The ﬁrst Mother’s Day was celebrated in West Virginia in 1912. Mothers were to be recognized as an important part of our culture and lives. The heart of a mother is like a rare jewel. They love their children during the worst and best of “mes. Yet all mothers are not the same. Author and speaker Patsy Clairmont says, “Normal is just a setting on your clothes dryer.” We are all diﬀerent. She shared that as women we may “struggle, fail, start over, and celebrate. But we are mothers who can love unlike any other person.” However, we as church need to be really careful as there are a lot of women who aren’t mothers, either by choice or not. When we hold up mothers in this very public way it can be very painful for people who don’t have kids, even if it’s their choice, but especially if it’s not. A HUGE gratitude and THANKS to all our sisters in the Lord striving to be who you are called to become! “Jesus replied to him, Who is my mother, and who are my brothers? Pointng to his disciples, he said, Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mt 12:48-50)
A note from our brother Brady Keller: “As we continue to celebrate the Easter season, it is important not to forget how remarkable Jesus’ resurrection really is. Jesus is God and He could have simply snapped His ﬁngers to restore us to right relationship with Him. However, to redeem us, He desired to enter into our frailty and suﬀer all things with us, even death. Jesus Christ entered into the depths of human weakness in entering into death and yet He destroyed death and rose on the third day. Now, if we respond to God’s free gift of grace, we too will rise to new life with Christ and live with Him forever in Heaven. What great joy and hope we have because of Jesus’ saving passion, death, and resurrection! In the mean”me, let’s continue to meditate on all God has done for us in our lives and make a daily prayer of thanksgiving to Him for all these graces.
On another note, this is my last weekend at St. Michaels and St. Josephs until September. This summer, I will be working for 8 weeks as a hospital chaplain at the VA in Minneapolis. Please keep me in prayer in this assignment. Thank you all for the great year and for helping me in my priestly forma”on. By allowing me to be a part of your parishes, you help the seminary with my preparation for the priesthood.”
Welcome to our new Principal Paula Leidner for All Saints Academy! She will be at our Mass here at St Michael’s next Sunday, May 21 st ! Mark your calendars as she will be coming to St Joseph’s in Waite Park June 18 th for the 9am Mass.
St Joseph: Thanks much to Elaine Dewenter for all her help in our parish oﬃce. Beginning the week of May 22 nd , the oﬃce on Fridays will no longer be open. New summer oﬃce hours will be Mon-Thurs 8:30am- 12noon. I pray that this will not cause too great of an inconvenience for you. These new oﬃce hours will be reassessed in the fall.
Sorry about the short no”ce, but your former pastor Fr Mark Innocenti invites everyone to join him at St Andrew’s in Elk River: May 17 @ 6:30pm. Jeﬀ Cavins will be speaking and you will not want to miss this evening. His talk is entitled: “Praise God & Thank Him: Biblical Keys for Joy Filled Living”. Fr. David