From our pastor Father Neil Herlihy
Tomorrow we also celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. The Church offers Mary as a model of love in its fullness. Our Church scholars remind us that the love she had for Jesus and Joseph is not reserved for them alone. It is the same precious love that she has for us, the same precious love she shares with us, an unselfish love that we should not take for granted. As we celebrate this great feast, and as we look to Mary as our model, we are challenged to resolve to follow her example and strive to be more unselfish in our love of God, our love of prayer, and our love of our families. In essence, we are invited to respond in generous love and embrace a true sense of family unity.
The following prayer, called the “WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES PRAYER”, reflects this call for family unity and fidelity:
YOU HAVE MADE US YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS IN THE FAMILY OF THE CHURCH.
MAY YOUR GRACE AND LOVE HELP OUR FAMILIES IN EVERY PART OF THE WORLD
BE UNITED TO ONE ANOTHER IN FIDELITY TO THE GOSPEL
MAY THE EXAMPLE OF THE HOLY FAMILY, WITH THE AID OF YOUR HOLY SPIRIT,
GUIDE ALL FAMILIES, ESPECIALLY THOSE MOST TROUBLED, TO BE HOMES OF COMMUNION AND PRAYER
AND TO ALWAYS SEE YOUR TRUTH AND LIVE IN YOUR LOVE.
THROUGH CHRIST OUR LORD. AMEN. JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH, PRAY FOR US.