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2017 Diocesan Service Funds - Go Make Disciples

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What is Diocesan Services Fund?

The Diocesan Services Fund (DSF) helps fulfills Christ’s mission on earth by supporting those programs and services that cannot be accomplished by one parish alone.

• More than 60 programs receive all or part of their funding from the DSF.

• All funds are spent within Archdiocesan boundaries.

• The broad areas of ministry that receive DSF support include: Catholic education of children and adults; pastoral ministries for the sick, the poor and the incarcerated; the formation and education of church leadership; social service programs such as San José Clinic, St. Dominic Village and Catholic Charities.

• Last year our Parish met its goal to the Archdiocese with a $382,676 donation – THANK YOU!

• There are over 4,100 registered members/families at Saint Anne and we had 647 make DSF donations last year. It would be great to have at least 50 percent participate – please give what you can give.

• DSF envelopes are available at Mass – please drop off during collection or at the Parish office mail slot.

Go Make Disciples

Go Make Disciples is this year's theme. This is part of the Great Commission, given by Jesus Christ to his disciples at the end of the Gospel of Matthew.

After his death and resurrection, Jesus appears to them at “the mountain to which he had ordered them,” and there, charges them to proclaim the good news of salvation to all the nations. Now they are called to be agents of the mercies of God to others.

This charge to Go Make Disciples is equally relevant for all of us today. As disciples of Christ, we are to be conduits for God’s loving mercy to others. The DSF is a vital means of responding to Christ’s invitation.

Matching Gifts

Many of our parishioners employers have a matching gift program – meaning the company will match your contribution to DSF. Please look into this option at your company.

Road Map for Growth - Master Plan

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We have recently completed a yearlong master plan and campaign planning process in which we gathered input and feedback from approximately 1700 parishioners, school parents, and Saint Anne ministries. I want to express my appreciation to the Master Plan Steering Committee and all who took the time to participate in this process. This process led to the development of five priorities for the campus:

• New commons building that includes a gym, cafeteria, and a learning center
• Parking facility
• Renovation of athletic playing fields
• Expansion of the choir loft
• Redirected traffic flow on campus

Please review the 11-page pdf Road Map for Growth (5.30 MB) file for concept renderings and insight into the campus Master Plan.

Review one-page pdf Road Map for Growth flyer (442 KB).

 

Jaber Named New Director of Music

Saint Anne Catholic Community is excited to announce the hiring of Tom Jaber as its new director of music. In this role, he will oversee the accomplished Saint Anne Adult Choir, hand bell choir, the St. Anne School Choir, as well as providing the music and cantors for events held at Saint Anne Church.

“We are very excited to hire Tom Jaber as our new director of music,” says Fr. Al Sinasac, pastor at Saint Anne. “Tom’s experience in liturgical music and conducting, combined with his playing skills made him standout from the other candidates. We are looking forward to fresh ideas and new beginnings for the choir and for the people at Saint Anne.”

Jaber currently serves as professor of music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and music director of the Rice University Chorale.

“I am so pleased at this time in my life and career to have the opportunity to be the director of music for Saint Anne Catholic Community,” says Jaber. “When I was here just a few weeks ago to lead a rehearsal, I knew at that time that I could be someone who could help lead this ensemble and music program to an even higher level of leadership in worship, and as a ministry to the congregation, and Houston community at large. Please pray for our music ministry and for me as we move forward together in service through worship.”

Highly regarded in his profession, Mr. Jaber arrives at Saint Anne with a mountain of experience in directing various vocal groups and he is an accomplished keyboardist.

For the past 30 years, he has coached singers, collaborated as pianist, organist and harpsichordist in countless recitals with both faculty and students, conducted chorus and orchestra concerts, and several operatic productions at Rice University and around the country. In 2007, Mr. Jaber was guest conductor in a large festival of choral music in the Sydney Opera House. He also appeared in recitals and operatic programs on the Italy and China.

Mr. Jaber has been the artistic and music director of the esteemed Houston Masterworks Chorus for the past five years. With that ensemble, he has led concerts with music from the standard large choral ensemble repertoire. He also led the group on a successful concert tour of Italy in the summer of 2016. Performance highlights of the tour included singing in the Cathedral of Sorrento, Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Rome’s Santa Maria Degli Angeli e dei Martiri, as well as the Cathedral of Pisa.

In February 2011, Mr. Jaber served as guest conductor with Houston Masterworks Chorus leading them in some of the great musical masterworks of opera and Broadway in a concert titled, Music of the Stage. In May 2011, Houston Masterworks Chorus appointed him as its artistic director and conductor and began his inaugural season with the Chorus with a moving presentation of Mozart’s Requiem in memory of the tragedies of September 11, 2001.

Mr. Jaber is an honor graduate of Arkansas State University (bachelor of music education), Indiana University (master of music), and the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music where he was a member of the faculty from 1976-88. In addition, he was conductor and vocal coach at Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts from 1977-86, and was music director of the Temple University Opera Theater from 1986-88.

Tom Jaber enjoyed a long association with world-renowned entertainer Fred Waring. He worked as the head pianist at the Waring annual summer workshops with Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians at Pennsylvania State University and elsewhere. He was also a featured conductor and pianist with Virginia Waring on the PBS broadcasts of the Fred Waring U.S. Chorus in the years following Mr. Waring’s death.

As director of music and organist at Houston’s Chapelwood United Methodist Church for 25 years, he led Chapelwood's Chancel Choir in six international concert tours and played for thousands of services of worship throughout his tenure. In 2006, he inaugurated the Evans Arts Series at Chapelwood UMC, where free-to-the-public presentations of a wide and exciting variety of artistic expressions have been presented to the Houston community. Mr. Jaber was the organist-choirmaster of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia from 1977-88. There he led a professional chorus of singers, and was heard regularly as organ recitalist on the magnificent Alexander McCurdy Organ.

Tom Jaber has conducted the Texas Two-Year College Association's All-State Choir, as well as the Texas Private School Music Association’s All State and Region Choruses. He has performed as piano accompanist for the Texas Music Educator’s Music Association All-State Mixed Choirs with esteemed choral conductors Jo-Michael Scheibe and Simon Carrington. He joined Dr. Gackle as piano accompanist for the Honor Women’s Chorus of the American Choral Directors Association at their national convention in Chicago in March 2011. He has regularly served as the accompanist and/or adjudicator for District and Regional Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Furthermore, he has served as audition pianist for the San Francisco Opera Center’s Merola Audition tour.

Tom and his wife, Andrea Jaber, who serves as the chairperson of performing arts for Houston Community College have been married for 41 years. They are the proud parents of Benjamin (principal horn of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra), Patricia Jaber Arnold (clinical social worker for UT Health Sciences), and Joseph (client specialist with Westaff Corporation in St. Louis).