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5th Sunday Ordinary Time                                     February 10, 2019


A Message from Fr. Fran:

I attended a meeting, at the Pastoral Center for parish representatives, helping to guide the Diocesan Annual Appeal in the individual parishes. I am the representative from St. Ann’s. At that meeting and by email, all pastors were to remind people about the Bishop’s Appeal, especially in parishes who have not met their goal this year. The Bishop’s Appeal is well short of its goal for this year. So far the Diocese has received $3,348,770 in gifts and pledges from 16,782 donors, bringing the Appeal to 67% of the goal of $5 million. This Appeal is a major support for many of the programs and places that serve in the Diocese of Scranton. Here at St. Ann’s we have received an annual grant to help us with our Food Pantry and Social Concerns ministry. Many of our parishioners have benefited from the Catholic Schools, programs helping veterans, Catholic Charities, preparing for a Catholic wedding, and many other programs and opportunities like the Annual Men’s Conference and the Annual Women’s Conference that are coming up soon. It is important that we as St. Ann Basilica Parish remember that we are also members of a much larger spiritual force in the world.


With regard to the Diocesan Annual Appeal, we have met our goal for the past four years. This year we have not met our goal. Our assigned goal is $32,000 and we have pledged and given $25,870.50 to date. These donations have come from 138 members/families in our parish. We presently have over 853 members/ families registered in our parish. I would encourage all who have not yet made a donation to the Diocesan Annual Appeal to try to help this appeal. Any donation will help us to meet our goal this year.


It is my hope that people appreciate that the main purpose of the Church/Parish is to provide people with a place and programs that connect and unite them with Jesus – the founder of the Church – and his teachings. These places and programs depend on free-will support. Please continue with your generous support to our Parish, the Diocese, and the Church.


We will place envelopes for the Diocesan Annual Appeal in each pew. If you wish to make a donation please take one of the envelopes and return it on a later week-end or drop it off at the rectory. Thank you for your ongoing support of our many parish and diocesan programs.



Bequest in your Will    A bequest in your will, no matter what the amount, will help the Parish continue its mission of serving God’s people. Such a decision could be for you a worthy and personally satisfying objective. Everyone should have a will, no matter what your financial circumstances. You need a will to assure you that your possessions will be distributed, as you desire. When making your bequest, please use the full legal name and address: St. Ann Basilica Parish, 1250 St. Ann Street, Scranton, Pa. 18504.




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