+

Thanksgiving Day: Join us!

Please consider gathering your family and joining us at St. Ann as we offer thanks to the Triune God with the greatest of prayers, the Holy and Divine Liturgy, for the many blessings bestowed upon our nation, our parish, and our families.

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. Ninety Native Americans and fifty-three settlers shared a three-day feast in a demonstration of the fraternal brotherhood that God intends for all of humanity. Let us join our voice to their example and pray for the peace and friendship once known in the Garden and to be found again in the Second Coming.

9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church 181 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury CT

+

Today: The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

Today is the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple. Mary enters the Temple and the Holy of Holies, which once housed the the Ark of the Covenant fashioned according to the instructions given at Mt. Sinai. It has not been seen since 587 BC when Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians and the Temple was destroyed. Now the true Ark of the Covenant, who will contain the Word of God and the Bread of Life, enters the Holy of Holies. The ancient Ark was but a foreshadowing and its meaning and purpose is fulfilled.

As for the ancient relic, 2 Maccabees 4-8 recounts the tradition that the Prophet Jeremiah had it sealed in a cave to be revealed only when “God gathers his people together again and shows them mercy.” And this may also be seen as another image of the Theotokos, for God preserved her as a sealed cave, and revealed her as the true Ark when, through Jesus, he gathered his people together by breaking down the dividing wall and established the universal family of God, that knows no division by nationality or race, the Holy Catholic Church.

Happy feast day!

We have continued to livestream services due to COVID restrictions. To view this morning’s Divine Liturgy, published on the Parish Facebook page, click here.

+

Support St. Ann’s Matching Grant Drive and celebrate Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday is December 1, 2020

Saint Ann has already received a matching grant pledge of $6,000!

This challenge gift, combined with the generosity of our parishioners and friends, will provide important support for the continuing development of the parish infrastructure and other parish needs.

Saint Ann will combine the Matching Grant Drive with our first-ever participation in “Giving Tuesday.” Held each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving Day, Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world. Millions of people come together annually to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live, work and worship. This year Giving Tuesday falls on December 1st, during the last week of our Matching Grant Drive.

Contributions to the Matching Grant Fund and Giving Tuesday may be made on any day, now through Sunday, December 6, 2020, the Feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra. We can accept online donations through the secure Giving page on our website or through the secure Paypal button below. In either case, please select “2020 Matching Grant” from the drop-down menu on our Paypal page when making your online gift.

Thank you for your gifts!

You keep our parish vibrant and alive in Jesus Christ!

+

St. Ann’s Fatayer (Lebanese Meat Pie) Sale

THANKS TO ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Coming Saturday, November 7!

St. Ann’s Fatayer (Meat Pie) Sale

Savory Lebanese meat pies freshly made in our kitchen from an authentic family recipe

Enjoy a delicious taste of Lebanon at home!

Order by the half dozen or enjoy our generous dozen+ (13) – either way, you’ll receive our freshly baked, savory pastries bursting with meat, pine nuts, our amazing seasonings, and a touch of love.

Or place your order by calling:

  • Najlah Atous: (203) 798-0693
  • Randa Antous: (203) 501-5637
  • Georgette Ayoub: (203) 743-2401

No prepayment necessary; payment will be collected on pickup.

Pickup will be Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the Church – choose your pickup time when you order (1-3p.m. or 3-5p.m.)

COVID precautions will be in place for all pickups – please:

  • wear a mask when picking up your order
  • stay in your vehicle – our goal is touchless pickup
  • pay with credit card or check (exact amount prepared in advance) only
  • after payment please circle to our delivery area – a runner will bring your order to you
  • see your order form or e-receipt for these reminders

Credit cards or checks only – sorry, no cash due to COVID restrictions.