If you are like me, finding ways to express our
special love for our beloved mothers can be difficult at times, but
it can be just as simple as offering a little prayer to pray for
her well-being, both physically and spiritually. On this Mother’s Day, let us find
that perfect gift for her by reflecting on the Scripture verse in
the Book of Sirach: “Those who obey the Lord, honor their
Of course, by living out God’s
commandments, you and I can truly give our dear mother a spiritual
gift which consists of respecting and honoring her. By honoring her, we truly express
our sincere love and thanking her for all the love she has given
and sacrifices she has made in order to let us know how much we are
But, unfortunately, that perfect
gift, or honor are just never quite adequate, and so each May, we
try again to let our mother know she is the “number one” mother in
the world, and the finest gift God has ever given.
Besides, the little effort it takes to honor one’s mother each
year still never stacks up against her many dedicated years of
toil, worry and prayer.
If any one of us sat down and
honestly tried to write up a list of what “my mother did for me,”
and balanced that with a list of what “I did for her,” there is no
doubt in my mind your mother would have the longest list.
Please remember that when you
celebrate Mother’s Day on May 10, please make every possible effort
to let your mother know she is the greatest, and that you love her
more than words could ever possibly express.
Even if your dear mother is
deceased, you can still show your deep love and appreciation for
One way I would like to help you
honor your mother is by praying for her in two Mother’s Day Masses,
one to be celebrated here at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine,
and the second in Portugal at the International Shrine of Our Lady
Mass at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine will also be the first
Mass in a nine-day, Mother’s Day Mass Novena. The
two Masses, along with the Mass Novena,
will be prayed
exclusively for the mothers, grandmothers, and wives of our
Please use the enclosed card to let
your mother know she will be receiving this special spiritual gift.
If your mother is deceased, you may want to give this
beautiful card to another wonderful mother, or simply write her
name on the card and return it with your registration form. I
will then place it before the Mass Altar during the nine-day
When returning your registration
form could you also please send along a donation in support of our
important ministry here at Our Lady’s Shrine? Thousands of people will visit
the Shrine in the months ahead and your gift will help to provide for the Shrine’s
upkeep and maintenance.
When sending the names of the mothers you want prayed
for in this year’s Mother’s Day Masses, please also consider
enclosing a donation, in your mother’s name, in support of the
Shrine. If your donation is
$10 or more, your mother’s name will be inscribed in the Shrine’s 2015
Mother’s Day Book of Memory. Mothers named in this book will be
prayed for at the Shrine for an entire year.
If your Mother’s Day donation is $25 or more, I’ll
also see that a special Mother’s Day Votive Candle is lit in
her name here at the Shrine, and that a Rose is also placed, in her
name, in the Shrine’s Chapel. And, if your donation is $30 or more, I would like to say
thanks by sending back to you in return one of our 2015 Mother’s
Day Rosaries. This gift is
pictured and described on the enclosed form.
If your mother has not already been
remembered with a permanent memorial at the Mother’s Prayer Garden,
please consider such an honor for your mother this year. Memorial information can be found on the enclosed
Please be assured your mother and grandmothers will be prayed for by me personally on
Mother’s Day. I look forward to hearing back from you shortly.
In the love of Our Blessed Mother,
Fr. Raymond M. Dien, CMC
P.S. Is this the year to have your
mother’s name engraved on one of the Shrine’s Prayer Garden
memorial plaques? The
suggested donation for a personalized Memorial Plaque is $100. This donation is used to both
maintain the memorial garden and to support so many of the Shrine’s
other important ministries.