Altar Servers
Extraordinary Ministers
Lectors
Sacristans
Ushers
Altar Linens
Choir
Arts and Environment
Funeral Coordinator
Arimatheans
Outreach Ministries

LITURGY (leitourgia) is a Greek word meaning a public DUTY. In the early Church the word LITURGY had two distinct meanings. First, Liturgy was the public act of worship done by the whole community when they gathered to celebrate the Eucharist. The second meaning was used for those who preformed a specific duty during the celebrations of the Eucharist. These duties included lectors, servers and those who helped to distribute Holy Communion to the sick and homebound who were not able to attend the Liturgy. At Saint Ann's we encourage parishioners to participate in the liturgy through these ministries. We are in need of Lectors, Ushers/Greeters, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and more as described below.


Altar Servers

Alter ServersAre you ready to participate more fully at Mass? Interested in sharing your faith by witness of your actions? Perhaps its time to consider becoming an altar server.

Altar Servers minister at God’s altar with reverence, dignity and love. They assist the priest at Sunday Masses, Funeral and Wedding Masses, Stations of the Cross and other liturgical functions.

Girls and boys in grades 3 through 12 and who have received their First Holy Communion are eligible to serve. There is periodic training sessions on a yearly basis.

Coordinators: Father Bill Davis and Ray Santiago
Phone: 239-262-4256, ext. 209
E-mail: liturgy@naplesstann.com

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Extraordinary Ministers

Extraordinary MinistersExtraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are called not only to minister the Body and Blood of Christ, but also to take on Christ’s likeness. The ministers accomplish this by strengthening their faith from within and sharing it with the faithful at communion time. The role of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EM) seems simple enough: to minister the Body and Blood of Christ to the assembled faithful. In reality, the role of each EM is to draw faith from the people of God, to become more and more like the Body and Blood of Christ. The ministers strengthen their faith from within and shares it with the faithful at communion.


Why Should I Become an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion?

Extraordinary MinistersTo understand why one should become an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, it is important to reflect on these words, “Yours is a share in the work of the Lord’s Spirit who makes of us one bread, one body, the cup of blessing. Yours is a work of ministering Christ’s body and blood to the body of Christ, the Church. Yours is service at the Lord’s reconciling table. You minister holy food to holy people in the holiest of all communions.”

Serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is based on your schedule. The time commitment is one hour at Mass. A two hour training session is required each year for service in this ministry.

If you feel called to become an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, please call the Parish Office 239-262-4256.

Coordinator: Raymond Santiago
Phone: 239-262-4256, Ext. 209
E-mail: liturgy@naplesstann.com

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Homebound

An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the Homebound brings the Eucharist to those unable to attend Mass. We cover Goodlette-Arms Apartments, Heritage Healthcare and Rehab Center, Homewood Assisted Living Residence as well as individuals. The homebound are visited once a week. A priest from Saint Ann presides Mass once a month at Homewood Assisted Living Residence and Heritage Healthcare and Rehab Center as well as administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.


Coordinator: Irma Lesser
Phone: 239-262-5810
E-Mail: irmalesser@comcast.net

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to the Hospital

Saint Ann is the only parish that has the responsibility of Naples Community Hospital’s Catholic patients. An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to the Hospital shares the Body of Christ with those who are hospitalized and experiences the feeling of keeping the faith alive to those in need.

Coordinator: Karen Hedstrom
Phone: 239-262-4256, ext. 201
E-mail: secretary@naplesstann.com

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Lectors

Lector Lectors are members of the Assembly who proclaim the Word of God during the Liturgy. These readings generally come from both the Old and New Testaments. They also assist in creating a hospitable and prayerful environment by reading the Prayers of the Faithful. Training and preparation are necessary for those persons wishing to be Lectors. Proclaiming the Sacred Scripture is different from other kinds of public speaking. Not only do Lectors need to be effective communicators, but they need to absorb and express the spirit of the Liturgy as well. Annual training sessions are required in January. Speaking of readers at the Liturgy, Vatican II said, "They exercise a genuine liturgical function. They ought, therefore, to discharge their office with the sincere piety and decorum demanded by so exalted a ministry and rightly expected of them by God's people. Consequently, they must all be trained to perform their functions in a correct and orderly manner... Christ is present in his word since it is he himself who speaks when the Holy Scriptures are read in the church."

