Welcome To Annunciation Parish

Pastor's Message 

 In my Magnificat Lenten Companion I found an article by James Monti entitled: “A Ukrainian Pilgrimage to Easter.” It is eerily appropriate this season considering the geo-political conflict unfolding in and around that country. Catholics of the Ukraine belong to the Byzantine Rite. Lent is a time of reconciliation with God and one’s neighbor. The faithful go to confession and if there are disagreements in families or among neighbors they try to make peace. The faithful kneel and bow their foreheads to the floor, a gesture called the “prostration of Saint Andrew,” expressing their remorse and beseeching God for reconciliation.  Ukrainian Catholics use pussy willow branches rather than palm branches.  They observe a custom called: “God’s wounds” – gently tapping each other with the blessed branches in remembrance of the scourging of Jesus. By Wednesday of Holy week, women are completing the task of painting Easter eggs. Some eggs are painted all red. Other eggs have colorful designs: a “net” symbolizes the apostles as fishermen; a “pattern of drops” symbolizes the tears of Mary; a “ladder” reminds the community of those who will die soon and their ascent to heaven. The egg itself is a symbol of the empty tomb and emergence of the Risen Christ. Ukrainian women begin painting eggs by praying: “God bless and help us.” It is a good way to pray during Lent. Let us be faithful to our Lenten practices and in solidarity with Ukrainian people during this difficult time. 



Annunciation now accepting Pre-K applications 

Annunciation Early Childhood Learning Center, located at 7580 Clinton St. in Elma, is now accepting applications for its 2014-15 pre-school program that will begin in September. Pre-K3 will be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, while Pre-K4 will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Following the New York State core standards for preschools, the primary goal in Annunciation Pre-K is to have your child’s first experience in school be a positive, fun and successful one! 
Pre-K students at Annunciation review colors and shapes and begin pre-math, pre-writing and pre-reading skills, and work to develop the social and learning skills that are important for academic success. Students also begin using sign language as a second language and enjoy art, music, library, computers, physical education and science. This is also the perfect age to begin learning prayers. 
A $100 non-refundable registration fee and a copy of the child’s birth certificate are required when an application is submitted. Students must be potty trained before the start of the pre-school year.
For more information or to schedule a tour of the Pre-K, please call the office at 681-1327 or email office.annunciation@gmail.com



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In April our item to collect is Canned Hash, Stew, Chili.

Any item you wish to put in the barrel is always welcome and much appreciated.

Please bring your donation to the big blue barrel in Selbert.    



Immaculata Academy, Second Quarter Honor Roll for the 2013-2014 School Year:  Jenna Bettinger


Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - Various

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 8am, 10am, 11:30 am

Monday, April 21, 2014 - All day
Parish Offices Closed

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 3:00-4:00 PM
First Reconciliation Practice

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 9:00 AM

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 4:00-5:00 PM
First Holy Eucharist Practice

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