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Encounter hope, faith, joy, peace and love: This podcast features weekly the Sunday morning and evening Mass homilies from our pastor and celebrating priests. You'll also hear important talks at our church, including a lecture teaching us about our namesake St. Ann, the grandmother of Jesus, and so much more! #StAnn150
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From the comfort of your couch, watch a virtual concert at St. Ann's benefiting those in need in our neighborhood. This event is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. In conjunction with the Chesapeake Orchestra and Music Director Jeffrey Silberschlag, along with St. Mary's College of Maryland, enjoy a performance with 3 of the Brass-playing Silberschlag family of 17 musicians, trombonist Bryan Bourne, and pianist Lior Willinger. The Program: Featured Artists: Jeff Silberschlag, Trumpet Zachary Silberschlag, Trumpet Nathaniel Silberschlag, Horn Bryan Bourne, Trombone Lior Willinger, Piano Performing: Canzona Decima - Adriano Banchieri (edited by Jay Lichtmann) O Quam Gloriosum - Tomas Luis de Victoria (arranged by James Haynor) Two Rondeau’s - Francois Couperin, and Jean F. Dandrieu Solo Piano Piece - Lior Willinger Arietta, Allegretto, Moderato - Franz Joseph Haydn (arranged by David R. Thomas) Gabriel’s Oboe - Ennio Morricone Featuring Bryan Bourne and Jeff Silberschlag Solo Piano Piece - Lior Willinger Ave Maria - Schubert (arrangement, Jeffrey Silberschlag) Featuring Jeffrey and Zachary Silberschlag Jeff Closing talk Canzona Bergamasca - Samuel Scheidt(arrangement David R. Thomas) Rondeau - Jean Joseph Mouret (arrangement David R. Thomas) Music Director of the Chesapeake Orchestra & Professor of Music at St. Mary's College of Maryland, Jeffrey Silberschlag, joins sons Zachary, the Principal trumpet of The Hawai'i Symphony, and Nathaniel, the Principal horn of The Cleveland Orchestra, with trombonist, Bryan Bourne, former Principal trombone of the President's Own United States Marine Band, and pianist Lior Willinger for an ONLINE concert of Brass and piano music from St. Ann Catholic Church. These Brass-playing Silberschlags are part of a family of 17 musicians, whose members have held principal positions in The New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Italian National Symphony RAI, Hawai'i Symphony New York City Opera Orchestra - National Co., The Orchestra Now, and The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Want to make a gift now? You have 3 options: 1) If you are a St. Ann parishioner and would like your gift to be recorded in your yearly total, make a donation through FaithDirect by visiting, and write in the "Notes" section "Concert." 2) Visit to make a one-time or recurring donation directly on our website. 3) You can also Venmo @nataliejplumb and write "Concert" in the "for" section. Your contribution is fully tax deductible. Thank you for your generosity!
Deny yourself, and pick up your cross. We've heard this before: What does it even mean? Fr. Ivan explains: "It's impossible to die to selfishness without denying ourselves."
Where do the words of the Hail Mary prayer come from? Msgr. Watkins explains on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary just how appropriate these words are.
Not sure what to do about complainers? Let us tell you...
What is a "healthy" fear of the Lord versus an "unhealthy" fear? Our pastor Msgr. Watkins talks about the difference in his Sunday homily.
What's the connection between the peace of Christ and the Eucharist?
Today's Gospel: Mk 6:1-6 Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples.  When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished.  They said, “Where did this man get all this?  What kind of wisdom has been given him?  What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!  Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon?  And are not his sisters here with us?”  And they took offense at him.  Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.”  So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.
Here's a hint: Don't rely on yourself.
Jesus will take your storm, if you only give it to him.
Can we know the laws of the spiritual world?
We eat the Body and Blood of Christ. Think about that. Fr. Ivan leads us in a meditation on this mystery and teaching, awakening us in awe of this beautiful Sacrament.
Think about it: If you were the author of the Gospels, would you leave in all the "unbelievable" teachings of Christ, such as His teaching about His Body and Blood? Would you have faith enough?
What is the Trinity and why does it matter?
What is it we truly believe? We say it every time we go to Mass, but do we know what we're saying?
Jesus Is Ascended: What Now?
Ten of our Parish School of Religion students made Mother’s Day extra special for their mothers this year! On May 9, these 10 children celebrated their First Holy Eucharist. Congrats to Brandon Brumby, Anna Katherine Clark, Nathaniel Clauss, Benjamin Graves, Charlotte Judith Maslog, Matteo Meilak, Nicolas Parodi, Sofia Savannah Tipton, Arturo Waltersdorfer and Charlotte Elise Winkle. After taking their lessons online since September, the children were ready to show how well they have learned about their faith as they answered Msgr. Watkins questions. There were smiles behind the masks of the entire parish family. A very special thanks to Kathy Curran, our PSR second grade teacher. For the past 10 years, she has guided more than 100 of our students with patience and love as they had their First Reconciliations and celebrated their First Communions. The PSR will certainly miss her!
Let Christ bear much fruit in you, out of love.
In this May 2 homily with Msgr. Watkins, hear some real talk about how to get out of the way and let God move mountains through you.
Jesus has a leadership style that surpassed all others. What can we learn from his unique approach?
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