Back to Our Roots

Meeting on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Faith Center at the Rectory, the members of this group prayerfully learn about and discuss the coming Sunday's Gospel reading. We seek to appreciate more fully how we become Church through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that we may learn to think as God thinks and to live as Jesus lived. Come and see!

Bible Study

Meeting Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Faith Center of the Rectory, our goal is to be drawn nearer to God through the reading and understanding of the Holy Bible. We also strive to know and to love our Lord more. In this loud and busy world of ours, we need each other's help to rouse our desire for the things of God. We ask you to come and join us. 

Centering Faith

The Elizabeth Ann Seton Faith Center, located on the lower level of the rectory, seeks to help us reflect intelligently on the place of faith in our lives. How can faith help build human community?  How can faith be an inspiration for our efforts to enhance all of creation? We provide a number of ways to engage in these questions, from our small-group discussions to periodic films and seminars. Our library is open to all!

We hope to be a resource in our community for integrating the spiritual dimension of life with all its other dimensions. Come and visit us!

Dialogue Among Women Now: DAWN

Women: if you are looking to gain a greater understanding of our faith and  enjoy books of a spiritual nature and thought-provoking films, consider joining DAWN: Dialogue Among Women Now. We women of Saint Anne's meet monthly to share fellowship and to engage in conversation about our faith. 

Holy Name Society

We seek to promote reverence for the Sacred Name of Jesus Christ, obedience and loyalty to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and the personal sanctification and holiness of one another. We are called to build the Kingdom by teaching, spreading and defending the faith of Christ, and by practicing and spreading a special devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus. 

The Holy Name Society meets regularly on the 2nd Sunday of every month, directly following the 9:30 a.m. Mass, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in our Church Hall. 

Membership is open to any practicing Catholic man or woman over the age of 18. For more information, please contact the rectory at 201-791-1616. Our president is Sal Scialdone.  

Rosary Society

The Rosary Society is comprised of women in the Saint Anne community who are dedicated to the support of worthy causes both within and beyond the parish and to the devotion of Our Lady. 

Our monthly meetings include a praying of the Rosary and a presentation on an interesting topic, as well as the opportunity to enjoy one another's company. We invite you to join us! 

For more information, please contact the President of the Rosary Society, Ellen Kovarik

Secular Franciscans

"There is, then, a Franciscan doctrine in accordance with which God is holy, is great, and above all, is good, indeed the supreme Good. For in this doctrine, God is love. He lives by love, creates for love, becomes flesh and redeems, that is, he saves and makes holy, for love." ~ Pope Pius XII

The Secular Franciscan Order is a community of Catholic men and women who seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi. Secular Franciscans are tertiaries, or members of the Third Order of Saint Francis founded by Saint Francis of Assisi 800 years ago.

The process of becoming a professed Secular Franciscan is a journey that involves three separate stages and culminates in a lifelong commitment to live the Gospel following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi. The first stage, Orientation, provides time for dialogue and developing relationships in fraternity. The second stage, Inquiry, is the first formal period of initiation. It is a time of in-depth study of the lives of Saint Francis and Saint Clare. The third stage, Candidacy, is the final formal period of initiation. It is a time of preparing for permanent commitment by immersion into fraternity life. After profession of the Rule and permanent commitment to the Gospel way of life, the newly professed member joins the rest of the fraternity in ongoing formation.

The Franciscan emphasis, then, is on the fact that God is love. A Secular Franciscan should devote himself or herself to going from the Gospel to life and life to the Gospel: in communion with Christ the poor and crucified; in the love of God; in brother/sisterhood with all people and all of creation; in a life of prayer; and as instruments of peace.

For additional information on the Secular Franciscan Order, please contact us at the rectory: 201-791-1616.