We want to welcome you to our beautiful and great Parish! This place of worship was founded in 1969. During these fifty-two years, with the effort and love of many faithful people, we have been growing in number and holiness, making us one of the biggest Parishes of our Western Deanery in the Diocese of Orlando. This extraordinary vision to dedicate a place in the heart of Florida to worship God started with less than 50 families who worked very hard to build and develop this magnificent place of contemplation and prayer. Today, more than 1,500 families are registered in our Parish. We have many visitors from other states and countries who visit central Florida during the summer vacation season or winter when our country's north becomes very cold. Our beloved "snowbirds" know very well that they have a warm place during the winter season here at our Parish, and in summer, you remain in our hearts and prayers.
With our hearts renewed, we want to welcome all of you to be part of our Parish. We have worked hard with Fr. Duber, Deacons Frank and Richard, and all our staff and volunteers to create the best environment in our temple and in all our gardens to make St. Ann "a great garden of contemplation and prayer." If our temple is closed, you will always find a perfect spot to pray, contemplate, and have time to spend with God.
Our Parish has 30 acres where you will find a vivid orange grove, a new shrine completely open and dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe, donated by John the XXIII movement, and an outside altar donated by the Religious Education office. There are many olive trees and a beautiful view of Lake Eva that gives visitors the feeling of being in the Holy Land. The Stations of the Cross in the garden impel us to walk with Jesus and to meditate upon his passion and love for humanity. Our prayer tower is dedicated to the unborn, where you may light a candle for your intentions. There are statues in honor of Mary, the Holy Family, St. Ann, Jesus playing with the children, and the Guardian Angel. The garden is in honor of St. Joseph. You can enjoy all the flowers and ornamental plants, old oak and palm trees that decorate and become silent witnesses of our Parish's 51 years of existence.
In our church, you will find a gorgeous pyrography mural and the Stations of the Cross made by the Spanish artist Jose Aznar in which he captured the scene of Jesus resurrected sharing a dinner with a group of parishioners-founders, and the two priests, Fr. Carlos Azupin and Fr. Anderson, who built the church.
But when you get to St. Ann's, you will find a strong community of faith that yearns to share the Good News of Salvation with all of you. More than 350 students are in our Religious Education program; 47 catechumens were baptized, confirmed, and received the Eucharist for the first time at our Easter Vigil. Our prayer groups (Cursillo, John the XXIII, Charismatic group, Youth Ministry); religious organizations (Knights of Columbus, Columbiettes); a group that prays the Holy Rosary every morning before the 9:00 AM Mass for the unborn and the priests; and many ministers and volunteers make our church a favorite destination to be a good Catholic, a person of prayer.
Inside the church, we have room for 1,075 souls who want to join us in our vibrant liturgy in English and Spanish with wonderful choirs that enhance our celebrations. I am blessed to live in such a community of faith; they are the best!
Only you are missing! Come and see! We are waiting for you! Come and be a part of our dreams and let us work together to build the Kingdom of God here and now.
Let's make St. Ann's an excellent place to stay and be in touch with God.
Welcome to St. Ann Parish, the multicultural community in the heart of Florida!
Fr. Alfonso Cely
"Let's make St. Ann's an excellent place to stay and be in touch with God."
Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast Every 3rd Sunday of the Month
6:00 AM – 12:00 PM
November 1, 2021: All Saints Mass
9:00 AM - English Mass
7:00 PM - Spanish Mass
Join us for the Commemoration At this Mass, we will honor all of those who died and had their funeral service at our parish.
November 2, 2021 All Souls Mass
9:00 AM - English Mass
7:00 PM - Bilingual Mass
“Take this vessel with wine for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your life worthy as you serve at the table of the Lord and His Church.” These are the words spoken by Bishop John Noonan to each of the 18 men during the Rite of Acolyte at Holy Family Parish on October 2, 2021.
Jairo Rosario, from our parish, is the youngest among these 18 men.
Saturday, November 13, 2021
I would like to thank those who have participated in providing Christmas gifts to the less fortunate children. If you have not yet contributed, the collection of gifts continues!
On Thursday, December 2, the children attending the Thursday sessions & both Saturday sessions will participate in the Knights of Columbus sponsored Lights for Christ event, including a carol-filled candlelight procession from the church and outdoor tree lighting.
All families are invited to attend.
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday - 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday - 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
I thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Coordinator of Religious Education
“One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.” ~St. Dominic
On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II. One hundred forty thousand people were killed or injured. There was a home eight blocks (about one kilometer) from where the A-bomb went off. This home had a church attached to it which was utterly destroyed, but the home survived, and so did the eight German Jesuit missionaries who prayed the Rosary in that house faithfully every day. These men were missionaries to the Japanese people. They were non-military, but because Germany and Japan were allies during WW2, they were permitted to live and minister within Japan.
