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Fr. Hollowell's Status

Father John Hollowell, pastor of Annunciation in Brazil and St Paul’s in Greencastle will be away from his parishes until May 18th receiving surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy for a brain tumor. The prognosis is very good.

Until May 18th, there will be no daily Masses nor confessions at either parish. The weekend Mass and confession schedule remain unchanged as guest priests have committed to covering the ten weekends Father Hollowell will be away.

Guide for Selecting Wedding Music

We want your wedding Mass to be memorable and filled with beautiful music. Wedding music should be carefully chosen based on the following criteria:

  • The prelude music before the wedding serves to prepare the congregation for the sacrament of Mass, and for witnessing the sacrament of Matrimony. The music inside the Wedding Rite serves the sacrament and should be from the Catholic Church’s sacred music tradition. The postlude serves as a joyful sending forth of the couple and the congregation.
  • During the Mass and/or Wedding Rite, the music should be drawn specifically from the sacred music tradition of the Catholic Church.
    • Some further guidelines for music during the Wedding Mass: music being beautiful is essential! But beautiful is not enough on its own, for the music within the Wedding Mass. The music must relate to the actions being taken in the Rite and/or Mass, while the music is being played or sung. The music inside the Mass must be sacred in character, tone, and text. In vocal music, this is easy to determine from the text. In instrumental music, whether or not the music is actually sacred is sometimes hard to discern. Often times, classical music is simply beautiful, but not particularly sacred. (Example: a Beethoven string quartet is certainly beautiful, but is not sacred; however, Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” has no words, but is clearly sacred.) Put differently, sacred music is music during Mass which is directly connected to the liturgical action and draws its musical language from the musical traditions of the Catholic Church.

Hiring Musicians & Deadlines

  • As soon as you have met with the pastor, please contact the Director of Sacred Music to begin making music arrangements.
  • All wedding musicians are engaged and approved by the Director of Sacred Music. Any outside musicians must be approved by the Director of Sacred Music.
  • If you have a friend or guest musician you would like to play/sing at the wedding, please notify the Director of Sacred Music at least 3 months before the wedding date, to request approval.
  • If you have special music you would like played, not listed on this sheet, it must be approved by the Director of Sacred Music at least 3 months before the wedding date.
  • If your wedding is a full Mass with Communion, a Cantor and Organist are required.

Annunciation Catholic Church Strategic Plan 2016-2019

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That this strategic plan for 2016 to 2019 is accepted and endorsed by the Annunciation Catholic Church Parish Council of Brazil, Indiana. The Parish Council further accepts the responsibility of assisting the Pastor in the oversight of this plan’s implementation and of conducting a regular review of its progress and any needed adjustments or modifications to the plan as needed during its implementation cycle. Click here to view and download our strategic plan.

Restoration CD Just Released!

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Celebrate the Christmas season with the CD of our own St. Ambrose Schola Cantorum of Annunciation Catholic Church!  This album showcases sacred music in hopes to create exceptional beauty at Mass.   Click here to read more and to purchase your copy today!


Holy Days Mass Times
Please see our bulletin.

Sundays from 8:00am - 8:45 am
First Saturdays from 9:00am - 11:00am
After every daily Mass

The Propers
What are the Propers? Do you have recordings of them? Why do we sing them?

Mass & Adoration Times

Weekend Mass Times
Sunday: 9:00am

Weekday Mass Times (No daily Mass until after May 18 due to Fr. Hollowell's illness)
Tuesday: 9:00am, 6:00pm Latin Mass (first Tuesday of the month)
Wednesday: 5:00pm

First Saturday Monthly Adoration & Confession (No confession until after May 18 due to Fr. Hollowell's illness)
9:00am - 11:00am followed by Benediction at 11:00am

Last Sunday Monthly Adoration
10:00am - 1:00pm followed by Benediction at 1:00pm

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