Please join us once again this afternoon at 4:00PM as we celebrate Solemn Evening Prayer or Vespers for the Second Sunday of Advent. As we draw closer to the Christmas season, let us pause and reflect on the graces God is bestowing upon us during this season of hope and anticipation.
St. Anne Shrine Preservation Society would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Paul Sardinha, a longtime parishioner of the former Saint Anne parish. Mr. Sardinha passed away tragically on Thursday evening in an automobile accident. Over the many years Mr. Sardinha and his wife, Anne Marie, faithfully served Saint Anne. He was an usher, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, and for years served as a pall bearer during the annual solemn Way of the Cross held on Good Friday. Mr. Sardinha was also very active in the parish scouting program. May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
As a reminder the December Healing Mass will be celebrated THIS COMING THURSDAY DECEMBER 3 immediately preceding the Immaculate Conception Novena Service.
Tonight begins the Immaculate Conception Novena at the shrine. Services will be held daily at 6:00pm. Join us as we honor our Blessed Mother in this time of preparation.
“Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child. This is a healing memory; it brings hope.
The purpose of the Church’s (liturgical) year is continually to rehearse her great history of memories, to awaken the heart’s memory so that it can discern the star of hope…
It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus open the doors of hope.”
–+Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Seek That Which is Above, 1986