St. Anna's News

This Sunday Bishops Annual Visitation

IMG_6626The Rt. Rev. Morris Thompson will honor St. Anna’s with his annual visitation to teach, preach, and administer the sacraments. Of particular joy are those persons being Confirmed and as such will fully join not only the Episcopal Church, the full communion of saints, but reaffirm their faith and belief in Christ Jesus as savior. The Candidates are: Jim and Mary McMillan, Alexandra LaPres, Dr. Celest Gilbert, Shelia Julien, James Baird, Nicole and Randy Hutchinson, and Richard Bullock, Esq. Please hold these Candidates in constant prayer prior to there entry into the continuing Apostolic faith. We are also very pleased indeed to have the Treme Choir joining us and as always great food will be served following the Mass.

PLEDGE CARDS AS PRAYER IN ACTION!

Pledge cards are now due. Yes, the church as she always has must operate in a responsible and fulfilling manner. Your church relies on your individual commitment to its very being, purpose, and service. Yes, pledging IS a SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE no less valued than your prayers and love of Christ.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Matthew 6:24

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.  They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything–all she had to live on.” Mark 12:44

“Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.” Luke 12:33
It seems clear that our faith is tied to our labor and our labor tied to our money. Will you who labor for what little or much that you have share your wealth with the community and if the community then the Body of Christ, and if the Body of Christ then the Kingdom of Heaven which is near and at hand? As a church let us rejoice in what we have and give our faith, prayers, wealth, and very persons to the Lord who is our good provider. Tithing is the standard set by the church but we say give with glad hearts give out of your abundance give to the Lord his due and honor Him.

 

All Saints and All Souls Votive Masses

The Feast of All Saints Day will be held on Sunday November 2nd during normal worship hours. This wonderful feast day will recall the communion of saints that have preceded us and will be an occasion of  even greater joy as we welcome newly baptized members among us.

The Feast of All Souls Day is a lesser known feast is New Orleans and it will be transferred and celebrated on Monday November 3rd at 6:00 p.m. It is this Feast in particular that we remember our lost loved ones who have preceded us to the Heaven Banquet. Please add the names of your loved ones to be read as a litany on this very solemn evening.

Parishioner Portraits Coming Soon

You may have noticed that our St. Anna’s Family is growing, and just like any growing family, it’s time to take pictures!  One of New Orleans’ prominent wedding and lifestyle photographers, Amy Jett, has graciously given her time to come do professional portraits for members of St. Anna’s after mass on Sunday  Sunday October 26th.  She will set up in the courtyard–weather permitting–to make it convenient to capture our smiling faces, so mark those dates on your calendar and be sure to come wearing your Sunday Best.   Amy will offer great prices on prints to purchase through her website so you can plan to give photographic portraits as family gifts this year for Christmas.  Of course, she would be happy to discuss her prices for more extensive photo sessions for your family or next big event. To view a sample of Amy’s beautiful work, feel free to look up her website: http://www.amyjettfinephotography.com/.