Mary, Mother of God

03-23-2014Pastor's LetterSister Barbara

Dear Parish Family,

"In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent to a town of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man name Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary". The angel told her that she found favor with God and that she would conceive and bear a son and give him the name Jesus. He would be called the Son of the Most High...(Lk. 1:26) This Gospel will be read on Tuesday March 25th, the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God. On this day Mary gave her "yes to become the Mother of Our Savior. All throughout the Old Testament history the Israelites waited for the Messiah to come. There was great rejoicing in heaven at the moment Mary gave her fiat. There will be great rejoicing this Tuesday as we gather to celebrate at St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church.

Last Saturday there was a retreat for 137 second graders and their parents. Five presentations were made throughout the morning. One presentation was The Wedding Feast at Cana. As the scripture was read the story was acted out by some of the youth in our parish. St. Luke tells us in his Gospel that Mary was present at that wedding and noticed that the wine was running out. In those days, to have something like this happen was a great embarrassment for the bride and groom. Mary was the one who noticed what had happened and went to Jesus saying simply, "They have no wine". Jesus knew it wasn't time for Him to reveal who He was. However, Mary said to the servants, "Do whatever He tells you". We know that after the jugs were filled with water, Jesus performed His first miracle by changing the water into wine. It was through Mary's intercession. Jesus heard her request.

When the scripture reading was finished, we explained the rosary and how we pray it. Pope John Paul ll introduced the new Mysteries to the Church before he died. The Wedding Feast at Cana is the second decade of the Luminous mysteries. I asked the children to close their eyes and to think about something they would like to ask Mary. I told them that Jesus never refuses to say yes to His Mother. One little boy, after thinking about it, raised his hand and as only a child can do, said he wanted to ask Mary to help his mother and father get back together, and to stop arguing and fighting so they could be a family again.

I honestly feel that Our Lady heard that little boy's prayer just like she hears ours when we go to her with our heart-aches, needs, and concerns for ourselves and our loved ones. Let us go to her like a child. Many people make a practice of praying a decade of the rosary at night with their children.

Perhaps in these remaining days in Lent we can all try to say one decade at night, or while we are traveling to work or to Shop Rite. Try saying it with your spouse when all the children have gone to bed and it's quiet in the house.

I can tell you from experience that many of my prayers have been answered through Our Lady's intercession. She will love to hear from you this week.

I promise to remember you when I pray my rosary.

Sister Barbara

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