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Advent/Christmas 2022

Dear Friends of St. Anne's Shrine,
 

It is hard to believe that this past fall I completed twenty years ministering at St. Anne’s Shrine. Since 2003 I have been blessed to meet many people who either make an annual pilgrimage to the Shrine or celebrate Mass throughout the season. Area residents from both sides of the lake, summer vacationers, young families, retirees, neighbors from Canada, those who travel from near and far away distances, all contribute to making the Shrine a community of faith.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Edmundites I immediately noticed as I was discerning my vocation was the hospitable nature of the priests and brothers. Hospitality is mentioned in our Constitutions as one of the charisms of the Society of St. Edmund: “An important aspect of our history and fundamental to our spirituality is the virtue of hospitality. Through this virtue we bring Christ to others, especially those most in need of His presence.” We strive to put into practice the words of St. Paul’s in his letter to the Romans proclaimed on the 2nd Sunday of Advent: “Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God.”

The primary mission of St. Anne’s Shrine is to provide a welcoming environment to help people participate in the life of the Church through the Sacraments and retreat experiences. Friends like you help us fulfill this mission because you make the Shrine possible. There are many ways to help the Shrine financially especially at the end of the calendar year. Our Planned Giving page on our website under the Contact tab suggests ways you can donate funds through IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions, gifts of stock, bequests in your Will, Living Trust, or as a beneficiary on your IRA, and through other financial instruments.

You can also assist the Shrine in response to this appeal by making a generous Christmas donation. Given rising costs in this time of inflation, the Dion Family Foundation has pledged a $50,000 matching gift initiative. Each dollar you contribute for the programming and upkeep of St. Anne’s Shrine will be matched, up to a combined total of $100,000. Your donation will go twice as far. Please submit your intentions so that we Edmundites can remember them in our prayers in the Advent and Christmas seasons.

On the 4th Sunday of Advent, we will hear from Matthew's Gospel: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’" As we journey through Advent and enter the Christmas season, let us remember that God is always with us, particularly in our times of trial. God bless you and thank you for your continued support of St. Anne’s Shrine. Have a blessed and merry Christmas!

 

Sincerely,

​​Rev. Brian J. Cummings, S.S.E.

Spiritual Director

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