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Superintendent's Message - A Reflection for Mother's Day!

A mother who watches over her child with tenderness and compassion helps him or her to grow in confidence and to experience that the world is a good and welcoming place.

(Pope Francis,Amoris Laetitia, 175)

From the time that we take our first breath, we rely on the care of those around us in order that we may live and grow.  More deeply than that, we rely on the love, nurturing, and guidance of our families to blossom and flourish into loving, compassionate, and wise children of God.

Mother’s Day is a time for us to pause, to say thank you, and to honor all of those who fill the role of Mother in our lives.  They are the gentle guides who, through their love, help us to experience God’s love in our lives.

To our loving Mothers and Grandmothers, I offer you the beautiful prayer of St. Teresa of Ávila that gave us our theme for this year,Rooted in Jesus…Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve.  It embodies the gift that you are to your children and grandchildren each day!  Many blessings!

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.


Bishop David Motiuk has shared a beautiful video message for Mother’s Day.  You can enjoy it at's-Day-Message.aspx

Joan Carr