“Besides sacramental liturgy, catechesis must take into account the forms of piety and popular devotions among the faithful. The religious sense of the Christian people has always found expression in various forms of piety surrounding the Church's sacramental life, such as the veneration of relics, visits to sanctuaries, pilgrimages, processions, the Stations of the Cross, religious dances, the rosary, medals, etc.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, art. 1674)
- In addition to the regularly scheduled liturgical celebrations of Mass and Sacraments, St. Anne Parish offers opportunities for deepening one’s prayer life and fostering piety and devotions.
The Holy Rosary
- Here at St. Anne, the Rosary is recited before morning mass Monday through Saturday at 8:30 am.
- The Rosary is one of the most traditional and powerful devotions of the Roman Catholic Church, combining prayer and meditation. For over four centuries, the rosary has been promoted by several popes as part of the veneration of Mary in Roman Catholicism. The rosary also represents the Roman Catholic emphasis on "participation in the life of Mary, whose focus was Christ", and the Mariological theme "to Christ through Mary", taught by Saint Louis de Montfort.
- The prayers that essentially compose the Rosary are arranged in sets of ten “Hail Marys” with each set preceded by one “Lord's Prayer” and followed by one “Glory Be”. During recitation of each set, known as a decade, thought is given to one of the Mysteries of the Rosary (Glorious, Joyful, Sorrowful and Luminous Mysteries), which recall events in the lives of Jesus and Mary. Normally, five decades are recited in a session. Other prayers are sometimes added after each decade (in particular, the Fátima Prayer) and before (the Apostles' Creed), and after (the Hail, Holy Queen) the five decades taken as a whole.
- The Rosary itself as a material object composed of beads acting as an aid towards saying these prayers in the proper sequence.
The Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
In adherence to our Lady’s request, our community of St. Anne prays the Novena in honour of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal every week on Monday immediately after the 9 am morning Mass.
The Novena to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal all began with a young French girl named Catherine Laboure. One night in 1830, during her novitiate in the Convent of the Daughters of Charity at Rue du Bac, Paris, and one night Catherine was awoken from her sleep by a voice of a child that led her to the chapel. It was there in the chapel that she was given a vision of the Blessed Mother. Catherine, raising her eyes to the main altar, saw the beautiful “Lady” standing wearing a silken robe with a pure white veil that fell to her feet. A small golden ball was in her hands. Suddenly, Mary’s hands were resplendent and flashed in a brilliant cascade of light. The rays symbolized the graces shed for those who sought them. The gems on Our Lady’s fingers had no rays symbolizing the graces for which people did not ask. Surrounding her head was an oval frame with the words, “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” On the other side appeared a huge ‘M’ with a cross about it. The letter rested on a bar, beneath which appeared two hearts. The first heart was encircled by a crown of thorns, the second was pierced by a sword. This meant that Jesus our Saviour was crucified in the very presence of his own mother, the Queen of Martyrs, for the sake of our salvation. The Virgin Mary then gave a direct order. “Have a medal made in this form. All who wear it will receive great graces.” Although this revelation was kept secret for a long period of time, Catherine’s confessor obtained permission from the Archbishop to have the medal made and disseminated. Soon the devotion to the Miraculous Medal grew to be one of the most popular devotions of the Catholic Church.
- Here at St. Anne, Eucharistic Adoration is on every Friday of the month from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. (One Hour)
- Adoration is a sign of devotion to and worship of Jesus Christ who we, as Catholics, believe to be especially and fully present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, under the appearance of the consecrated host or consecrated altar bread otherwise known as the Eucharist. As a devotion, a large host is enthroned in a decorated container called a monstrance and placed on the altar. The community is given this special time to be present to Jesus in the Eucharist and for Jesus to be present to them. This time of Eucharistic adoration, prayer, and meditation is more than merely looking at the Blessed Host, but is a continuation of the Eucharistic celebration in the Holy Mass as a means of growing in faith, hope, and love with our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ.