The Church of St. Ann in Bethany Beach is an Official Pilgrimage Church for the Diocese of Wilmington, DE
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Welcome!

Thank you for visiting our Parish website. You are welcome to join us at any of the times listed for the celebration of the Mass. If you have questions, please contact us.  We look forward to celebrating with you!

In Christ’s Peace,
Fr. John Klevence

Have you or do you know someone who has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic or was not baptized as a child?  St. Ann Parish offers the opportunity to come together in small group to learn more about the Catholic faith, to inquire about Church teachings and to share faith experiences.  Your journey of faith through RCIA will prepare you to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.  Sessions are beginning in September.  For information, contact JoAnna Keller at 302-537-1015 or email at  jmelodykeller@hotmail.com
Separate sessions are offered for children over the age of 6 years.

Additionally, if you know any inactive Catholics, please encourage them to call Molly Roach at 302-539-5443 and/or complete the questionnaire for inactive Catholics found on this website by clicking here.

Our Mission

The Parish of St. Ann is a Roman Catholic community, united by Baptism and fed by the Word and the Eucharist.  We worship God, learn and grow, serve our neighbors, rejoice and mourn together. We celebrate God’s providence in putting us in this beautiful place and we strive to be people who welcome all.

From the Pastor’s Desk

As I think we are all aware from newspapers, television and other ways of communication, violence seems to be pervasive in our world and in our country.  Whether it’s the ongoing turmoil in Iraq, civil war in Syria, terror attacks in France, Belgium and Turkey or shootings in Texas, Wisconsin or Louisiana, violence seems to be front and center in our world.  It seems that war, terrorism and ethnic strife are an almost accepted way of life.
As Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, we are asked to be peace-makers.  We need to recall the words of Blessed Pope Paul VI, “No more war, war never again!  Peace, it is peace which must guide the destinies of people and of all mankind”.  We need to make these words our own.  You and I cannot bring peace to our world, but perhaps we can help to bring peace to our families, our schools and our neighbors.  If we begin these and make peace a reality, it can radiate outward and make our community, our city and our state a better place.
Following up on the invitation of our National Bishops’ Conference, we will hold a Prayer Service for Peace in our communities on Friday, September 2nd at 4 PM at St. Ann Church.  I would invite our parishioners and our visitors to come together to pray for peace and justice in our country for all citizens and in every community.

Have a great Bethany Beach week!

Mass Schedule

Church of St. Ann

Monday – Friday          8:30 am
Saturday                        8:30 am / 4:00 pm / 6:00 pm
Sunday                           7:30 am / 9:00 am/ 10: 30 am/ 12 noon

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Rt. 17, Roxana, DE)

Saturday                        5:30 pm
Sunday                           9:00 am / 11 am/ 2:00 pm (Spanish)

For Daily Readings click here

                            Mark Your Calendar

Because of the recent violence that has taken place in our country, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, headed by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, has called for a National Day of Prayer for Peace in our Communities.
Here at St. Ann‘s, our prayer service will be held on Friday, September 2nd at 4 PM.  All parishioners and visitors are invited to join us to pray for peace and justice in our land for all citizens and in every community.

The Wednesday morning Bible Study will begin on September 7th at 9:30 AM in the Masterson Center Room 7.  This year we will be studying the Gospel of Luke.  For more information, please contact Rosemary Wlaschin at 540-729-0974 or rawlaschin@gmail.com

The new year of Sodality will begin with the September 8th meeting and speaker Sr. Deirdre Byrne. The Rosary will be said at 8:10 AM, Mass at 8:30 AM with meeting to follow in Delaney Hall.

On Sunday, September 11, 2016, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the 9 AM Mass will be in honor of the many men and women who died on that day 15 years ago.  Please join the Choir and the Bell Choir for a special Mass with special music which begins at 8:40 AM.

Our Religious Education program will begin classes on September 18th.  There will be a parent meeting on Sunday, September 11th, at 9 AM in the Masterson Center Registration forms can be found in a manila envelope on the bulletin boards by the sacristies at St. Ann and Our Lady of Guadalupe.  For additional information click HERE.

The Fall 2016 series of the Parish Grief and Bereavement Program resumes its semimonthly sessions on Thursday, September 15th, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM in the Masterson Center and continues through January 26, 2017.

The Annual St. Ann’s Men’s Club Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for The Salt Pond, Friday, September 16th.  Everyone is invited to play! Help the Men’s Club raise revenue for worthy recipients in our community.  For additional information, please click HERE.

On Tuesday, September 27th, the St. Ann’s Men’s Club will sponsor a Mini-Retreat focused on Amoris Laetitia of April 2016.   Open to all men of the Parish, the retreat will begin with 8:30 AM Mass in St. Ann’s Church, followed by light refreshments in Delaney Hall while gathering for Fr. Kennedy’s presentations.  The formal part of the retreat will conclude at noon.  There is no charge for the retreat, but please sign up in advance  with Ken Fischer at
kfischer@tideh2o.net or 410-814-8558.  For additional information, click HERE.

To view the entire Parish Calendar click HERE.

Parish Ministry Sign-Up

If you are interested in volunteering your time and talents to St. Ann’s Parish, please complete the Parish Ministry Sign-Up form found by clicking HERE.  Place the completed form in the collection basket at any future Mass or drop it off in the mailbox outside the Parish Office.  Thank you!

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