St. Anne’s Week

It’s that time again!  St. Anne’s Week is coming up (July 22-29).

We will be again celebrating our patronal feast this month; St. Anne’s feast day.  The week of “St. Anne’s Day,” July 26th, is filled with fun for residents and staff alike.

Each year, St. Anne’s Guest Home honors St. Anne, the mother of Mary, on her feast day  since our facility is named in her honor. A few years ago, we started making the celebration a weeklong observance.
One enjoyable part of the week is having themed dress up days, in which both residents and staff participate.  Some of the fun will include:

Sunday: Dress up Day – Rock ’round the Clock with a Cake Walk

Monday: Sports Day – Dance in the afternoon with Larry Wheeler

Tuesday:  Hat Day – Hymn-Sing-Along with Paulla and Bingo

Weds.: Western Day

Thursday: St. Anne’s Day – Mass for St. Anne’s feast, Wear your St. Anne’s Shirt / Bingo Party

Friday: Patriotic Day – Sing-along and outing

Saturday: Pajama Day – Don’t Sleep through Mass or Reading Hour

Vegetables and Friendships Grow together in the St. Anne’s Garden


garden at St. Anne's, Grand Forks

At the end of May, several residents helped Sr. Christina plant a small garden on our west patio.

Now, beets, peas, onions, peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes are growing!  Soon, it will be time to harvest.

The main intention of having this garden is to give our residents a fun project to take part in and a chance to get their hands dirty with tangible results.

Another fruit of the endeavor is the camaraderie which accompanies working together on a project.

We’re Ordering!

If you haven’t ordered your new St. Anne’s shirt (in the color of your choice of 40 colors), you’d better get on it. 🙂

We’re hoping to put the order in Friday afternoon.  There are some great colors to pick from.

The text will say “Life is great @ St. Anne’s” … “A caring Home since 1945”

We’ll be wearing our shirts as we celebrate the feast of St. Anne next month, on July 26.

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It’s Almost Time for our Ice Cream Social!

Our annual Pie & Cake Ice Cream Social will be held this coming Sunday!  We’re still looking for people to help by bringing a cake/pie, working the kitchen, serving, and cleaning up.

Please let us know if you’re interested: 701-746-9401.

You can also volunteer or donate online at

Thank you!

Ice Cream Social

A Time to Plant…

Several residents joined Sr. Christina this morning as we put in our garden.

Hopefully, within the next week or two, we’ll start seeing cucumbers, beets, peas, and onions popping their little heads out of the ground.

Some of the cucumbers and the cabbages were started inside earlier this month.

Planting the Garden at St. Anne’s

Pleasurable Plum Planting Procedures

Last September, we received a good amount of little plums from Sr. Rebecca’s niece.  

Sr. Christina and a few of our residents pitted them to be used in some tasty plum jam.  Several of the plums were saved for an experiment and buried in our raised garden over the winter.

Plums, like other pitted produce, are supposed to go through a cold period, called stratification, prior to sprouting.

This past Wednesday, when the garden was tilled, several little seedlings were found and carefully removed.

After being stored temporarily in some water (to give them a good drink and provide a place until soil and containers could be found), they finally found a new home in some pots in our atrium.

Once they get bigger and the weather gets nicer, we will have to think about a place in the yard where we would like to have plum trees.

If anyone would like a little plum tree, we may be able to part with a seedling.