It has long been the tradition in our parish to have our children receive their First Communion on the day before Mather's Day, the second Sunday of the month of May. So many of our children are celebrating the day of their First Communion with grandmothers or other relatives who have come to celebrate Mother's Day, and so we welcome all who have come to share in the celebrations of this week-end.
Today is also Mother’s Day.
Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948) first suggested the national observance of an annual day honoring all mothers . At a memorial service for her mother on May 10. 1908, Ms. Jarvis gave a carnation (her mother’s favorite flower) to each person who attended. Within the next few years, the idea of a day to honor mothers gained popularity, and Mother’s Day was observed in a number of large cities in the U.S. on May 9, 1914 by an act of Congress.
President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. He established the day as a time for "public expressions of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country
Our mothers are a priceless gift from God and without them our stories would have dramatically different ending. It was once said, "All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother".
Thank you God for giving us the love of a mother.
And so we welcome all our mothers, grandmothers, godmothers and all who fill the role of a mother as we pause to thank you and to ask God's blessings on you as we celebrate this month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. As we sing the old familiar hymns of Mary, which might bring a bit of nostalgia to you, we ask Mary to watch over our young children who received the Eucharist yesterday for the first time.
Fr John R. Mulvehill