Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism frees us from the power of darkness and forms us into Godís people. We become the children of God. Baptism is the sacrament that bonds us and makes us sharers in Godís own life. We welcome the newly baptized into the Church as he or she begins the journey of life in Christ. This sacrament is the common thread that binds us in unity, in dignity, and builds up the house of God.

Preparation For Infant or Child Baptism

Registered parishioners may schedule the baptism of an infant or a child up to seven years of age after the completion of a baptism workshop and reception of godparent documents.

Parents requesting Baptism of their children at Saint Ann Church must be registered members of the parish. They may request Baptism in another parish, with special permission of the Pastor.

There is a 3 hour preparation workshop held every other month. Parents must attend this workshop in order to schedule a baptism.

Baptisms are usually celebrated during or after a Sunday Mass in the church depending on the schedules. Sponsors are encourage to attend the workshop as well. Please call the parish office to make arrangements to the workshop.

At least one sponsor/godparent is necessary for Baptism, usually has a godmother and a godfather. The sponsor must be a fully initiated Catholic (i.e., having received all 3 sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation), over 16 years old, and actively practicing the faith. If a sponsor is not a parishioner, then a Godparent Commitment Letter must be presented from their parish stating that she/he is a Catholic in good standing. This should be in the parish office TWO WEEKS prior to the baptism. For more information, contact Sybil Steuart at 239-262-4256 or by email at faithformation@naplesstann.com.

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIARCIARCIA is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. For those who join an RCIA process it is a period of reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment, and formation. Each RCIA participant learns about the faith with respect given to each individual's background.

Adult RCIA Classes are approximately one to two hours each week on Thursdays at 6:30 pm in the Faith Formation Room. There are also 20 minute sessions for Breaking Open the Word during the 9:00 am Mass (on hold while the Parish Hall is under construction). For more information, contact Sybil Steuart at 239-262-4256 or by email at faithformation@naplesstann.com.

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Reconciliation

The opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance or Confession) allows us, the faithful, to reflect on our lives, our sins, and Godís healing and forgiveness. In this sacrament we receive from God pardon and mercy and are oriented in good favor with God and Church. We are strengthened to continue living faithful and faith-filled lives.

Confessions are regularly scheduled on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Parish Office and on Saturdays from 2:30 - 3:45 pm. During the Lenten Season additional reconciliation times are offered on Fridays from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 - 11:00 am. In addition to these opportunities for individual confession, we come together twice a year for a communal penance service. Individual reconciliation is offered at these services or by appointment by calling the parish office.

First Reconciliation

Celebration of First Reconciliation or Penance is held before reception of First Eucharist, typically during the Parish Penance Service in Advent. Special preparation meetings for parents and children are held in the Fall of second grade. Formation builds on the material of the two previous years.

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Eucharist

The Eucharist is the source of every grace and of the forgiveness of sins. The gift we have received should touch upon our daily lives as we strive to live our faith in word and deed. We are encouraged to receive communion daily. The faithful who receive the Eucharist should fast for one hour from food and beverages, with the exception only of water and medicine. The elderly and those suffering from any infirmity may receive the Eucharist even if they have taken something within the hour before communion.


2012 First Communion Class First Eucharist

First Eucharist (Communion) is celebrated in second grade usually in April or May. Like First Reconciliation, formation builds on the material covered in kindergarten and first grade in Saint Ann School or Faith Formation classes. Parents are required to attend four to five meetings with their child to best prepare them for reception of the sacrament.


For more information, contact Sybil Steuart at 239-262-4256, ext. 203 or by email at faithformation@naplesstann.com.

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Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation is the fulfillment of the Christian Initiation process. It is in Baptism that one first received the seeds of faith. The sacraments of First Eucharist and First Penance have enabled that person to grow and be strengthened in that faith. The receiving of the Holy Spirit allows believers to live their faith more fully and witness to Christ through their action of faith and love.

Preparation for Confirmation at Saint Ann Parish is offered in Grades 9 and 10 through the Faith Formation Program.

Confirmation in accordance with Diocesan policy is a two-year prgram typically beginning in 9th grade. Formation is through specifically designed sessions and preparation for students, parents and sponsors. Candidates are required to complete the program of study, service and community building before reception of Confirmation. The sacrament is normally celebrated during 10th grade in the spring.

For more information, contact Sybil Steuart at 239-262-4256, ext. 203 or by email at faithformation@naplesstann.com.

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Marriage

The Sacrament of Marriage is established by a marriage covenant. This freely given consent Ė one to another Ė signifies and shares in the mystery of the unity and love that exists between Christ and his Church. Christian couples are encouraged to share in the sacramental life of the Church so that they are constantly enriched and ready to share their faith and love when blessed with children.

WeddingCouples wishing to marry must meet with a priest before setting a date and at least six months in advance of an anticipated wedding in order to complete the preparation process. For residents of Collier County, one member of the engaged couple must already be a registered Saint Ann parishioner for at least six months before the couple can make a request to be married here. A couple may also request to be married here if a parent or grandparent of either the bride or groom is a regular practicing parishioner. In this case they must have the permission of both their Pastor/Administrator and the Pastor of Saint Ann and will usually complete their marriage preparation in their parish of origin.

If you are getting married in another state or country and are choosing to do your Pre-Cana here at Saint Ann, you need to allow for more time so that the documents of Pre-Cana can be sent/received in a timely manner for your wedding.

Preparing for Your Marriage

In addition to meeting with the priest who is doing your Pre-Cana, you need to attend a two part Marriage Preparation Program through the Diocese of Venice. The Diocese has Regularly Scheduled Times for these conferences.

You will be contacted by the church wedding coordinator about 6 months prior to your wedding. A meeting will be arranged about 3 months prior to go over the details of your ceremony. Should you have questions prior to then please contact Karen Hedstrom at 239-262-4256, ext. 201 or by email at secretary@naplesstann.com.

After meeting with your priest you will receive the book, Together for Life, which will guide you in choosing the prayers and readings for your ceremony. Once you have made your selections please fill out the selection form online at www.togetherforlifeonline.com and have it emailed to Karen Hedstrom. Your selections will be given to your priest.

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Anointing of the Sick

The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick gives the grace of the Holy Spirit to those who are sick. This grace helps the whole person, not only to bear the suffering but also to quiet anxiety, dissipate fear, and inspire confidence in God and acceptance of his will. Saint James assures us that the sick are to be anointed, and great care and concern should be taken to see that those of the faithful whose health is impaired by sickness or old age receive this sacrament.

Saint Ann Parish offers the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick at the 8:00 am Mass on the first Saturday of the month. Individuals who would like to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick are asked to contact the parish office 239-262-4256 prior to noon on the Friday before the first Saturday. You are asked to present your name and the reason why you are requesting to receive the sacrament. Following the homily at Mass, your name will be called and you will come forward to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. The parish community will keep you in prayer during the month.

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Holy Orders/Religious Life

The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ's priesthood, which he bestowed upon his Apostles; thus, the Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to the Sacrament of Holy Orders as "the sacrament of apostolic ministry." "Ordination" comes from the Latin word ordinatio, which means to incorporate someone into an order.

The parish staff is willing to assist you 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. In addition, the vocation directors of the Oblates and of the Diocese of Venice are available for assistance in discernment. For the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales, contact Father Alan Zobler, O.S.F.S., 419-724-9851 or at zobler@oblates.us. For the Diocese of Venice, contact Father Cory Mayer, 941-484-9543 Mayer@dioceseofvenice.org.

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