Autumn Extravaganza

We’re Going Italian! – St. Anne’s to host an Autumn Extravaganza

We’re taking an Italian twist this year! Along with our annual craft and bake sale, St. Anne’s will be holding a spaghetti dinner.  This year, we’re also including a silent auction with many great items donated by local businesses and community members.

We’ll still be offering homemade caramel rolls, other tasty items, crafts, and great fellowship.  This event will be October 27th.

This autumn tradition at St. Anne’s dates back to 1967.  In the early years, the sale featured over a hundred loaves of bread, freshly baked by the Franciscan sisters who staffed the Home, as well as homemade caramel rolls, which are still a hit today.  The bread was sold so quickly it pretty much “flew out,” according to Sr. Rebecca, current administrator of St. Anne’s, who was there at the event’s onset.  At the time crafts were very popular, and the sisters hand crocheted baby afghans and other items for the fall sale.

In the 1990s, a luncheon was added to the day’s itinerary, the menu used.  St. Anne’s Volunteers bring in baked goods for the sale, and a variety of other craft and gift items are also available.  The craft and bake sale runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the spaghetti dinner starts at 11 a.m. that same day.  The proceeds will benefit St. Anne’s Guest Home, a facility which provides for elderly and vulnerable adults in Grand Forks.

St. Anne’s provides both basic care and low-rent housing, aiming to create an environment of living and sharing the Gospel message for the spiritual and physical, as well as the psychological, social, and emotional health of the residents.

St. Anne’s had its beginnings in Fargo, North Dakota in 1945, when the Franciscan Sisters (from Hankinson) were asked to open a house to take care of sick, homeless men who were living by riding the trains from city to city. Since that time, the Sisters have been providing services to the elderly and vulnerable. In 1952, they moved the home to Grand Forks at the Bishop’s request.

Over the past 72 years, nearly 90% of the residents at St. Anne’s have been on government assistance. Many of these individuals have no family to help contribute toward their care.  Regardless of their background, the sisters and staff try to provide a friendly, homelike environment for every one of them.  Events such as the fall sale and luncheon help keep this caring home in operation.