First Holy Communion

by Father Sean Danda on April 25, 2021

Dear Parishioners:
On Sunday, April 18th and 25th, there are 97 children who are making their First Holy Communion here at St. Malachy. This is very exciting…it is the first time these children will receive our Lord Jesus in his Real Presence – Body, Blood, Soul & Divinity – in the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Eucharist! They are able to do this because their parents said “yes” to life, to love, and to passing on our Catholic faith to them. Saying “yes” to life is a beautiful call and responsibility that God shares with us. God is creative and generative. He shares his life and his love; and we are created in his image and likeness. This means we are meant to share life and love with others too. And, those called to the married vocation do
this by having and raising children. In this Year of St. Joseph, I especially think those called to the married life
should continue to reflect upon the Holy Family of Nazareth and how Mary
and Joseph give an example for married love and how to raise a child. They
are special intercessors for all of us. Even if you are divorced or a single
parent, know that Mary and Joseph are there for you too! Look to Mary and
Joseph to help you in your vocation of raising your children. They want to
help you.
May is the month dedicated to Mary, who said “yes” to life becoming the
mother of Jesus. She wants to support our call to say “yes” to God’s will for
our lives too, especially when it comes to becoming a parent. We ought to
pray with Mary for all mothers and fathers and expected parents. Mother’s
Day is May 9th, and one great gift we can give our mothers is a bouquet of
prayers.
From May 1-9, I invite you to join me in praying a Novena (nine day prayer)
for Life. The prayers are focused on St. Gianna Molla, one of our saints of
the month from the 150
th celebration, who is patron saint of mothers,
physicians, and the unborn. We can ask the Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, and
St. Gianna to bless our mothers and all mothers this year on Mothers’
Day! What a great gift!
You can access the special novena from praymorenovenas.com or find the
link in our e-newsletter and pray with me.
Let’s continue to pray for those whom God is calling to become parents that
they would be open to life, that they would love every child God shares with
them, and that they would raise those children in the Catholic faith.
In Jesus, through Mary,
Pastor

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