I'd like to share three simple points this week:
May: Honoring our Blessed Mother
As we begin the month of May, our parish honors the Blessed Virgin Mary with its annual Crowning ceremony following the 11:00 AM Mass. The brief ceremony is enhanced with the participation of our children who received their first Holy Communion on Saturday, April 23. Our Blessed Lady should have a special place in our spiritual life and this month is a privileged time to highlight what Mary means for us. The late Carlo Maria Cardinal Martini of Milan wrote that our devotion to Mary is expressed in three ways:
- Listen to the Word: Mary made space in her life so that the Word of God could enter in. She let the word resonate within, from the first words of the angel until the last words of Jesus on the cross. She created a zone of silence within and about her so that she could hear the Word of God.
- Say "yes" to God: Mary put herself at the disposition of God's call. She did not fear to say "yes" to God in her life. In turn, God guided her in his fidelity.
- Serve God: Mary adhered to God, allowing him to manifest his reign in her through her humble service, from the Incarnation to the Cross, and in the nascent Church.
Holy Day of Obligation
Let us not forget that the Solemnity of the Lord's Ascension is celebrated this Thursday. It is a holy day of obligation. Please refer to the
Last week, our parish and school office staff attended a day of appreciation and enrichment at
in Spring Lake! It focused on the unique role office staff contribute to the Church's mission of evangelization. We might call secretaries and support staff "ministers of first impressions." I should like to think that our parish and school staff are both welcoming and helpful to all who phone or visit. I am most grateful to them for all they do for our parish!