From Our Pastor: Thank You!
I want to take the time to thank many who wished me happy 40th birthday April 23. Thank you for the kind wishes, prayers, cards, and gifts. Thank you to the school for the cards the kids made for my birthday! They were awesome and quite hilarious! I was able to go to Springfield for a dinner and party with my family! I guess turning 40 wasn't too awful!
As we enter into the month of May, let us remember this month is the month of Mary. As we crown our mother in this month, we remind ourselves to make special time to revere her and see how she always leads us to her son. This May, put an image or statue of Mary in a prominent and well viewed place in your homes. Every time you see her, take a moment to say a Hail Mary or another Marian prayer — it only takes a few moments. Take this month to read a book about Mary and why we believe what we believe about Mary, like "Hail Holy Queen" by Scott Hahn, or a devotional of Mary, by someone like Fr. Edward Looney. Take the month of May to pray the Rosary once a week, or even every day! Learn a new Marian prayer as there are many, such as the Regina Caeli which is a prayer said especially during the Easter Season:
"Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia. The Son whom you merited to bear, Alleluia, has risen as he said, Alleluia. Pray for us to God, Alleluia. Rejoice and be glad, 0 Virgin Mary, Alleluia! For the Lord has truly risen, Alleluia!"
This month every weekend we will publish a new Marian prayer, take that week to pray that new Marian prayer throughout your day! Mary is always trying to lead us to her son! Throughout this month, let her bring you closer to Jesus.
Rev. Steven Arisman