PARISH OF SAINT JOACHIM AND ANNE IN ŠABAC
Although there are not many written records on the parish of St. Joachim and Anne, because they have not been preserved for various reasons, it is known that Catholic believes have been here a long time because of the proximity to the borders with territories populated predominantly with Catholics. However, it is safe to say that the arrival of a larger number of Catholic population, particularly in Šabac, was recorded only after the World War II. Many among them were educated experts: doctors, technicians, mechanics… but also various craftsmen who were needed in Šabac. After the 1931 census, there were 778 Catholics there, which made 5.6% of the population and their contribution to the overall life of the town must have been great and received a good reception in the town which was developing rapidly.
Although masses had been held on the premises of Podrinjska School for Teachers and Kolo srpskih sestara (as it was recorded in 1926), digging of the foundation for a new church started in 1928 in the part of town called Baire, near the railway station. According to Šabački glasnik there was not as little as 150 “Catholic souls” in town at the time. The ceremonial blessing and laying of the foundation stone was done on 29 July 1928 by Fr. Krsta Belamarić, prebendary of the Begrade kaptol, with the assistance of the pastor of Šabac, Mladen Mimčilović, clergy and representatives of the town authorities (the land was a gift from municipality of Šabac). The ceremonial consecration was carried out on 21 October 1928. The parish was established the same year. Two side altars were consecrated with their statues on 3 November 1935: Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Anthony of Padua. Linden wood statues, which are still in the church today were made by Dragutin Horvat from Domžal near Ljubljana. They were consecrated by Petar Vlašić, consultor of Archdiocese in Belgrade. As it was recorded, the parish had 800 souls at that time.
In those years of mutual congratulations, meetings were recorded… from all the factors of social life, and the rest were recorded in the media of the time. Also, the procession of Corpus Christi on the town streets, with the participation of schoolchildren, city government, military, firefighters orchestra… Celebrations of Štrosmajer’s days were common… Participation of Catholic believers from neighboring parishes of Đakovo-Srem diocese: Nikinci, Platičevo… was regular.
There were 31 baptisms, 13 deaths and 16 Catholic weddings in 1935.
The following year there were 19 baptisms, 67 confirmations, 4 deaths and 5 Catholic weddings.
“We were at the Orthodox church at the service of the first day of Easter and we were surprised by the poor visit. There were no traders, no craftsman, only a few; and there was no one to represent the officials except for two grammar school teachers. Only one lawyer came. While, however, on Holy Saturday, the first day of Easter, the Catholic Church was filled to capacity. We conclude this with the word: SAD.” (Šabački glasnik, 23/24 April 1936).
The territory of the parish includes Šabac, area below Belgrade all the way to Bosnian border.
Besides the Franciscans, the parish was led by the Salesians, diocesan priests and now it is led by the priests of Neocatechumenal Way.
Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul were engaged in Šabac, but unfortunately, they left.
Church of St. Anne
16 Janka Veselinovića Street, Šabac 15000
Rev. Andrej Đuriček, pastor
tel: 015 / 341-906
Service of God
Sundays and holidays: 10am