funds are used to assist retired archdiocesan priests.
The theme of the 2013 Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal is “Teach, Bless, Serve.”
As you consider the amount you can pledge to help these ministries, please reflect on the following:
Contributing to the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal is one concrete way to “Teach, Bless, Serve”. Take a moment to honestly examine all the God-given blessings in your life and then ask not yourself, but ask God: “What is just?”By our baptism and our confirmation in the Catholic church, each of us is called to serve as a good shepherd. We’re called not only to follow Christ but to be Christ.
Please pray for the Lord’s guidance as you consider the above reflections, and please give generously according to the blessings God has given you. More information is available online for download at www.archdpdx.org/appeal/.
February 22, 2010 - On the first weekend of Advent,our Sacramentary we currently use will be replaced with a newer, more literal translation. To be called the Roman Missal, as it is called in Latin, the new texts will require all parishioners and priests to learn new responses and prayers such as the Gloria, Sanctus, etc. Fr. Bill gave a one hour workshop on Sunday, Feb. 20th, to introduce the texts to the parish. He will offer a repeat presentation although the date has yet to be determined. In addition, we have created a new page which will help you find resources for the new texts as well as educational notes and podcasts which will help you learn more about the changes. Click this link to learn more.
Year of Faith
September 25, 2012 - Pope Benedict XVI announced a special "Year of Faith" to help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their commitment to sharing faith with others.
This October 11, the Catholic Church officially begins this time of reflection. We, as a parish, will be offering special events that will reflect many of the themes of this time. One such event is a class on the Second Vatican Council which was opened 50 years ago, October 11, 1962. We will be offering movie nights, continue our video series on Catholicism, and other things which are still in the planning stages.
St. Anne School Now Accredited Pre-K Through 8th Grade
October 23, 2012 USCCB - This past week an accreditation committee spent several days evaluating our school to determine the quality of education and adherence to professional standards. When all was completed, we received an accreditation of six years which now even includes our Pre-K class. We may very well be the only accredited Pre-K in the Grants Pass area.
Congratulations to Frankie Bytheway, our principal, the teachers, staff, parents, and all the volunteers for their ongoing hard work to make St. Anne's a place where children can come and get an excellent Catholic Education.