Lectors bring the power of the Word of God and love of scripture to others. “The Word of God does not dwell in the communal reading but in the communal hearing.” At the end of each reading we hear “The Word of the Lord.” At each Mass, lectors carefully prepare themselves to be the instrument in bringing the centuries old truths and enlightenment to life for those assembled proclaiming the Word of God. Lectors should enjoy public speaking, have a willingness to take the time to prepare to meet responsibilities, and must be practicing, Confirmed Catholics.

Coordinator: Raymond Santiago
Phone: 239-262-4256
E-mail:

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Sacristans

SacristanA Sacristan is a member of the parish who is responsible for preparing the church for Mass and special liturgies. The sacristan ensures that all necessary items are available and in their proper place, such as turning on the lights and getting the bread and wine ready before mass. Some other responsibilities of a Sacristan are: care and maintenance of the sacristy for liturgical ceremony, assisting the priests as they ready for Mass, and ensuring Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Acolytes are present and ready before Mass begins.

Qualifications necessary to be a good Sacristan include: A practicing adult Catholic who has received Confirmation and is able to show responsibility, knowledge and dedication to the liturgy; commitment to fostering volunteer participation within all groups and Masses; ability and willingness to commit to one weekend per month for Mass and during special liturgical seasons; attention to detail; excellent communication skills.

If you are interesting in becoming part of the Sacristan Team, please contact Father John or Ray Santiago in the Parish Office.

Contact: Father Bill Davis, and Ray Santiago
Phone: 239-262-4256
E-mail: liturgy@naplesstann.com

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Ushers

Ushers The hospitality of the parish is extended through the Ushers and Greeters. These men, women, and young adults age 14 and up provide a spirit of welcome and warmth. They assist in helping to find seats for parishioners, direct the Holy Communion procession, when emergencies arise, take up collections, distribute weekly bulletins, and locate gift bearers. Extra ushers are needed for the Christmas and Easter Season services. All are welcome to assist in this ministry.

Coordinator: Lou Carran
Phone: 239-682-0885

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Altar Linens

Altar Linen assistants work with the Director of Liturgy and Music and the sacristans to care for and clean all vestments and liturgical linens in our Eucharistic celebrations.

The requirements for this ministry include picking up, laundering, ironing and mending all vestments, albs, and liturgical linens as needed. This ministry is very important because the linens need to be prepared on a regular basis to be ready for use at any time. Certain guidelines must be followed so that linens are picked up and returned on a scheduled day. This is a humble ministry of service behind the scenes, yet a work of love for the Lord and his people. The time requirement is about one or two hours a week. This ministry is performed at home. If you are interested in participating in this ministry, please contact the Parish Office at 239-262-4256.

Coordinators: Catherine LaCharite
Phone: 239-732-7383
E-mail:dblgolf00@yahoo.com

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Choir

Adult Choir
Adult Choir
Our adult choir enriches the celebration of the liturgy by adding musical elements beyond the capabilities of the congregation alone. First and foremost, we are a prayer group! Members of our choir attend weekly rehearsals and sing for assigned choir masses on weekends and holy days. The rehearsals are on Wednesdays 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm from October through May and the weekend mass is on Sundays at 11:00 am unless otherwise specified on the choir calendar.

Director: Raymond Santiago, Director of Liturgy and Music
Phone: 239-262-4256, ext. 209
Email: liturgy@naplesstann.com


Youth Choir

Youth ChoirOur Youth Choir also enriches the celebration of the liturgy by adding musical elements beyond the capabilities of the congregation alone. They share the joy of liturgical music as the children of our parish! There are weekly rehearsals on Thursdays from 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm from August through May. Students of Saint Ann School that are members of the youth choir also sing for school masses during the week. There are monthly youth choir masses. The choir also sings on Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday.

