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2019 Diocesan Service Funds - Do Not Neglect to Share What You Have

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The Diocesan Services Fund (DSF) helps fulfills Christ’s mission on earth by supporting those programs and services that cannot be accomplished by one parish alone.

• More than 60 programs receive all or part of their funding from the DSF.

• All funds are spent within Archdiocesan boundaries.

• The broad areas of ministry that receive DSF support include: Catholic education of children and adults; pastoral ministries for the sick, the poor and the incarcerated; the formation and education of church leadership; social service programs such as San José Clinic, St. Dominic Village and Catholic Charities.

• There are over 4,100 registered members/families at St. Anne. It would be great to have at least 50 percent participate – please give what you can give as any amount makes a huge difference.

• DSF envelopes are available at Mass – please drop off during collection or at the Parish office mail slot.

Do Not Neglect to Share What You Have

The theme for the Diocesan Services Fund (DSF) this year is Do Not Neglect to Share What You Have. Hebrews 13:16 reminds us to “Keep doing good works and sharing your resources, for these are the kinds of sacrifices that please God.” If we are honest with ourselves we cannot just say what we have is our own but instead a gift from the Lord.

Matching Gifts

Many of our parishioners' employers have a matching gift program – meaning the company will match your contribution to DSF. Please look into this option at your company.

Register Now for CCE

Children in grades PreK-4 -12th grade can now register for Continuing Christian Education (CCE). 

This include children needing to prepare for Sacraments: Baptism, Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. 
Look under Faith Formation for more information about the sacraments and classes. 

Religious Formation

Construction Corner

 

8/9/19

 

8/2/19

First foundation for the garage has been placed. Foundation work for both buildings continues. Existing chilled water lines were relocated during a two day shut down on July 23-24.

While we fully understand that there are many “interesting sights” on the other side of the construction fencing, please remember that no one is allowed inside the construction area (a) without the appropriate safety gear and (b) until they have completed Vaughn’s construction orientation.

7/26/19

7/19/19

Demolition of the Gym, Guild House, La Casita, and the metal storage building is complete. All resulting debris was removed The east end of the Shepherd Drive access drive is fully poured and usable, but only for construction vehicles to exit the site onto Shepherd.

Installation of underground storm and sanitary pipes is complete. Nearly half of the grade beams for the Commons Building have been poured.

If you look carefully over the green construction fence or look down to the east from one of the second story windows on that side of the Parish Center, you can see the outline of the new parking garage.

A two-day shut-down which is required to relocate existing chilled water lines is still scheduled for July 23-24.

While we fully understand that there are many “interesting sights” on the other side of the construction fencing, please remember that no one is allowed inside the construction area (a) without the appropriate safety gear and (b) until they have completed Vaughn’s construction orientation.

 

 

7/12/19

Demolition of the Gym, Guild House, La Casita, and the metal storage building is complete. All resulting debris was removed this week. The east half of the new Shepherd Drive access road is now complete. All of the piers for the Commons Building have been drilled and Vaughn has now been forming, reinforcing, and placing the grade beams.

A two day shut down, which is required to relocate existing chilled water lines, is currently scheduled for July 23rd and 24th.

While we fully understand that there are many “interesting sights” on the other side of the construction fencing, please remember that no one is allowed inside the construction area without the appropriate safety gear and until they have completed Vaughn’s construction orientation.

 

6/27/19

Construction activities are proceeding smoothly. One final hurdle – removal of the power lines near the Guild House and then subsequent approval by the City of Houston – and then we will be able to get the remainder of our building permits released.

released.

Demolition of the gym commenced on Monday. Assuming no further complications with the City of Houston and cooperative weather conditions, all four buildings (La Casita, Guild House, Gymnasium, and metal Maintenance Storage Building) will be fully demolished and the debris removed from our site by next week.

A two day shutdown which is required to relocate existing chilled water lines was originally scheduled for June 26 & 27. However, this shutdown has been delayed until July to allow the contractor to procure the requisite equipment and materials.

