Dear Friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine,
Happy Easter season to all! Christ is risen, alleluia! Let us celebrate and be glad! Resurrection is at the heart of God’s promise of eternal life to us. While we bask once again in the spring beauty and wonder of Mother Nature’s rebirth, the blooming flowers, the singing birds, the green grass and leaf-filled trees, we Catholics also sense a renewal of God’s unconditional love for each of us and Jesus’ promise that where he is, we will also be.
In the mysterious workings of God’s divine mind, the Father sent his son Jesus to show us how to live our human life in a manner consistent with the expectations God has of us, his adopted children. Jesus took away the mystery and revealed the very heart of God, a Sacred Heart, full of grace and always open to helping others.
Jesus heroically took the sins of all humans upon his shoulders and presented them to his Father together with his mutilated body on the Cross for cleansing and forgiveness in his precious blood. We are forever grateful to Jesus for this sublime act of love which we remember and re-enact at every Eucharist and Holy Communion.
Furthermore, we are inspired by the dignity with which Jesus’ mother Mary handled her son’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. May we be energized to handle the messiness and heartaches of our daily lives with a similar patience and submission, qualities Mary undoubtedly learned from her mother Good Saint Ann, who is a guardian angel and patron saint to us all.
Your devoted prayerful and financial support enables the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament to continue administering Saint Ann’s Shrine and Chapel, and in furthering our mission work. So many people need divine assistance today and seek it through prayer to Saint Ann. Please include your prayer intentions on the reply slip with your offering and we will be sure to pray for you during our daily Mass in the Shrine. May the healing power of Good Saint Ann and her grandson Jesus intercede for you always!
In Jesus, our Risen Lord,
Fr. Roger Bourgeois, SSS Chaplain
*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.
*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.
*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. We will also have postings for Stations of the Cross and other videos during Lent.
*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.
*You may 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!