A Letter From the Pastor


May 8, 2022

This Sunday as we celebrate Mother’s Day, I take this opportunity to wish all mothers a very happy and joy filled day. Together we remember and pray for our mothers asking God to bless them. If your mother has gone home to God, we ask God to bless them with the gift of eternal life. On this day, we also remember and pray for our sisters, grandmothers, aunts, and anyone who loved us and cared for us. We thank the Daughters of Mary Immaculate Circle at Holy Name of Jesus for representing us as they processed to the altar of Our Blessed Mother and placed a flower before the Blessed Virgin. The Mother’s Day Novena of nine Masses begins at the 10:15 AM Mass on Sunday. If you have not already enrolled your mother or whomever you wish to enroll in the Novena, please return your envelope as soon as possible. If you forgot to get a card for your mother, enrollment cards announcing an enrollment in the novena are available at the doors of the Church.

As I announced last weekend, Pope Francis announced that he was calling a Synod of All the Bishops to meet in Rome in 2023. The theme of the upcoming Synod of Bishops is: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission. Synodality indicates walking together and listening to one another but above all to the Holy Spirit. Unlike previous Synods, the 2023 Synod encourages participation from all parishioners. In announcing the Synod, Pope Francis involved the Holy Spirit praying that all “will be able to move forward together, to listen to one another and discern our times, in solidarity with the struggles and aspirations of all humanity. Pope Francis hopes that with prayer to and guidance from the Holy Spirit, we can break out of our routines and listen to the Spirit in adoration and prayer, and then to our brothers and sisters, their hopes, the crises of faith throughout the world, and the need for renewed pastoral life. Please consider offering your comments and suggestions on a sheet of paper and return it to the rectory office via mail or collection basket by Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Do you have a question about leaving a gift to the parish? If you have any questions, you can contact plannedgiving@drvc.org and you will receive a confidential response.

On this Mother’s Day, we ask you, Lord, to bless and protect all mothers.
We ask you to encourage, guide and strengthen all mothers
Whether they be pregnant, have young children, adult children or are grandmothers,
Whether they be godmothers or motherly guardians,
Bless them all their days.
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of motherhood and for the blessing it bestows on us all.
Through the intercession of St. Ann, mother of Mary,
and through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, mother of our Lord and us all,
Bless and protect all m others on their special day. Amen.