Happy Mother’s Day! Today is a day when all of us give thanks for our mothers, grandmothers and other women who have had a formative influence on us (appropriately timed during this month of May, when we traditionally honor our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary). I know it’s been a little challenging to celebrate Mother’s Day the way we have in the past; while we’re not in a hard lockdown like we were last Mother’s Day, I know that in-person get-togethers are still a little tougher than they used to be. I also know that there are some for whom this day is a bit of a struggle – I think of our parishioners who have lost their mothers over this past year, as well as families who are estranged. (Please keep these parishioners in your prayers in a special way today.) But I hope that this is a day when we can reach out to those influential mothers in our lives with expressions of love and gratitude for the many ways that they have been instruments of Christ’s love to us throughout our lives. So often in Scripture, “a mother’s love” is used as an image of perfect, unconditional love, and I hope that each of us has experienced this glimpse of the Father’s love through these special women in our lives.
Here at Christ the King, we usually have a few different ways in which we honor and support mothers around this time of year. To echo the mantra of the past year, these things will look a little different this year, but I hope we’ll still be able to support them.
¨ Over the past few weeks, you had the opportunity to support the Women’s Care Center Crib Club, which provides new cribs to expectant mothers. If you didn’t get the chance, just put your donation in a clearly-marked envelope in the collection box, and we’ll make sure that it goes toward the purchase of these cribs.
¨ We usually have our carnation sales this weekend to benefit Right-to-Life Michiana. This year instead of the carnation sales, we’ve placed a special envelope in your packet for this purpose, so we hope you’re able to contribute to this important pro-life work in our community.
¨ For questions about either of these efforts, contact Linda in the rectory: email@example.com.
I hope that all of the moms in our parish have a wonderful day (and Happy Mother’s Day to Mom back in Houston – she reads the bulletin online!) God bless you all.