St Ann parishioner and director of religious education, Jolie, is traveling to India this summer to give retreats for caregivers in women’s shelters. Here is a travel update from Jolie and her retreat partner Nicki:
“The power went off today at 12:40 p.m. It stayed off for 3 hours. That meant no lights, no fans, and NO COOLERS (I.e., air conditioning). It was brutal. We “glistened” so much (since women don’t sweat) we slid everywhere, leaving a wet trail behind us. We were in the dark because you didn’t dare let heat in with the sunlight. Each of us doused ourselves with cold buckets of water left in our bathrooms to cool, because the water in the shower is naturally so hot, it is unpleasant. Oh my goodness.
Now we feel like locals. Nicki has already started to eat like one… that means with her fingers. There’s only one downside… her nail polish on her right hand has turned yellow from the curry. Who would have guessed?
The pictures you see are of the chapel that was designed for this Provincialate to represent the entire cosmos and the Universe Story. The earth is the special tabernacle of the Christ. Beautifully done. Very ecological.
Rumor has it that a cyclone will hit the West coast near Mumbai sometime tomorrow. We are very inland… but we are praying we get rain from it. We could really use a drop in temperature and a cleaning out of the atmosphere.
The other photos are of the Good Shepherd above the entrance to the Provincialate and the carving of their foundress. The building is just 2 months old so everyone is still learning where everything is. We are the first to host an event here. A real privilege. Some of the sisters have traveled more than 3 days by train to get here. Their dedication to each other and to retreat is inspirational. They have come from as faraway as Nepal. Amazing women!
More later! Keep us (and the electrical system) in your prayers.”
Nicki and Jolie, Travel Team for India
Thank you so much for all of your prayers for our Parish secretary, Erin! She is so appreciative of the prayers and says she can definitely feel all our love. Surgery went well yesterday, and pathology results will come in next week. Please keep Erin and her family in your prayers!
Also – the St Ann community has been asked to bring meals to Erin’s family on Wednesdays. If you would like to help, there are still a few slots left – a sign up sheet will available after Mass.
If you didn’t get a chance to fill out the Pentecost survey at Mass during Pentecost, you can fill one out over the next couple of weeks or fill it out online here:
We hope you will take the time to fill out the questionnaire – we would love to hear from all of the St Ann community!
As many of you know, our parish secretary, Erin, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She will be having surgery on June 12. We will be having a blessing service for Erin on Tuesday, June 4th, at Noon in the Rompa Center – any parishioners who would like to join us in healing prayers for Erin are welcome to come.
The St Ann community has been asked to provide meals on Wednesdays – there will be a sign up sheet available after Mass. (Thanks to all those who already signed up!)
There is also an online sign up for meals for her family, if you would like to sign up for an additional meal, or for a day other than Wednesday.
And there is a gofundme page to cover medical expenses:
Please keep Erin and her family in your prayers!
* Sunday, June 2nd – Last official Youth Group Meeting for the year. (Watch for a special Summer event!)
*Saturday & Sunday, June 8th & 9th – Pentecost.
– Please wear RED to Mass!
– Second Collection to help those in need in the neighborhood
* Sunday June 16th – Father’s Day!
* St. Ann Youth Ministries last meeting will be Sunday June 2nd. Keep an eye out for a Summer event!
* Classes for 1st Communion & Reconciliation will begin after Labor Day. If you are interested in having your child participate or if you have questions, contact Jolie, or email email@example.com and we will pass your message along.