Fr. Ben Nwosu is the Pastor of St Ann of Warsaw, Mo., St. Peter and Paul of Cole Camp, Mo. and St. Bernadette of Hermitage, Mo. Catholic Churches.
Notice: As we are celebrating the 75th Anniversary of St. Ann Catholic Church in Warsaw on Sunday, September 26, 2021, with a 3:00 PM Mass there will be no 8:30 AM Mass on Sunday morning September 26, 2021.
Saturday at St. Bernadette in Hermitage at 4:00 PM
Saturday at St. Ann in Warsaw at 6:30 PM
Sunday at St. Ann in Warsaw at 8:30 AM
Sunday at Sts. Peter and Paul in Cole Camp at 11:00 AM.
The Rosary is prayed 30 minutes ahead of each weekend mass.
UPDATE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS - August 8, 2021
Comments from the Diocese
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its COVID-19 recommendations for fully vaccinated people due to the increased surge of the Delta variant in the United States. The recommendations include:
Encouraging fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
· Getting tested if one is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
· Getting tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wearing a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.
· Isolating if a person has tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools.
The recommendation for fully vaccinated individuals to continue wearing masks is meant to protect the unvaccinated, including those, such as children under 12, who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.
For additional COVID-19 information see the COVID-19 page under more.
Vaccines should be received, for the common good. As a reminder, see recent comments from Bishop W. Shawn McKnight In the current situation of a pandemic, Catholics may in good conscience utilize any of the vaccines currently available, even those derived in an unethical manner, to protect themselves, as well as to avoid the serious risk to vulnerable persons and to society resulting from remaining unvaccinated. If a person concludes he or she cannot be vaccinated, whether for health reasons or if their own moral analysis is different from the Church, they are morally obliged to do everything they can to prevent transmission of the coronavirus and avoid any risk to the health of those who cannot be vaccinated.As Pope Francis reminds us, in receiving these vaccines we are truly showing love for our neighbor and for God, which is the core teaching of our faith.
Fr. Ben Nwosu, Pastor
Phone 660-438-5870 (Residence)
Office Phone: 660-438-3844
Office Hours: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Tuesday - Friday
Secretary - Debra Blair
Bookkeeper - Jerri Mockus
Religious Education - Deacon Chris Wickern
PC President - David Grimes
Knights of Columbus - Grand Knight - David Grimes
Knights of Columbus - Ladies Auxiliary - Regina Mackenberg
Altar & Rosary - Paula Billinger
Mary Craig - Secretary
Kristi Craig - Bookkeeper
PC President - Carol Baalman
Anita M. Mertz - Office Bookkeeper
We pray for the health and recovery of all who are ill and not with us today. We encourage those who are home to join the community by praying the Sunday Scriptures, using the readings located at www.diojeffcity.org and perhaps praying the Rosary or the Divine Chaplet.
Coffee and Donuts - will be available following Sunday Mass. Stop by and have a treat and visit with your Church Family - its been too long! Volunteers needed to help serve & clean-up!
Thanks from Fr. Ben
Fr. Ben sends his heartfelt thanks to all those that sent him good wishes for his birthday! He felt blessed!
The 49 White Crosses put on the lawn of our Church on August 31st, and will remain through October 4th, are more than a religious reference. The Crosses symbolize the many deaths every hour because of surgical abortions in the United States. We believe that abortion is murder. During this time we need all the help and prayers you can give. The Rosary before each Mass will be to help fight abortion, but keep abortion in your prayers all year long. Knights of Columbus - by the Jersey Boy
Rosemary Hart sent a beautiful card to the Parish Family saying ...”Thank you for your prayers and Mass intentions. Your prayers have been much appreciated. Please continue to pray. We have a hard long road ahead of us. With love, Rosemary & Dale Hart”
Let’s keep our confirmation class in our prayers during these final weeks as they prepare to be confirmed on September 26th by the Honorable Bishop McKnight!
David Mark Hughes
Elsie Grace Hughes
Gracie Sue Comer
75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION SEPTEMBER 26TH
Volunteers are needed to help the day of the event - so everyone has a chance to enjoy the Celebration! Please call the Parish office if you can help out!
