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Dear Friends,

Today is Mother's Day. With all the political rhetoric surrounding and engulfing any possible decision of the Supreme Court that has filled the airwaves recently, on this special day let's remember the special place a mother has in the hearts of her children. I offer this prayer for all our mothers and hope that your families have extended to you their deepest love, affection and appreciation for all you have done for them , especially as you helped your families through these two years of pandemic. In addition to this column, we will show a special tribute to mothers at the conclusion of all our masses.

God Our Creator, we pray:
For new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility;
For expectant mothers, wondering and waiting;
For those who are tired, stressed or depressed;
For those struggling to balance the tasks of work and family;
For those unable to feed their children due to poverty;
For those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
For those who have children they do not want;
For those who raise children on their own;
For those who have lost a child;
For those who care for the children of others;
For those whose children have left home;
And for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.


Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender, and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good, living not for themselves alone, but for God and for others.

Amen.

To all mentioned above and for whom we pray, blessings this Mother's Day. May you be filled with the same joy you bring to others and may the light of the Lord's love shine always in your hearts. Please take a flower as an acknowledgement of the place you hold in the heart of our one, big parish family.

As May is also the month of Mary, the Mother of the Lord and the Mother of all the faithful, I offer this prayer to her, authored by Pope Francis. It is a prayer that I recite every day. As in years past, we will honor Mary, the Blessed Mother, with the traditional crowning at the 9 30 Mass by some of our most recent 1st Communicants.

Mother, help our faith!

Open our ears to hear God's Word and to recognize his voice and call. Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps,to go forth from our own land and to receive his promise.

Help us to be touched by his love, that we may touch him in faith. Help us to entrust ourselves fully to him and to believe in his love, especially at times of trial, beneath the shadow of the cross, when our faith is called to mature. Sow in our faith the joy of the Risen One. Remind us that those who believe are never alone. Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus that he may be light for our path and may this light of faith always increase in us, Until the dawn of that undying day which is Christ himself, your Son, our Lord!
Amen.

God Bless,
Fr. Ron

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