Mother’s Day at the Basilica of Saint Mary

Envelopes for our Mother’s Day Spiritual Bouquet are currently available in the back of the church. For an freewill offering, you can request that a mother, wife, grandmother, etc. of your choosing be remembered in the Masses offered at the Basilica of Saint Mary in observance of Mother’s Day. Offering envelopes can be placed in the Sunday collection baskets or dropped off at the parish office at 313 Duke Street. Offerings can also be made here on Faith Direct. The envelopes will contain a Mother’s Day card that you can keep or give to a loved one.

We will have a blessing for our mothers at all the Masses on Mother’s Day. We will also pray for mothers in our Prayers of the Faithful.

In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, high schoolers involved in this summer’s Diocesan WorkCamp will be handing out carnations after all the Masses. They will accept freewill donations to help defray the costs associated with WorkCamp.

During our Children’s Mass on Sunday at 8:30 am, our children will participate in the annual May Crowning tradition. May is the “Month of Mary” in the Church.

Saint Paul VI wrote about the importance of these May Marian devotions in a 1965 letter. He wrote, “It is precisely because the month of May is a powerful incentive to more fervent and trusting prayer, and because during it our petitions find their way more easily to the compassionate heart of Our Blessed Lady, that it has been a custom dear to our predecessors to choose this month, dedicated to Mary, for inviting the Christian people to offer up public prayers, whenever the needs of the Church demanded it, or whenever danger hovered menacingly over the world. This year, we too feel the need of sending out a similar appeal to the whole Catholic world. When we look at the present needs of the Church or at the state of peace in the world, we have compelling reasons for believing that the present hour is especially grave; that it makes a call for united prayer from the whole Christian people more than ever a matter of urgency.”

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