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Month of Mary    

Jesus makes His mother Mary the Mother of the Church.  Jesus does this when Mary and his Beloved Disciple John are standing at the foot of the Cross. Jesus said to Mary, “'Woman, behold, your son.” Then Jesus said to John, “'Behold, your mother.' And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (John 19:26–27). Church teaches that in this encounter John represents all of redeemed humankind. This is why we can call Mary the Mother of the Church and our mother. Jesus invites us through the wedding feast at Cana and at His Cross to bring our needs to Him through His mother. He does not need Mary to give His gifts to us. Rather, He wishes us to ask Mary to pray for us. And so we pray in the Hail Mary, “Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.                                                    Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Pray for Us!

Building Strong Catholic Families

Parents are always helping their children prepare for something, whether that consists of getting ready for school, preparing for an exam, or preparing to go on vacation. In today's Gospel, Jesus prepares his disciples for his Passion, death, and Resurrection. He promises his Holy Spirit, gives them the gift of his peace, and tells them not to be troubled. As a family, talk about the kinds of events that you have prepared for together; surgeries, funerals, vacations, and first days of school are some examples. Talk about why it is important to prepare for important events in our lives. Talk about how Jesus prepared his disciples for his Death and Resurrection and how he wanted them to be prepared for what would happen so that they would be able to believe. Talk about how, as a family, you can prepare for Pentecost (only 2 weeks away), when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, our Advocate.

Marvelous Mystery VBS registration is now open!

The program will be the week of August 15th.   Event Timing: Monday August 15 through Friday August 19, 9:30am to Noon. Event Address: St. Patrick Church, 303 Main St, Aurora NY 13026 Cost: $5 per child, $20 family cap.   Contact the Faith Formation Office: 315-252-3439  or carlo.stebbings@dor.org      for more information and for registration forms.