May 11, 2014 – A View from the Rectory Window

Little Tommy forgot his lines in a Sunday school presentation. His mother was in the front row to prompt him. She gestured and formed the words silently with her lips, but it did not help. Her son’s memory was blank. Finally, she leaned forward and whispered the cue, “I am the light of the world.” The child beamed and with great feeling and in a loud clear voice said, “My mother is the light of the world.”

Today, I am grateful to profess that not just Tommy can claim this honor for his mother.

On the weekend past, our parish celebrated a wonderful moment when sixty-four (64) children received Jesus, in Holy Communion, for the first time. Let us hold these children and their families in our prayers:

Emma Affrunti, Emily Anton, Jackson Barnes, Elise Becker, Hannah Cappelletti, Katie Carlos, McKenna Chisholm, Connor Clark, Emma Cori, Vittoria Cuce, Simon Davies, Charles DiCicco, Alexandra Dougherty, Olivia R. Eggie, Thomas Germanio, Jr., Paige Hearon, Walter Holmes, Nick Izzi, Anthony Lamanna, Dylan Laughlin, Kieran Lawton, Evan Leadley, Emma Lynn Lemmon, Abigail Leypoldt, Aiden Leypoldt, Liam MacDoanld, Lily Mammele, Zachary Marks, Ella Mashura, Grace McMahon, Ty Mercado, Cruz Morales, Jonathan Moyer, Julia Neff, Andrew Neuman, Imogene Nuss, Timothy Palermo, Isabella Pero, Liam Pero, Noah Quinn, Hunter Repici, Ashley Rhodes, Mya Rihl, Benjamin Robbins, Lily Robert, Kasey Ruf, Nikki Rumaker, Misael Sacramento, Kevin Sakers, Sean Sakers, Samuel Scarano, Amber Schlembach, Camryn Schultheis, Charles Schutta, Julia Simon, Alexander Simone, Katherine Smith, Antonio Sulpizi, Trisha Swayngim, Grace Tedesco, Marissa Vallese, Corinne Williams, Luke Williamson and John Wriggins

Following the 9:30 Mass this past weekend we then dedicated our new Shrine to the Blessed Mother.

5.3.14 Dedication of Mary Shrine 5 MM - Copy

I believe these two events (First Holy Communion and the dedication of our Shrine) are not distinct and separate moments in the life of our parish family. Rather, I believe they invite us to consider how Mary’s act of faith and obedience to God’s design of salvation assured us of the gift of Jesus Himself; the very gift that our children received in their First Holy Communion. As Mother of God and disciple of Jesus, Mary is truly a light for the world.

On this Mother’s Day weekend, I thank all our mothers who have gifted us with life and love and who, like Mary, have brought us into a deeper relation with the source of all life and love –Jesus.

Happy Mother’s Day,

Father Pete