My Dear Parishioners,
I want to offer warm congratulations to our young people who received Jesus in Holy Communion for the very first time over the weekend. We have invited our recent First Communicants to come to Sunday Mass this weekend dressed in their First Communion outfits. If you see one of them, please help to recognize, congratulate, and encourage them to stay close to Jesus.
May is also the month of Mary and a time when we reflect on Our Blessed Mother’s willingness to make a home for Jesus within her. We too are called to make a home for Jesus in our hearts and Mary will help us do that. You are encouraged to honor Mary by reciting the rosary either privately or join the public recitation of the rosary after the 8:00 a.m. weekday Mass or before the 5:00 Saturday vigil Mass. We will not have our May Procession this year because of the coronavirus issues.
Next Sunday we celebrate and honor our mothers. If you have not had a chance to write the names of the mothers and other women in your life that you wanted honored or memorialized on the Mother’s Day envelopes, please drop them off at the rectory or in the sacristy so that we may include them in our Mother’s Day Masses. The intentions will be placed in a basket in front of the Blessed Mother statue and remain there for the rest of the month of May. The Respect Life Committee has placed a vase of roses in front of the statue of Mary in gratitude for the willingness of Mary to become the Mother of Jesus and as a witness to the sanctity of all human life from conception through natural death. I found the following prayer for mothers on a Jesuit website:
A Prayer in Gratitude for Our Mothers
Good and Gentle God,
We pray in gratitude for our mothers and for all the women of theory who have joined with you in the wonder of bringing forth new life. You who became human through a woman, grant to all mothers the courage they need to face the uncertain future that life with children always brings.
Give them the strength to live and to be loved in return, not perfectly, but humanly.
Give them the faithful support of husband, family and friends as they care for the physical and spiritual growth of their children.
Give them joy and delight in their children to sustain them through the trials of motherhood. Most of all, give them the wisdom to turn to you for help when they need it most.
God Bless You! Fr.