July 26 is the Feast of our parish, St. Ann and Joachim, the grandparents of Jesus and mother of Mary. We know them from an extra-canonical document written about AD 165. They were elderly and sterile. Joachim prayed and fasted for 40 days and Ann conceived. Mary is the fruit of their union. Jesus said, “By their fruits you shall know them.” That being the case, then we know they must have been special people because they produced the woman who is the Mother of God. St. Ann and Joachim, pray for us.