News from San Antonio Church – May 10, 2020

It appears that the very first possible day that we may resume the Celebration of Mass at San Antonio Church will be May 31st. The State of Ohio advised that there should be no gatherings in churches up until May 29th. and the Catholic Bishops of Ohio agreed We are not sure if we will actually start that day . Please check back on the website for updates.

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Weekly Bulletin

by Terrie Evans

Happy Mother’s Day  to all the women in our lives.  On this day we honor motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mother’s in our society that was first celebrated in 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia.  By 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made a proclamation to the United States Congress as a relevant bill while soon being adopted by some other countries.  In the United Kingdom, honoring mothers is referred to as Mothering Sunday and in Greece it also celebrates the presentation of Jesus Christ to the temple.  In Belgium , Mother’s Day (Moederdag) and in France, (Fetes des Meres) with school children making little presents at their primary schools that will be given to their moms on the morning of Mother’s Day.  In Italy, the first Mother’s Day was celebrated on Christmas Eve in 1933 as the “Day of the Mother and Child”(Giornata della Madre e del Fanciullo) to reward the most prolific Italian women every year.  After World War II in Assisi, the  Parish Priest, Rev. Otello Migliosi initiated the celebration on May 12, 1957.  It became so popular that the Italian Senate made it an official holiday in 1958. 

In the Roman Catholic Church, Mother’s Day is associated with revering the Blesses Virgin Mary with special devotions as  groups  of  grade school children who have just made their First Communion leading the procession.   May Crowning’s  have taken place in many churches and at San Antonio, we have held the May Crowning’s since our church was started in 1922.  Many families will have a special shrine devoted to Mary in their homes and gardens as a way to pay homage to her in May and throughout the year.  On Mother’s Day in Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, a special prayer service is held to honor the Theotokos Virgin Mary.  

            Mother’s Day is known as  one of the highest church attendance days after Christmas Eve and Easter.  Many worshipers celebrate the day with carnations with colored ones if the mother is living or white ones if she has passed.   In the United States, Mother’s Day is known for the biggest holiday for long distant calls, sales of fresh flowers and greeting cards.

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