The number one challenge that every church faces today is how do we get our young families and youth involved in the life of the parish. St. Ann is no different. During our Engagement Process, this challenge was identified as our greatest challenge by a wide margin.
The reality of this challenge is that the Parish used to be the center of all activities 25 years ago and before, and it was not an issue. In the 2000’s, there became a ton of other alternatives that took the focus of a Catholic family away from the Parish. Some major changes that effected families, are that both parents are working, select sports teams took over for community teams, Catholic Education was starting to get expensive and many more factors.
As we investigated this challenge, we discovered one common request from our youth and young families – “we need a place that we can call ours and be able to do stuff.” The Pavilion Project is that place here at St. Ann. This project would include a 40 X 60 covered pavilion with a concession area and seating, a sand volleyball court and a large fire pit area.
The initial building of the pavilion cost $50,000. We are looking to have parishioners donate the remainder and give us that place for our youth and young families. For more information or if you wish to donate toward this much needed facility, please contact Tim Clifford at 521-8440 or firstname.lastname@example.org