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Cardinal George to Bestow Blessing on all Mothers and Children

Chicago, IL ( May 10, 2007 ) — Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will serve as principal celebrant for the annual Mother’s Day Mass for Expectant Mothers at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior Streets, Chicago.

"This prayerful celebration underscores the importance of every life from the moment of conception,” notes Mary-Louise Kurey, Director of the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago. “We are pleased to honor motherhood at all stages and to include expectant mothers in the traditional Mother’s Day celebration,” Kurey continued.

In addition to delivering the homily, Cardinal George will also bestow a blessing on all mothers in attendance. The Cardinal will also offer a special blessing for those mothers awaiting the birth of a child that will include all children, born and unborn.

As a memento of the occasion, each expectant mother will also receive a white rose and a medal of St. Gerard Majella, the patron saint of mothers and pregnant women.

An informal reception with Cardinal George will follow the Mass in the Holy Name Cathedral courtyard. All are invited to attend.

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