Today we celebrate Mother's Day. Each year our liturgies would include the distribution of beautiful flowers (often chrysanthemums) to the women in the congregation or to be passed on to them by their families and friends present at Mass. This year, although we are unable to mark this day with you in person, we can still offer a prayer and thank God for our mums, mums-to-be, grand and great-grand mums and for all those women who have been spiritual mothers to us and others. We invite you to share a prayer for the inspirational woman or women in your life on our Mother's Day Facebook post.

Our prayer of gratitude goes to Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Society of Jesus, who accompanies us each day. To the many Sisters in our parish - the Faithful Companions of Jesus and the Daughters of Divine Zeal - a heartfelt thank you. We also pray for the mothers of the Australian Jesuits for their important role in the formation of their sons on the way towards a life of self-giving love and service for others.

To all the women here with us and to those who are with God, we are deeply grateful for the gift of your life, for your guidance in good and difficult times, and for helping us to transform our lives through it all. May you have a blessed Mother's Day!