A Christian Community in the Roman Catholic Tradition

St. Ann Roman Catholic Church

Prayer and Devotions

Contents Prayer is the raising of mind and soul to God and can be expressed in a liturgical setting as well as in smaller less formal groups.  Devotions are a particular form of prayer, devoted to the veneration of a saint, in honor of the Trinity, the Sacred Heart, or the Blessed Mother.

Rosary & Novena in honor of our Lady of Perpetual Help every Wednesday evening, 6:00 p.m.  A Novena is a cycle of prayers spanning nine days, usually one day a week for nine weeks.  It consists of prescribed prayers and devotions, and often includes reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist.  The practice is commemorative of the days spent in prayer by the Apostles between the Ascension and Pentecost (Acts1:13-14).  Novenas are said for a variety of intentions at St. Ann's.  Contact: Fr. Denis Ssekannyo, 375-2110.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Prayer Group: Meets on Thursday, 7 - 8 p.m., in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at St. Ann's.  Contact: Parish Office, 375-2110.

Legion of Mary: Meets on Monday at 5:30 PM.  Contact: Parish Office, 375-2110.

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration: In the Eucharist, Jesus reminds us of the awesome mystery of the incarnation, in which the fullness of God was pleased to pour itself into the womb of the Virgin.  In the Eucharist, Jesus pours himself out for each of us, individually.  He becomes food for our souls, manna to sustain us on the frequently difficult journey toward blessed union with Him.  It is truly for this food that we pray, "give us this day our daily bread."  In the Eucharist, Jesus takes the weight of our personal world onto His shoulders, gently reminding us that life is worth living, that people are worth loving, that God is worth trusting.

If we accept the words of Jesus, in faith, that the Eucharist is truly His continued presence with us in this life, it is fitting that we should offer Him the worship of adoration; and this the church has done for many centuries.  The most simple form of Eucharistic adoration occurs at Mass, when the priest raises the host and the chalice after speaking the words of consecration.  The ringing of the bells reminds us that at that moment, by the power of God and through the sacrifice of the priesthood, Jesus has been made truly present on the altar under the appearance of bread and vine.  A more formal type of Eucharistic adoration is called "perpetual Eucharistic adoration."

In perpetual adoration, the Eucharist is placed in a monstrance and continuously exposed and venerated, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  All year around, individuals make a commitment to spend one hour a week, every week on the same day, at the same time, before the Blessed Sacrament forming a continuous chain of prayer, thanksgiving, reading and meditation before the awesome presence of Jesus.

Since the feast of Corpus Christi, June 1996, the Catholic community in the Indian Wells Valley, has had the good fortune to be blessed with perpetual adoration of the Eucharist in the Blessed Sacrament chapel at St. Ann's Church.  The existence of a perpetual adoration program here is a testament to the strength of our Catholic community.  It is also a modern witness to the ancient Catholic faith that comes to us from the apostles, and for which the martyrs gave their lives.  Jesus waits for you in the Blessed Sacrament in His sacrament of love for you.  In the words of our Holy Father, let us not refuse the time to go meet Him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith...let our adoration never cease."  Amen.  Contacts: Nancy Rossi, 375-2232.

Prayer Chain: The purpose of this group is to raise prayers to God for the intention of a person in need.  Calling one of the contacts with a prayer request, starts a chain of calls to a group of volunteers who will pray for their intentions.  The intention may be for the caller or for someone the caller knows who needs prayer.  The group currently consists of 23 members.  New membership is open to any prayerful person.  Contact: 375-5673 or 375-4098.

Promise Keepers: Promise Keepers is a Christ-centered ministry dedicated to uniting men through vital relationships to become godly influences in their world.  It is an inter-denominational group that offers annual conferences nationwide and small group meetings locally.  Check out Promise Keepers Homepage by clicking here

Rosary Rally: The Rosary is a form of mental and vocal prayer centered on mysteries or events in the lives of Jesus and Mary.  Its essential elements are meditation of the mysteries and the recitation of a number (usually five) decades of Hail Marys, each beginning with the Lords Prayer and ending with a Glory Be to the Father.  Introductory prayers may include the Apostles' Creed, an initial Our Father, three Hail Marys and a Glory Be to the Father.  At the end of the last decade, it is customary to say the Hail, Holy Queen and a prayer from the liturgy for the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Rosary.  You can pray and learn more about the Rosary on the Internet by clicking here or The Rosary Page emblem.

St. Ann's Rosary Rally is an event that is held twice a year - May and October.  The event normally consists of a procession from the Blessed Mother's Grotto into the church with songs of praise, the rosary, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  May is the month dedicated to the Blessed Mother and October is the month of the Rosary.  Everyone is invited to participate. Contact: Rob White, 375-2110.

Eucharistic Benediction: This devotion to the Eucharistic Christ is conducted in a liturgy and consists of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance, adoration of the faithful, hymns, the blessing where the priest makes the Sign of the Cross with the Blessed Sacrament over the people, and the recitation of the Divine Praises.  Eucharistic Benediction is usually held in conjunction with Rosary Rallies in May and October.  Contact: Fr. Denis Ssekannyo, 375-2110.

Stations of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross is a series of fourteen meditations on the sufferings of Christ.  Around the inside walls of the Church are scenes that depict each of these meditations from His taking up of the Cross to His death, removal of His body from the Cross and His burial.  A person making the Way of the Cross passes before these Stations, or stopping points, pausing at each for meditation.  If the Stations are made by a group of people, only the leader has to pass from Station-to-Station. 

The Stations originated, remotely, from the practice of Holy Land pilgrims who visited the actual scenes of incidents in the Passion of Christ.  Later, the Stations of the Cross evolved in connection with a strong devotion to the Passion in the 12th and 13th centuries.  Franciscans, who were given custody of the Holy Places in 1342, promoted the devotion widely; one of them, St. Leonard of Port Maurice, became known as the greatest preacher of the Way of the Cross in the 18th century.

All are welcome to St. Ann's Church to pray the Stations of the Cross during the Fridays of the season of Lent at  5:00 p.m.  Contact: Fr. Denis Ssekannyo, 375-2110.