Parish Information

Sacramental Preparation

Assisting children as they prepare to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation has always been a proud part of the Catholic heritage and tradition of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.

In our preparation of children for the sacraments, we are guided by the Ontario Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document Grades 1 -8, and the Diocese of Hamilton Sacramental Guidelines. Both documents affirm that:
- Children are prepared in important ways at home, at school and in the parish;
- Ongoing foundational preparation, most often experienced in the home and at school, is rooted in prayer, acts of Christian charity and the teaching of the Religious Education programs in our Catholic schools; and,
- The immediate preparation, “the catechetical and practical preparation in the weeks and months leading up to the particular sacrament,” is co-ordinated by the parish.

In union with our Bishop, His Excellency, Douglas Crosby, OMI, we believe that the collaborative efforts of family, school and parish help children to be welcomed to the sacraments with “the fullness of joy that comes from God’s grace.”


The Joy of the Sacraments

(A video from the Diocese of Hamilton)

Bishop Crosby, along with priests, parish ministers, parents and children from across the Diocese of Hamilton, describe the particular joy that moments of Sacramental Preparation can be. “The Joy of the Sacraments” video is presented by the Catechesis Office of the Diocese of Hamilton. For more information, contact Anne Jamieson, Director of Catechesis ( ... ) or your local parish ( ... ).


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FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: SATURDAY APRIL 22, 2023 AT 10:00 AM (Grade 2's) ...


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More information will be shared with your child's respective teacher.

We ask St. Ann to bless each child as they embark on the beautiful sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion, and Confirmation.


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11 Wilson Street West
Ancaster, Ontario
L9G 1N1

(905) 648-6874

Father Peter Tuyen Nguyen

Liturgy Schedule

Weekday Mass
Monday 8:00 am
Tuesday 7:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday 8:00 am
Saturday 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am and 11:00 am

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Tuesday 6:00pm to 6:45pm
4:00pm to 4:45pm

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Tuesday 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
Friday 8:30 am to 9:15am

Parish History

Ancaster’s history stretches back to the 1700’s, but the beginnings of the Catholic community were rather humble. The few Catholics in the area attended Mass at St. Augustine’s Parish in Dundas, founded in 1826. In 1949 a small wooden church was constructed at the corner of Fiddler’s Green Road and Wilson St. Father James Noonan served the church as a mission of Canadian Martyrs’ Parish in peter pic

After Father Loftus’ death in 1964, the Oblates continued to serve St. Ann’s Parish for another fifteen years. In their turn, Father Francis Quinlan, Father William O’Boyle, Father Edward Marcuk and Father Donald Brennan all served as pastor. After their departure from St. Ann’s, the Oblates continued their ministry within the diocese for five years, entrusted with the care of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in the city of Hamilton.

Monsignor Matthew Ustrzycki became the first diocesan pastor in 1979. He made many improvements to the church during his six-year tenure, and was subsequently named Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton. He was succeeded by Father Victor McNamara, who directed the construction of St. Ann’s Parish Center. Completed in 1992, it provided much needed meeting space for the growing parish.

The expansion of Ancaster created a need for more Catholic schools. Father Loftus School was established in 1961 for senior elementary students. Upon its closure, St. Joachim’s School was opened in 1990. Just eight years later, Holy Name of Mary School was built in the Meadowlands, Ancaster’s newest neighbourhood. In 2010, Immaculate Conception School opened in a temporary location and later relocated to the site of the former Ancaster Fairgrounds.

Father Raymond Modeski became pastor of St. Ann’s in 1992. During his twelve-year tenure he oversaw improvements to the church and attended to the spiritual needs of a parish that had grown to over two thousand families. In 2002, parishioners celebrated the parish’s 50th anniversary by erecting a new statue of St. Ann outside the main entrance of the church. Father Dan Miehm became pastor of St. Ann’s in 2004 and led a busy faith community enhanced by tremendous lay involvement. Father Ian Duffy is the current pastor of St. Ann’s.

From humble beginnings, the Catholic community in Ancaster has grown into a large and vibrant parish, one characterized by rural and urban, old and new, a proud history and an exciting future. Like the mustard seed, we pray that we may continue to grow as the living sign and presence of God’s Kingdom.