Pastoral Letter for November 30, 2014


What does it take to say “yes”?  If we think about moments when we are invited to consider doing something, do we simply immediately say “yes”?  I suspect for most people, the first instinct is to try and understand what is being asked.  This probably prompts some questions.

What’s involved?  The first question is probably seeking to understand the commitment being asked.  How many hours?  How many days?  Is it short-term or long-term?  Will I need to supply anything or need any training prior to starting this?  Depending on the answers, we might begin to feel more comfortable or we would have more questions.  Until we arrive at a moment of comfort, we are more likely to answer “no.”

Additionally we probably want to think about the option for a bit before we answer.  Having received information, we may want time to consider how it relates to the rest of our lives.  If we answer too quickly, we might not realize that we are creating conflicts or impacting time for other events.  Once we have mulled the idea, we feel more confident to answer that we have not created a more difficult schedule for ourselves than we can handle.

Faith invites us to consider a similar process.  Jesus has promised to come again.  What is involved?  During this Advent time, how do we set aside time and energy to consider the invitation of God to be ready when he comes?  Are we able to fit God into the schedule of our lives?  Perhaps his coming will be a long-term event; what if it is short-term?  Would we do anything different?  Would we make different choices?  Our readings say – Be Watchful, Be ready!  Are we set to say “yes” to God’s promise to come again?

Sharing news about the parish . . .

Mark your calendars to join in an evening of HOPE on December 17 at 6:00 p.m.  All ages are invited to come to St. Anne Parish to enjoy Inspirational Speaker Greg Wasinski and Musician Michael James Mette.  Don’t miss this opportunity – a great way to enter into the spirit and energy of Advent!

Building maintenance projects are underway.  Please be patient as we seek to update space.  Hopefully this week the women’s bathroom in South Gathering Space is being completed.  Thank you to all who worked to make a successful St. Anne Fest; monies from the Fest are helping to complete this project!

Thank you to all who attended our Thanksgiving services – a celebration of blessing!

Advent Communal Reconciliation Service:  Saturday, December 14, 10:00 a.m.

Reminder – Christmas Schedule:  On December 24, 4:00 p.m. – Children’s Mass in Main Church (No Mass in McKillip Hall), 6:30 p.m. – Main Church, 10:00 p.m. – Main church with carols before Mass starting at 9:30 p.m.  On December 25, 9:30 a.m. – Main Church, 11:30 a.m. – Main Church, Hmong Mass.

May the blessings of God be showered upon you this week!

-Fr. Al

Prayer Chain

We have a wonderful Prayer Chain ministry here at St. Anne Parish for when a family member, close friend, or yourself, is in need of prayers. The primary contact for prayer requests is through an email sent to: prayer requests, please state the individual’s first name and the reason for the prayers. If you do not have internet access you may contact the Parish Office; simply state that you would like to make a Prayer Chain Request and someone will take your request and pass it on. For calls placed after hours please select option 5 of the menu.

Pastoral Letter for November 9, 2014


November 9 is the celebration of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica.  Why is this important?

St. John Lateran Basilica was built in the time of Constantine and dedicated by Pope Sylvester in 324 AD.  Its official name is Archbasilica of the Most Holy Saviour and Saints John the Baptist and the Evangelist at the Lateran.  Essentially this church is the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome who is the Pope.  St. John Lateran served as the Papal home for the succession of Popes in the early years of the Church.  St. John Lateran (as it is now commonly called) is one of the first four Basilicas and the oldest in the West.  From this stems its primacy.  Within this church, Baptisms were performed and the growth of the church evolved.  As the church grew, we continued to understand how we remain connected through Baptism.  St. John Lateran is our church and the Church invites us to make this connection as we celebrate this feast day.

As we join in celebrating this special church, we might listen to our readings and contemplate Jesus throwing the vendors and money-changers out of the temple?  Why was he upset?  Jesus indicates that they are making the temple a marketplace rather than a temple.  A temple is a place where people come to encounter God, talk about this God and experience reverence and prayer.  Was their selling at all about God?  Was the conversation, the purpose, or the presence remotely connected to God?  Jesus was calling them back to the purpose of the temple and their relationship with God.

In such light, we are invited to contemplate our activities as we gather in our temple.  Our church is a place of reverence and prayer.  Do we pause to genuflect before the presence of Jesus in the tabernacle or bow before the altar where Jesus will be made present?  Is our conversation as we gather for prayer centered on God, our welcoming of each other into the presence of God or are we talking about the “marketplace”?  Does the noise of our church interfere with those who come to contemplate God in prayer and ready their hearts for celebrating the Eucharist?  Do we join in the pre-service music which invites us to become focused on the God who we will celebrate in the Mass?  How would Jesus respond to our activity?  Would he welcome our behavior or drive us out of the temple?

Sharing news about the parish . . .

Diocesan Annual Appeal – our goal is $99,193.  Progress is $24,952 cash received.  Every member is needed to offer a contribution on the road to meeting our goal.  Having received your pledge card, please prayerfully consider what you are willing to support, fill out your pledge card and return it.  If we can meet our goal by April 1, our rebate will be increased; these monies help us to do extra maintenance projects within the parish.  Thank you in advance for your willingness to support this important work!

The pilgrims have returned from their journey!  Many wonderful experiences unfolded in the countries of Portugal, Spain, and France.  Hope to share more of the story in the near future!

On November 16 St. Anne Parish will celebrate its 65th Anniversary as a parish.  To celebrate this event, parish members are invited to stop after Masses during that weekend to enjoy refreshments and share stories about St. Anne Parish.  Plan to join in the festivities as we give thanks to God for 65 years of growing in faith!

