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Sign up now! Free live music & dancing with the incomparable Clark Eno Orchestra, Saturday June 18

The Clark Eno Orchestra offers the best in live dance music with a classic mix of Rock, Pop, Big Band, Swing, Motown & hits from the 70s, 80s 90s and beyond – and Saint Ann invites our friends to join us on Saturday, June 18, 2022 for music and dancing with this fantastic band.

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Music in two sets from 7:30-10:30.

Tickets are free at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/332453917617

Free will offerings may be made at the door.

If you love great music, good times & dancing, this night is for you!

The Clark Eno Orchestra is led by composer/drummer Clark Eno.   Clark Eno is a well-respected band leader in Fairfield County and New York City. His ensembles have been selected to perform at such highly esteemed events as The Bushnell Theater For The Performing Arts Gala for 6 consecutive years, First Night New York City at The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, The Midsummer Night Swing Series at Lincoln Center on several occasions and the 80th birthday party of dance legend Frankie Manning, the originator of the Lindy Hop. Clark Eno’s compositions have been featured on TV and radio, his songs Come Out Swinging and King of Swing have been part of Major League Baseball’s promotions for decades. His bands have entertained at weddings and corporate events from Maine to DC.

More videos of past performances!

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Coming to Saint Ann June 18 – free live music & dancing with the incomparable Clark Eno Orchestra

The Clark Eno Orchestra offers the best in live dance music with a classic mix of Rock & Pop, Big Band, Swing, Motown & hits from the 70s, 80s 90s and beyond – and Saint Ann invites our friends to join us on Saturday, June 18, 2022 for an evening of music and dancing with this fantastic band.

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Music in two sets from 7:30-10:30.

Tickets are free!

Advance registration is available to parishioners through May 29.

Tickets will be available to the public on Eventbrite starting on May 30.

If you love great music, good times & dancing, this night is for you!

The Clark Eno Orchestra is led by composer/drummer Clark Eno.   Clark Eno is a well-respected band leader in Fairfield County and New York City. His ensembles have been selected to perform at such highly esteemed events as The Bushnell Theater For The Performing Arts Gala for 6 consecutive years, First Night New York City at The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, The Midsummer Night Swing Series at Lincoln Center on several occasions and the 80th birthday party of dance legend Frankie Manning, the originator of the Lindy Hop. Clark Eno’s compositions have been featured on TV and radio, his songs Come Out Swinging and King of Swing have been part of Major League Baseball’s promotions for decades. His bands have entertained at weddings and corporate events from Maine to DC.

More videos of past performances to get your dance moves ready!

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Father Tom’s free online course in Catholic Bioethics starts May 16, 2022

Bioethical questions—those issues that exist at the intersection of science, medicine, morality, and law—affect our daily lives in myriad ways. Faced with a constantly changing landscape of rapid technological developments and shifting ethical norms in our culture, the Church seeks to provide a clear and consistent voice to champion the dignity of the human person in every stage of life.

In this course, Fr. Tom will present a broad range of topics in bioethics that touch on contemporary moral questions from conception to death.

Preview of the live, free, online weekly course in Catholic Bioethics beginning May 2022.

The free course is being offered to the public through the Institute for Catholic Culture , a non-profit Catholic adult education institute dedicated to the re-evangelization of our society. All Institute programs are open to the public, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, at no charge.

The live, weekly Catholic Bioethics course will be conducted in the ICC’s online classroom, and as with everything at the ICC, it is offered free of charge.

The course syllabus is available online, and registration is already open. The last day to apply is Tuesday, May 3.

A course orientation session will be held on Monday, May 9 at 8:00 pm ET.

The course will be offered weekly on Monday nights from May 16, 2022 to October 17, 2022.

Follow the Institute for Catholic Culture on Facebook: @InstituteofCatholicCulture

Subscribe to Saint Ann’s Youtube channel here.

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The St. Ann Palm Sunday Bake Sale Returns! 4/9&10/22

Welcome back after a COVID hiatus to our Parish’s traditional Palm Sunday Bake Sale, brought to you by our energetic Ladies Guild bakers!

We will be open on Saturday, April 9 from 11:30 to 1:30 and on Palm Sunday, April 10, immediately after the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.

As is our tradition, we will be offering this year a delicious assortment of sweets baked in our own kitchen. Here’s that rare chance to get the finest mamoul, Ka’ak, makaron, graybeh, baklawa, knafee (nut or cheese), date fingers, and Ka’ak with dates, each made of the best ingredients according to our own recipes.

Order Early!

It’s also a tradition that most of our offerings are sold out early!

