Memorial Day

After the bloody war between the States, citizens of the North and the South felt a need to honor those fallen in the war. On various days people from different communities would place flowers at the graves of those they wished to honor. The day came to be known as Decoration Day. By 1868, the northern states were keeping the day on May 30.
In 1882, the day was renamed Memorial Day and extended to honor the fallen in other wars. Since 1950, Congress has designated Memorial Day as a day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer for permanent peace. In 1971, President Nixon declared it a national holiday and designated the commemoration for the last Monday in May.
Besides honoring those Americans from the armed forces, it is also a day for personal remembrance of all loved ones. Flowers on graves, church services, visits to the cemetery are all ways to mark the day with dignity and solemnity. In this spirit it is only fitting to make this day one of prayer in our Catholic faith with its long tradition of remembering the faithful departed.

Heavenly Father, On this day of remembrance, we humbly commend to You the souls of our friends and family who gave their lives in service to our country.
Bless them and favor them with your divine grace in Heaven.
In the pain of our grief, grant us hearts as great as theirs, the patience to accept the sacrifice they made, and the healing comfort of your love. Amen

Scholarship- Winners Announcement
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Congratulations to our Scholarship Program Winners - Madison Brophy and Ryan Brophy!!!

Andrew Schock and Thomas Mulkern Memorial Scholarship

Thanks to all our applicants who demonstrate just how richly blessed our parish is with a young population that is active in their schools and communities. Their accomplishments are many and their futures are bright.

Our $2000 college scholarship is awarded to Madison and the $1000 high school award goes to Ryan. This is the first time we have sibling winners!

Our prayers and best wishes go out them and all our parish youth, that they find much success as they pursue their academic and personal goals.

Faith In Action
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Catholic Men Putting Their
Faith into Action

The Knights of Columbus offers men a place to lead their families and communities in faith and service. Our council actively works to address the overall needs of our parish and community through the various events we sponsor and activites we participate in. If you are thinking this may be a good place for you, then we'd love to talk to you about membership.

There are only 3 membership requirements: you must be male, 18 years of age or older, and a practicing Catholic. If you'd like to be part of an organization of Catholic men whose principal work involves helping others then email us or use the Contact Us form to drop us a note.

Prayer to Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney
Father Michael McGivney
Prayer to Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney

God, our Father, protector of the poor and defender of the widow and orphan, you called your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to be an apostle of Christian family life and to lead the young to the generous service of their neighbor. Through the example of his life and virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ, more closely, fulfilling his commandment of charity and building up his Body which is the Church. Let the inspiration of your servant prompt us to greater confidence in your love so that we may continue his work of caring for the needy and the outcast. We humbly ask that you glorify your venerable servant Father Michael J. McGivney on earth according to the design of your holy will. Through his intercession, grant the favor I now present (here make your request). Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Knights of Columbus Council 12886 is a dynamic organization, serving the community of St. Ann’s parish since March 2001, with the benefits of our charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. We’d love to have you join us.


The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic brotherhood – an international Catholic lay organization for men. They offer Catholic faith formation, financial protection and resources to help men develop into better fathers, husbands and leaders. The order dates back to 1882 when then 29 year old Father Micheal J McGivney saw the need to unite Catholic men and help local families. Today, based in New Haven, CT, the Knights of Columbus provides its 1.9 million members with opportunities to spend time with their families, serve their community and Church, and grow in their faith. They also offer members an exclusive portfolio of top-quality life insurance, long-term care and annuity products. The Supreme Knight, the “CEO for the K of C,” provides leadership to more than 15,000 councils around the world, including St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus Council #12886, which has been serving our parish since 2001.


With Charity being the first of our 4 organizational pillars, the council contributes to and provides for many charitable programs such as: St. Ann’s Church, St. Ann’s School, Mulkern and Schock Student Scholarships, Vocations, Families in Need, Coats for Kids, Angel Scholarship Fund and Christmas Charity Program.

To enable our works of charity, we host many fundraisers such as Bingo, Coats for Kids, Food and School Supply Drive, Fish Fry’s, Keep Christ in Christmas and the Valentine’s Dinner Dance.

We assist with parish “home improvement” projects, such as painting the Parish Life Center and making improvements/updates to the rectory.

Tending to the Garden of Mercy, a local mini-farm on the church grounds, which produces tons of fresh produce that is donated to local food pantries. Along with partner Plant-A-Row, we are able to also donate food grown by other local gardeners.

And there’s so much more! Please Click Here for A COMPLETE LIST of what our Council #12886 does for St. Ann’s and our community.


If you’re a Catholic man seeking camaraderie with other men who share your faith, values, and desire to improve your community while supporting the Church, then membership in the Knights of Columbus may be right for you. Check out our FAQs and use our Contact Us page to have someone reach out to you about joining.

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