"Go, build my Church". These are the words Francis of Assisi heard from Christ in a vision. He initially took this to mean a physical church structure. He later realized that The Lord meant the Church, the mystical body of Christ.
Christ entrusted the church to his followers, us. For all Christ did for us, for all God the Father of all creation did for us, and does for us, we owe a debt of gratitude.
At Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish, our principal source of sustenance is the weekly Sunday offering of our Parishioners. We use the Chritian principles of Stewardship, giving to God the first-fruits of our labors, as a sign of our gratitude for His goodness to us. Our emphasis in this Stewardship is thoroughgoing. We support the Ministries & Services of our Parish with gifts of Time, Talent, and Treasure. Envelopes for use in making the Sunday offering are mailed to parishioners every other month. There is also the option of providing material support of the parish through online giving. Information is available from the Parish Office. We also have undertaken an important annual endeavor to accelerate the reduction of our remaining Parish contruction debt of $1.13 million, to fund the replacement of original roofs, and to begin saving for the eventual completion of the interior of the Church. This endeavor is called the Christmas Club for Major Needs. Every family in the Parish is asked to set aside an additional sum of money per month over and above the Sunday offering. This can be given monthly or at year's end in a lump sum at Christmas. Widespread participation in this endeavor is necessary for us to achieve the goals of our Five to Ten Year Plan. Please be generous in supporting your Parish!