A section of sidewalk and a single lane of traffic along the west side of Shepherd will be closed from June 24 through July 5. This shutdown is required to allow contractors to pour the east end of the new access road from our property onto Shepherd. Hours of closure will be 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. This closure will not affect parishioners walking from the temporary parking lot to the church.

While we fully understand that there are many “interesting sights” on the other side of the construction fencing, please remember that no one is allowed inside the construction area without the appropriate safety gear and until they have completed Vaughn’s construction orientation.

 

6/6/19

It is with heavy hearts that we said good-bye today to the large oak tree that has stood in front of the gym since 1955.  Fortunately, it will be put to good use.  The three largest limbs will be milled into fireplace mantels, the trunk will be sliced horizontally to create tabletops, and the branches will be cut into firewood.

Our thanks to Vaughn Construction for making their temporary contractor employee parking lot in the northeast corner of our campus available to St. Anne parishioners on the weekends. While not as convenient as the parking lots that have been lost due to construction activity, this lot represents the closest parking alternative and actually provides more parking spots than we had before installation of the contractor fencing. Vehicular access to this lot is on Fairview and pedestrian access is on Shepherd. For families with children or elderly parishioners, we suggest that you drop off family members via the circle drive directly in front of the church and then park your car in the temporary lot. Please be careful when walking on the gravel.

Foundation work for the Commons Building will commence next week. We continue to wait for CenterPoint to relocate the existing gas line that feeds into the Parish Center. Once that line has been relocated, demolition of the gymnasium can begin. Demolition of the concrete and asphalt parking lots west and north of the Parish Center should be completed by next week.

5/30/19

The temporary parking lot for contractor employees in the northeast corner of our campus is now complete and available for parking at weekend masses. Vehicular access is on Fairview and pedestrian access is on Shepherd. For families with children or elderly parishioners, we suggest that you drop off family members via the circle drive directly in front of the church and then park your car in the temporary lot. Please be careful when walking on the gravel.

Contractor fencing is complete.  Plywood has been installed along the Pre-K playground and to cover all the ground floor windows of the school and Parish Center.  Demolition of the gymnasium will begin any day.

In addition to this new parking lot, we have graciously been given permission to use the parking lots of our neighbors Valobra Master Jewelers at 2150 Westheimer and Reiner's Fine Jewelry at 2210 Westheimer during mass times on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

5/22/19

We want to thank all those who attended our groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, May 17, 2019, and hope that everyone enjoyed themselves.

 

The temporary parking lot for contractor employees in the northeast corner of our campus was scheduled to be completed by Friday, May 24, 2019. If that lot is not available for parishioners to park during Mass this weekend, rest assured that it will be by next weekend. Vehicular access will be on Fairview and pedestrian access will be on Shepherd. For families with children or elderly parishioners, we suggest that you drop off family members via the circle drive directly in front of the church and then park your car in the temporary lot. Please be careful when walking on the gravel.  

 

Two Live Oak trees previously located just west of the Parish Center were moved to their new locations inside the Circle Drive last week. Don’t they look great?

 

Demolition of the gymnasium is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 28, 2019, and will take almost a full week. Demolition of La Casita and the Guild Building will commence immediately afterwards. This past week Vaughn Construction has been painstakingly identifying the locations of all chilled water lines, electrical lines, and other utilities that extend across the playing fields and below our current parking lots. It is critical that all such lines be accurately located before excavation begins.

 

5/15/19

Installation of construction fencing commenced on Tuesday which results in a significant decrease in the number of on-campus parking spaces.  If you had difficulty finding a place to park, please accept our apologies.  We hope that by next weekend (May 25-26, 2019) the temporary parking for contractor personnel will be completed and available for parishioners to use on Saturdays and Sundays.  This temporary parking lot will be located on the northeast side of our campus with vehicular access off Fairview and pedestrian access off Shepherd.  For families with children or elderly parishioners, we might suggest that you drop off family members via the circle drive directly in front of the church and then park your car in the temporary lot.  Fortunately, this temporary lot will actually provide more parking spaces than the number of surface lot spaces that will be lost due to construction activities.  However, it will be a bit longer of a walk from your vehicle to the pew.

