Mother’s Day 2020 Message from Father Bob

Dear Parishioners Near and Far,

” A Mother’s Day Prayer”

“I thank you, Creator of us all for my mother. I thank you that 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. She taught me that it was OK to cry, and that I should always tell the truth. Bless her with the graces she needs and what 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. Bless her this day with your love.”

What happened to Blessed Mary after Jesus’s death?

The four Gospels tell us very little. The Gospel of St. John says the disciple whom Jesus loved took Mary into his care. The Acts of the Apostles says: “Together they devoted themselves to constant prayer. There were some women in their company, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” Ancient tradition suggested Mary moved with St. John to Ephesus (in present day Turkey). Today travelers to Ephesus can visit the house of the Virgin Mary. Pope Paul VI became the first pope to visit Mary’s home. Another tradition suggests she stayed in Jerusalem since her family lived there. We Catholics believe that after her earthly life, she was assumed body and soul into heaven.

Thank you to all involved with Nativity BVM Outreach and your attempts to contact all parishioners during this lock down. We are still an active family of God in spite of physical separation. The parish still lives and someday we will all be together at the altar. As we hear of prayer petitions they will, for now, be placed in the basket in front of the altar. Your prayers and requests are included at Mass. The Lord hears all we place before him.

A little weekend humor:

A little girl asked her mom how did the human race appear?

Mom answered, “God made Adam and Eve and they had children, and so was all mankind made….”

Two days later the girl asked her Dad the same question.

Dad answered, “Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved. The confused girl returned to her Mom and said, “Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?”

The mother answered, “Well dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his!”

With Him and His Mom,
Fr. Bob