May Crowning will take place before the 4:30 pm, 8:30 am, and 11:00 am Masses May 7 & 8

May Crowning will take place prior to the 4:30 pm Mass at St. Joseph, the 8:30 am Mass at St. Mary, and the 11:00 am Mass at St. Charles this weekend, May 7th & 8th. Please read through the information below to hep you prepare.
Our Catholic faith has many wonderful, beautiful devotions. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops describes devotions as “‘expressions of love and fidelity that arise from the intersection of one’s own faith, culture and the Gospel of Jesus Christ’. Devotions are not considered part of liturgical worship, even if they are performed in a church or led by a priest, but rather they are paraliturgical.” Our faith also has rites that many participate in. “A rite is a diverse liturgical tradition in which on catholic and apostolic faith has come to be expressed…” (Glossary of the CCC).
May Crowning is a wonderful devotion that we as Catholics do every year. May Crowning reflects the beauty of the mystery it evokes. Honoring Mary crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth as it is said in the fifth glorious mystery of the rosary. While May Crowning is a beautiful devotion, it is not a rite, and the Church has not provided us a rite approved for celebration during Mass for May Crowning.
Since May Crowning is a devotion and not a rite it is performed outside of Mass. This year we will be crowning Mary prior to Mass at all our worship sites. We are asking everyone to bring flowers on May 7th/8th and participate in this wonderful tradition. Father will say a short prayer, Mary will be crowned and then the participants will come forward and place their flowers by Mary. Below is the schedule for each worship site:
St. Joseph – May 7th starting at 4:15 p.m.
Please join us outside on Bridge St. by Mary (Front entrance of the church)
Father will be outside and say a short prayer, Mary will be crowned, participants will then place their flowers by Mary.
After you have placed flowers by Mary, we ask that you go into the church and find your seat for Mass. We will not be processing in. Mass will start shortly after everyone is inside.
St. Mary – May 8th starting immediately after the rosary inside.
Please join us inside the church for the crowning of Mary.
Participants will gather in the narthex area, Father will go forward and say a short prayer and Mary will be crowned, participants will then bring their flowers forward.
After you have placed flowers by Mary, we ask that you go back to your seat.
Mass will start immediately after everyone is seated.
St. Charles – May 8th starting at 10:35 a.m.
Please join us inside the church for the crowning of Mary.
Children/participants are asked to be in the Narthex at 10:30 a.m.
At 10:35 we will process in, lining the aisle on the north side of the church by Mary. Father will say a short prayer, Mary will be crowned and then participants can bring their flowers forward.
After Mary is crowned, we ask that everyone return to their seats and Mass will start at 11 a.m.