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May 2


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

In May we honour and celebrate Mary, the Mother of God.

Yesterday was the Feast of Canada's patron saint: St. Joseph the Worker. It was also International Worker's Day.  Work can lead to personal fulfillment and a better world for all.

Today is the memorial of St. Athanasius. Athanasius suffered many trials while he was bishop of Alexandria. He was given the grace to remain strong against what probably seemed at times to be insurmountable opposition. Athanasius lived and worked his office as bishop completely. He defended the true faith for his flock, regardless of the cost to himself. In today's world we are experiencing this same call to remain true to our faith, no matter what.

In our prayer today, we ask St. Athanasius and St. Joseph for their help with all our work and responsibilities.  May we realize that hard work can be very rewarding and bring us closer to God, one another and give us a deeper understand of who "I" and "we" are.

We also remember in the work of our prayer:

·      All people of Asian heritage this Asian Heritage Month.

·      All who respond to the emergency situations in our world this Emergency Preparedness Week.

·      All who struggle with mental health issues this Mental Health Week including issues around safety and health this North American Occupational Health and Safety Week.

So much to pray for we need help:

In this month devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary we seek her prayers as we pray:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Mary, the Mother of God …  pray for us

St. Joseph the Worker …  pray for us.

 

Amen.