Mother's Day Appeal
Please send me your prayer intentions for the mothers and other special women in your lives so that we may remember them in our Mother’s Day Novena beginning on May 10th.
Please send me your prayer intentions for the mothers and other special women in your life so that we may remember them in our Mother’s Day Novena beginning on Sunday, May 10th.
Your prayer requests will be presented at the altar as we stream Sunday Mass live online. We will pray for all in need, and especially for those struggling with the turmoil caused by this virus.
The days ahead will be difficult for each of us and all of us as we struggle not only with the impact on our health and the health of our loved ones, but also with the social, economic and financial consequences of this pandemic. The need for your help has never been greater, as we have postponed our programs, retreats and fundraising events, yet still must meet our financial and charitable obligations.
I ask once again for your help, even as you may be struggling with financial concerns in this crisis. Most of all, I need your prayers, your financial support and your commitment to pray every day through our Mother Mary’s intervention.
The stories of how Our Lady has guided, comforted and touched us in so many ways are needed because they can bring us the hope and comfort we need right now. Please share your stories with me and others so that we can comfort each other in this way.
Your friendship and steadfast support are truly a blessing to me and to our life-changing mission. I pray daily that Mary will continue to guide and protect you and your loved ones.
In faith and hope,
Fr. Tom Hoar, SSE
President, St. Edmund's Retreat, Inc.
In this period of fear and distress, brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a greater need to call upon not just our earthly mothers’ love, but upon Our Lady, Mother of our Savior, and Comforter of the Afflicted.
Mary has always been a model of discipleship and has a special care for God’s people. That is why all the Marian visitations, whether at Lourdes or Fatima or Knock or other places around the world and through the centuries, have carried the same message:
God has a great love for you; you are His beloved and His faithful; He will never disappoint. Turn to Him in your need and He will bring the peace and healing you need; a peace that no one can take, and nothing can diminish. A peace that allows us to live even when we are surrounded by turmoil and uncertainty.
As we approach Mother’s Day in this time of uncertainty, let us celebrate with grateful hearts the mothers and all the women in our lives who nurtured us and cared for us – aunts, sisters, godmothers – who demonstrate their constant care for us, just as Mary shows forth her care for all God’s people.