Not only did they all survive with (at most) relatively minor injuries, they also all lived well past that awful day with no radiation sickness, no loss of hearing, or any other visible long-term defects or maladies. Naturally, they were interviewed and examined numerous times (Fr. Schiffer, a survivor, said over 200 times) by scientists and health care people about their remarkable experience. They say, “We believe that we survived because we were living the message of Fatima. We lived and prayed the Rosary daily in that home.”
This beautiful article was found on the "Catholic Mom" website and is linked down below.
The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7, also known as Our Lady of Victory, began as a celebration of the victory of the Battle of Lepanto — securing European Christendom against a Turkish invasion on October 7, 1571. It is an example of victory and the power of the Blessed Mother to shore us up. She nursed Jesus in a manger, stood at the foot of His Cross at the Crucifixion, and now comforts and strengthens us in our trials.
Pope Pius V (January 17, 1504 – May 1, 1572), born Antonio Ghislieri (from 1518 called Michele Ghislieri, O.P.), was head of the Catholic Church and ruler of the Papal States from January 8,1566, to his death in 1572. He is venerated as a saint of the Catholic Church. He is chiefly notable for his role in the Council of Trent, the Counter-Reformation, and the standardization of the Roman Rite within the Latin Church. Pius V declared Thomas Aquinas a Doctor of the Church.
“El Rosario es camino de anuncio y profundización, en el que el misterio de Cristo es presentado continuamente en los diversos aspectos de la experiencia cristiana. Es una presentación orante y contemplativa, que trata de modelar al cristiano según el corazón de Cristo” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae n.17)
Durante el mes de Octubre le invitamos a unirse al rezo del santo Rosario por las intenciones de nuestra parroquia, de la Iglesia y del mundo.
Three years ago, in the spring of 2018, Fr. Alfonso Cely was blessed to visit the Holy Land along with fellow St. Ann Church parishioners. While there, he had the opportunity to stay in Palestine for a few days to see the Basilica of the Nativity, where, according to Catholic tradition, Jesus Christ was born. When Fr. Alfonso visited the Basilica, he spent some time with Christians from Palestine, visiting their homes and learning about their culture.
As we all know Fr. Alfonso, he established a friendship with a young Orthodox Catholic who is very involved with his community. Years have passed, but this friendship has grown stronger. While Fr. Alfonso has not returned to Palestine or Saliba Safar has not traveled to America, they still maintain communication and hope to see each other again someday.
This past year has been very difficult for everyone. COVID-19 has affected all of us in different ways, and countries that have tourism as their primary source of income have had great difficulty meeting their basic needs.
Today, this young man reached out to Fr. Alfonso to call upon the help of our community. He needs assistance helping Palestinian families celebrate Christmas. One hundred fifty children of the Basilica will have a very difficult Christmas given the current circumstances. St. Ann Parish would like to launch a campaign called “Christmas in Bethlehem,” in which we, as a community, would like to offer each of these 150 children a small gift that will be shipped to them.
Through this project, we want to work together with the St. Ann Religious Education program involving our current students to teach them the value of sharing and caring for others in need. If you would like to support this initiative, contact the Church Office at (863) 422-4370.
“Jesus Christ is the only reason for Christmas. What a blessing it is to share the joy of Christmas with children in need and especially in the place where our joy and salvation came to the world.”
Como parte de las celebraciones de nuestra parroquia en honor a San José en su año jubilar, les invitamos a participar los miércoles de oración y meditación en comunidad. Sera todo los miercoles de este mes de julio a las 7:30 PM, en el hogar de la familia de:
Manuel Garcia Y Aracely Cruz
2116 Baker Ave
Haines City, FL 33844
Es importante, seguir los protocolos recommendados para el COVID-19.
En adición a los miércoles nos reuniremos como parroquia en el templo todos los dias 19 de cada mes, donde también se realizará la coronilla a San Jose seguido por un tema.
Are you new to St. Ann Catholic Church? We welcome you and your family to our parish and invite you to join our community of faith by registering on-line.
Submit a prayer request for our daily Mass intentions. During Mass, your intentions are lifted up in prayer by our faith-filled community
Monday – Thursday
9:00 AM – English
9:00 AM – English
7:00 PM – Spanish
4:00 PM – English
7:00 PM – Spanish
7:30 AM – English
10:00 AM – English
12:00 PM – Spanish
7:00 PM – Spanish
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM