Mother’s/Father’s Day Appeal Letter

May 2017   Dear Friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine,   We all have people in our lives that have made a profound impact in who we are today. Some of them might have been our priests, nuns, spouses, teachers, coaches, grandparents, aunts, or uncles who all made lasting impressions on our religious beliefs, personalities, and […]

Easter 2017

Dear Friends of Saint Ann Shrine, Easter is a delightful opportunity to celebrate with loved ones as the early stages of Spring begin to take place. Spring signifies a rebirth to bright and sunny days, flowers blooming in the garden, grass growing greener. Jesus’ resurrection invokes a rebirth in our spiritual “garden” as well. We […]

Lent 2017

Dear Friends of Saint Ann’s Shrine and the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, Lent is a wonderful time to evaluate and take inventory of our spiritual lives. It is a time to reflect on and embrace Jesus’ unconditional love for us. It can be a time of redirecting our lives to become more faithful and […]

Mary’s Birthday September 8

Dear Friend, In this “Holy Year of Mercy”, who better to honor than Mary, Our Blessed Mother?  She is an example and comfort to all of us and we celebrate her birth each September 8.  We thank Mary for bringing the Son of God into the world and remember all she means to us. Our […]

Saint Ann’s Feast Day

Dear Friend, Prayers are answered when someone asks the intercession of Good Saint Ann.  To thank her for her intercession throughout the year, we welcome you and your loved ones to join us in celebrating Ann and Joachim, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary on their Feast Day, July 26th. We’re sure you know […]

Father’s Day

Dear Friend, Going fishing with Dad is a rite of passage many children.  Holding our dad’s hand and feeling his arms around us as we learn to cast become part of who we are and an important memory that warms us even in later life.  The best fathers guide us and play with us.  They […]

Easter 2016

Dear Friend, Easter is a time for new beginnings.  It’s fitting that Easter comes in spring.  The dark of winter and the sacrifices of Lent are over.  We look forward to celebrating the changes of the season.  The days are longer, flowers bloom, birds sing, and our hearts lift.  We know Jesus’ sacrifices were made […]

Lent 2016

              Dear Friend, Lent is a special time of the year in our Catholic faith. We fast and pray in an attitude of constant renewal, remembering the sacrifices Jesus made for us. Pope Francis reminds all of us to share love, kindness, and generosity in 2016. He has called […]

Fr. Mike’s Christmas Message

Dear Friend, When you go in a store and see displays of Santa and his reindeers, do you wish as I do that we could put Christ back into Christmas? It can feel like the real message of Christmas gets lost in the hubbub of the holiday. The birth of Jesus changed the world. He […]

All Souls Day November 2, 2015

Dear Friend, Do you remember Sunday dinners with the aroma of fresh food cooking, the sound of laughter, the smiling faces of family and friends? Now, it may seem like too many places around the table are empty because many of our loved ones have passed onto the next life, but they are in a […]