Dear OSJ Family,

The Church, in her wisdom, gives us the Month of May to honor Holy Mary—our Mother and our Queen. Mary the “Queen of Heaven” is honored for her unique relationship with Jesus and her love and guidance of each of us, her earthly children. You should note that to the left of our altar is the stunning stained-glass window of Mary being crowned “Queen of Heaven”—it is a true treasure of our parish.

Pope Francis consecrated his papacy to Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Fatima, and he invited everyone to consecrate themselves to her tender, loving care.  This month, as we honor our Mother Mary and Queen, let us consider praying the Rosary, lighting a candle at Mary’s shrine, or praying one of the various novena prayers of Our Lady (Perpetual Help, Fatima, Un-tier of Knots, Guadalupe, Lourdes).

As we honor our Holy Mother Mary  on this Mother’s Day, let us remember to pray for all of our mothers, living and in heaven, for the many gifts they have shared with us, and for the many ways that they have showed us God’s love.

A Mother’s Day Prayer

Thank you, Holy God, for our mothers. 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.  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. Amen.

Happy Mother’s Day and God Bless.

In the Lord,

Fr Phil Florio, SJ