Dear Friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine, We all have experienced sorrows in our lives. Sorrows are inevitably a part of every life. It may come from the loss of position, health problems, or the loss of personal relationships. The greatest are those of the death of a loved one, a beloved parent, a brother or […]

Lent Appeal Letter from Father Mike

Dear Friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine, The 40 days of the season of Lent in the Church’s liturgical cycle is the time when we are asked to participate in the life of Christ in a special way. We too often consider it just a time to give up something that we like. We make a […]


January 1, 2018 Dear Friends of the Blessed Sacrament Community, I am writing to share with you some very exciting news about a new initiative the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament is launching through our Mission Advancement Office. Beginning January 1 and running through December 31, 2018, we are embarking on our Partners In Mission, […]

Christmas Appeal

For many people, Christmas is the most important feast of the year. It is not simply the tradition of family gatherings and gift giving. There is something very touching about the picture that St. Luke paints for us that we try to capture in our Christmas scenes each year. The idea of a young couple […]

All Souls Day 2017

Sr. Ann was a member of a diocesan congregation of nuns of Masaka, Uganda. She was in the United States working on a master’s degree in religious education and then would return to Uganda to be director of religious education for the diocese. On the summer weekends, she did mission appeals to raise money for […]

Saint Ann Feast Day Appeal Letter

June 2017 Dear Friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine, Good Saint Ann is such an important part of our daily lives. She continues to impact our families everyday as we pray to her to intercede for our special intentions and guide us in all that we do. Here at the Shrine, we receive phone calls, emails, […]

Mother’s/Father’s Day Appeal Letter

May 2017   Dear Friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine,   We all have people in our lives that have made a profound impact in who we are today. Some of them might have been our priests, nuns, spouses, teachers, coaches, grandparents, aunts, or uncles who all made lasting impressions on our religious beliefs, personalities, and […]

Easter 2017

Dear Friends of Saint Ann Shrine, Easter is a delightful opportunity to celebrate with loved ones as the early stages of Spring begin to take place. Spring signifies a rebirth to bright and sunny days, flowers blooming in the garden, grass growing greener. Jesus’ resurrection invokes a rebirth in our spiritual “garden” as well. We […]

Lent 2017

Dear Friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine and the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, Lent is a wonderful time to evaluate and take inventory of our spiritual lives. It is a time to reflect on and embrace Jesus’ unconditional love for us. It can be a time of redirecting our lives to become more faithful and […]