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Mass on Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne

Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., will celebrate this Mass on this day, the Church’s Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne. St. Anne’s Parish offers this special Mass each year as the culmination of its observance of the feast day of its patroness. In the context of the Mass, Bishop da Cunha will bless and dedicate a statue of St. Mark Ji Tianxiang, a 19th-century Chinese martyr who spent most of his adult life trying to overcome an addiction to opium. The statue of the saint will be placed in the Shrine to serve as special place for visitors to come and pray, asking for the intercession of St. Mark Ji Tianxiang for those who are suffering from drug addiction or for those who have died from it. A special place will be designated for persons to leave prayer cards from those who have succumbed to addiction.