POPE FRANCIS is calling the faithful to “rediscover the beauty of praying the rosary at home during the month of May. In a recent letter, Pope Francis asked us to join him in praying the rosary during the month of May as an act of spiritual unity with one another and to go to Mary, the Blessed Mother, with our petitions. “Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial.”
Mother’s Day is the special time all people celebrate their first best friends and trust for advice. Mother’s Day is also a great time to show our love for all other wonderful women like you.
A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.
A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.
Mothers, I wish to register my sincerest and most profound appreciation to you for your unconditional love for your children and all human beings.
Blessings, Father Seth
A Mothers’ Day Prayer
I thank you God for my mother. I thank you that she gave me life and nurtured me all those years. She gave me my faith, helping me to know you and to know Jesus and his ways. She taught me how to love and how to sacrifice for others. She taught me that it was okay to cry and that I should always tell the truth. Bless her with the graces she needs and which you want to give her today. Help her to feel precious in your eyes today and to know that I love her. Give her strength and courage, compassion and peace. Bless her this day with your love.
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
We are entering into the Holy Season of Lent in preparation for the celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection at Easter. We have before us seven weeks to turn away from sin and to be faithful to the Gospel. By means of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving we witness the Lord’s call to holiness. The church gives us the following Lenten regulations – all Catholics between the ages of 14-59 are required to observe the guidelines of fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. We are encouraged to keep the fast of Good Friday up to the beginning of the Easter Vigil on Saturday at 8 pm. Fasting means having only one full meal to maintain one’s strength. Two smaller, meatless and penitential meals are permitted according to one’s needs but together they should not equal one full meal. Eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat for those 14 years and older.
We Pray that through the observance of Lent that not only may our hearts be renewed, but our families and our parish as well.
In Christ’s peace,
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Dear Parishioners, As we begin a New Year this is my prayer for you…
In times of trouble, may the Lord answer your cry. May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm. May He send you help from His Sanctuary and strengthen you from Jerusalem. May He remember all your gifts and look favorably on your burnt offerings.
May He grant your heart’s desires and make your plans succeed. May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God.
May the Lord answer all your Prayers. AMEN.
-Psalm 20 : 1-5
Keep us in your prayers who go to Ghana as we won’t also forget you in our prayers. I am particularly grateful to God for everyone of you for the joy, happiness, love and special friendship we have shared so far. God bless you all.
BLESSINGS, FATHER SETH