Sts. Anne and Joachim: Parents of the Virgin

During my high school and college years, our family lived in St. Anne’s parish in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. I have memories of the church being filled for the annual novena for the nine days preceding St. Anne’s July 26th feast day. My husband gave me my engagement ring in St. Anne’s church, and we were married there. When we return to Cleveland, we visit or attend Mass at St. Anne’s…

A Mission at Home

On June 10, 2012, we gathered to celebrate our first 8th grade graduation from our homeschool. Our thirteen-year-old daughter, Bernadette, rejoiced that she had successfully completed nine years of Seton Home Study School. My husband and I rejoiced that with the grace of God, we had successfully educated her. At that celebration, my husband read and shared publicly, for the first time, the mission statement we had written nine years earlier…

St. Joachim and St. Anne

On July 26th, we celebrate the feast of St. Joachim and St. Anne, parents of the Blessed Mother and the grandparents of Jesus. This reminds us of the great love of God the Father, who sent His beloved Son into the world as a newborn Babe to grow and interact in love with individual persons.

St. Joachim and St. Anne

On July 26, we celebrate the feast of St. Anne and St. Joachim, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Anne became the mother of Mary when she was quite advanced in age. Anne and Joachim had almost given up hope for a baby; nevertheless, they continued to pray for a miracle.

SS. Joachim and Anne

The Church celebrates the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on July 26th. St. Anne has been considered a powerful saint and a favorite throughout Christianity. She is an especially revered patron saint in Canada, especially in Quebec where the shrine of St. Anne de Beaupré is located. The shrine is considered the oldest pilgrimage site in North America.