Thank You Appeal!

January 2021

THANK YOU!

On behalf of Fr. Roger Bourgeois, Chaplain of Saint Ann’s Shrine, the Saint Ann Shrine’s Staff, and the Community of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, I would like to sincerely thank you for your continued thoughts, prayers, and generous support of Saint Ann’s Shrine, especially in these challenging times of Covid-19’s grip on our world!!! Please know we care about you and are concerned about you and your loved one’s health. You are truly a Eucharistic person! Please keep the vulnerable in your prayers, especially those in special care facilities.

We are so grateful for your sharing of your time, talent, and treasure in supporting all that we do!! Your generosity ensures the long-term sustainability of Saint Ann’s Shrine, the care of Blessed Sacrament Community and their mission work, along with allowing us to:

  • Administer to Saint Ann’s Shrine, including celebrating Mass and hosting events that live out our faith;
  • Have a Chaplain on staff;
  • Support the members of the Blessed Sacrament in their mission work and care for those in retirement.

Beginning in late March of 2020, our department had to close our doors for six weeks. I was working from home during this time and although I enjoyed the shorter morning commute (I typically have a 78-mile daily round trip to work), I really missed interacting with the staff and the Community. After about two weeks, I came into the office just to check on things and sort through the mail. During my drive, I found myself very nervous of what I would be walking into. The uncertainty became quite intense, both personally and professionally. As I picked up the mail from the parish office, I was astounded. The mail bin was overflowing with donations from our Easter mailing. I actually had a tear in my eye and became overwhelmingly grateful for the generosity you have shown, not only with the Easter mailing, but non-stop throughout the year. Saying “Thank You” isn’t enough. Please know of the heartfelt gratitude I, our staff, and the Blessed Sacrament Community have for your support, especially during this unique year.

We pray that your faith remains strong as Good Saint Ann intercedes for our petitions as we set our prayers before her. May Saint Ann continue to protect you and your families!

Please share what you are thankful for on the enclosed reply slip. We will place these intentions in the Shrine and keep them in our prayers!

Should you ever be in the Cleveland area, please stop by to celebrate Mass with us! It would be wonderful to put a face to your name and voice! We celebrate Mass Monday-Friday at 11:30 AM but I encourage you to call ahead, especially with the social distancing guidelines we are following. We celebrate the Triduum of Saint Ann and Saint Joachim’s Feast July 24-26 in Cleveland and New York City. Please join us if you are able!

As always, I ask you to share your story as to how your devotion to Saint Ann or your relationship with the Blessed Sacrament came to be by contacting me at 440-449-2700 or sgongos@blessedsacrament.com. Thank you for taking the time to share a piece of your faith journey!

Thank you again for all you do in supporting us! We sincerely appreciate it and look forward to your continued prayers, support, and friendship! Blessings for health and happiness in the new year!

 

In the Spirit of Saint Ann,

 

Scott R. Gongos

Director of Mission Advancement

 

*With your donation of $150 or more, we would like to send you this statue of Jesus, the Blessed Mother, and Saint Ann, while supplies last.

 

 

*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 cee@blessedsacrament.com.

*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 370 friends who have committed to the long-term support of Saint Ann’s Shrine and the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament!

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

*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.

*FYI: the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act temporarily suspends the requirements for minimum distributions from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) for the 2020 tax year. You can support the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament through distributions from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA).

*This law allows all taxpayers to deduct donations to charity up to $300 on their 2020 federal tax return, even if you take the standard deduction! Taxpayers who are married-filing jointly will get an above-the-line deduction of up to $600.

*If you itemize your deductions, this law allows cash contributions to qualified charities, such as the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and/or Saint Ann’s Shrine, to be deducted up to 100% of your adjusted gross income for the 2020 tax year.

*We recommend you consult your financial advisor to assist you in reaching your philanthropic and tax planning goals!!*You may also consider donating gifts of stock. Depending on the stock’s current value, you may avoid capital gains tax by donating the stock directly to the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. Consult your financial advisor for the most advantageous opportunities for you.

*If you’ve ever visited Saint Ann’s Shrine in Cleveland, we encourage you to submit your comments on Trip Advisor so those who may consider visiting us can read of your experience! We hope to see you again soon!