Fr. Alex Ekka is the Pastor of St Ann of Warsaw, Mo., St. Peter and Paul of Cole Camp, Mo. and St. Bernadette of Hermatige, Mo. Catholic Churches.
The Mass schedule until further notice will be on Saturdays at St. Bernadette at 4:00 PM, on Sundays at St. Ann on at 8:30 AM and at Cole Camp 11:00 AM.
The Rosary is prayed 30 minutes ahead of each weekend mass.
Note by Fr. Alex Ekka:- The guidelines regarding face covering and social distancing are as before. Read the full text in the PDF below.
– All are obliged to wear mask or other face covering and gloves upon entering the church and continue wearing them except when seated and while consuming the Holy Communion.
– All should strictly maintain the social distance of minimum 6-foot while sitting in the pews. A family can sit together but maintain the distance of 6-foot with other family or individuals.
– Rules of social distancing are to be strictly observed while entering and going out of the church as well as while receiving Holy Communion.
– Ushers will not go around for offertory collection. Faithful are requested to drop their contributions in baskets while entering the church.
Fr. Alex Ekka
For additional COVID-19 information see the COVID-19 page under more.
Fr. Alex Ekka, 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.
The followings meetings will be held on April 15th in the Church Hall:
75th Anniversary Planning - Committee - 5:00 pm
Parish Council - 6:00 pm
CONGRATULATIONS TO RON BIDDLE!!
HE WAS INITIATED INTO OUR CHURCH FAMILY OF FAITH DURING EASTER VIGIL.
WE AT ST. ANN’S WELCOME YOU WITH OPEN ARMS AND JOYFUL HEARTS!
In accordance with a recent amendment to the various Decrees issued by Bishop McKnight, St. Ann’s may now use hymnals. Starting on Palm Sunday, Father has requested that hymnals be placed on a table in the foyer to be picked up by those who feel comfortable handling them during Mass. Please return the hymnals to the table after Mass. DO NOT LEAVE IN PEW. Hymnals will be sanitized before and after use.
75th Anniversary Celebration of St. Ann Catholic Church - Will be held on Sept 26, 2021!
For the artistic parishioners out there that want to submit artwork ideas for the St. Ann 75th Anniversary Celebration logo/memory book, we need to get those submitted and then selected ASAP to be used for Save the Dates, invitations, Church website and various advertising, etc. Please submit your ideas Jerri or Deb in the parish office no later than May 1 if you are interested.
to Ron & Regina Mackenberg for accepting the assignment of Marriage Preparation Facilitators for St. Ann and Sts. Peter & Paul parishes. What a blessing they will be to this important ministry!
Also much thanks to Mark Lohman for his many years of service taking care of the mowing and snow removal for the Church and the rectory. Mark has decided to cut back on his workload. Dave Grimes has agreed to take over where Mark left off! Dave is working on bids for snow removal. Sincere thanks Mark for all those years of dedicated service!
We have made a change in the cleaning of the Church and Hall as well. We lost Emmi Smith due to her moving out of the Warsaw area and taking on a new job. Cleaning Queens have been hired to clean the Church, Hall and Rectory - as needed.
Many thanks to Emmi for her hard work!
Last but not least, a special blessing of thanks to all that gave to the Catholic Stewardship Appeal this year! We made it to 93% of our Parish goal - what an AWESOME accomplishment!! Encouraging for next year to push us to 100%. Sincere thanks for your generous gift offerings!!
Knights of Columbus Fish Fries - The Knights of Columbus will be hosting it's next Fish Fry on Friday April 30th, 4-7 PM. Limited dine in seating and carry out service is available. $11 Dine in, $10 Carry out. Come and join us for dinner! The Knights would like to thank all of those who helped work the fish fries and all who came out to buy the dinners. You all made this a very successful fund raiser!
RUMMAGE SALE - The spring rummage sale will not be held at St. Ann’s Church. It will be at the Knights Hall scheduled for May 14th & 15th. Please do not bring rummage sale items to the Church, After Easter, there will be dates and times announced when the Knights Hall will be open to accept your “treasures”. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure — start gathering your “treasures” for the upcoming rummage sale. Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to a fun and successful spring sale!
CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS APPEAL - April 25
Soon parishes across our diocese will take up the Catholic Home Missions Appeal to support those dioceses here in the United States and its territories that face fragile financial situations, vast distances, or difficult terrain that significantly affects their ability to offer the most basic pastoral programs to the faithful. Your generosity makes a difference for our brothers and sisters across the continental United States and beyond. More information will follow.
MIDWEST MARCH FOR LIFE
Join thousands of Missourians at the Missouri State Capitol on April 14, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm for the Midwest March For Life. Exhibits open at 9:15 am; March begins 10 am; Rally 11 am; grilled hot dog lunch by Knights; followed by Adult Apologetics with Eric Scheidler; Youth Apologetics by Students for Life; Live play Viable on steps of Capitol; Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life - Keynote, along with other speakers. Shuttle Service - Go to www.midwestmarchforlife.com or call 573-340-8444 for more information.
FR. ALEX’S VACATION, HOME TO INDIA
Fr. Alex will be leaving for India at the end of April for about a month to attend the Priestly Ordination of his cousin (mother’s side) and make his annual retreat (mandatory for all priests). The family of Fr. Alex is also planning to celebrate Ruby Jubilee (40 years) of his Ordination on May 17. Very few priests in his Diocese live long enough to celebrate Golden Jubilee of Ordination.
In India, Priestly Ordination is a huge affair. Approximately 5,000 faithful's are expected to attend the ceremony at the Parish Church on May 14. The newly ordained will offer his First Holy Mass in his village the next day. About 3,000 people, including many non-Christians, are expected to attend the First Holy Mass. Since there is no house large enough to accommodate that many people, the new Priest will offer his First Mass under trees and tents. The family of the new Priest will be responsible for feeding 5,000 people at the Parish and the 3,000 in the village. As you can imagine, this becomes a very expensive celebration. At my request, the Diocese of Jefferson City is providing some help. But my cousin still needs more help, as his parents are poor. Anyone willing to do corporal acts of mercy in a far away country to help defray some of the Ordination expenses is most welcome to do so. Make your check payable to St. Ann and in the memo write “Ordination India” and drop it in the collection baskets.
During Fr. Alex’s trip to India, all the weekday Masses and the First Friday Adorations will be cancelled. Two different visiting priests will cover the weekend Masses. Their names will be announced at a later date.
Yours in Christ,
"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 Meeting Update—held March 21
Daniel and Chris Craig will handle the termite problems and fix the garage. Much thanks to them for their efforts.
Zach Heimsoth will mow the lawn again this summer. He does an excellent job.
Stations of Cross will be held on Wednesdays through Lent.—also on Good Friday—6:00 pm. Thanks to Mary Craig.
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 new website, please take a look at https://stbernadette.diojeffcity.org
Bishop McKnight's April Prayer for our Local Church is:
Let us pray for a renewed understanding of our baptismal dignity as sons and daughters of God the Father, and a commitment to living in peace with our sisters and brothers in Christ.
Your generous support and contributions will help enable our Parish to fund those in need and improve our Church.
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