Coordinators: Raymond Santiago and Marjorie Huelsman
Phone: 239-262-4256, ext. 209
E-mail: liturgy@naplesstann.com

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Art and Environment
Palm Sunday Floral Arrangement
The Saint Ann Art and Environment Committee (AEC) is a sub-committee under the direction of the Director of Liturgy and Music. The AEC is designed to provide direct support for creating and maintaining an appropriate, reverent, and prayerful environment in the Sanctuary, Nave, Narthex, and Saint Joachim’s Chapel. Utilizing the rubrics and documentation of the Church along with traditionally established norms and the seasonal traditions of the liturgical year, the ministry provides the following support: organizes the decoration and maintenance for the church environment throughout the liturgical year; plans major liturgical seasons and sacramental celebrations. Unlike many ministries which have a regular schedule throughout the year, the AEC tends to be more seasonal. The Director of Liturgy and Music will contact interested members and place a general call for assistance at particular times of the year where extra help may be needed or when an event or need arises.

Coordinator: Raymond Santiago
Phone: 239-262-4256, ext. 209
E-mail: liturgy@naplesstann.com

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Funeral Coordinator

This ministry provides prayerful and loving assistance to parishioners who are mourning the loss of a loved one. Ministry volunteers, in a variety of ways, start assisting bereaved families from the time the parish is notified of the loss, and continue through the Funeral Liturgy. In particular, we help coordinate readers, gift bearers and other family members during Funeral Liturgies; assist with setting up flowers, and other necessary items prior to the funeral.

Through this ministry, people gain a fuller understanding of the significance of the life and death of a Christian, and the special needs of grieving widows, widowers, children and others. In other words, walking in the footsteps of the One who is our peace (Eph. 2:14), we are the companions to those who have just lost a loved one, bringing them special comfort, assistance, and hope on behalf of all of their Christian brothers and sisters at Saint Ann. The time commitment for this ministry varies based on scheduled funerals but generally does not exceed two hours per funeral. Member rotate their service based on availability.

Coordinators: Loretta Huenefeld
Phone: 239-262-8953
E-mail: lviirun@gmail.com

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Arimatheans

ArimatheansThe role of Joseph of Arimathea during the burial of Jesus is one of the few things discussed in all four gospels. According to the gospels, Joseph of Arimathea was a rich man, a member of the Sanhedrin. The Gospels relate that it was Joseph of Arimathea who asked Pilate for the body of Jesus after the Crucifixion. Saint John and Saint Matthew even say that he was a disciple of Jesus. Joseph took the body of Jesus, wrapped it in linen, and buried it in a tomb that he may have prepared for himself.

The Arimatheans of Saint Ann are a dedicated group in our parish who attend Funeral Masses and pray for those who have died. The presence of the Arimatheans help to support the family of the deceased. The Arimatheans are notified of funeral arrangements and if they are able, attend the Funeral Mass. The time commitment is based on your schedule and the time and date for funerals. If you would like to learn more about the Arimatheans or would like to participate in this important ministry of the parish, please call Mary Cunningham.

Coordinator: Marilyn Rouhiainen
Phone: 239-775-5050
E-mail:NA

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Outreach Ministries


Bereavement Support Group - Phase 1

The Bereavement Support Group is a structured program for anyone who has lost a loved one. We assist persons in the earlier stages of grief with an opportunity to meet others experiencing similar emotions and to receive some spiritual guidance in their adjustments and receive some “tools” to assist them in their daily life without their loved one. We strive to be a compassionate Catholic ministry assisting those who have experienced the pain of the loss of a loved one. We ensure services and education which will respond to the needs of people throughout the grief process. We look to expand the role of the laity in leadership to ensure this Catholic ministry into the future. Team members commit to one hour sessions for eight weeks by meeting with the coordinators and other facilitators. Team members assist at weekly sessions through leadership and support as outlined in the Support Group Handbook. Compassion, good listening skills and spiritual guidance are qualities that are needed in team members. Additional training is offered through the Diocese of Venice.

This is a structured program that is offered twice a year with each session running eight weeks, one hour a week.

Coordinators: Paul Timko and Cathie Mollo
Phone: 239-262-4640 and 239-435-0873


Bereavement Support Group - Phase 2

The Bereavement Support Group is there to listen and understand each other with compassion with the goal to help, knowing that we are not alone and to assist in the healing process of bereavement. The group meets the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Saint Joachim Chapel from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. After meetings, attendees often go together to dine at a nearby restaurant.

