HELLO BROTHERS AND SISTERS We want to hear from you! We are inviting all parishioners of St. Ann’s to join us for a virtual gathering to discuss the six synod questions. Please join us on Zoom where we will break into small groups to allow everyone a chance to share. Date: Wednesday, March 9th @ 8 pm. Please RSVP to by March 1st so we can organize the small groups Below are the questions we will be discussing, please take some time to reflect on them in advance of the zoom meeting. Question 1: What helps or prevents you from being active in the Church’s mission? Question 2: What areas of the Church’s mission are we missing or neglecting? Question 3: What particular issues in the Church do we need to pay more attention to? Question 4: What particular issues in society do we need to pay more attention to? Question 5: How can we, the local Church, journey with our Indigenous sisters and brothers in a process of healing and reconciliation? Question 6: Is there anything else you would like to share? Thank you! St. Ann’s Synod Committee

Happy Birthday Fr. Richard

Join us in Wishing Fr. Richard a very joy-filled birthday on Friday, February 25th. May God bless you on your special day!

St. Ann’s Abbotsford Income Comparison

Without getting into the details for now I hope that this chart explains our financial situation over the years. The finance council has made as many cuts to this year’s budget as possible. Our employees have accepted to cut their hours and the parish office will only be open four days a week and for only seven hours a day. I am grateful to you who have supported the parish for many years. I together with the finance council will do everything we can to make good use of the resources you have entrusted to us. It is my hope that together we can deal with the financial challenges that are before us. Fr. Richard +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In 2021, Pope Francis decreed that a SYNOD would be conducted worldwide, within the Church, with the object of discerning our path forward as the Universal Church. If you already have a Synod response to contribute, I invite you to do so by submitting it by internet as follows…go place your name and email in the appropriate spaces and respond to the questions indicated. Be concise and focus on summary statements. You can also submit responses in writing by dropping it off at the Parish Office in an envelope marked “SYNOD RESPONSES” or send us an email. For further information you can also go to (the archdiocesan website) and click on the synod icon. Our parish Synod committee, headed by Peter Withers, will be receiving and collating the responses in the course of the next couple of months, and then submitting a compilation report to the Archdiocese. We will keep you informed on this as progress is made. God bless you, Fr Richard Zanotti, CS Pastor