Dear Friends of St. Anne's Shrine,
One of my favorite Irish ballads particularly this time of year is "Will Ye Go Lassie Go." The opening lyrics are:
"Oh the summertime is coming; and the trees are sweetly blooming; and the wild mountain thyme, grows around the blooming heather. Will ye go, Lassie go?"
I am sure that many of us this spring are longing for the summer months after a long winter of isolation from precautions put in place throughout the country in the fight against Covid-19.
With the summertime coming, our staff members at Saint Anne’s Shrine are busy gearing up for another pilgrimage season. Many people have been contacting us about our first Sunday Mass. Considering this, we decided to open early so people can feel comfortable in an outdoor worship setting. Our opening Sunday liturgy will be May 2 at 10:30 a.m. See our Schedule of Events page for our other planned liturgies and prayer opportunities.
During a recent facilities committee meeting it was reported that the roof on the Boucher Building needs replacement. The building was constructed in the mid-1990s and a roof repair was done in 2008. The condition of the roof has since deteriorated to such a degree that leaks have developed, and further damage is anticipated. The best advice of the committee is to fix it in the good weather before major damage is caused to our new addition and the cafeteria. We also hope to make some renovations to improve the acoustics in the cafeteria.
The cost of this needed repair is unexpectedly high due to the rising prices of building materials caused by the pandemic on global supply lines. We will have to raise $250,000 to cover the cost of the new roof, the sound absorption renovations and to assist with our general expenses as we prepare to open for the season.
I am happy and grateful to report that Leo and Bonnie O’Brien, along with Sandra O’Brien in memory of her beloved husband Dan, have offered to match dollar for dollar all donations up to $30,000 to help secure funds for our added expenses. With the O’Brien match, we can raise a combined $60,000! Please consider making a special gift to our efforts so that we can be good stewards of our property.
We are eager to open the Shrine and to get back to our normal way of celebrating God’s love for us in Word and Sacrament. I am always grateful that when there is a need at the Shrine, friends like you step up with whatever means you have and help us. Thank you for all your support! God bless you and be assured of my prayers.
Rev. Brian J. Cummings, S.S.E.