To the Saints Felicitas & Perpetua Family,
As we celebrated Mother's Day, and look forward to Father's Day, we do so with a heavy heart. So many of our customary celebrations and gatherings will be suspended due to social distancing requirements.
The good news is that the Mass continues to be offered every day at our church. While you are not able to attend in person, we invite you to join us by livestream at 12:15 pm or as a recording later in the day. Here is the link: Link to Livestream Mass & Recordings
My first assignment as a priest was at the church of St. Monica. During my time there, I developed a wonderful devotion to Monica, the patron saint of mothers. I will always treasure her final inspiring words to her son Augustine: "Only one thing I ask of you, that you remember me at the Altar of the Lord wherever you may be." (This sounds very much like the words of my parents. Perhaps they were inspired by her.)
For those who are blessed to have your parents still with you, be lavish in showing your love and gratitude. For all of us, whether our parents are still with us or have gone before us in faith, we have an opportunity to follow Monica's instruction to her son by remembering our parents at the Altar of the Lord at Mass.
As a Church, let us call upon our Holy Mother and Saint Joseph to intercede for us during these challenging times. Below, please find a prayer to Mary and a prayer to Joseph.
Let us also call upon our patron saints, Felicitas and Perpetua. May Perpetua's final words to her companions be our inspiration and hope: "Stand firm in faith,· love one another."
May the Lord continue to strengthen and sustain us!
Sincerely yours in prayer and faith,