MOTHER’S AND FATHER’S DAY — 2018
Dear Friends of the Jesuits,
May is the month of Our Lady, and also, quite fittingly, the month of Mother’s Day. For the Blessed Virgin Mary is truly our mother, the Mother of God, Mother of the Church, and Queen of the World.
When I was growing up, I was raised by my father and Mother’s Day was always a bit sad for me, especially when the other students in school were making Mother’s Day cards. I wasn’t sure if I should make a Mother’s Day card and have no one to send it to, make a card for my father, or make nothing.
On a visit to my grandmother, I mentioned this to her and she said, “Never forget that you have a mother who is always with you, and will never leave you, the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is everyone’s mother.” This was comforting to me, and I often recalled my grandmother’s wise words during times when I felt left out or lonely.
The Jesuit Development Office has a wonderful tradition to celebrate Mother’s Day.
On May 13 at 11:00 am, Father Robert Wong, SJ, will offer a Mass at St. Monica’s Parish, at 12011 Woodhead Rd., in Richmond, BC, for all mothers. At this Mass the special women in the lives of our benefactors and friends will be honoured and remembered. Carnations will be placed in the sanctuary to symbolize the love we all share for mothers, grandmothers, and any woman who is special to us and for whom we wish to pray. If you are in the Vancouver area and are able, Father Wong would enjoy welcoming you to his parish on this day.
On Father’s Day, June 17 at 11:00 am, Father Wong will remember those important men in our lives at Mass, whether they are fathers, grandfathers, sons, uncles, or special friends.
We invite you to send in the names of those women and men who have made a difference in your life and for whom you wish to give thanks on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
The Jesuits are always grateful for your prayers and support, and please know they are praying for you, and for the special people in your life on Mother’s and Father’s Day and throuhgout the year.
Barry J. Leidl