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Lenten Guidelines

Below are the guidelines of Lenten observance for the faithful in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. For key dates, please visit the Holy Days web page.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts until Holy Thursday.

According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the imposition of ashes on foreheads "symbolizes our dependence upon God's mercy and forgiveness." 

In preparation for these 40 days that will lead us to renew and embrace our baptismal commitment, we offer these ideas for prayer, fasting and almsgiving during Lent. 

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.

Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.

As outlined on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' website on Lenten fasting and abstinence, "fasting is obligatory for all who have completed their 18th year and have not yet reached their 60th year. Fasting allows a person to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may be taken, not to equal one full meal. Abstinence (from meat) is obligatory for all who have reached their 14th year.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the 'paschal fast' to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

Fridays in Lent are obligatory days of complete abstinence (from meat) for all who have completed their 14th year.

Through our works of prayer, fasting, and abstinence, let us heed the prophet Joel's exhortation to return to God with our whole heart (2:12)."

Lent is a penitential season and as such religious practice such as daily Mass, reception of the Sacrament of Penance, the devotion of the Stations of the Cross, works of charity and justice, and acts of self-denial are highly encouraged.


Community Reconciliation Service
Bilingual Reconciliation Service on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7 p.m., with several priests available for private confessions. The next scheduled confessions will be on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 4:15 p.m.

Thursdays during Lent
Evening Prayer at 6:30 p.m. in the church; music, sacred readings, reflection and prayer.

Fridays during Lent
Abstinence (no meat for Catholics ages 14+)
Stations of the Cross in the church: English at 5:30 p.m., Spanish at 7 p.m.
Lenten Fish Dinner sponsored by Saint Anne Catholic Community on the following three Fridays: February 23, March 2 and March 23.
Spanish Passion Play – March 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Everyone is invited to attend this play hosted by the Hispanic community. English language guides will be available.

Sunday, March 25 to Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Regular Mass Schedule

Monday, March 26, 2018
Bilingual Reconciliation Service at 7 p.m., in the church.
Regular confession schedule resumes on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Monday, April 2 to April 6, 2018
Mass at noon only on these days.

Saturday, April 7, 2018
Resume regular mass schedule

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Concert - Tom Jaber


Holy Thursday, March 29, 2018
Mass of the Lord’s Supper in English at 6:30 p.m.
Prayer before the Eucharist in St. Teresa Living room after mass until 7:45 p.m.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper in Spanish at 8 p.m.
Prayer before the Eucharist in the Marriage Chapel after mass until midnight.
Collection – Special Charities of Saint Anne

Good Friday, March 30, 2018
Stations of the Cross: Spanish (Live) at 10 a.m., in the Rose Garden; English at noon, in the church.

Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
English at 3 p.m., and Spanish at 7 p.m.
Collection: Preservation of the Holy Places in Holy Land

Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018
Easter Vigil at 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018
English Mass – 7:30 a.m., *9 a.m., *11 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Spanish Mass – 12:45 p.m.

*Overflow of masses in St. Basil Hall at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Holy Thursday, March 29 at noon until Monday, April 3, 2018 at 9 a.m.


Favor de Colocar Esta Hoja en un Lugar Prominente

Viernes de Cuaresma
Día de abstinencia (no se come carne para toda persona Católica mayor de 14 años de edad)
Vía Crucis: 7 p.m. en el templo (excepto el viernes 2 de marzo – habrá misa de viernes primero a las 7:30 p.m.) Ingles a las 5:30 p.m.
Cena de Pescado: La Comunidad Católica de Santa Ana los invita estos tres días: 23 de Febrero, y el día 2 y 23 de Marzo. 

Sábado 24 de Marzo
Drama de La Pasión de Cristo en el gimnasio a las 6:30 p.m.

Servicio de Reconciliación Comunitario
El Servicio de Reconciliación Bilingüe se Llevara a cabo el lunes 26 de Marzo a las 7 p.m. en el templo. Habrá varios sacerdotes disponibles para escuchar su confesión. El siguiente horario de confesiones se llevara a cabo el sábado 7 de abril a las 4:15 p.m.

Jueves Santo, 29 de Marzo
Liturgia de la Institución de la Eucaristía a las 8 p.m.
Colecta a beneficio de caridades de Sta. Ana
Adoración al Santísimo Sacramento de 10 p.m. – medianoche en completo silencio

Viernes Santo 30 de Marzo
Vía crucis en vivo en el rosal frente al templo at las 10 a.m.
Liturgia de la Pasión de Cristo y Veneración de la Santa Cruz at las 7 p.m.

Sábado Santo, 31 de Marzo
Vigilia Comunitaria Pascual a la 7 p.m.

Domingo de Resurrección, 1 de Abril
Misa de la resurrección a las 12:45 p.m.

Semana de Pascua
Misa en Español: miércoles 4 de abril a las 7:30 p.m.
Misa en Ingles: solo a mediodía lunes a viernes

Sábado 7 de abril
Resume el horario regular

*Las oficinas y edificios estarán cerrados desde mediodía hasta el martes 3 de abril, 9 a.m.


Donate to the 2018 DSF Campaign

2018 Diocesan Service Funds - Instruments of God's Mercy

Donate Online to DSF

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 Saint Anne met its parish 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 602 make DSF donations in 2017, down from 647 in 2016. It would be great to have at least 50 percent participate – please give what you can give any amount makes a huge difference

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

Instruments of God's Mercy

Pope Francis has urged all of us to not fall into indifference, but to become active instruments of mercy. Our Holy Father asks us to reflect on the life of Christ who is our model for corporal works of mercy. Through the Diocesan Services Fund (DSF) we are able to be instruments of mercy to thousands in our Archdiocese who are sick, poor, imprisoned, elderly or facing a crisis in their lives, such as the one caused for so many by Hurricane Harvey.

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

View video with Spanish captions 

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).