Pastoral Council and Finance Council are two distinct teams in a parish that collaborate in the service of all parishioners. Despite some notable similarities, these two councils are very different in purpose. A Pastoral Council is charged with prayerfully discerning parish needs and setting pastoral priorities. A Parish Finance Council assists the pastor in administering the material resources and funds of the parish.
The Parish Pastoral Council of St. Ann’s was re-established in 2013. It meets every month from September to June to assess parish needs, define priorities, implement action plans, and to find the means to encourage the Parish members to utilize their God-given talents to serve God and each other.
Parish Pastoral Council: Fr. Ceas Chmiel (Pastor), Deacon Richard Ludwick, JoAnn Pringle (Chair & Pastoral Care)), Joie Muirhead (Catechism Coordinator), Rodora Suarez, Manon Monchamp, Cathy Muys, and John Cortens.
The Parish Finance Council was established in 2014 to assist the Pastor in administration of the material resources and funds of the Parish. It insures adequate transparency through regular financial reports to the Pastoral Council and an annual report to parishioners.
Parish Finance Council: Fr. Ceas Chmiel (Pastor), Deacon Richard Ludwick, Ken Loscerbo (Chair), Geoff McInnes, Douglas Menard, Santi Bercasio and Benjamin Loewen
St. Ann’s Safe Environment Committee has been established to assist the Parish Council in accessing all parish activities and ministries (especially those which could put children, youth or other vulnerable persons at risk or of being harm) in the light of policies and procedures approved by the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. We want to ensure that our Parish is committed to providing a safe and respectful environment for all our Parishioners and visitors; that it is free from harassment, discrimination and disrespectful behaviors. This Committee closely collaborates with the Parish Pastoral Council in setting priorities, implementing a parish plan of action to ensure a safe environment in the Parish. The Coordinator of this Committee gathers, maintains and tracks the Criminal Record Checks, Child Abuse Registry Checks and training for all staff and volunteers that work with children, youth or vulnerable adults in our Parish.
St. Ann’s Safe Environment Committee: Maria Dacara (Coordinator), JoAnn Pringle (Chair of the Parish Council), Joie Muirhead (Catechism Coordinator), Deacon Richard Ludwick and Fr. Ceas Chmiel (Pastor)
The Safe Environment Program for the Archdiocese of Winnipeg:
Church Maintenance: Jackie and Glenn Unlayao
Hall Rental: Santi Bercasio 204-416-9198 or 204-229-6898
St. Augustin said that one who sings prays twice. St. Ann’s Parish is blessed having several dedicated volunteers who have been serving the parish community as singers and instrumentalists. Like any parish, St. Ann’s is always looking for more musicians who have a desire to use their talents for God’s glory. If interested, please approach any music ministry member for more information.
As defined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine. The primary catechists for children are their parents. “Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children in the faith, prayer, and all the virtues. They have the duty to provide as far as possible for the physical and spiritual needs of their children.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2252)
St. Ann’s, as all other parishes, offers catechism classes to children in conjunction with Sunday Masses.
Catechism Classes 2018
Religious Education Classes for all grades will be on Sunday after the noon Mass from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM and they will alternate (each class will meet every second Sunday).
JAN. 14 – GRADES 5 & UP (CONFIRMATION CLASS) AND KINDERGARTEN & GRADE 1
JAN. 21 – GRADES 2 & 3 (FIRST COMMUNION CLASS)
JAN. 28 – GRADES 5 & UP (CONFIRMATION CLASS) AND KINDERGARTEN & GRADE 1
FEB. 4 – GRADES 2 & 3 (FIRST COMMUNION CLASS)
FEB. 11 – GRADES 5 & UP (CONFIRMATION CLASS) AND KINDERGARTEN & GRADE 1
FEB. 18 – GRADES 2 & 3 (FIRST COMMUNION CLASS) – Parents of Grade 2 & 3: Parents Meeting
FEB. 25 – GRADES 5 & UP (CONFIRMATION CLASS) AND KINDERGARTEN & GRADE 1
MAR. 4 – GRADES 2 & 3 (FIRST COMMUNION CLASS) – 1ST RECONCILIATION
MAR. 11 – GRADES 5 & UP (CONFIRMATION CLASS) AND KINDERGARTEN & GRADE 1
MAR. 18 – GRADES 2 & 3 (FIRST COMMUNION CLASS)
MAR. 25 – GRADES 5 & UP (CONFIRMATION CLASS) and KINDERGARTEN & GRADE 1
APR. 1 – EASTER SUNDAY – NO CLASSES
APR. 8 – GRADES 5 & UP (CONFIRMATION CLASS) AND KINDERGARTEN & GRADE 1 APR. 15 – GRADES 2 & 3 (FIRST COMMUNION CLASS)
APR. 22 – GRADES 5 & UP (CONFIRMATION CLASS) and KINDERGARTEN & GRADE 1
APR. 29 – GRADES 2 & 3 (FIRST COMMUNION CLASS)
MAY 6 – GRADES 5 & UP (CONFIRMATION CLASS) and KINDERGARTEN & GRADE 1
MAY 13 – MOTHERS DAY – FIRST COMMUNION
ONCE WE HAVE A DATE FOR CONFIRMATION, ALL PARENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED
For more information, please contact the Catechism Coordinator Joie Muirhead at email@example.com
Our Parish Community has been blessed to have a group of Couples for Christ who are very active in the parish life. Couples for Christ (CFC) is a movement intended for the renewal and strengthening of Christian family life. The members have committed themselves to the Lord and to one another so that they may grow in maturity as men and women of God and fulfill their primary vocation of raising up families under the lordship of Jesus Christ and for the service of the Kingdom of God. Couples for Christ is a work of Christ which raises up Christian couples and establishes Christian families committed to the work of evangelization, winning the world for Christ and Total Human Liberation through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Men’s Group of St. Ann
In 2017, to deepen men’s faith and relationship with Jesus Christ, and to guide their roles as men of God, the Parish formed a new group for men. Each monthly meeting starts at 8:30 AM with a prayer, spiritual presentation and breakfast in the Parish Hall. Whether you’ve been St. Ann’s parishioner for a long time, or just moved in to the Parish, if you’re looking for some healthy, meaningful, low-pressure, encouraging friendships, our Men’s Group is a great way to make some good connections. Whether you are available to come out every month, or just have time to drop by whenever it’s convenient, there’s always a place for you right here. If you are interested to join the group or would like to get more information, please contact Quirino Gille at 204-881-3826 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or just come to the meeting.