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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.
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St. Ann’s Bazaar is Nov. 5 & 6, 2021. Online and phone pre-orders are open now!

Our annual bazaar is fast approaching – join us on Friday November 5 and Saturday November 6 for a good time among friends and family, feasting on our delicious, savory Lebanese wraps and platters along with our famous assortment of parish made pastries and cookies.

All ordering info is available on our website .

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St. Ann Wins 1st Place in the Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament…and the 2021 Catholic Cup!

Saint Ann Melkite Catholic Church’s Fabulous Foursome entered the 2021 Danbury Knights of Columbus (McGivney Council 29) annual golf tournament hoping for good weather and expecting good times.

We came away with new friends, great memories and …. the 2021 Catholic Cup and overall tournament champion!

St. Ann’s team – Fr. Tom Davis, Rima Antous, Arty Haddad (missing from photo) and Greg Davis – receiving the Catholic Cup from Fr. Sam Scott, pastor of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Danbury

Rima Antous, Artie Haddad, Fr. Tom Davis, and Greg Davis combined for an overall scramble score of 59, edging out St. Marguerite Bourgeoys for the cherished Catholic Cup. 

The day started out cloudy and overcast with occasional rain, but sunny skies prevailed by tee off on what turned out to be a beautiful first day of autumn. Opening up with an eagle on their first hole, the foursome began to believe in miracles.

Rima Antous also captured first place in the women’s longest drive contest, as did Arty Haddad in the 70+ age category.

Next year Saint Ann defends the Cup!

The Knights of Columbus McGivney Council #29, St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Danbury, hosted the golf tournament and awarded the Catholic Cup.
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9/11 Tribute

Thanks to all who participated in yesterday’s flag raising, prayers and walk/climb in commemoration of the heroes of September 11, 2001.

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Honor & Remember The Fallen of 9/11: Join the Red Bandana Memorial @ St. Ann

September 11, 2021 is the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist attack on America.

What will you do this year to honor and remember the men and women first responders who perished on 9/11/01, and their brothers and sisters in arms who entered into harm’s way to keep evil from our homeland?

You are invited to join Saint Ann on September 11, 2021 @ 8:00 a.m. for a special tribute.

The morning will begin with a Flag Raising @ 8:00 a.m., followed by a showing of The Man in the Red Bandana. Then Remembrances. Benediction. And a Memorial Climb.


The Memorial Walk/Climb

Anyone and everyone … you … your friends … your family …… are invited to walk all or any part of 2,200 steps at Saint Ann along the sidewalks, ramps & stairs surrounding the church – the equivalent to the 110 flights of stairs in the World Trade Center towers. If you’re physically unable to make the walk – join in by cheering everyone on in support.

Welles Crowther and the Red Bandana – Hero. “Ordinary” American.

On September 11, 2001, Welles Crowther, a 24 year old equities trader from Nyack, NY, spontaneously took it upon himself to calmly and authoritatively lead others to safety in the burning South Tower of the World Trade Center before it collapsed. Those he saved did not know his name, but they trusted his sure authoritativeness. Months after he perished at the WTC along with NYC firefighters in the tower, Welles became known as the Man in the Red Bandana for the handkerchief he wore as a protective mask while saving those lives.

We will honor Welles by wearing red bandanas (provided by the Parish) during the morning’s events.

See Welles’ story in this fourteen minute tribute produced by ESPN:

Many articles have been written about Welles. Here is one of them.

God Bless America!

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Summer Sounds at Saint Ann continue @ 7:00 Tonight: Django’s Reserve

Saint Ann continues its free summer events tonight with the jazz sounds of Django’s Reserve, with Emma Rae.

No reservations needed – No cover charge

just BYO food, beverage, and lawn chairs (or sit at tables under the tent)

Django’s Reserve is an all acoustic ensemble that came together because of three guitarist’s mutual admiration of the music of the legendary Django Reinhardt. Luke Hendon, John Florio and Preston Parish weave their way from jazz standards of the 30’s and 40’s up to the present with tasty harmonies and original arrangements. Armed with European style guitars popularized by Reinhardt, the accomplished group creates a sound that mixes contemporary sounds, world music and an infectious swing.

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This Saturday 7/17 : Live Music @ St. Ann’s Sizzling Summer Soiree


Ready for a summer night filled with good friends, fun and free live music?

On Saturday, July 17 Saint Ann is offering a night of music under the tent.

Start the night with Billy Michael’s sensational sounds live from 7:00 – 9:30, followed by DJ sounds until…???

BYO beer, wine, cocktail, soft drinks, & food.

A Hookah lounge area will be available.


There is no cover or admission charge for this free event.


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Blessing of the Vehicles for the Feast of St. Elias


Fr. Tom will be blessing vehicles of all types at St. Ann on Saturday, July 17 (6:30 p.m.), and again on the Feast Day, Tuesday, July 20 @ 5:30 p.m. Bring your chariot!

Ever wonder why July 20 was chosen for this annual blessing?

July 20 is the Feast of the Prophet Elias (Elijah) the Thesbite. The great Elias, who appeared with Moses speaking with Jesus on the Mountain of the Transfiguration, was taken to Heaven in a fiery chariot.

The account appears in 2 Kings 2:2-8:

“Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up and struck the water: it divided, and the two of them crossed over on dry ground. When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Request whatever I might do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha answered, “May I receive a double portion of your spirit.” He replied, “You have asked something that is not easy. Still, if you see me taken up from you, your wish will be granted; otherwise not.” As they walked on still conversing, a fiery chariot and fiery horses came between the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind, and Elisha saw it happen. He cried out, “My father! my father! Israel’s chariot and steeds!” Then he saw him no longer.”

Saint Ann will celebrate the feast with the traditional blessing of vehicles – cars, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, baby strollers, skateboards, even chariots – and we’re doing it twice!

  • First on Saturday, July 17, 2021 @ 6:30 p.m., just before we begin our Sizzling Summer Soiree – a fun, free social event under the tent featuring live music, BYOB/picnic, hookah lounge, snacks). More info here.
  • And again on the actual feast day, Tuesday, July 20, 2021 @ 5:30 p.m.

Holy Prophet Saint Elias, pray for us!

For more on the celebration of this Feast day, see this Eparchy article.