The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of
Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death,
Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices
mothers made for their children.
After gaining financial backing from a Philadelphia department store owner
named John Wanamaker, in May 1908 she organized the first official Mother’s
Day celebration at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia. That same day
also saw thousands of people attend a Mother’s Day event at one of Wanamaker’s
retail stores in Philadelphia.
By 1912 many states, towns and churches had adopted Mother’s Day as an annual
holiday, and Jarvis had established the Mother’s Day International Association to
help promote her cause. Her persistence paid off in 1914 when President
Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the second Sunday in May
as Mother’s Day.
Dear mother Mary,
intercede for all our mothers.
Ask your Divine Son
to give them the grace of surrendered love
so that they could join with you
in giving their own "Fiat."
May they find daily strength
to say yes to the call to the sacrificial love-
the very heart of the vocation of motherhood.
May their love and witness
be a source of great inspiration
for all of us called to follow your Son.
The Passionist Province of St. Paul of the Cross (Eastern United States) is in the process of Canonization for one of our former Superior Generals who was from this Province.
The first stage of the process is over and Father Theodore has been declared, by the Vatican, as a "Servant of God." The next stage is that God must confirm Theodore's presence in heaven with a miracle. If you have a serious illness please pray for Father Theodore Foley to intercede for you at the throne of God so that your request can be granted. Should you receive a miracle, due to the intercession of Father Foley, please contact us so that we can further our brother's journey to sainthood.
Lord Jesus Christ, you called Father Theodore Foley to follow you as a Passionist Priest even to Calvary's heights. Through your Immaculate and Sorrowful Mother, you taught him obedience to our Father's will and the fulfillment of your Commandment of loving God and neighbor. Let the loving inspiration of your Servant move us to live a more profound life of virtue. We humbly ask that you glorify your servant Father Theodore Foley according to the designs of your holy will. Through his intercession, we ask you to grant the request I now present (here mention your request).
This I ask through Christ Our Lord. Amen