Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Lord,
Grace and Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you this holy season of Easter. The mothers among our midst are like the first disciple, Mary, Mother of God, who nurtures each person to follow her Son, Jesus. These acts of love are filled with joy as their fiat joins our Blessed Mother’s own mission that we might all know God; that the core of our being proclaims the greatness of the Lord.
On this Mother’s Day, May 8, we praise God and say thank you! to these mothers who have built the Kingdom of heaven on this earth for our benefit. We ask our Blessed Mothers to intervene on their behalf that their goodness calls us out of darkness into her Son’s marvelous light.
On May 8, let us honor our Blessed Mother and our own mothers through our prayers of thanksgiving. Let us bless them with the fragrance of blossoms upon God’s altar. Your beloved mother’s name is a flower and will be placed at the statue of Mary, Queen of the Universe located next to the main altar within the Basilica that we might create a Mother’s Day Bouquet of these precious women who scent the earth with goodness and love.
May our discipleship be blessed that God’s faithfulness is made known through all generations.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend John Noonan
Bishop of Orlando
Unite yourself with us in prayer on Mother’s Day and throughout the month of May, the month we renew our dedication to Mary, the Mother of God.
Along with your offering, we invite you to list the name(s) of those you wish honored/memorialized this Mother’s Day. We will include these names in the Basilica’s Mother’s Day Honor Roll and place a rose, dedicated in their names, before the altar.