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 dedicated to serving one another. As much as this can be somewhat frightening and seem to be overwhelming, it really can be a positive life changing time for us, personally!
Matthew Kelly, renowned Catholic author, refers to the ideology of becoming a better version of ourselves throughout his work. He is challenging us to accept the task of become better Catholics. We can accomplish our goal by giving of our time, talent, and treasure to someone or something that we hold very special in our hearts. We can give of our time by dedicating time during the day to pray. We can give of our talent by volunteering for a special cause at our home parish or community. We can give of our treasure by financially supporting wonderful religious organizations, such as Saint Ann’s Shrine, whose mission is to administer to our faith.
These personal sacrifices are indicative of our gratitude to Jesus for the ultimate sacrifice he made for us by dying on the cross! Good Saint Ann and the Blessed Virgin Mary will be so proud of our commitment to becoming better versions of ourselves as well! Pope Benedict XVI wrote in one of his Lenten letters that our sacrificing “dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy, casts out hatred, brings us peace, and humbles earthly pride.”
It has become a tradition here at Saint Ann’s Shrine to have our eight-foot-tall wooden cross in our sanctuary holding the wooden squares that have been returned to us through our Lenten Appeal. It is so moving to see this cross holding the prayers and intentions of our community as we join together to pray for one another. It is a daily reminder of how we can keep our friends in our prayers with hopes that they can get through all the challenges life has to offer.
We ask that you consider returning the enclosed wooden square with your prayer intentions so we may include it on our wooden cross as we help to ease your burdens this Lenten Season. Your prayer intentions will be remembered at our 11:30 AM Daily Mass at Saint Ann’s Shrine. Write your name, a loved one’s name, a special prayer intention, everything you’d like us to pray for during this most Holy time. Rest assured, your intentions will be prayed for and may the healing power of Good Saint Ann and her Grandson Jesus intercede for you!
Our hope and prayer is that you will experience the presence of Our Lord in your life, experience the powerful intercession of Good Saint Ann in your needs, and share in the graces of this Holy Season of Lent.
Sincerely Yours in Good Saint Ann,
Fr. Mike Norweika, SSS Fr. Roger Bourgeois, SSS
Spiritual Director Chaplain
*Join us at Saint Ann’s Shrine for Daily Mass at 11:30 AM, Monday-Friday (call for Holidays).
*Join us for the Triduum this summer as we celebrate Mass in honor of Saint Ann’s Feast Day while hosting Mass on July 24th, 25th, and 26th at Saint Paschal Baylon Church at 7:00 PM each night.