Don’t miss the consultation I posted last night! The baby’s arriving next week!
As this month of Our Lady winds to a close, I wanted to share this happy story with you all:
I’ve written before about my sister Molly (whose first name is a Mary variant, and whose middle name is Anne — Sancta Nomina’s two special-est ladies!) — you can read the story of her stillbirth and miraculous life here, and see photos of her participation in the beatification ceremony for Bl. Solanus Casey here (and swipe right). As noted in the article at that first link, she works at our parish school, which is the perfect place for her — it’s safe and sweet, and all the kids know her and get excited when they see her out of school, like at the grocery store (back when we all used to see each other at places like the grocery store).
The May Crowning at school is always done by the second graders, just a couple weeks after they receive their First Holy Communion. They wear their First Communion clothes to school, participate in the May Crowning, have a little reception hosted by the third grade parents, and are dismissed early from school on that day. It’s so special! It was so sad for our school that we couldn’t have the May Crowning in the same way this year! But our principal and pastor were determined to have a May Crowning anyway, and they asked Molly to be the one to crown Our Lady.
Oh my. Molly was totally wrecked over this request — in the best way! When she was telling me about it, she was all choked up and emotional over how this was the first time in her life she’d ever been given this honor. Lucky girl! May we always be so thrilled to love Our Lady! Happy Friday to you all!
Molly crowning Our Lady, and a better photo of her from Bl. Solanus’ beatification ceremony <3🌹
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Kate,I love hearing about your sister, Molly. You did a consultation for our Molly, who is now two.Last Memorial Day weekend, we learned that our newest baby was a girl with Down Syndrome. We were 10 weeks pregnant and wanted a name that fit our numerous rules (saint’s name, family name, Irish name, Marian name for girls). I was stumped, but wanted something that showed that she was perfectly made by God. I was about to email you when my husband said that her name was Grace.Grace Maureen Elizabeth is 6 months old and has had some medical challenges, but she’s a very happy baby and the best sleeper we’ve ever had.She joinedArthur JamesÂ Conall HenryAine Rose BrigidGianna Cara MariaJohanna Mary ClareÂ Abigail Faith Theresa (with Jesus), andMolly Jean MargaretMolly says she’s her baby and loves to hold her.Anastatia EllisSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Oh Anastatia!! Congratulations!! Grace Maureen Elizabeth is a gorgeous name!!
So wonderful! What a great tradition and how fantastic that Molly was able to continue it this year.
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