But it’s easy to place advance orders if you wish – they’ll be accepted until Sunday, April 2:

  • Call Najlah Antous at 203-798-0693

OR

  • Fill in our order form and email it to info@saintann.org
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Novena for Peace in Ukraine; Consecration of Russia & Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Where

Saint Ann Melkite Catholic Church, 181 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, CT

"Intercession", an icon by contemporary iconographer Sviatoslav Vladyka (Lviv, Ukraine)
Intercession, by contemporary Ukrainian iconographer Sviatoslav Vladyka

When:

March 17- 24

Daily @ 12:00 noon – Novena preparing for the consecration of Russia & Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

March 25       

@ 11:45 am – final day of the Novena before the consecration

@ 12:00 pm – live broadcast of the Pope’s Consecration

@   5:30 pm – Divine Liturgy (Mass) for peace in Ukraine

Who: 

Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Marty on the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25, at 5:00 pm (12:00 pm EDT)

Why:

In 1917 Our Lady of Fatima requested that the Pope consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. If done, peace would follow. Pope John Paull II made the consecration in 1984 and a period of peace followed. However, Archbishop Mieczysław Mokrzycki, Chairman of the Conference of Roman Catholic Bishops of Ukraine, explained: “That time of peace is over now, so we need to repeat the act of consecration of Russia and Ukraine.” Recently, with war raging in their land, the bishops of Ukraine appealed to the Pope for a renewed consecration. The holy father agreed and has scheduled the Act of Consecration for March 25, 2022

How:

Archbishop Mokrzycki: All of the Catholic bishops of Ukraine, both Greek-Catholic and Roman Catholic, will make the consecration in their Cathedrals on March 25th after leading their faithful in a novena preparing for the consecration, beginning on March 17. “[W]e would be very grateful if the whole Church around the world would join us in prayer for this intention.”

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For God Is With Us


Icon of Theotokos with Child

My brothers and sisters, in this graced season of Lent we remember the days that Jesus fasted and prayed and was tested in the desert following his baptism. His example is meant for us, so let us join in fasting and prayer, for some things, even great and mighty things, are only possible through prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:21.

Our Lenten Liturgical Schedule offers many opportunities to praise God, embrace his mercy, and experience the freedom that flows from repentance.  Join us, so that we may raise our voices as one in the presence of Christ Jesus, LORD, for he has promised “where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20


Saint Ann Melkite Catholic Church 2022 Lenten Liturgical Schedule 

All services except Sunday @ 5:30 pm

Sundays @ 10:00 am


Mondays                                 Great Compline

Wednesdays                           Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Fridays (except March 25)      Akathist Hymn

Thursday, March 24             Great Vespers

Friday, March 25                  Divine Liturgy

Sundays                                  Divine Liturgy


Icon of the Mother of God of Tenderness
Icon of the Akathist Hymn
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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: Announcing the 2022 Lenten Schedule at St. Ann

Come join us on your Lenten journey this year – as always, you’re invited to make the most of the Church’s rich offerings of services, prayers and hymns to help you bring clarity and focus to your private worship.

The dates/times for Lenten services for 2022 have been posted to our St. Ann calendar page and are also included in our weekly bulletins.

We wish everyone a focused and spiritually nourishing Lenten season as we all await the Feast of Feasts, Great and Holy Pascha – the greatest feast day of the greatest miracle.

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Wishing a happy and blessed New Year to our friends far… & near

As we looked back today at St. Ann’s website stats for 2021, we learned that our website and social media pages have already been visited by viewers from more than eighty countries!

We wish we could welcome everyone of those visitors to our beautiful church in Danbury. How fantastic it would be if we were all worshiping together, praising God, supporting each other in our efforts to live according to God’s commands.

But for now, virtual visits suffice!

So to all of our friends in far off places – please STAY IN TOUCH, continue to send your kind words of support, and enjoy these photos of our church taken just after the completion of the Liturgy of Saint Basil yesterday, on New Year’s Day.

And to our local friends – we are always honored to welcome you!


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On this Fourth Day of Christmas – enjoy a recording of our Candlelight Christmas Concert on Youtube

ICYMI!

The church was bathed in the glow of soft candlelight…the music was sublime.

Enjoy the spirit of the season anytime via the St. Ann Youtube channel – you can catch the concert here.

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A Christmas Gift to All: Candlelight Christmas Concert Sunday Dec. 19

St. Ann invites families, neighbors and friends to a complementary Candlelight Christmas Concert featuring The Larry Deming String Quartet performing a collection of classical and popular Christmas compositions celebrating the birth of the Messiah.

Join us for a this celebratory introduction to Christmas week – the concert begins on Sunday, December 19th @ 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception in the Parish Hall. No reservations needed.

This inaugural offering in the Edmond Nahom Memorial Concert Series is made possible through the generosity of the Nahom Family Foundation.


Saint Ann Melkite Catholic Church, 181 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, CT


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Eat, Drink & Be Merry – St. Ann’s Bazaar is this weekend!

Join us for our annual Holiday Bazaar – this year to be held on Friday, November 5 (5:00 – 9:00 p.m.), and Saturday, November 6 (11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

Enjoy our delicious Lebanese food, scrumptious cookies and pastries, and a good time among friends and family in our Parish Hall.

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The Catholic Origins of All Hallows Eve

Happy Halloween! 🎃 Lets reclaim the day and its Catholic origins!

In the eighth century, on the vigil of the Latin Feast of All Saints, Pope Gregory III dedicated a chapel in St. Peter Basilica to all saints. A century later, Pope Gregory IV declared this celebration a holy day of obligation in the Latin Church. He also adopted the tradition of Germanic Catholics, changing the date from May to November. Thus, the vigil of this feast shifted to the last day of October, our current Halloween day.

This article offers an excellent discussion: https://denvercatholic.org/the-catholic-origins-of-halloween/ 

“You Auto Have a Happy Hallowe’en.” Postcard, 1908. Missouri History Museum Photographs and Prints collection. Postcards. n39418.