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May Crowning: May 13 2018

It may be one of your first “Catholic” memories: May Crowning. The songs are still— and always—in our heads. 

Hail, holy Queen enthroned above, oh Maria. 

Hail, mother of mercy and of love, oh Maria. 

Triumph all ye cherubim, Sing with us ye 


Heaven and earth resound the hymn. 

Salve, Salve, Salve Regina. 

We pray that all children are welcomed into the fold of Catholic faith with the innocence and tenderness of singing seraphim, with a mother of mercy and love. One of the defining aspects of being Catholic is devotion to Mary. For years, Sacred Heart Parish has been celebrating this feast that recognizes Mary as queen of heaven and earth. To a person of any age, this is a mighty big title, but to a child of five or six or seven, it expands to enchanting, magical proportions. How many queens does one get a chance to meet in a lifetime, much less crown? 

We invite all the children of the parish to take part in our May Crowning Celebration at the 9:00am Mass on Sunday, May 13, Mother’s Day. Let’s hope our flowers are in bloom so we can pick them from our gardens and bring them to Mass to present them to our Blessed Mother. 

Devotion to Mary is in the heart of a Catholic. We do not worship Mary, but we hold her in highest regard for her willingness to embrace God’s plan for our salvation. She gave her unconditional “Yes” to be the mother of Jesus, thus, her title, Theotokos, which means “God bearer” in Greek. Mary is considered the perfect follower of Jesus, sometimes referred to as the first disciple, always devoted to her son, following him all his life, even to the foot of the cross. She fosters our prayer life, always leading us to Christ. In prayer, we ask for her intercession to her son on our behalf. For these, and so many reasons, the Church, through the centuries, holds a special devotion to Mary.