On behalf of the clergy, religious, and staff of the Little Flower Parish, we wish all mothers, grandmothers, mothers to be, aunts and those who love with a maternal heart, a Blessed and Holy Mother's Day this Sunday.
FIRST THURSDAY TALK
Please join us for Msgr. Vaghi's lecture series, entitled "The Pandemic Challenge: A Renewed Appreciation of the Eucharist," The next talk is tomorrow, Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 am in the Church.
The May talk title is:
"The Dismissal at Mass and Living the Eucharist"
All are welcome!
Sister Madonna Marie Lenikus, IHM
Christ's Death and Resurrection are intended to continue throughout all eternity. Christ lovingly gave His life once for all of us. Christ now lives for us. Christ is the Lamb of God and as Revelations states, "For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." Rev.7
This Sunday, May 8, we welcome our First Communicants into full participation in our parish community at the 9:00 am family Mass. At the beginning of the Mass, all the children will be invited to bring a flower or small branch from their yard to place at the base of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Additionally, all First Communicants are encouraged to come in their First Communion attire.
This Easter season, please consider giving up your envelopes and enrolling in our online giving system. Faith Direct allows you to support Little Flower and our ministries even when you are unable to join us for Mass. Enrolling in Faith Direct only takes a few minutes. You may also make a safe and secure one-time Easter gift online. Online giving is the most cost-effective way for our parish to receive your generous donations.
The Parish Respect Life Committee invites you to participate in our annual "Baby Shower." The past years have been overwhelmingly successful due to your extraordinary generosity. The recipients are so grateful and continually send their heartfelt thanks. This year we will be supporting several local pregnancy resource centers.
During the month of May, we will be collecting donations through our secure online form found by clicking below. Thank you so much for your kind support of these wonderful centers and the mothers in need!
There are two ways to donate:
- Bring non-perishable items to the rear of the church the first weekend of the month. The next collection is this weekend, MAY 7-8.
- Make a secure online donation to purchase Giant gift cards HERE.
The donations will be distributed to the food pantry of Queen of Peace parish, where the need is great. Thank you for your generosity.
FOR THE DECEASED – Please pray for the repose of the souls of
Kathleen Annarella, Michael Bradshaw, Brett Brown, Mary Brown, Don Freeman, Ed and Helen Ann Hanner, Maria Hunkeler, Kathleen Houlding, Elizabeth Hunton, Hal Hunton, Carlos Jingco, Mary Lynn Lawler, Gere Lynch, Norbert Max, Richard McBride, Joseph McGuinness, Barry Nace, Gale O'Laughlin, Alberto Piedra, Terry Radigan, James Smith, John Sweeney, John Wallerstedt, Robert Walsh.
FOR THE SICK – Please pray for the sick members of our parish and for all who are in need. Keep these and all the intentions of our parish in your prayers.
Poor Box – Donations in May will be for Covenant House, the largest privately funded, nonprofit childcare agency in the U. S. As such, it helps abused, neglected, homeless, runaway and other at-risk youth. Their services include street outreach, health care, job placement, academic remediation, vocational training, substance abuse treatment and prevention programs, advocacy and legal services.
"The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral – a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body. The angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God's creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creatures. God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation….
"What on God's good earth is more glorious than this: to be a mother."
(The late Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary)
Saints as Model Stewards - May the saints we honor next week inspire us to use our own unique God-given talents and opportunities as He would have us do.
Tuesday - Saint Damien of Moloka'i (born Joseph de Veuster in Belgium), who died in 1889 of leprosy after working for 25 years on the Hawaiian Puno and Kohala islands. The last 16 years of his life were spent, at his request, ministering to the lepers on Moloka'i. St. Damien wrote, "The memory of your past infidelities must move you at each moment to acts of humility and contrition, with the renewing of firm vows for the future. Be severe toward yourself, indulgent toward others. Have a scrupulous exactitude for everything regarding God, that is, in prayer, meditation, celebration of the Mass and the sacraments."
Robert Louis Stevenson wrote about Damien's inspiring life among the lepers.
Thursday –Sts.Nereus, Achilleus, and Pancras (d. 304?) The former two were Praetorian soldiers who, rather than carry out the cruel orders of a tyrant, left their military service, were exiled and then executed for their Christian faith. St. Pancras was taken by his uncle from their native Syria to Rome, where they both converted to Christianity. For this, Pancras was martyred – at age 14! May the prayers of these martyrs help us to bear cheerfully whatever suffering or sacrifices the good stewardship of our faith requires.
Saturday - St. Matthias the Apostle, chosen by the other apostles to replace Judas, primarily because he had been with Jesus from the beginning. The more we are "with Jesus" the better prepared we'll be to get others to know Him. St. Matthias is, appropriately, the patron saint of substitutes.
Cardinal Fun Run!
Saturday, May 21 - 8:30 am Race Start
All are welcome to participate to support LFS Home and School Association. Participants to meet in the LFS parking lot at 8 am and then proceed as a group to Little Fall's Trail for the start of the event. Following the race, please join us back at the school for refreshments and awards!
Mother Daughter Bingo & Pizza Event
Thursday, May 26 from 6-8 pm
in the Parish Hall
6 pm - Pizza Dinner | 6:30 pm - Bingo Begins
Cost: Ladies $25 Girls: $15 each
Prizes for winning ladies and girls!
All ladies welcome! Bring gently-used bag and/or new toiletries that we can to give to a local charity for women in need!