Jesuits West Celebrates Mother’s Day

The Jesuits West Province celebrated its 6th Annual Mother's Day Carnation Masses at Saint Ignatius Catholic Parish, Portland, on May 12-13. Pastor Father Craig Boly, SJ, concelebrated with Father John Mossi, SJ, from the Jesuits West Advancement Office, Los Gatos, the 5 pm Saturday Vigil, the 8 and 10:30 Sunday morning masses and the 7:30 evening Contemplative Liturgy. 

The names of more than 1,500 mothers, grandmothers, and loved ones, living and deceased, were remembered at these Masses. In their honor, carnations flooded the sanctuary.

"Mother's Day occurs within the 50 days of the Easter Season and this year on the Ascension of the Lord. This is most fitting because mothers announce the risen joy of Easter to their children and family. They are the primary teachers of prayer, sacraments, and the Catholic faith," said Fr. Mossi.

According to the custom of St. Ignatius Parish, carnations were blessed and distributed to the children at the masses, who, in turn, handed red and white carnations to their mothers and all women in attendance. This festive occasion was marked with lots of smiling faces. Please view the video. The 2019 Mother's Day Carnation Mass is scheduled to be celebrated at St. Aloysius Gonzaga, SJ, Parish in Spokane, Wash.  

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