FORT WAYNE — On the feast day of St. Joachim and St. Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, residents of St. Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne celebrated with prayer and thanksgiving at a Mass offered by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades.
In his homily, Bishop Rhoades referred to the Book of Exodus and the meeting tent when God met Moses and gave him directions on how to handle his people as they made their way to the promised land.
“You too, have a blessed place where you can visit with the Lord,” Bishop Rhoades said. “It is this Saint Anne’s Chapel where our Lord waits in the tabernacle. Leave your troubles here or celebrate with prayers of thanksgiving.”
Bishop Rhoades reminded those present that the elderly are a great gift to the Church because their prayers create a powerful force that the bishop depends on, and urged them to offer even more prayers.
The assistance to the Saint Anne residents from the administration and the staff was particularly acknowledged with special thanks to all.
Concelebrating the Mass were Fathers Adam Schmitt, Robert Traub and Saint Anne Chaplain Jack Overmyer. In attendance were Msgr. Raymond Balzer and Father Robert Yast. The choir from St. Therese Parish, Fort Wayne, sang for the Mass.
Following Mass, Bishop Rhoades chatted with each resident individually and offered encouragement and special blessings, and had lunch with the resident priests.
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