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Ministries of Servant

The mission of Servant involves imitating the example of Christ through social action programs.

Brown Bag Lunch

Contact: Mary Ann Welsh, 717-392-2225

The Brown Bag Lunch Program utilizes warm and welcoming volunteers and parish staff who, using food items either donated or purchased with funds from the St. Vincent DePaul Society, kindly prepare a brown bag lunch usually consisting of a sandwich, fruit item, snack, dessert and beverage. These lunches, which are distributed each weekday from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM at the St. Anne Parish office building, feed approximately 125 people a day. Three to four volunteers are utilized each day to prepare and serve the lunches. Volunteers can sign up to work monthly, weekly or as a substitute. Donated food items such as pretzels, cookies, bread, fresh fruit, etc. are always needed, as well as supplies such as brown bags, sandwich and snack baggies.


Contact: Parish Office, 717-392-2225

The Hombound Ministry is a ministry of servant and sacrament devoted to bringing the Eucharist to homebound parishioners. Ministers to the homebound typically are Eucharistic Ministers who bring the Eucharist and good news of the Gospel directly from Mass. If you are an Extraordinary Minister (or parishioner with a calling to visit the homebound) and wish to broaden your ministry experience in this special way, please contact the Parish Office. Scheduling is flexible, and training and a scripted handbook are provided.

Annual Christmas Dinner

Contact: Ted Dzubinski, 717-560-9133

Prepared and served in the St. Anne Cafeteria kitchen each Christmas Day, this annual dinner provides a hot, traditional Christmas Day meal to over 800 individuals who may not have otherwise been able to share a meal on the day of Christ's birth. Preparations begin in October. Help is needed to solicit community donations; to purchase gifts, supplies and food; to transport guests to and from the dinner; to cook and prepare food, and to set-up and clean-up. Call Ted for more information or to volunteer.

Community Meals

Contact: Kristina and Tom Monahan, 717-560-4713

Prepare and serve a hot meal on the first Friday of the month six times a year (alternating months: February, April, June, August, October and December) at St. Mary's Church to approximately 125-150 individuals. This ministry is part of a larger, county-wide, multi-faith ministry that offers the hungry of Lancaster a hot meal each night of the week at various locations. Cooks are scheduled to prepare a meal once a year. Cooks decide the menu and have the availability to prepare the meal at home ahead of time. Servers work from 4:00-6:30 PM setting up, serving and cleaning up. We are currently in need of cooks. Please call Kristie Monahan for more information or to volunteer.

Funeral Luncheons


Offer the comfort and solace found in a warm luncheon buffet to those who have participated in funeral services at St. Anne Church. The opportunity to share a meal with family and friends in a faith-filled environment can assist the grieving and mourning of a loved one called to eternal rest. You can prepare, provide or serve food; set up or clean up. The Funeral Lunch Committee's goal is to provide a free lunch for fifty people in a comfortable environment for the relatives and friends of a deceased parishioner. We are able to offer soft music and have the capability to show DVDs of the deceased's life, if requested, during the luncheon in the Parish Library. Responsibilities consist of calling parishioners to donate food, shopping at the local market for items not provided by donation, setting up the room, cleaning up afterwards and coordinating with the Parish Office to ensure that adequate serving pieces are available. Please call the Parish Office for more information or to volunteer. 

Giant Food Pickup

Contact: Wayne and Judy Bechtel, 717-569-1222

Redistribute resources and prevent waste! The Giant Food Store in Centerville donates their leftover bakery items for our use in the Brown Bag Lunch program. Volunteer drivers pick up the food and deliver it to St. Anne's on Sunday morning. Drivers are scheduled once every 4-5 weeks. An orientation is provided. Please call Judy if you would like to volunteer.

Manna Bags

Contact: Phil Capp, 717-393-8962

Brown grocery bags are distributed to parishioners for donating food for people in need in Lancaster in time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The Manna Bags Program benefits the Lancaster County Council of Churches Food Bank and the parish Brown Bag Lunch Program. Volunteers sort through the collections and transport the goods to the Food Bank. Food is collected on a year round basis as well. There are two collection locations--one outside the church sacristy and one in the Liberty Street narthex. For more information, please call Phil.

Catholic Worker House

Contact: Dan Gallagher, 717-392-0277

The Catholic Worker House, named the Corpus Christi House, is located at 41 West Vine Street in Lancaster. The mission of the Catholic Worker House is to welcome and provide hospitality to the "stranger". The primary purpose of the Catholic Worker House, however, is to provide housing to the working poor. It also fulfills its mission through a winter clothing drive; providing a hot meal on most Saturdays throughout the year; providing an Easter Sunday meal for the homeless; and, hosting two temporary homeless shelters in the winter at various area churches within the City of Lancaster. In the summer, volunteers tend to a garden in order to grow the vegetables used for meals. St. Anne Parish is a supporting parish of the Catholic Worker House. All are invited to volunteer or donate to the Catholic Worker House.





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