Coordinators: Cathy Mollo and Tina Tyler
Phone: 239-435-0873 or 239-682-2032


Contemplative Prayer Group

Contemplative Prayer GroupThe Contemplative Prayer Group gives people an evening out of prayer and quiet time. We pray for all the petitions given to us as well as priests, closing of Abortion Mills, Unborn and Religious, Seminarians and Vocations. The group meets every Monday evening from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Coordinator: Irma Lesser
Phone: 239-262-5810

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Faith and Ale - A Gathering of Catholic Men


Faith and AleFaith and Ale is a monthly gathering of men from Collier and Lee County whose purpose is to encourage, exhort and equip men to be spiritual leaders in their homes, workplace and Parishes. Men from every parish in Naples are invited to participate. We gather for food, drink and fellowship with a desire to grow in our faith. We have a speaker, either a priest or laymen, who addresses us on a spiritual topic. Then we have a time for Q&A. The monthly meetings are in the ballroom of Saint John the Evangelist from 6:00 – 8:00 pm from September through May. Visit the website for specific dates, www.faithandale.com.

Coordinator: Michael Timmis
Phone: 239-821-1009
E-mail: info@faithandale.com
Website: www.faithandale.com

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Faith and Wine - A Gathering of Catholic Women

Faith and WineWe are the women’s answer to Faith and Ale. We want to encourage, exhort, and equip women to be faith filled examples in their homes, workplace and parishes. We do this by creating an entertaining event that will also build our faith. It is a once a month gathering of Catholic women (all faiths welcomed) the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm from September through May. For more information and details about the events and inspirational speakers visit www.faithandwine.com.

Coordinator: Judith Dolkas
Phone: 650-814-3317
E-mail: jdolkas@comcast.net


Family-2-Family
Family 2 Family
Family 2 Family is a vehicle that enables our Parish to help those most in need in our community, as a way to celebrate the coming of Jesus into the World. There are many volunteer opportunities such as labeling gift bags, handing out gift bags after Mass, delivering bags and more. Family-2-Family happens over the second and third Sundays of Advent.

Coordinator: Mrs. Carol March
Phone: 239-417-0983
E-mail: CarolMarch5@gmail.com

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Gabriel Project

The Gabriel Project is a Pro-life mentoring program for pregnant women. Mentors meet with women weekly offering friendship, a listening ear and help finding medical care, baby items and whatever is needed to carry their baby to term. There are meetings on the third Saturday of each month at 10:00 am.

Coordinators: Carol Dangler
Phone: 239-601-7330


Knights of Columbus

Knights of ColumbusThe Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s fraternal organization in total support of our Catholic Church and community through acts of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. The Knights are looking for the next generation of Knights, who will volunteer in a variety of charitable enterprises to serve the people and programs of their communities. Some activities include the Pancake Breakfast on the third Sunday of each month and the annual “Tootsie Roll” collection. Membership meetings are held the Second Tuesday of each month.

Coordinator: Thomas Snyder, Grand Knight
Phone: 239-784-0774




Lay Carmelite Community

Lay CarmeliteThe Community strives to live most closely in union with God through the assistance of Carmelite Spirituality which is based on prayer, community and ministry. Each member is involved in some ministry of the church and spends time before the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays. Meetings are every second Saturday of the month in the Parish Hall following the 8:00 am Mass.

Director: Irma lesser
Phone: 239-262-5810
E-mail: irmalesser@comcast.net


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Respect Life

The goal of Respect Life is to coordinate the parish’s effort to promote the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. You will participate in various awareness efforts and prayer vigils for Life.

Coordinators: Loretta Huenefeld and Kathy Bartels
Phone: 239-262-8953 or 239-262-3271


School Volunteer

Our Saint Ann School Volunteers help with the ministry of the school and educating children in Christ by providing service at various school functions. Volunteers must attend Safe Environment Training and fingerprinting is required.

Coordinators: Liz Simoes and Gina Groch
Phone: 239-262-4110
E-mail: tbridges@stann.net


Vocations

Priesthood, Diaconate, Religious Life

If you are considering a vocation as a sister, brother or priest in a religious order, or as a deacon or priest in a diocese any member of the parish staff will assist you. In addition, the vocation directors of the Oblates and of the Diocese of Venice are available for assistance in discernment.

Contact for the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales: Father Alan Zobler, OSFS
Phone: 419-724-9851
E-mail: zobler@oblates.us

Contact for the Diocese of Venice: Father Cory Mayer
Phone: 941-484-9543
Email: mayer@dioceseofvenice.org

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