Happy Mothers Day

May 8, 2019

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ, 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who have lovingly mothered someone, whether that be biological, adoptive, foster or just lovingly cared for those children who have come into your life. Not to take anything away from our fathers, especially those who went beyond their role as father, to be mother as well. But I think everyone would agree that we owe a lot to our mothers, to those who nurtured us and cared for us, those who loved us, even when we weren’t very lovable. They sacrificed so much for us. They were our first teacher, and the most important thing they taught us was to love God and love ourselves.

While they do this 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, every year of our lives, we give them one day a year, and then expect them to do the dishes! And the worst part is how often we take them for granted. When was the last time you did something for your mother and told her you love her, when it wasn’t Mother’s Day or her birthday? ...Honestly, I know that most of you treat your mothers better than that, but regardless of how much we do for our mothers it can never be too much. May our Lord bless them in abundance.

I also want to congratulate our graduates. It’s hard to believe, but some of our college students have already graduated and are ready to take the next big step in life. I wish them success in whatever they choose to do. May God watch over them and guard each of those steps. May our Lord guide them and walk with them, that they may avoid all the pitfalls of life and walk always in His Light. And may The Spirit inspire them to strive for higher heights, and dare to accomplish all their dreams, that one day they may inspire their own children to accomplish great things.

Finally, since we didn’t get to do our evangelization project when the Grand Rapids Volunteers were in town, we are looking for a new date. We will be looking for a Saturday and will need a lot of help. We want to cover as much of the Western section of our parish as possible, and it has recently gotten much larger. We will go out in teams and those teams will have two choices: the first is to simply hang information packages on doorknobs, while the others will actually knock on the doors and hand the packages to the resident if they answer. Of course, we would hope that you also engage them in conversation, introduce yourself as a member of The Rock and invite them for a visit. You could also invite them to our Saturday BBQs. The idea is not just to increase membership, but also to spread the Gospel and build connections with our neighbors.

Look for a sign-up sheet at the side tables.

In the Redeemer,

Fr Rick