Baptism is the best gift we have received. Through it, we belong to God and we possess the joy of salvation.Pope Francis The Sacrament of Baptism frees us from the power of darkness and forms us into God’s people. We become the children of God. Baptism is the sacrament that bonds us and makes us […]Read More
Preparation For Infant or Child Baptism
Registered parishioners may schedule the baptism of an infant or a child up to seven years of age after the completion of a baptism workshop and reception of godparent documents.
Parents requesting Baptism of their children at Saint Ann Church must be registered members of the parish. They may request Baptism in another parish, with special permission of the Pastor.
There is a one hour preparation workshop held twice a year. Parents must attend this workshop in order to schedule a baptism.
Baptisms are usually celebrated during or after a Sunday Mass in the church depending on the schedules. Sponsors are encouraged to attend the workshop as well. Please call the parish office to make arrangements to the workshop.
If a sponsor is not a parishioner, then a Godparent Commitment Letter is required from their parish.
The Lord never tires of forgiving. It is we who tire of asking for forgiveness. The opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance or Confession) allows us, the faithful, to reflect on our lives, our sins, and God’s healing and forgiveness. In this sacrament we receive from God pardon and mercy and are oriented in […]Read More
Special preparation meetings for parents and children are held in the Fall of second grade. Formation builds on the material of the two previous years.
The Eucharist is the bread that gives strength… It is at once the most eloquent proof of His love and the most powerful means of fostering His love in us. Saint Damien of Molokai The Eucharist is the source of every grace and of the forgiveness of sins. The gift we have received should touch […]Read More
First Eucharist (Communion) is celebrated in second grade usually in April or May. Like First Reconciliation, formation builds on the material covered in kindergarten and first grade in Saint Ann School or Faith Formation classes. Parents are required to attend four to five meetings with their child to best prepare them for reception of the sacrament.
For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.Jeremiah 29:11 The Sacrament of Confirmation is the fulfillment of the Christian Initiation process. It is in Baptism that one first received the seeds of […]Read More
Preparation for Confirmation
Preparation for Confirmation at Saint Ann Parish is normally offered in Grades 9 and 10 through the Faith Formation Program.
Confirmation in accordance with Diocesan policy is a two-year program typically beginning in 9th grade. Formation is through specifically designed sessions and preparation for students, parents and sponsors. Candidates are required to complete the program of study, service and community building before reception of Confirmation. The sacrament is normally celebrated in the spring.
Adult Preparation is determined individually.
There should be in the life of every married couple a continual building of the sacrament.Mother Angelica The Sacrament of Marriage is established by a marriage covenant. This freely given consent – one to another – signifies and shares in the mystery of the unity and love that exists between Christ and his Church. Christian […]Read More
Preparing for Your Marriage
Couples wishing to marry must meet with a priest before setting a date and at least six months in advance of an anticipated wedding in order to complete the preparation process. For residents of Collier County, one member of the engaged couple must already be a registered Saint Ann parishioner for at least six months before the couple can make a request to be married here. A couple may also request to be married here if a parent or grandparent of either the bride or groom is a regular practicing parishioner. In this case they must have the permission of both their Pastor/Administrator and the Pastor of Saint Ann and will usually complete their marriage preparation in their parish of origin. Contact: Saint Ann Parish Office at 239-262-4256.
If you are getting married in another state or country and are choosing to do your Pre-Cana here at Saint Ann, you need to allow for more time so that the documents of Pre-Cana can be sent/received in a timely manner for your wedding.
In addition to meeting with the priest who is doing your Pre-Cana, you need to attend a two part Marriage Preparation Program through the Diocese of Venice. The Diocese has Regularly Scheduled Times for these conferences.
You will be contacted by the church wedding coordinator about 6 months prior to your wedding. A meeting will be arranged about 3 months prior to go over the details of your ceremony.
After meeting with your priest you will receive the book, Together for Life, which will guide you in choosing the prayers and readings for your ceremony. Once you have made your selections please fill out the selection form online at www.togetherforlifeonline.com and have it emailed to the Parish Office. Your selections will be given to your priest.
Holy Orders/Religious Life
Christ’s invitation to the priesthood is an invitation to a way of life that is athletic in its intensity and heroic in its form.Father Robert Barron The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ’s priesthood, which he bestowed upon his Apostles; thus, the Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to the Sacrament of […]Read More
Instructions for Pursuing Holy Orders
The parish staff is willing to assist you if you are considering a vocation as a sister, brother or priest in a religious order, or as a deacon or priest in a diocese. In addition, the vocation directors of the Oblates and of the Diocese of Venice are available for assistance in discernment. For the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales, contact Father Alan Zobler, O.S.F.S., 419-724-9851 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the Diocese of Venice, contact Fr. Shawn Roser, (941) 486-4720 email@example.com.
Anointing of the Sick
The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick gives the grace of the Holy Spirit to those who are sick. This grace helps the whole person, not only to bear the suffering but also to quiet anxiety, dissipate fear, and inspire confidence in God and acceptance of his will. Saint James assures us that the […]Read More
Instructions for Requesting Anointing of the Sick
Saint Ann Parish offers the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick at the 8:00 am Mass on the first Saturday of the month. The parish community will keep you in prayer during the month.
For emergencies, please call 239-262-4256.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.1 Corinthinans 2:5 RCIA is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life. For those who join an RCIA process it is a period of reflection, […]Read More