05/01/2016

father_karl_216Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

During the month of May we honor Mary under her various titles. On the south wall of the Church we have a shrine to the Mother of God and the image of our Lady of Guadalupe. I have been gathering in my office other images of Mary approved by the church an image of our Lady of the Americas ,Our Lady of Aparecida (from Brazil) Our Lady of Knock (Ireland) . My hope is to gather images from Lourdes, Fatima, Czestochowa, and many others so to reflect the mix of nationalities that make up our Parish. Then I would hope to place them all on that South wall as a wall of Mary.

I would place a binder with a history of every image in it so that people could learn how that particular devotion to Mary came about. Every culture that has had a catholic tradition has an image of Mary that it is devoted to. I would hope that during the month of May I will be able to begin to place some of these images on that wall. My only condition is that it must be an image from a shrine that has received the official approval of the church. During the month of May we will have a visit from the Holy Family icon, and the May crowning of our Blessed Mother and I would hope that in your homes and in your travels you would try to say the rosary. The mysteries of the rosary provide us with beautiful opportunity to reflect on the story of our salvation and to remember that Mary was with Jesus at all the key moments of His life. She was there at His birth, when He performed His first miracle and she was with Him on the way of the cross and in His death on the cross. As we pray the rosary we pray that she may be with us on our journey of faith so that we may be found worthy of the promises of Christ.

Thank you for your support of our first dinner dance. There will be more in the next Bulletin about the dance and all the Raffles.

Let us Journey together in faith. Mary Mother of Christians pray for us.

Fr Karl