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, and letters from our friends who share with us how Good Saint Ann has interceded for their prayers petitions each and every day. It is truly beautiful to witness and experience! Their faith in Saint Ann is so genuine, heartfelt, and full of love that it’s difficult to put into words the influence Saint Ann has had in their personal lives.

As we celebrate our patron saint’s special day, we ask you to join us in prayer, at Mass, or by sharing of your gifts with us as we rejoice during this special time of year. Join us in our ministry and mission work by sharing of your resources and returning the enclosed reply slip. Please be sure to include any special intentions you’d like us to pray for during our Triduum of Masses. Be assured that we will pray for you and ask Saint Ann to bring your special intentions before her daughter Mary and grandson Jesus. Your generosity is so very appreciated! Please know we are truly grateful for your support! We hope and pray that you will experience the powerful intercession of Good Saint Ann.

We invite you to join us for the Triduum this summer in honor of Saint Ann’s Feast Day as we celebrate Mass on July 24th, 25th, and 26th at Saint Paschal Baylon Church at 7:00 PM each night. We will be celebrating the 30th year of Saint Ann’s Shrine being in Cleveland! The Hilton Garden Inn in Mayfield Village has a block of rooms reserved as you join us in Cleveland for this wonderful celebration. Contact Scott Gongos at 440-449-2700 or [email protected] for details!

We also invite you to the nine-day Novena in honor of Saint Ann’s Feast Day to be celebrated at Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City from July 17 through July 26 with Mass at 7:30 PM each day.

Also included in this mailing is our brochure describing membership into our Legacy Society. Legacy Society members are those friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine and the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament who have informed us that we are included in their Estate Plans. We are so very grateful for those who have already informed us of their generosity. We have 54 people who have enrolled in the Legacy Society! We are honored for their dedication and for blessing us with this gift of a lifetime. Please consider enrolling in the Legacy Society as these gifts can be of the most impactful we receive in carrying out the mission of the Blessed Sacrament Community, including serving Saint Ann’s Shrine. If you have any questions or would like to join the Legacy Society, please contact our Director of Mission Advancement, Scott Gongos, at [email protected] or 440-449-2700.

Now more than ever, an investment in Saint Ann’s Shrine or the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament will help secure the future of our community. The economics of carrying out our ministries and mission have never been more challenging. Securing our future is where you can leave a lasting legacy! Your generous gift enables our community to minister to future generations with your including us in your estate plans.

God Bless You!!!

*We have Blessed Oil and Holy Water available at Saint Ann’s Shrine. Suggested donation is $6.00 per bottle. We can also send them to someone special whom you’d like to receive a bottle. Please contact the Shrine for more information at 440-449-2700 or [email protected]

*Join us at Saint Ann’s Shrine for Daily Mass at 11:30 AM, Monday-Friday (call for Holidays).

*Please consult your current or former employer for their Matching Gift Program. Your gift may be doubled!

*Beginning in 2018, our gracious supporters of Saint Ann’s Shrine and the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament will be acknowledged in our “Honor Roll of Donors” that will appear in our community newsletter and on our website. Your name will be listed as it appears addressed in this letter unless you inform us otherwise.

*Be sure to “like” us on Facebook and visit our website for information on Saint Ann’s Shrine and the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Community.

PRAYER TO SAINT ANN

Glorious Saint Ann, filled with compassion for those who invoke you and with love for those who suffer, I humble ask you to take my following request under your special protection. (mention your intention)

Please recommend it to your daughter Mary and present it before the throne of Jesus so that He may grant my request. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day seeing my God face to face, and with you, Mary and all the Saints, praising and blessing Him to all eternity. Amen

Good Saint Ann, Mother of Mary who is our life, our sweetness, and our hope, pray to her for us, and obtain our request. (repeat 3 times)