Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Today (and everyday) we celebrate Mother’s day. Usually, we give them flowers, bring them to restaurants, give them drawings or crafts, listen to their favorite song or artist all day. Since this year we cannot do any of that, I invite you to pray to God in thanksgiving for the person through whom we were brought into the world. We, as a parish, need to pray and support all mothers in the ever increasing challenge of raising children in today’s world. However, today is even more difficult for many people as well. Their pain is not that they cannot bring their mothers out, but that their mothers may have passed away. I invite you to add to your prayer also for the mothers who may have lost someone special in their lives, who are grieving for their children both born and unborn, those whose hearts are heavy because their children are sick or facing some other difficulties.
Please join me as we lift all of them in PRAYER as we say:
“All loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old;
We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need;
May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy
We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us;
May they continue to guide in strong and gentle ways.
We remember mothers that are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.
We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.
We remember mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers who are no longer with us, but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love”
Father Steven Clemence