3rd Sunday of Easter 2014
My brothers and sisters in Risen Christ,
May, often is called Mary’s month in popular devotions throughout the Catholic Church. I remember as growing up in a rural parish in Vietnam, during this month, we honor our Blessed Virgin Mother in a very special way with a liturgical dance performed by a group of boys and girls that had just received their First Holy Communion.
Coming to St. Boniface this Third Sunday of Easter you will join in with 13 of our children who will receive the Body and Blood of Jesus for the first time. I had the privilege of rehearsing with them and they amazed me how serious and excited they are for the coming celebration. During the liturgy you will experience the rite of coronation of Mary done by our First time Communicants. It is our tradition throughout the whole church that we honor our Blessed Virgin and in our country at the second weekend of May we do honor our earthly mother as well.
During May, we have many opportunities to pray together: such as, I intend to have the prayer Queen of Heaven before each Mass until the Easter season ends. We also pray the Dedication of Our Family Prayer to the Blessed Virgin until the end of May. Please also read in the bulletin for scheduling dates of the Rosary prayer between St. Mary and St. Boniface on Monday evenings.
Besides at church or as the community we pray, I encourage each family during this month of May at home please spend some time together praying the Rosary. If you have a lot of time you can pray a Mystery: Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous a day. There is a suggestion that Monday is Joyful, Tuesday is Sorrowful, Wednesday is Glorious, Thursday is Luminous, Friday is Sorrowful, Saturday is Joyful and Sunday is Glorious. If you not able to finish the whole mystery then I suggest you pray one decade per day. On this day little children can google how to say the Rosary via World Wide Web.
Why pray the Rosary today? Certainly, to grow in holiness and in one’s prayer life. There are some sayings I quote from those you may know that loved to pray the Rosary:
“Among all the devotions approved by the Church none has been so favored by so many miracles as the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary” (Pope Pius IX).
“Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world” (Our Lady of Fátima).
“The Rosary is a magnificent and universal prayer for the needs of the Church, the nations and the entire world” (Saint Pope John XXIII).
“How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening” (Saint Pope John Paul II).
Let us dedicate our family, our community by asking the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for us.
Rev. Joseph-Quoc Vuong