Dear Friends of St. Anne's Shrine,
The Pilgrimage Season began with great enthusiasm. We were anxious to open early and did so on May 8 with the 10:30 am Mass.
Our programming is off to a strong start with weekend celebrations for the anointing of the sick and the blessing of vehicles. We were privileged to host the 10-day training of college students who will be teaching in the Totus Tuus evangelization program in various dioceses in our region. The 5-Day Directed Retreat had 16 participants and we were happy to welcome Fr. Dick Myhalyk, SSE as a spiritual director along with returnees Bro. Frank Hagerty, SSE and Sr. Ann Duhmain, RSM. There were also private retreats for priests and a retreat for employees of St. Michael’s College under the direction of Fr. Marcel Rainville, SSE.
Our Wednesday Reflection Series started recently with great attendance. The first presentation was given by Fr. Michael Carter, SSE. We have a full slate of topics and presenters which can be found on our website in the Schedule of Events. This summer we are also offering some new programs. Fr. Myhalyk will expand his reflection series over three days and Bro. Hagerty is offering an overnight evening of retreat as well as a day of recollection. We are blessed to have so many collaborators willing to offer programs. We also look forward to celebrating our traditional feast days for St. Anne on July 26 and the Assumption of Mary on August 15.
Our “new” facilities are not that new anymore. Two septic pumps burnt out and other repairs were needed to the wastewater system. Our lawn mower tractors have been repaired over the years, but we cannot band-aid the vehicles any longer. We are going to have to invest in new ones as the grass is always growing on our 32 acres of property. The washing machine we use for chapel linens, vestments and kitchen needs is also at the end of its long life. An investment in equipment is needed and will certainly keep our grounds in pristine condition and our chapel washables clean as they should be.
Facing rising costs to operate in this period of inflation and the investment needed in new equipment, we do not stand alone in meeting these needs. Friends from Connecticut and a family from Massachusetts have come forward with a $35,000 match for this appeal so that we can make necessary investments to conduct our operations. Each dollar you contribute for the operations of St. Anne’s Shrine will be matched, up to a combined total of $70,000!
Thank you for your continued support of the Shrine and please send your intentions on the linked form which I will remember in my prayers. Happy summer and God bless you!
Rev. Brian J. Cummings, S.S.E.