Sunday, 20 March 2016

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord . . .

It is a busy weekend at St Ann's with the visit of the travelling Icon and Palm Sunday.

A busy weekend and a joyful one as we celebrate Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, cheered on by palm-waving crowds.

We had our own version, on a somewhat smaller scale, of that palm strewn procession today at the 10am Mass.

Christ wouldn't have had to negotiate his way around parked cars but there would I'm sure have been other obstacles in his path as he made his way on that donkey through the streets of Jerusalem.

Here are a few photos of our procession this morning.  You'll find more on our Flickr stream here.

Gathering in the hall for the blessing of palms and the reading of the Gospel before we begin to process around the church.

The procession weaves its way around our beautiful magnolia which looks as if it will be in full bloom just in time for Easter Sunday.

And back into church to join those who were unable to join the procession. 

And Mass begins.

NB. As usual, for clearer and larger images, please click on the individual photo.

The travelling Icon pays a visit to St Ann's . . .

We have been privileged this weekend to have the travelling Icon of Our Lady of Consolation in our parish as part of the Diocesan initiative for the Year of Mercy.

The Icon has been not only in our parish church but also paid a visit to the nearby prison HMP High Down and our parish school of St Anne's. 

We were fortunate that the Icon was with us on Friday evening during our Stations of the Cross.  

This added to the very prayerful atmosphere in the church and enables those present to venerate the image before or after the devotion.

The travelling Icon is an opportunity for all of us to pray in a special way asking for Our Lady's intercession on our behalf during the Year of Mercy. This is especially valuable for those who are unable to make a pilgrimage to one of the Holy Doors that have been set up across our diocese.

The original Icon is to be found at the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in West Grinstead and this is an ideal destination for a pilgrimage to enter through the Holy Door during this Holy Year.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

24 Hours for the Lord

St Ann's is to be the venue for Epsom Deanery's '24 Hours for the Lord' in this Year of Mercy

The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in the monstrance on the altar for  Adoration from midday on Friday 4th March until 9.45am on Saturday 5th March.  Our period of Adoration concludes with Benediction at 9.45am and this will be followed by our usual parish Mass at 10am.

Do please come along if you can and spend some time with our Lord.  Five minutes or five hours, you will be welcome at any time.

The Sacrament of Confession will be available throughout this period.

Lenten Devotions . . .

Are you looking for something extra to do for Lent? 

Thinking of the three pillars of Lent, 'Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving',  how about joining us at 7pm on Fridays for Station of the Cross concluding with Benediction?

Or, maybe you prefer something during the day time?  Why not join us for Rosary and Benediction at 4pm on Sundays during Lent?

You would be very welcome at either devotion, or both. It would only take about half an hour of your time for either Stations or Rosary.  Please don't worry if you can't make it every week; come along whenever you can.

We look forward to seeing you!

That's sorted out your extra prayer for Lent, all you have to now is concentrate on the Fasting and Almsgiving!!

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Christmas Masses at St Ann's

Here are details of the Christmas Masses at St Ann's.  Please click on the image to enlarge it.

We look forward to seeing you at St Ann's, whether a regular parishioner or a perhaps a visitor who is staying with family in the parish.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

St Ann's Youth Art Exhibition . . .

Today saw St Ann's first parish Youth Art Exhibition.

Children of the parish were invited to present a piece of their own art work with a religious theme.

Entries were divided by age group; and certificates, and even prizes, were awarded to those judged to have produced the best art work in their category.

Although entries were open to all children with a connection to the parish, a large proportion of the entries came from pupils at our parish school of St Anne's.

We are very grateful to Mr Donovan  and the staff at St Anne's for encouraging the children in this venture and even to devoting some time in the busy school day for the children to produce their 'masterpieces'.

This is not to say that there weren't also some excellent entries from children in other schools and from children who have moved on to secondary school.

Here is just a selection of the very many entries.  If you'd like to see even more, please have a look at our parish Flickr stream.