REMINDER - There will be no 8:30 AM Sunday morning Mass September 26th. Our parish will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of our Church. Open house begins at 2:00 PM - Rosary at 2:30 PM - Mass at 3:00 PM. Our Bishop, The Most Reverend Shawn McKnight, will preside over Mass and three confirmations, along with the blessing of our new St. Joseph statue. Dinner will follow for those that have previously provided an RSVP.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THIS SPECIAL CELEBRATION MASS!
Are you thinking about perhaps starting a Seven Sisters group to pray for your pastor? Here are a few words from Father Dan Merz, pastor of St. Thomas More Newman Parish in Columbia: “The older I get the more aware I become of my need for prayer. The spiritual support provided by the Seven Sisters is certainly a mental and emotional encouragement, but I’m also relying on their prayers to help me grow in virtue and to be a good pastor, not just for some of my people, but for all of them.” Please see SevenSistersApostolate.org. For more information contact SevenSistersJeffCity@gmail.com.
Reminders: Please remember to wear name tags when at St. Ann’s. It will certainly help Fr. Ben get to know us - and other parishioners as well! He is challenging himself to learn our names!! If you need one - call the parish office.
Also, be sure to watch where you park in the Church parking lot. Be mindful of the handicap spaces for those parishioners and visitors in need.
Are you the last one to leave the Church? Friendly reminder if you are, please be sure all lights are turned off in Church, foyer, kitchen, hall and restrooms - and lock all doors.
New AED Unit Training -
Training on the new AED unit, along with CPR instruction had to be postponed as the training instructor was unavailable. A new date and time will be set up for the near future. The training should take about 2 hours and will be completed at that time. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon completion of the training. The sign-up sheet will be on the foyer table if you need to check if you are on the list. There will be no charge for the training
Installation of Carpeting
…..is complete!!! All went well and St. Ann’s is so blessed with the beautiful new carpeting and flooring on the Altar! We can’t say it enough - huge thanks to all the hard -working volunteers! They put forth a tremendous effort to keep things rolling and not have interruptions in Masses during the install. What a team!!! Still have a few things to put away before the big event but we are getting there!!
CURSILLO WEEKENDS COMING SOON!
Please note the fall men and women’s Cursillo Weekends are quickly approaching. The men’s weekend will be Sept 30 – Oct 3 and the women’s will be Nov 4 –7. Both to be held in Moberly. Please get those applications in ASAP! For more information, please visit diojeffcity.org//cursillo or call Marcia Doll at 573.999.5066.
St. Joseph Sunday Missals
For those that ordered the 2022 version of the Missals, they should be here by November 1st.
Paula Billinger - Altar & Rosary Society
Our political discourse has become increasingly rancorous and bitter. The U.S. bishops began a campaign leading into the 2020 election to restore civility to our public and political discourse called Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate. The Missouri Catholic Conference highlighted the campaign last year with a special episode of MCC from the Capitol with Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski. This year, the U.S. bishops are again challenging the faithful to answer Pope Francis’ call to seek “a better kind of politics, one truly at the service of the common good.” Civilize It: A Better Kind of Politics encourages individuals and families to commit to seeking the truth, building bridges, and finding solutions together that promote the common good. Individuals can sign the pledge, and sign up to receive additional materials, by visiting the USCCB Civilize It webpage
Looking Ahead to Coming Weeks:
September 21 - 75th Anniversary Planning Mtg - 5 PM
September 24 - NO WEEKDAY MORNING MASS - Fr. Ben will be out of town. Fr. will hear confessions Thursday morning following Mass
September 26 - NO 8:30 AM MASS at St. Ann’s
September 26 - 75th Anniversary Celebration - 2:00 PM Open House - 2:30 PM Rosary - 3:00 PM Mass - dinner following (Knights will dress out)
October 4 - American Red Cross Blood Drive at Knights Hall - 10 AM to 2 PM - schedule your appointment on the Red Cross website
October 15 - Knights’ Fish Fry - 4-7 PM
October 16-17 - Heritage Days
October 21 - Parish Council Meeting - 6 PM
November 6 - Knights’ Monster Shrimp Boil - 3-7 PM
Welcome Afghan Refugees
For more than 40 years, the Diocese of Jefferson City and Catholic Charities have been welcoming refugees to their new homes in Missouri. As we prepare for the possible arrival of refugees from Afghanistan, we will need community support more than ever. We are directing all requests from people who want to help to our website (https://cccnmo.diojeffcity.org/welcoming-afghan-refugees), where they can complete and submit the Afghan Refugee Assistance Form, indicating how they would like to help.
