Christmas 2018 Appeal

Jesus Came Once, He Remains Forever This idyllic painting by Joseph Paelinck, a Belgian artist, is not a Nativity Scene as such, but it is associated with the spirit of Christmas and the family gatherings that make it such a unique feast day. This attractive painting brings the entire Holy Family together for a group […]

All Souls Day 2018

Dear Friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine, On November 2, we will celebrate “All Souls’ Day.” It gives us a time to remember all those who have passed from this life to the next and are assured of enjoying the blessedness of heaven, but require purification before doing so. The notion of praying for the dead […]

Mary’s Birthday!

Dear Friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine, BIRTHDAYS’ ARE FOR CELEBRATING LIFE! We all want family and friends to remember and celebrate our birthday, don’t we? Human life on planet earth is a gift from God through the work and love of our parents. Our presence here, for however long God gives us, is our opportunity […]

Saint Ann’s Feast Day!

JESUS LOVED HIS GRANDMOTHER ANN, SO DO WE! If you search the Internet for “Saint Ann, grandmother of Jesus” you will be pleasantly surprised to discover that she is loved and venerated across the globe with magnificent Churches, like the Basilica of St. Anne de Beaupre in Quebec, innumerable parish churches bear her name and […]

Celebrating Mother’s & Father’s Day

Dear Friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine, A HAPPY AND BLESSED MOTHER’S and FATHER’S DAY TO YOU! Mother’s and Father’s Day is a time when we express our love and gratitude to those who have given us so much of their lives for us. It is a time to express the love and gratitude that we […]


Dear Friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine, We all have experienced sorrows in our lives. Sorrows are inevitably a part of every life. It may come from the loss of position, health problems, or the loss of personal relationships. The greatest are those of the death of a loved one, a beloved parent, a brother or […]

Lent Appeal Letter from Father Mike

Dear Friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine, The 40 days of the season of Lent in the Church’s liturgical cycle is the time when we are asked to participate in the life of Christ in a special way. We too often consider it just a time to give up something that we like. We make a […]


January 1, 2018 Dear Friends of the Blessed Sacrament Community, I am writing to share with you some very exciting news about a new initiative the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament is launching through our Mission Advancement Office. Beginning January 1 and running through December 31, 2018, we are embarking on our Partners In Mission, […]

Christmas Appeal

For many people, Christmas is the most important feast of the year. It is not simply the tradition of family gatherings and gift giving. There is something very touching about the picture that St. Luke paints for us that we try to capture in our Christmas scenes each year. The idea of a young couple […]

All Souls Day 2017

Sr. Ann was a member of a diocesan congregation of nuns of Masaka, Uganda. She was in the United States working on a master’s degree in religious education and then would return to Uganda to be director of religious education for the diocese. On the summer weekends, she did mission appeals to raise money for […]