May the blessings of God be showered upon you this week!

-Fr. Al

Mass Schedule for February 23-March 3, 2013

Saturday, February 23
4 p.m. — † Bob Scott (Fr. Burkhardt)
Sunday, February 24
8:30 a.m. — † Mary Schneider (Fr. Hennes)
10:30 a.m. — † Jack Spencer (Fr. Hennes and Deacon Erv)
2 p.m. — For the People of St. Anne’s (Fr. Burkhardt)
6 p.m. — † Mary Olson & John Spara (Fr. Burkhardt)

Monday, February 25
6:15 a.m. — Communion Service (Deacon Erv)
Tuesday, February 26
6:15 a.m. — † David & Ruth Stencil (Fr. Hennes)
Wednesday, February 27
6:15 a.m. — † George Geisler (Fr. Burkhardt)
8:15 a.m. — † Michael Hughes — School Mass (Fr. Rybicki)
Thursday, February 28
6:15 a.m. — † Sam Rutz (Fr. Hennes)
Friday, March 1
6:15 a.m. — † Poor Souls (Fr. Burkhardt)
Saturday, March 2
8:30 a.m. — † Dolores Steckbauer (Fr. Burkhardt)
Reconciliations to follow

4 p.m. — † Regina Meyer (Fr. Hennes and Deacon Erv)
Sunday, March 3
8:30 a.m. — † Edward Schneider (Fr. Burkhardt & Deacon Erv)
10:30 a.m. — † Edithe Polzer (Fr. Burkhardt)
2 p.m. — For the People of St. Anne’s (Fr. Hennes)
6 p.m. — † Peter & Ada Calmes (Fr. Hennes)

Mass Schedule for February 16-24, 2013

Saturday, February 16
4 p.m. — † Ruth Hirsch (Fr. Hennes)
Sunday, February 17
8:30 a.m. — † Phyllis Miller (Fr. Burkhardt & Deacon Erv)
10:30 a.m. — † Robert Wachtl (Fr. Burkhardt)
2 p.m. — For the People of St. Anne’s (Fr. Hennes)
6 p.m. — † Joan Severs (Fr. Hennes)

Monday, February 18
6:15 a.m. — Communion Service (Deacon Erv)
Tuesday, February 19
6:15 a.m. — † Walter Hannemann (Fr. Hennes)
Wednesday, February 20
6:15 a.m. — † Katie Majeske (Fr. Burkhardt)
8:15 a.m. — † Richard Keller and Nathan Giguere — School Mass (Priest from St. Michael Parish)
Thursday, February 21
6:15 a.m. — † Ken Schultz (Fr. Hennes)
Friday, February 22
6:15 a.m. — † Peter & Ada Calmes (Fr. Burkhardt)
Saturday, February 23
8:30 a.m. — † Hilda & George Lang (Fr. Hennes)
Reconciliations to follow

4 p.m. — † Bob Scott (Fr. Burkhardt)
Sunday, February 24
8:30 a.m. — † Mary Schneider (Fr. Hennes)
10:30 a.m. — † Jack Spencer (Fr. Hennes & Deacon Erv)
2 p.m. — For the People of St. Anne’s (Fr. Burkhardt)
6 p.m. — † Mary Olson & John Spara (Fr. Burkhardt)

Sunday Bulletin for February 17, 2013

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Sunday Bulletin for February 10, 2013

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Circle of Joy

circle-of-joyVolunteers for
the Circle of Joy:

  • Take a weekly meal to shut-ins or people facing special family needs referred by our Outreach Minister
  • Sponsor Share Sunday
  • Respond to emergency calls to the parish, or referrals from community agencies for food or financial needs
  • Visit parish shut-ins on their birthday

Annual Projects include:

  • Thanksgiving Food Baskets for those in need
  • Christmas season visit with cookies or fruit to parish shut-in’s
  • Manning Salvation Army booth during holiday season
  • Visit parish nursing home patients on St. Patrick’s Day
  • Organize Good Friday pie sale at parish fish fry

Mass Schedule for February 2-10, 2013

Saturday, February 2
4 p.m. — † Maxine Steinke (Fr. Zelinski)

Baptism — Keira Jane Carungi

Sunday, February 3
8:30 a.m. — † Jim Kornowski (Fr. Burkhardt)
10:30 a.m. — † Sylvester Bergs (Fr. Burkhardt & Deacon Erv)

Baptism — Jesse Charles Daniel Luczai

2 p.m. — For the People of St. Anne’s (Fr. Hennes)
6 p.m. — † Ruth & David Stencil (Fr. Hennes)

Monday, February 4
7 a.m. — Communion Service (Deacon Erv)
Tuesday, February 5
7 a.m. — † Lucille Mallak (Fr. Hennes)
Wednesday, February 6
7 a.m. — † Hilda & George Lang (Fr. Burkhardt)
8:15 a.m. — † Richard Keller (School Mass | Fr. Thorn)
Thursday, February 7
7 a.m. — † Mary Olson & John Spara (Fr. Hennes)
Friday, February 8
7 a.m. — † William & Geraldine Radtke (Fr. Burkhardt)
Saturday, February 9
8:30 a.m. — † Hilda & George Lang (Fr. Hennes)
(Reconciliations to follow)
4 p.m. — † Delores Steckbauer (Fr. Zelinski & Deacon Erv)
Sunday, February 10
8:30 a.m. — † Irene Haebig (Fr. Hennes)
10:30 a.m. — † Brian McCormick (Fr. Hennes)
2 p.m. — For the People of St. Anne’s (Fr. Steve Brice)
6 p.m. — † Peter & Ada Calmes (Fr. Zelinski)

Sunday Bulletin for February 3, 2013

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