A Letter from the Pastor

September 1, 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Mary’s Nativity – St. Ann Parish,

I hope this letter finds you well.

We are celebrating Masses on our regular schedule in Mary's Nativity Church and St. Ann Church  with a limited number of people (25% capacity). The front doors of both churches will open 15 minutes before the start of Mass.  Both churches will close after Mass has been celebrated.

Masks will be required of all who enter the church. All are advised of the requirement to wear masks, which you will bring on your own from home. No one will be allowed in church without a mask.

Our churches have been set up to follow social distancing guidelines. As you enter the church, you will be asked to sanitize your hands. Hand sanitizer should be available at the entrance of the church but parishioners are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer from home as well.

 Once inside the church, you will see the designated areas where you can sit. These areas are marked with blue tape.  Please DO NOT sit in a restricted area.

There will be no procession at the beginning or end of Mass. As much as we would like to welcome and greet each one of you, we must follow our Diocesan and government guidelines.

To receive Communion, please process down the middle aisle, observing 6 feet of distance between each other and continue to wear a face covering. Communion will be received in your hand only. After you receive the Sacred Host, move to the side and pull your face covering down to immediately consume it and then bring your mask back up.

Other directives

  • The churches are open for Funerals, Baptisms and Weddings
  • There is to be no congregating of people (e.g. gathering to say the rosary together).
  • There is to be no group gatherings.
  • If you are not feeling well, please do not enter the church.
  • If you are not feeling well, please take your temperature at home and anything above 100 degrees, please stay home.
  • Please ONLY use the entrance that is permitted and clearly marked (all doors will be labelled accordingly).
  • Please note there is NO Holy Water in any of the fonts to preserve public health.
  • Please maintain social distancing (6 feet).
  • Please refrain from touching any statues or devotional objects.
  • Please adhere to all of the directives by parish staff.

The precautions we are taking seem to be a small inconvenience in comparison to the joy of returning to Mass and Communion! The virus, though awful, helped many grow in appreciation of God’s blessings. We all have so much to be grateful for. Let us pray for those families that have lost loved ones to the Pandemic.

The Rectory office at Mary’s Nativity is open for business from Monday - Friday, 9 am - 12 pm; and 1pm - 4 pm.

Our Annual Catholic Appeal for 2020 is underway. I would like to thank those parishioners who have already made their pledges and donations. This year our goal is $71,741.00.  You will find the link to sign up for your annual pledge on our website at marynatstann.org.

As always, please consider signing up for electronic giving. Mary’s Nativity – St. Ann Parish needs you more than ever!  Please remember us during this time as we have faced the loss of our weekly collections since March. Just click the DONATE link on our website.  Please see a copy of The Bulletin for easy to follow directions.  You can donate to our Sunday collections and ACA.  Thank you for your understanding and generosity.

Please keep checking our parish website and Facebook page for the latest news about our parish until we all come together again to praise Our Lord.  Spread the word to family and friends who may have been reluctant to come to church just yet!

God bless you all!  You are in our prayers.

Father Kachurka