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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.

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Glory to God


Saint Ann Melkite Catholic Parish was established in Danbury, Connecticut in 1910.

After many years the old church structure on William Street was sold, and the parish eventually moved to the current magnificent temple at 181 Clapboard Ridge Road in 1992.

But the beautiful rose granite stone marking the date of the new church dedication was never installed … until now.

The inscription says it all:

“For the Glory of God.”

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YOSA: They Did it Again!

YOSA (Youth of Saint Ann) gathered earlier this week to prepare 150 sandwiches for the Dorothy Day Hospitality House, which provides meals for the city’s homeless and needy.

We are so proud of this dedicated group and of its tireless leader, Chris Hajj Goodsell. And many thanks to Marlene Ayoub Frank for her steadfast support and presence.

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St. Ann’s Sizzling Summer Soiree: Saturday, July 17


Isn’t everyone 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.

Light snacks and water 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 immediately following Vespers at 5:30. 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, Lebanese snacks) – click here for more info.
  • And again on the actual feast day, Tuesday July 20, 2021, immediately after the completion of Vespers, which will begin @ 5:30 p.m.

Holy Prophet Saint Elias, pray for us!

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

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Congratulations to Kylie Bourjeili!

Congratulations to Kylie Bourjeili, who was the recipient of multiple scholarships at the Lebanon American Club’s 2021 Annual Scholarships Award Dinner on June 17, 2021. Kylie recently graduated with Honors from New Milford High School and will be attending Western Connecticut State University in the fall studying Childhood Education.

Kylie at center, pictured with her parents, Wadih & Belinda, grandparents Halim & Adele, and brothers Halim & Khalil.

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YOSA = Instant Sunshine!

Thanks to the Youth of Saint Ann (YOSA) everyone can now enjoy a cheerful welcome to our parish grounds year ’round. On Friday, June 25 YOSA members transformed a boring parish storage shed into a work of art.

YOSA, we love your creativity and dedication to our church!

Thank you as always to advisors Christine Goodsell and Marlene Frank for your energy and leadership.

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Saint Josemaria Escriva: Installation of his holy relic at Saint Ann on June 25, 2021

Do everything for love. That way there are no little things.

Saint Josemaria Escriva
Saint Josemaria Escriva, icon written by Marec Cznarnecki

“Human life – your life – and its humdrum, ordinary business, have a meaning which is divine, which belongs to eternity.”

Saint Josemaria Escriva

On Friday, June 25th, Vespers will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. followed by veneration of a relic, ex ossibus, of Saint Josemaria Escriva, and its installation in the Narthex Shrine of Saint Ann. 

A reception of wine, soft drinks & light hors d’oeuvres will follow on the church patio at 6:30 p.m.

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A Sunday Special … Divine Liturgy, Sayidna Nicholas, and friends to enjoy lunch provided by Frankies Family Restaurant

This weekend, June 13 – enjoy a triple header Sunday Special at Saint Ann … Divine Liturgy, Sayidna Nicholas, and friends to enjoy lunch provided by Frankies Family Restaurant

Where: Saint Ann Melkite Catholic Church

When: This Sunday – June 13, 2021 – Divine Liturgy @ 10:00 a.m.  Luncheon*  to follow immediately on the parish patio.

Lunch provided by Frankies Family Restaurant. This is a gift to the parish from Frankies’ owners, Tommy and Paul Martelli.  Free will donations will be accepted and as a bonus, an anonymous donor will match any donations received.

Who: Any and all. Let’s rejoice in the return of some normalcy to life after the many months of pandemic. God is good.

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Liturgy Tomorrow: Feast of the Divine Body

Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Divine Body will be celebrated at Saint Ann on Thursday, June 3rd @ 5:30 p.m.

The Feast of the Divine Body was inspired by the Latin Church’s Feast of Corpus Christi, which was itself established by Pope Urban IV in the year 1264. It became popular among the Melkites, particularly in the eighteenth century at the time of Patriarch Maximos II Hakeem. Patriarch Maximos III Mazloum later added it to the Pentecostarion in the 1840s.  

In this feast we honor our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and his giving us his Body and Blood for the remission of our sins and eternal life.

The beautiful Troparion of the Feast recalls the mystery of our dear Lord’s sacrifice and his gift of the Eucharist which he instituted at the Last Supper:

Christ, having loved his own, loved them until the end and gave then his body and his blood as food and drink. Therefore, let us offer them our own adoration and say with fear: “Glory to your presence, O Christ! Glory to your compassion! Glory to your condescension, for you alone are the Lover of Mankind!


“Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross and in this chalice what flowed from His side…”  

St. Augustine

“Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body”‘

Matthew 26:26

“By celebrating the Last Supper with his Apostles in the course of the Passover meal, Jesus gave the Jewish Passover its definitive meaning. Jesus’ passing over to his Father by his Death and Resurrection, the new Passover, is anticipated in the Supper and celebrated in the Eucharist, which fulfills the Jewish Passover and anticipates the final Passover of the Church in the glory of the Kingdom”.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1340
Vasily Polenev, Last Supper
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For Our Departed Military: Memory Eternal


“O Christ God, with the saints, grant rest to the souls of your servants in a place where there is no pain, no grief, no sighing, but only everlasting life.”

Today we honor, thank, mourn and pray for the souls of all of the men and women who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.


O God of all spirits and of all flesh, who have destroyed death, overcome the devil, and given life to the world: grant, O Lord, to the souls of your servants and handmaids who departed from this life in an act of service to the United States of America and to all of us who dwell herein, remembering especially Lord those whose name is unknown to the world as they rest in eternity, that all of them may rest in a place of light, in a place of happiness, in a place of peace, where there is no pain, no grief, no sighing, and since You are the gracious God and lover of mankind, forgive each their every sin committed by thought, or word, or deed, for there is no one who lives and does not sin: You alone are without sin, your righteousness is everlasting, and your word is true.  For You are the resurrection and the life, and the repose of your departed servants and handmaids, O Christ our God, and we render glory to You, together with your eternal Father and your All-holy, Good and Life-Giving Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.


American flags stand guard over each gravestone in a military cemetery