Novena; Saint Ann’s Feast Day

Dear Friend of Saint Ann and her Shrine,

Good Saint Ann is such an important part of our faith filled lives. She continues to impact our families everyday as we pray to her to intercede for our special intentions and guide us. Here at her Shrine, we receive phone calls, emails, and letters from our friends who share with us how Good Saint Ann has interceded for their prayerful petitions. It is truly beautiful and humbling to experience! Your devotion to Saint Ann is so genuine, heartfelt, and full of love that it’s sometimes difficult to put into words the influence Saint Ann has had in our personal lives.

The malignant covid-19 virus has already turned our world upside down for most of this calendar year 2020. This pandemic has essentially locked us in our own homes and locked us out of our ordinary places of commerce, education, worship, dining, and entertainment. All of us have keenly felt the sting of isolation and the loss of contact with groupings of people we have come to know and love, especially the community of Faith we worship with at our parish churches. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is our need for the human touch of friends and the goodness of people we associate with every day.

This need to again gather and reach out to one another has finally arrived in part. With the gradual opening of society and in a special way of our local churches, we can once more express our love for God and for the neighbor through the Liturgy of Eucharist, the other Sacraments, and particular devotions…all with due precaution. So it is with a happy heart that the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and the staff of Saint Ann’s Shrine here at St. Paschal Baylon Parish in Highland Heights, Ohio, announce the Triduum devotions to honor Saint Ann on the evenings of July 24th (Mass at 7:00pm; Blessing of Children), 25th (Mass at 4:30pm; Anointing of the Sick), and Sunday the 26th (Mass at 7:00pm; Candlelight procession) the actual feast day! Our celebrations fall on a weekend this year so we hope you are able to join us! The church is large enough that we will be able to follow the guidelines set forth for proper social distancing.

All friends and benefactors of Saint Ann’s Shrine are invited together as a community and reinvigorate our faith as we join in the celebration of Eucharist every evening, and in the prayers to Saint Ann that she intercede with her daughter Mary and her grandson Jesus to end this pandemic and to foster a renewed appreciation of human life throughout the world. We are all in this together and we will celebrate our being back to together!

Please know that you and your intentions of prayer are remembered at the Eucharistic Liturgy Monday thru Friday in the Shrine chapel, and that your contributions, of whatever you are able to give, are appreciated for the continuing retirement and educational needs of our religious priests and brothers.

Blessings and Continued Good Health,

Roger Bourgeois, SSS Chaplain

 

*On July 26, 2020, we are hosting a special “Saint Ann Giving Day” at Saint Ann’s Shrine. We ask you to consider a special gift in honor of Saint Ann’s Feast Day where proceeds benefit the yearly operations of the Shrine here in Cleveland. Our goal for this endeavor is $20,200, to coincide with the calendar year 2020. You can help us reach our goal by making a gift online through PayPal at st-ann-shrine.org, calling us in the office at 440-449-2700 (Monday through Friday), or through using United States mail. Thank you in advance for your support of this new undertaking, and for your generous support and understanding during this pandemic. We are here for you for all of your spiritual needs!!

*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. Please call 212-288-5082 to verify the event will be taking place due to the pandemic.

*Your loved ones can be remembered during Mass at Saint Ann’s Shrine. Call 440-449-2700 for details.

*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). Mass is currently being held on our campus in Saint Paschal Baylon’s Church so that we may follow social distancing guidelines.

*The Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament offers a daily devotion/reflection. If you’d like to receive this uplifting message, send an email to cee@blessedsacrament.com.

*We have Blessed Oil and Holy Water available for a donation. Contact Saint Ann Shrine at 440-449-2700 or visit our website at st-ann-shrine.org.

*Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook & visit our newly updated website that includes numerous videos produced during this time of quarantine.

*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 sgongos@blessedsacrament.com. We currently have 338 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!!!

*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.

*If you are 70 ½ years of age or older, you can support the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament through distributions from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Your IRA Charitable Rollover Gift may satisfy your annual required minimum distribution and reduce your taxable income. Consult your financial advisor for the most advantageous opportunities for you.

*You may also consider donating gifts of stock. Depending on the stocks current value, you may avoid capital gains tax or deduct the loss in value while donating the proceeds of the sale to the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. Consult your financial advisor for the most advantageous opportunities for you.

*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 emmanuel@blessedsacrament.com. Visit our website: emmanuelpublishing.org.

*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 sgongos@blessedsacrament.com.