Dear Friends of Good Saint Ann,
I don’t know who first called Saint Ann “good”, but this simple word certainly embodies the many qualities of the woman who was chosen by God to give life to her daughter Mary, the future mother of God’s son, Jesus.
I like to think that of all the words God might have used to describe the wonders of his magnificent Creation, the sun, moon, stars, the earth, the sea, animals, birds, plants, and lastly humans, God simply said in Genesis 1:31 “God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.” Recorded history tells us nothing factual about Saint Ann’s life, her marriage to Saint Joachim, or to any inspiring words she might have used as she guided her daughter into maturity and helped nourish her Jewish faith and love of God. However, since children often imitate the qualities and the example of their parents, we can surmise that when God the Father was preparing a particular woman to give birth to His Son, He was also carefully choosing her parents, Ann and Joachim, and they also, were very good.
Many women who are both mothers and grandmothers, and the many who simply pray to her for help in finding a “good” husband can relate easily to Saint Ann as evidenced by the daily stream of letters that arrive at our Mission Advancement Office here in Cleveland, Ohio. Most of them are requests for healing prayers and many contain offerings to have a Mass celebrated for deceased loved ones in Saint Ann’s Shrine chapel. Every Tuesday we offer special prayers to Saint Ann, one of which is included in this mailing, and her relic is available for veneration. Please join us for Mass at 11:30am if you are ever visiting Cleveland.
Don’t forget that the annual Triduum to Saint Ann is scheduled for July 24-26 with Mass at 7:00 pm each night in the parish church of Saint Paschal Baylon to accommodate the larger crowds. Since Saint Ann is also the patron saint of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, every evening Eucharistic Liturgy will be concelebrated by several priests, and each night will have a special focus: Wednesday – a special blessing for the children present; Tuesday-the Anointing of the Sick sacrament; and on the final evening, a candlelight procession with the Blessed Sacrament. Everyone is invited! If you can’t be actually with us, kindly send in your prayer requests which will be blessed and prayed over every night of the Triduum.
Thank you again for your generosity in supporting our mission work at Saint Ann’s Shrine and the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament!
Sincerely Yours in Good Saint Ann,
Father Roger Bourgeois, SSS
*Join us for the Triduum as we celebrate Mass in honor of Saint Ann’s Feast Day on July 24, 25, and 26 at Saint Paschal Baylon Church at 7:00PM each night. A nine-day Novena in honor of Saint Ann’s Feast Day is celebrated at Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City from July 17th through July 26th with Mass at 7:30PM each day.
*Your loved ones can be remembered during Mass at Saint Ann’s Shrine. Call 440-449-2700 for details.
*Our Blessed Sacrament Community in Bethany and Regina pray for you daily. Please let us know of any special intentions you’d like us to remember. The Blessed Sacrament Community supports you in prayer and Eucharist.
* We invite you and your group to join us at Saint Ann’s Shrine for Daily Mass at 11:30AM, Monday-Friday (call for Holidays)
* The Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament offers a daily devotion/reflection. If you’d like to receive this uplifting message, simply send an email to email@example.com.
* We have Blessed Oil and Holy Water available for a donation. Contact Saint Ann Shrine at 440-449-2700 or st-ann-shrine.org.
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* Please ask your employer if they support a matching gift program and your donation may be doubled!
* Please consider becoming a member of our Legacy Society by naming Saint Ann’s Shrine or the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in your will. For more information, please contact Scott Gongos, Director of Mission Advancement, at 440-449-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We currently have 277 friends who have committed to the long-2019 Triduum flyer
term support of Saint Ann’s Shrine and the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament! Thank You!!