Fr. Joe's Letter

Fr. Joe’s Letter

May 8, 2024

Today we celebrate Mother’s Day. It is a very special time for us to honor all our mothers and most of all, our Blessed Mother. Our mothers give so much of themselves to us. They care for us, they nurture us physically and spiritually, they guide us through life, they watch over and protect us, they care for us when we are sick, they comfort us when we are sick or hurt, and they rejoice with us in our accomplishments.  Mothers are always there for us just as our Blessed Mother is always there for us in good times and bad.  Truly, our mothers on earth are a source of care and comfort. When we need help in our lives, so often we turn to our mothers. Sometimes we ask them to do things for us themselves and sometimes we ask them to intercede for us with our fathers or others whose help we need. We also do the same thing with our Blessed Mother. We pray that she will intercede for us with God, our Father, so that He will help us in doing some important or special task.

Today, let us thank almighty God for the gift of our mothers, stepmothers, godmothers, grandmothers, mothers-in-law, and those who are like mothers to us. May God truly bless them with His love and always help them to be instruments of His love in our lives. We also pray for our mothers who have died, that God may care for them and guide them safely home to the Kingdom of Heaven where they may enjoy forever the light and love of God’s life.

Yesterday the children of the second grade received our Lord for the first time in Holy Communion.  It was a very important day in their lives and in the lives of their families.  We congratulate these children and pray that they may always remain close to Jesus and know that He is always with them.  May they always treasure this most precious gift of Jesus in the Eucharist and never allow anything or anyone to stand in the way of their receiving Him each Sunday as they come to worship Him at Mass.

During this beautiful month of May, which is dedicated to our Blessed Mother and our devotion to her, it is a time for us to make more of an effort to pray the Rosary and meditate on the mysteries which are events in the lives of Jesus and Mary.  The Rosary is a beautiful Gospel prayer.  Many of the words of the prayers are from the Gospel itself and the mysteries take us through the Gospel beginning with the Annunciation and the Incarnation; God becoming a human being.  Mary, our Blessed Mother, has asked us on various occasions to pray the rosary every day for the conversion of sinners and for peace in the world.  Please pray the Rosary just as our Mother has requested and teach it to others, especially your children and grandchildren.  Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, pray for us.

Please note the Rosary is prayed here at Sacred Heart in the Chapel of Divine Mercy Monday thru Friday at 7:30AM.  Our school children pray the Rosary every Wednesday during the month of May, except on May 29, followed by Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament. Please check the bulletin for the times each week.  The school will have May Crowning on Wednesday, May 15 at 1:30 PM.  All are welcome.

THANK YOU!  I am very grateful to all who sent greetings, cards, prayers, and gifts to me for my birthday on May 2.  I especially enjoy the cards made by the school children.  They are very thoughtful and inspiring in many ways.  May God bless all of you for your kindness and thoughtfulness on such a special occasion in my life.  My life is filled with so many blessings especially all the good people God has sent into my life.

Fr. Joe Labak