Name of Church St. Anne Church
Address 440 East Elliot Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234-5989
Phone number (480) 507-4400
Listen to Father Fita’s apology for withholding the sacraments (starts after the 2 minute mark)
Mass Schedule Saturday vigil at 4:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. (except during July and August) Sundays, 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m. (High Mass), 1 p.m. (Spanish), 3 p.m. (Latin Tridentine Low Mass) and 5:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 a.m. & noon. Tuesdays, noon & 6:15 p.m. (Spanish). Wednesdays, 7 a.m. (Latin Tridentine) & noon. Thursdays, noon & 6:15 p.m. Fridays, 7 a.m. (Latin Tridentine) & noon. Saturdays, 7 a.m. Visit the parish YouTube page to watch Masses livestreamed.
Confessions Mondays and Fridays, 4 – 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Names of priests Fr. Sergio Fita, pastor. Fr. Joal Bernales and Timothy Dogo, parochial vicars. Fr. Dennis Riccitelli, visiting priest. Fr. Fita is from Spain, and was ordained a priest in 2004 and is a member of the Secular Institute of Servi Trinitatis. St. Anne’s is the first parish in the U.S. to welcome priests from Servi Trinitatis. Fr. Fita has been pastor since 2012. He is devout, orthodox and committed to his community. (He celebrates the Latin Tridentine Mass.) Fr. Bernales is originally from the Philippines, and Fr. Dogo is from Africa, and came to the parish in July 2021. Visit the parish YouTube channel and watch the Masses to hear them preach.
Special activities and groups Respect for Life, Prison and Jail Ministry, Seniors Group, Young Family Ministry, Friends of the Needy, Youth and Young Adult Ministries, 24/7 Perpetual Adoration, Catholics in Action, Knights of Columbus, Sons of St. Joseph, Third Order Lay Carmelites.
Music Weekends, they have choirs, a chamber orchestra, contemporary ensemble, cantors, piano and organ.
Fellow parishioners St. Anne’s is a large parish, with both Anglo and Hispanic communities.
Parking The parish has a large parking lot with ample parking.
Additional observations St. Anne is a parish of the Diocese of Phoenix, under the leadership of Bishop Thomas Olmsted. The parish was first established as a mission in an adobe church in 1936, and became a parish in 1943. The parish’s perpetual adoration program was started in 1993 by pastor Fr. Douglas Lorig, a former Episcopalian priest who converted to Catholicism and was ordained Catholic priest in 1984. He died in 2019. It was Fr. Lorig who spearheaded the building of the current church in 1998, including its colorful rotating icons behind the altar. The parish grew to 4,500 families, making it one of the largest parishes in the country. In 2002, the parish welcomed the Carmelite Missionaries of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. Listen to Fr. Fita’s introduction of the parish below:
Very impressive. Looks like an excellent church, with an excellent, dedicated Pastor. And they have a wonderful bishop– Bishop Olmsted. Would love to visit sometime.
Gilbert, AZ, in the greater Phoenix area, is said to be a great place to live, with good, well-paying jobs, affordable homes, good schools, safe, friendly neighborhoods, and a good quality of life. A great place to settle down and raise a family– or, to retire. And the Diocese of Phoenix has a wonderful bishop, Bishop Olmsted. Only problem, is the long, hot summers. But there is plenty of welcome, healthful sunshine, almost every day of the year.
You forgot that the area will soon run out of water. I’d stay away.
Yes, Arizonans have been saying that, ever since pioneers settled the state! Someday, we may run out of water– and then, what?? I don’t think it will happen in our lifetimes, though.
If we’d desalinate our sea water, we’d have more water than what we’d know what to do with. Los Angeles wouldn’t be stealing water from Owens Valley and Imperial Valley.
Good for this priest. The lockdowns were a dark day in the history of the church. The calls to get vaccinated for “compassionate” reasons and “for love of neighbor” are based — we now now — on untruths. The truth is that we are now learning that the vaccines do not work as advertised. They do not afford protection to others from transmission. Vaccinated people are just as likely as unvaccinated people to transmit Covid to others. At best, the vaccines offer minimal and very temporary protection for yourself that will have to be renewed with perpetual “boosters”, and the protection from vaccines and boosters is far inferior to the protection offered by natural immunity. The vaccine cult is a cult of lies.
Apparently you don’t k is anything about science or medicine. The vaccines work very well at kepping people from getting seriously ill. When people do get infected they carry virus for a shorter period of time. The vaccines probably do keep the original virus from being transmitted, but so many people were already infected that it mutated into a much more transmissible virus. Don’t blame the vaccines for that. Blame it on people who refused to wear masks and stay distanced.
Look at the real science more thoroughly. They are detecting small clots in lung tissue caused by the vaccines. The vaccines are causing more damage than all other vaccines combined. All because they were rushed into approval without sufficient testing. The long term effects are going to be devastating, I bet.
It is smarter to deal with the real evil than worry about a hypothetical one. Blood clots sound bad but millions of people have had them. They can be treated. They can be fatal but usually not.
169 people out of 7 million who received the J&J vaccine got blood clots.
No one knows the long term effects of Covid or Covid vaccines.
President Trump did the best he could to get a preventative medicine for Covid.
I was so touched by the humility of this priest. Would that more of our priests would come forward and do the same.