On the Sunday following Holy Pascha (May 5, 2019), the Sunday of Thomas, the Parish Assembly unanimously approved the construction of the Shrine Church of Saint Anna as well as Phase Two of our Capital Campaign! The motion was made and seconded (as well as affirmed) by the founders of our community who were present at the General Assembly. It was a moving testimony to the vision and determination of our founders as well as the love and dedication of all those who now call Saint Anna Parish their spiritual home.
The clergy and laity will gather on the construction site for the Shrine following Divine Services on Sunday, June 2 to ask God to bless the work that will commence, God-willing in July. The faithful will again gather in proximity to the construction site on the Feast of the Dormition of St. Anna (July 25) to again ask God’s blessings upon this endeavor to His glory. On September 7, clergy and laity will gather from near and far to celebrate the placement of the foundation stone by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. This foundation stone includes rocks from the Skete of St. Anna on Mount Athos (Greece) and also the Parish of St. Anna situated on Mount Kenya, a parish supported by our community.
Only God knows what Grace has been brought to Roseville and the region through the regular celebration of the Holy Eucharist, through the presence of Holy Relics of the Holy Ancestors of God Joachim and Anna, as well as a host of other Holy Relics acquired by our Parish, and also on account of the prayers of the faithful that have assuredly and will forever be lifted up here. May God continue to bless and keep our families and our region in His through the prayers of Saint Anna, our holy matron!