For the convenience of St. Anne visitors during the work week, we have instructed all church and school employees to use specific on-campus parking spaces that are located the longest distance from the Parish Center, Sanctuary, and Parish Office Building.  As such, those parking places closest to the Porte-cochere will be available for weekday church visitors.

Relocation of the trees that are being moved to the Circle Drive area should be completed by this weekend.

5/12/19

Construction on the new Commons Building and parking garage will be getting underway soon.  Safety fencing may be installed as early as Monday, May 13. There will be a noticeable impact on parking.  

Groundbreaking is scheduled for May 17 at 9:00 a.m.  

Vaughn’s construction trailer is now on site and should be fully operational by next week.

Although we are breaking ground, we still have an additional $7 million to raise.

We will keep you advised by announcements, the Bulletin, www.saintanne.org, and the weekly Flocknote emails.  

Make a Pledge

Prayer for Victims of Abuse

My Dear Friends,

Jesus is the Son of God who lived a sinless life then died for our sins, “God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

God calls us to be reconciled to Him and to our community. The sins must first be confessed and sufficient penance fulfilled then, and only then through the love of God can absolution be sought.

The children, our children, God’s children need our prayers and are worthy of our love as a community of the faithful to take actions to bring healing to what is broken in our Church communities.

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, Cardinal DiNardo, bishops, priests and all those who will prayerfully make decisions to address the issues of abuse. May God give them the wisdom and courage to be the hands and voice of Jesus Christ.

We pray for the victims and their families. May God grant them the peace to heal their pain.

We pray for our Church. May we who are God’s family come together with prayers of encouragement and understanding for all who are suffering.

I ask the Community of St.Anne to take a moment to join your prayers with mine so that together, as a community we can express our love and support to all the victims of this tragedy. In Jesus’ Name.

If you are seeking victims assistance, please contact Victims Assistance Coordinator Diane Vines at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or confidential voicemail 713.654.5799.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Al Sinasac, CSB
Pastor, St. Anne Catholic Community

Message from our Pastor

As your Pastor, I want to share with you my feelings and emotions about the scandal in the Catholic church. There have been times where I have felt very angry, betrayed, and profoundly saddened. Handling these emotions and feelings has not been an easy task. Our prayers go out to those who have experienced the anguish of abuse. We pray for victims of all forms of abuse: emotional and physical. 

Reading and listening to Sacred Scripture has helped me process my emotions. A few days ago, we celebrated the Queenship of Mary. I was thinking about that brave young woman watching her Son die on the cross after experiencing days of abuse and torture. It was a horrible death. Yet, she stayed at the side of her Son. She never left Him. Even in her anger and her sadness she remained at the foot of the cross. She had faith in God’s plan, in His Mercy.

We, today, are called to remain faithful to Our Lord. It is not easy. We are experiencing difficult and trying times. We are called not to run away, but rather to stay and serve our God, to serve Our Lord just as Mary did.

In serving the Lord, we are the Church. We form the Body of Christ, all of us in our holiness, our brokenness, our frailty, and the victims of abuse.

We are the Church and the Church must continue. Don’t leave the Church. Be the Church. Lead the Church.

St. Anne hosts many ministries and organizations that are opportunities for you to lead the Church in service to others. Be the Body of Christ. Be the Church, serving God, serving one another. Imitate Christ, by being merciful, compassionate, and forgiving

So, I ask you to reflect with me and be servants of the Lord and servants to His Church.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Al Sinasac, CSB

 


 

Un mensaje de Fr. Al Sinasac, CSB
 
Como su pastor, yo quiero compartir con ustedes mis sentimientos y emociones sobre el escándalo en la Iglesia Católica. Han habido tiempos en que yo me e sentido muy enojado, traicionado y profundamente triste. He controlado mis emociones y sentimientos; no ha sido fácil. Nuestras oraciones van para aquellos que han pasado por la angustia del abuso. Oremos por las victimas que han sufrido por el abuso físico y emocional. 
 
