Dear Friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine,
When we think of the days when we celebrate our mothers and fathers, or even our grandparents, we tend to think of the love and tenderness we received from them as their little children. And that is only natural. But should it be so? Most of you who receive this letter have had children or grandchildren of your own!
I think of this every time I recite the Our Father. “Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish will give him a snake instead of a fish? Or, if he asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you, then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” (Luke 11:11-13). This short passage that follows the Our Father is meant to clarify what it means to call God our father. We are not supposed to think of ourselves as little children any longer, but as adults who are able to give love and to be good to our children and to those we love. We are no longer children.
Is it not the same with us when we celebrate Mothers’ Day or Fathers’ Day? We do so as adults, able to appreciate the good that we have received from them precisely because we also know the sacrifice that that has entailed for them. It is the same with the saints in heaven. Mary can help us because we were given to her as her children by Jesus on the cross. We can love Saint Ann because she was the one who gave us Mary as such a loving and obedient child of God. We can love these people because we ourselves have received love.
One way of thanking our parents, and our saints, is to make a gift in their honor to Saint Ann’s Shrine and/or the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. It is only through the generosity of people like yourselves that we are able to spread the love of Christ in our world. It is that generosity that helps us to continue the work of Jesus, making the love of God better known and appreciated. The Masses that we celebrate and proclaim are proofs to all of the tremendous love we have received from our parents and ultimately from God himself.
Yours In Good Saint Ann,
Fr. Roger, Chaplain
SAINT ANN’S SHRINE AND THE CONGREAGTION OF THE BLESSED
SACRAMENT WOULD LIKE TO SINCERELY THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS
AND SUPPORT DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES. PLEASE KNOW WE
KEEP YOU AND YOUR SPECIAL INTENTIONS IN OUR PRAYERS!
GOD BLESS YOU!
*We have started a new ministry where we present all new Catholic babies born at our local hospital a bib from Saint Ann’s Shrine and the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. If you are interested in supporting this new ministry of ours, please contact Scott Gongos at 440-449-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Join us for the Triduum as we celebrate Saint Ann’s Feast Day: July 24 (Mass at 7:00pm), 25 (Mass at 4:30pm), & 26 (Mass at 7:00pm) in Cleveland. A nine-day Novena is celebrated at Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City from July 17th through July 26th with Mass at 7:30PM each day.
*Our Blessed Sacrament religious in Bethany and at Regina Health Center in Richfield 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. You can submit your prayer though our website and request a candle to be lit for your special intentions at st-ann-shrine.org.
* 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)
* We have Blessed Oil and Holy Water available for a suggested donation of $6.00 per bottle. Contact Saint Ann Shrine at 440-449-2700 or st-ann-shrine.org.
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* You can support the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament through donations of stock or distributions from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). For your convenience, you can support us through your Donor Advised Fund by using our DAF Direct option on our website (st-ann-shrine.org).
*Emmanuel magazine is a publication of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. The mission of Emmanuel is to “see all of reality in the light of the Eucharist.” Those interested in a Eucharistic perspective on Spirituality, Culture, Scripture, Ministry, Liturgy, and Prayer will find Emmanuel to be an excellent resource. Subscribe today! Contact us at (440) 449-2103 or email@example.com. Visit our website: emmanuelpublishing.org.
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Your loved ones can be remembered during Mass at Saint Ann’s Shrine. Call 440-449-2700 for details.
*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 at 440-449-2700 or email@example.com. We currently have 332 friends who have committed to the long-term support of Saint Ann’s Shrine and the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament! Thank You for your generosity and commitment!!!