Mary’s Birthday/Grandparents Day 2020

Every birthday shouts: welcome to life on planet earth!

Dear Friends of Saint Ann and her Shrine,

When God decided to send his only Son Jesus to earth as a human, he chose three special persons: Ann and her husband Joachim who would give birth to a daughter named Mary, who in turn would be mother to the Savior of the World. Mary, our tainted nature’s solitary boast says the poet William Wordsworth, was conceived immaculate through the married love and agency of her saintly parents. So as the Church celebrates the birthday of Mary on September 8th every year, we cannot fail to remember and be grateful for her parents who gave her life, and nurtured the values and wholeness that has characterized Mary’s popularity throughout the world. We also celebrate Grandparents Day on September 13th, keeping Saint Ann and Saint Joachim close to our hearts. I hope you enjoy the enclosed prayer card or pass it along to someone who may appreciate it!

September 8th, the birthday of Mary, is also a kind of spiritual birthday for many of the priests and brothers in the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament because on that day we pronounced the vows of Religious Life, poverty, chastity and obedience, for the first time. We were now part of the consecrated life of the Church, and committed to help spread the knowledge and love of Jesus in the Eucharist to the world.

One of the ways we do this is through the fund-raising efforts of Saint Ann’s Shrine Mission Advancement Office. Amongst the many mission works at hand, these funds contribute to the education of present and future vocations to the Congregation and to on-line presentations of the theology and devotional practices connected to the Eucharist, the central mystery of our Faith. Visit our website https://blessedsacrament.com/ to check out our updated site and new videos.

As the Chaplain of Saint Ann’s Shrine in Cleveland, Ohio, a Liturgy or Mass is celebrated at 11:30 AM Monday – Friday. We pray for vocations daily, for the sick and dying, and for the special intentions of our donors and friends. Thank you for praying with us and for supporting our efforts with your generosity.

Yours in the Spirit of Good Saint Ann,

Father Roger Bourgeois, SSS

Chaplain

P.S. My 90th birthday is coming up next month in August and I’m not so much excited as grateful to my long-deceased parents who loved each other so much as to partner with God in bringing me to life. Isn’t it true, that as children and teenagers, mom and dad, were at the heart of each of our birthday celebrations? But as we drifted away from home in pursuit of a job, a marriage, a future, or when one or both parents went home to God, our annual birthday became more a quiet moment to remember the “all powerful three, God , mom and dad” who started us off on the journey of life.

*If you would like to make a special gift in honor of Father Roger’s birthday on August 16th or in memory of Father Mike Noreika (deceased Spiritual Director of Saint Ann’s Shrine who’s birthday is August 11th) please make a notation on the reply card. Thank you for your generosity!

*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 while following 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 social distancing.

*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 Saint Ann’s Shrine 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. The CARES Act has led to the temporary suspension of the requirements for required minimum distributions for the 2020 tax year. Consult your financial advisor for the most advantageous opportunities for you.

*You may also consider donating gifts of stock. Depending on the stock’s 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)