Please consider a $10 stipend for a loved one. The Mass intention calendar through the end of the year needs to be completed. We have several open dates available. Please contact Deb in the Parish office.
PARISH QUILT- 2021
Don’t forget to be added to this year’s Parish Quilt. Please turn in your completed block ASAP. Regina Mackenberg is hoping to have the 2021 quilt completed by the end of October.
Let’s get lots of participation - don’t be left out! Keep in mind: 8-1/2 inch block—white fabric, Maintain 1/2 inch border from outside edges. Include family name & a theme that represents your family/ & be sure to use washable products. Contact Regina Mackenberg with questions: 660-287-7188.
DIOCESE SAFE ENIVIRONMENT POLICIES
As mentioned in previous bulletins, letters or emails are being sent to parishioners and volunteers of St. Ann’s Parish with respect to the Safe Environment Policies of the Diocese. Information will be provided on how to sign into Virtus.org to start the process.
There’s a lot going on around the Church these days, Deb is doing her best to push out the emails and send the letters out explaining the process. Please don’t hesitate to contact her if you have any questions or concerns.
"Donate Now“ on St. Ann’s website—https://stannwarsawmo.org
PayPal and credit/debit card payment options are now available on the St. Ann website for your Parish contributions:
· Find the purple “Donate Now” button on the first page of the website
· Enter the amount of the donation
· Choose Donate with PayPal or Donate with Credit/Debit Card
· If you choose PayPal, you will be asked to enter an email address (if you already have a PayPal account) or there is an option to create an account - complete the required information and hit “Donate Now”
· If you choose the Credit/Debit Card option - provide required information and then hit the “Donate Now” button - that easy!
· Please contact the Parish office with any questions or concerns.
Knights of Columbus - Are you interested in strengthening your bonds as a family, deepening your faith in the Catholic Church, and working with like-minded men to help support your Church and Community? If so, please consider joining the Knights of Columbus. You can join online at www.kofc.org/joinus, or ask a Knight for an application.
We pray the Rosary before Mass each Sunday at 10:30 am—please join us!
Parish Council Nominations - being sought for 3-year term to Parish council. Elections will be held in November. Please give nominations to a Council member.
Special year was noted—200th birthday of the State of Missouri—suggested that Community Events be listed in the bulletin to remind everyone about the coming events in the great town of Cole Camp!
Sept 26 - Mt. Hulda’s Annual Fish Fillet Dinner at Mt. Hulda Lutheran Church, 22303 Mt. Hulda Avenue—4:30 to ?? - free will donation.
September 26 - St. Ann’s 75th Anniversary Celebration Mass & Dinner - 3:00 PM Mass - Dinner following Mass
October 3 – Cemetery Walk in honor of Missouri’s 200th Birthday
October 24 – St. John’s 150th Anniversary celebration
December 5 – Church tour of area churches to celebrate 200 years of Missouri Architecture
Best Choice Save-a-Label Program
Please save your Best Choice labels. We need the UPC portion (proof of purchase). There is a jar in the hall to put them in. The Save-A-Label program is an extremely successful program, which helps non-profit organizations raise money. Currently, there are over 8,900 non-profit groups in the AWG trade area that participate in the program. These groups earn $.03 for each Best Choice UPC symbol redeemed, with a minimum of 1,000 labels required for redemption. This program represents more than 1.2 million cases of Best Choice products purchased by consumers in one year!
St Bernadette has a website, please take a look at https://stbernadette.diojeffcity.org
Bishop McKnight's September Prayer for our Local Church is:
For a greater appreciation for the gift of friendship; that bonds of friendship may strengthen our resolve to be a people of communion in divisive times.
Your generous support and contributions will help enable our Parish to fund those in need and improve our Church.
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