Leyendo y escuchando las Escrituras sagradas me han ayudado, a procesar mis emociones. Hace unos días celebramos la Inmaculada Concepcion, estaba pensando en esa valiente joven, viendo a su hijo morir en la cruz, después de experimentar los días de angustia y tortura. Fue una muerte horrible. Sin embargo, ella se quedó al lado de su hijo. Ella nunca lo dejó. Incluso en su enojo y su tristeza ella permaneció al pie de la cruz. Ella tenía fe en el plan de Dios, y en su misericordia. 
 
Hoy estamos llamados a permanecer fieles a nuestro Señor. No será fácil. Estamos experimentando tiempos difíciles. Estamos llamados a no huir, sino a quedarnos y servir a nuestro Dios para servir a nuestro Señor tal como lo hizo Maria. 
 
Al servir al Señor, somos la iglesia. Formamos el Cuerpo de Cristo, todos nosotros en nuestra santidad, nuestro deterioro, nuestra fragilidad y las victimas de abuso. 
 
Somos la iglesia y la iglesia debe continuar. No te vayas de la iglesia. Sé la iglesia. Dirige la iglesia. 
 
Santa Ana alberga muchos ministerios y organizaciónes que son oportunidades para que usted dirija la iglesia al servicio de los demás. Sé el Cuerpo de Cristo. Sé la iglesia, sirviendo a Dios, sirviendo los unos a los otros. Imita a Cristo, siendo misericordioso, compasivo, y perdonando. 
 
Les ruego que reflexionen conmigo y sean siervos del Señor y siervos de su iglesia. 
 
Tuyo en Cristo,
Fr. Al Sinasac, C.S.B. 

Cardinal DiNardo Statement

August 1, 2018

WASHINGTON—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement noting the steps the U.S. Bishops Conference will take in addressing the failures of the Church in protecting the people of God.

"The accusations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick reveal a grievous moral failure within the Church. They cause bishops anger, sadness, and shame; I know they do in me. They compel bishops to ask, as I do, what more could have been done to protect the People of God. Both the abuses themselves, and the fact that they have remained undisclosed for decades, have caused great harm to people's lives and represent grave moral failures of judgement on the part of Church leaders.

These failures raise serious questions. Why weren't these allegations of sins against chastity and human dignity disclosed when they were first brought to Church officials? Why wasn't this egregious situation addressed decades sooner and with justice? What must our seminaries do to protect the freedom to discern a priestly vocation without being subject to misuse of power?

Archbishop McCarrick will rightly face the judgement of a canonical process at the Holy See regarding the allegations against him, but there are also steps we should be taking as the Church here in the United States. Having prayed about this, I have convened the USCCB Executive Committee.  This meeting was the first of many among bishops that will extend into our Administrative Committee meeting in September and our General Assembly in November. All of these discussions will be oriented toward discerning the right course of action for the USCCB. This work will take some time but allow me to stress these four points immediately.

First, I encourage my brother bishops as they stand ready in our local dioceses to respond with compassion and justice to anyone who has been sexually abused or harassed by anyone in the Church. We should do whatever we can to accompany them.

Second, I would urge anyone who has experienced sexual assault or harassment by anyone in the Church to come forward. Where the incident may rise to the level of a crime, please also contact local law enforcement.

Third, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will pursue the many questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick's conduct to the full extent of its authority; and where that authority finds its limits, the Conference will advocate with those who do have the authority. One way or the other, we are determined to find the truth in this matter.

Finally, we bishops recognize that a spiritual conversion is needed as we seek to restore the right relationship among us and with the Lord. Our Church is suffering from a crisis of sexual morality. The way forward must involve learning from past sins.

Let us pray for God's wisdom and strength for renewal as we follow St. Paul's instruction: 'Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect' (Romans 12:2)."

 

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If you intend to make a donation of stock to St. Anne Church, the securities must be received by the Archdiocese by December 31. Please use this  pdf Letter of Intent  (65 KB) to make your gift and designate Saint Anne Church on the form.

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