May 14, 2017

Mother’s Day:

Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church.

Bless our mother. Let the example of her faith and love shine forth.

Grant that we her family, may honor her always with a spirit of profound respect.

Deacon Bill Fox:  Congratulations on your ordination to the Diaconate.  We look forward to your next ordination to the priesthood.

Graduates:  Congratulations on your graduation and blessing on your next venture in life whether that is to a higher level of learning or into the work force may you be blessed.  On the weekend of May 27th-28th we will have a blessing for all graduates at the masses.

Bishop Johnston consecrating our Diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

“This year marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary to the three shepherd children at Fatima in Portugal.  The Catholic Church confirmed that these supernatural events are worthy of acceptance by the faithful (although they add nothing to Divine Revelation which concluded with the death of the last apostle).  The secrets that Mary revealed to the children at Fatima, served to be prophetic for the century that followed.  Mary’s plea was for humanity to turn back to God in faith, repentance, and prayer (especially the Holy Rosary) for mercy and peace.  She specifically predicted the Second World War and the rise of atheistic Communism and the errors it would spread throughout the world, including the persecution of the Church and an assault on the dignity of the human person.

As your bishop, I am often reminded that my labors, and yours, in service of the Kingdom of God are inadequate.  To trust in our own efforts alone is to set ourselves up to be “sifted” by the devil.  We should not see our lives merely as something we create on our own.  We need supernatural help –
individually and as a diocese.  That is why I have decided that I will consecrate our diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the anniversary of the first appearance of Mary at Fatima, this May 13, 2017.  As the Father entrusted his Son to the Heart of Mary, so we will entrust ourselves as his members, the Church of Kansas City-St. Joseph, to the Heart of Mary.  In doing this, we will ask Mary to be our help to never be separated from the Sacred Heart of her Son, and that our lives and work, like hers, will always be aligned with God’s holy will.

In a simple sense, to “consecrate” something is to set it apart for a holy purpose.  As we journey through our time in history, we do so as a people of hope, confident in the love of Christ.  As his disciples, let us follow his example and always rest on the heart of Mary.”

(Taken from Bishop Johnston’s recent column in the Catholic Key)

There are prayer cards for every family to take home with them and pray them during the coming year.

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