Archdiocese of St. John's

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Month of May Happenings...


Ordinations

I wish to extend heartfelt congratulations to Jim Fleming who was ordained to the Order of Deacon at Mary Queen of Peace Parish, St. John’s, NL on May 13, 2015 and to Nelson Boren who was ordained to the Order of Priesthood at the Basilica Cathedral, St. John’s, NL on May 14, 2015. Please keep Deacon Jim in your prayers as he continues his journey to ordination and Father Nelson as he begins his priestly ministry.



Sacrament of Confirmation 

Over the past month I have visited all parishes within the Archdiocese of St. John’s to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on our youth. It has been an honour and privilege for me to visit our rural and urban parishes and meet our young people and their families who witness tremendous faith. Confirmation enriches the baptized person with the Holy Spirit, strengthening them to witness to Christ by their words and actions. May you come to a greater awareness of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in your life ~ knowledge, understanding, wisdom, fortitude, right judgment, piety and fear of the Lord. Sincere thanks to the dedicated and faithful parish teams who prepare our young people for reception of Confirmation.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.



Survey

As we begin the process of developing a new Pastoral Plan for our archdiocese, we are requesting input from people through an online survey. All are invited to complete the survey – those who attend Church and those who no longer practice their faith. The survey can be found on our website at www.rcsj.org. Your opinion counts and we value what all have to say. Your responses and feedback will help us as we formulate our vision and mission for the coming years.



Mother’s Day Blessings

On Sunday, May 10, 2015 we celebrate ‘Mother’s Day’. I wish all mothers a very Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day. Mothers have the important duty to nurture, love and teach their children from infancy providing them with wisdom, faith, and guidance. I pray today as well for all mothers who are deceased. Let us recall their love, sacrifices, commitment and dedication in bringing up their children. For those who mourn the absence of their mothers today, may the many memories you have of your dear one bring you consolation and peace. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is known as the mother of all mothers. Mary was a common woman who possessed great holiness, piety and humbleness. “ Mary, mother of all mothers, pray for us.”


Mother’s Day Prayer

God our Creator, we pray:
for new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility ;
for expectant mothers, wondering and waiting;
for those who are tired, stressed or depressed;
for those who struggle to balance the tasks of work and family;
for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;
for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
for those who have children they do not want;
for those who raise children on their own;
for those who have lost a child;
for those who care for the children of others;
for those whose children have left home;
and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.
Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender,
and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good,
living not for themselves alone, but for God and for others.
Amen.

(From http://www.godweb.org/mothersdayprayer.htm)

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