WE'RE IN NEED OF A FEW NEW PEWS
The pews in the Chapel pavilion at St. Anne’s Shrine were collected over many decades through donations from various churches in the area. Designed for indoor use, these pews require an extraordinary amount of maintenance and repair each spring. The harsh winters and rainy summers damage the pews in many ways. There is peeling paint, cracking, splintering and waterlogged damage each and every year creating in some cases a dangerous situation for those attending Mass.
The heart of St. Anne’s Shrine is the celebration of the Eucharist for it is the source and summit of our Christian lives. The Strengthening Our Worship initiative recognizes the importance of our gathering to celebrate the Eucharist and is an investment in the liturgical prayer life of the Shrine. We have begun an urgent and rapid fundraising drive to replace the decaying pews in the Chapel pavilion so that our pilgrims can worship in a space free of deteriorating seating.
The pew replacement project calls for the purchase of 110 pews with folding kneelers in six foot and eight foot sizes. The Chapel layout for the placement of these new pews will actually provide us with a center aisle in line with the Tabernacle in the sanctuary. This alone will enhance our worship and provide a better flow for receiving Holy Communion with a center aisle and two side aisles. The pews will be custom made using a recycled plastic material which is durable and created for outdoor use. We acquired lawn furniture constructed with this material in our Adirondack chairs and end tables for the cabin project and these items have endured the past four winters remarkably well.
Strengthening Our Worship
The estimated cost of this project is $165,000. Pews can be donated in honor of living individuals or deceased loved ones or to express devotion through one of the following intentions:
In Loving Memory of (name of deceased loved one)
In Honor of (name of a particular Saint)
In Honor of (insert name of person)
With Loving Support From *
In Gratitude for Blessings Received *
In Thanksgiving for Favors Received *
In Honor of Good St. Anne *
In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mother *
In Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary *
In Devotion to the Eucharist *
In Praise and Thanksgiving to God *
For the Greater Glory of God *
For Vocations to Religious Life *
For Vocations to the Priesthood *
For Vocations to the Society of St. Edmund *
For Newly Married Couples *
Prayers for the Sick and Dying *
For Peace Among Nations *
For the Protection of All Life *
For an End to Racism *
* Name of the Donor will appear below Intention
A donation of $1,500 is requested for each pew which includes engraving on the 2"x 4" plaque which will be centered on the backside of the backrest. It is our hope that we can raise the necessary funds by early spring so that we can have the new pews ready for use for our May opening.
This is a unique and limited giving opportunity for the faithful who support the Shrine. Please respond soon to take part in this initiative. You may call the Shrine office at 802-928-3362 or make a donation online:
Please write in your chosen intention in the designated box on the donation page.