Mary’s Birthday

Dear Friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine,


Happy Birthday, Mary! Every year on September 8th, the Church celebrates the birthday of Mary, the mother of Jesus our Savior. If anyone ever made a difference, Mary surely did! The poet William Wordsworth said it so beautifully: “Mother, whose virgin bosom was uncrost with the least shade of thought to sin allied. Woman, above all women glorified, our tainted nature’s solitary boast!” Mary was conceived immaculate through the power of God and the married love of her parents Ann and Joachim. So as the Church celebrates the birthday of Mary every year, we also thank  her loving parents for raising their daughter as a devout and prayerful Hebrew woman, with a heart always open to God’s will in her life. By happy coincidence, it so happens that September 11 of this year, we celebrate Grandparents Day, a day to remember the important role they play in raising grandchildren to know and love Jesus.

September 8th 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 consecrated our life to God and in service to the Church to spread the knowledge and love of Jesus in the Eucharist to the world. For me, especially, September 8, 2022 marks my 70th year of religious profession, so kindly say a prayer of thanksgiving for me.

As you may know, Saint Ann’s Shrine is the Mission Advancement Office of our religious congregation and is dedicated to raising funds for the continuing education of our present and future members, and for the increasing health care costs of our aging religious.  As chaplain of Saint Ann’s Shrine, a Liturgy or Mass is celebrated at 11:30 am Monday – Friday. We pray 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 ministries with your generosity.

Yours in the Spirit of Good Saint Ann,

Father Roger Bourgeois, SSS



*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).

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

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

*Our Blessed Sacrament religious in Bethany and at Regina Health Center 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

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

*If you are 70 ½ years of age or older, you can support Saint Ann’s Shrine or 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.