Ministries

Altar Server
The role of the Altar Server is to assist the priest in the celebration of Mass and other liturgical services. It is a wonderful opportunity for the children at St. Anne's to participate in Mass in a very special way.

"Let us love not in word...but in deed" - 1 John 4:18

Choir
The St. Anne's choir brings to liturgy the beauty of song and enhances our worship at Mass each Sunday and other liturgical events.

"Sing praise to the glory of His name" - Psalms 66:2

Church Usher
The Ushers at St. Anne's play an important role at Mass. They provide us all with assistance when we need to find a seat during crowded Mass celebrations. In addition, they assist in "passing the basket" for our weekly Sunday Offering.

"Let us love not in word...but in deed" - 1 John 4:18

Eucharistic Minister
To assist the clergy in distributing the Precious Body & Blood of Jesus during Mass. Also, to bring the Eucharist to the ill and house bound.

"Do this in memory of me" - Luke 22:19

Lector
Being a Lector allows the men and women of the Parish to be involved in the celebration of Mass in a special way - through the reading and sharing of scripture and prayer.

"Blessed in the one who reads aloud and blessed are those who listen" - Revelation 1:3

Bereavement Committee
At some point in our lives, we all experience the loss of a loved member of our family or very close friend. During these times, having the support of our families and friends as well as our Parish family is indeed comforting. As a small part of what we can do as a Parish, the Fr. Smith Center is available for those families who need a place to gather and be together after the funeral ceremonies. We need volunteers who can assist in preparing the Center for these occasions.

"Rejoice with those to rejoice, weep with those who weep" -Romans 13:15

Christian Word Ministry
These are times in our lives when it is important for us to have and experience the support of our Christian community - both during the good times and the hard times. The Christian Word Minister provides this support to our parishioners through letters and verbal communication.

"Rejoice with those to rejoice, weep with those who weep" -Romans 13:15

Human Services
Hours of operation: Wednesday 8:00 - 4:00, Thursday 8:00 - 8:00, Friday & Saturday 8:00 - 1:00

As a parish and as individual Christians we have a responsibility to those in need. St. Anne's Human Services Ministry is one of the most active church ministries in the Worcester Diocese. Human Services assists the poor and needy in our own Parish as well as in our local community. St. Anne's Human Services takes in clothing, food and other miscellaneous items. Some of these gifts are sold through the Thrift Shop providing us money to buy food or to provide food vouchers for the hungry. Some is given directly to those in need.

We need people to help with these efforts. Each Human Services volunteer can offer help in their own special way. If it were not for the dedicated, caring and loving efforts of our Human Services volunteers, many in Shrewsbury as well as in our own Parish would have "gone without."

"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink" - Matthew 25:35

Marriage Preparation
Throughout the year, young as well as older adult members of our Parish, celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony. To encourage a fuller and richer understanding of each other as well as the responsibilities of Catholic Christian marriage, each couple is required to experience Marriage Preparation. As part of this process, couples are given the opportunity to prepare with other married couples in our own Parish - to learn from their experiences, wisdom and faith in God.

"And the two shall become one" - Matthew 19:15-6

R.C.I.A. Ministry
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the way the Catholic Church welcomes and prepares adults to celebrate full sacramental initiation through Baptism. Confirmation and the Eucharist. Those eligible to celebrate the rite include: unbaptized adults, baptized adults who have not yet completed initiation through Confirmation and Eucharist, children of catechetical age (seven years or older) who have not been baptized, and adults baptized in another Christian church.

"...You should follow in His footsteps" - 1 Peter 2:21

Parish Council
The Parish Council is an organization comprised of men and women parishioners of St. Anne's. The mission of the Council is to assist the Pastor and provide our people with and active voice and role in church affairs through elected and appointed representatives.

• Human Services
• Religious Education
• Finance Committee
• Clergy
• Family Life
• Liturgical

"As each one of us has received a gift, use it to serve one another" - 1 Peter 4:10

Parish Finance Committee
The Parish Finance Committee is an organization of men and women of our Parish who access Parish needs, establish a budget and supervise income and expenditures. This committee has been very instrumental in advising the Pastor in the efforts to increase the Parish income in order to ensure financial stability now and in the years to come.

"Let us love not in word...but in deed" - 1 John 4:18

Sunday Collection Counter
Each week, we graciously accept your weekly gifts in support of our Parish. A natural extension of "the giving" is "the counting and recording" of donations. Because of the size of our Parish, this work requires that we have help.

"Let us love not in word...but in deed" - 1 John 4:18

Religious Education Teacher/Catechist
The patron saint of teachers, Jean Baptiste De La Salle said, "To touch the hearts of your pupils is the greatest miracle you can perform."  Come, as Jesus commanded his disciples, join this ministry to spread "the good news" of Jesus Christ.


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