During May as we celebrate the “mother of God,” we also celebrate all of the mothers who are dear to us, both those still with us and those called to their eternal reward. On the second Sunday of May, special prayers will be offered during the Mass for mothers and all of the good and holy work that they do. Mothers are often the priests of a child’s first church, the family in which prayers are taught, the first stories of Jesus shared, and the lifelong lessons of conscience are begun. On this special day we give voice to the too often unsaid thanks which mothers are due.
The gift of motherhood is the most precious gift that God himself bestows on those who answer this very special call and vocation. May Mary, the mother of God and the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ watch and bless all of our mothers.
Let us all honor every mother not only today but every day.
Let us make every day – a mother’s day. Following Mass, the members of the Women’s Society invite the mothers of our parish and their guests, who are the rest of us, to a traditional coffee and cake in our parish hall.
Mother’s Day prayer
Almighty and merciful God and most gracious Father, You gave us our mothers for the rearing of each new generation and the fulfillment of Your purposes on earth. You poured into their hearts the great graces of faith, love and sacrifice, and chose them to be instrument of Your holy and noble aims. On this day, dedicated to the honor of our mothers, we ask that You would bless all the mothers of our congregation. Empower them to lovingly fulfill the obligations You have given them, as they look to the example of Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus, and to the lives of all devoted and holy women. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God forever and ever. Amen.