Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament

Province of Saint Ann

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Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament

Province of Saint Ann

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Eymard In His Own Words

Letters From Saint Ann Shrine

Novena Appeal

June 2024

Dear Friend of Good Saint Ann,

I don’t know who first called Saint Ann “good”, but this simple word certainly embodies the many qualities of the woman who was chosen by God to give life to her daughter Mary, the future mother of God’s son, Jesus.

I like to think that of all the words God might have used to describe the wonders of his magnificent Creation, the sun, moon, stars, the earth, the sea, animals, birds, plants, and lastly humans, God simply said in Genesis 1:31 “God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.” Recorded history tells us nothing factual about Saint Ann’s life, her marriage to Saint Joachim, or to any inspiring words she might have used as she guided her daughter into maturity and helped nourish her Jewish faith and love of God. However, since children often imitate the qualities and the example of their parents, we can surmise that when God the Father was preparing a particular woman to give birth to His Son, He was also carefully choosing her parents, Ann and Joachim, and they also, were very good.

Many women who are both mothers and grandmothers, and the many who simply pray to her for help in finding a “good” husband can relate easily to Saint Ann as evidenced by the daily stream of letters that arrive at our Mission Advancement Office here in Cleveland, Ohio. Most of them are requests for healing prayers and many contain offerings to have a Mass celebrated for deceased loved ones in Saint Ann Shrine chapel. Every Tuesday we offer special prayers to Saint Ann and her relic is available for veneration. Please join us for Mass at 11:30am if you are ever visiting Cleveland.

Don’t forget that the annual Triduum to Saint Ann is scheduled for July 24-26 with Mass at 6:30 pm each night in the parish church of Saint Paschal Baylon to accommodate the larger crowds. Since Saint Ann is also the patron saint of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, every evening Eucharistic Liturgy will be concelebrated by several priests, and each night will have a special focus: Wednesday – a special blessing for the children present; Tuesday-the Anointing of the Sick sacrament; and on the final evening, a candlelight procession with the Blessed Sacrament. Everyone is invited! If you can’t be actually with us, kindly send in your prayer requests which will be blessed and prayed over every night of the Triduum.

Thank you again for your generosity in supporting our mission work at Saint Ann Shrine and the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament!

 

Sincerely Yours in Good Saint Ann,

 

Father Roger Bourgeois, SSS

Chaplain

 

Throughout 2025, the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament will be celebrating 125 years of service in the United States. We invite you to join us at any of our celebrations across the country. Please contact Scott Gongos at 440-449-2700 or sgongos@blessedsacrament.com for more details.

Monday, January 6, 2025                Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste            Cardinal Dolan, Presiding

5:30 pm Eucharist                           New York, NY                          Reception following

 

Wednesday, March 19, 2025            Saint Joseph Downtown            Archbishop Gustavo,

5:30 pm Eucharist                           San Antonio, TX                      Presiding

 

Saturday, April 26, 2025                     St. Charles Borromeo

TBD                                                     Albuquerque, NM

 

Saturday, June 21, 2025                  Corpus Christi                          Cardinal DiNardo, Presiding

5:00 pm Eucharist                           Houston, TX

 

Thursday, August 7, 2025                Saint Paschal Baylon               Bishop Malesic, Presiding

4:30 pm Eucharist                           Highland Heights, OH

 

Friday, August 15, 2025                  Saint Mary                                              

12:15 PM Eucharist                             Menasha, WI

 

Tuesday, December 9, 2025             Bethany Center                       Bishop Saint Petersburg,

5:00 pm Eucharist                           Lutz, FL                                    Presiding

 

 

*Join us in Cleveland as we celebrate Saint Ann Triduum July 24, 25, & 26th!

  • Day 1 Mass at 6:30pm: Special Blessing for Children
  • Day 2 Mass at 6:30pm: Anointing of the Sick
  • Day 3 Mass at 6:30pm: Special Candlelight Procession

 

All three Masses will be celebrated by our provincial superior,

Very Rev. John Thomas Lane, SSS with preaching by Father James Burkhart. All three Masses will include Veneration of the Relic of Saint Ann.

 

*Join us at Saint Jean Baptiste in New York City for the 9-day Novena in honor of Saint Ann from July 17-26 with Mass at Noon each day. Contact Saint Jean’s for more information at 212-288-5082 or their website www.stjeanbaptisteny.org.

*We invite you and your group to join us at Saint Ann Shrine for Daily Mass at 11:30AM, Monday-Friday (call for Holy Days and Holidays).

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

*Your loved ones can be remembered during Mass at Saint Ann 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 www.blessedsacrament.com/st-ann-shrine/.

*We no longer have Blessed Oil available at Saint Ann Shrine. However, we do still have Holy Water available for a donation. Contact Saint Ann Shrine at 440-449-2700 or visit our website at www.blessedsacrament.com/st-ann-shrine/.

*Please ask your employer if they support a matching gift program and your donation may be doubled!

*We ask you to consider becoming a member of our Legacy Society by naming Saint Ann 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.

*You may also consider donating gifts of stock. Depending on the stock’s current value, you may avoid capital gains tax or deduct the loss in value while donating the proceeds of the sale to the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. Consult your financial advisor for the most advantageous opportunities for you.

*Be sure to “Like” St. Ann Shrine on Facebook!

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

*Have any unused office supply gift cards lying around that you don’t have a use for? Consider donating them to Saint Ann Shrine and the Blessed Sacrament so we may purchase our office supplies! Thank you for thinking of us!

 

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