Thanksgiving – 24 Jul 2021

1. Dear Mother,

We thank you for all the blessings we have received through your intercession. It has been 3 months since we relocated to Singapore, and my husband has been looking for a job. With your prayers, he secured a job in a company which is one of the best and a better salary than expected. This would not have been possible without your prayers, Mother.

Your Loving Children.

2. Dearest Mother Mary,

I want to share with you the great news that after my second cancer surgery and treatment, the scan and blood tests have shown impeccable results. I believe this positive result is only possible because of your intercession. I’m both joyful and grateful that you love me so much, that you always journey with me through all the challenges in life. Thanks to you and our Lord.

Your Grateful Catholic Daughter.

3. Dearest Mother Mary,

Thank you for all your kindness and blessings towards our parents.  They were infected with Covid-19 and were hospitalised for 27 days. My parents have recovered from this infection. Thank you, dearest mother Mary for your prayer and intercession. My father is still very weak and I believe that through your intercession he will get well soon.

Your Loving Daughter.

4. Mother Mary,

This thanksgiving letter is long overdue. I’ve stop going to church for some time and recently I returned. I used to go to the Novena, every Saturday, but I stopped and only recently returned when I discovered the Novena is now online. In 1999 my wife was pregnant with our second daughter. In one of her pregnancy check-ups, the gynae recommend the AFP test (a blood test) which can help detect Down Syndrome in the unborn child. We took the test and to our horror, the results were abnormal. The gynae then recommended the amniocentesis to confirm if our baby had indeed Down Syndrome. We asked for alternatives because amniocentesis carries the risk of miscarriage and this risk was higher for us because my wife then had a low-lying placenta. Our gynae then recommended, as an alternative, a high resolution ultra sound scan to detect Down Syndrome markers. We agreed to this option as it was safer. Again, to our horror, the ultra sound scan showed the presence of EF, a known Down Syndrome marker which significantly increases the risk of Down Syndrome in our baby. Given that both the blood test and the ultrasound scan were unfavourable, our gynae strongly recommended amniocentesis again. My wife and I discussed the situation and concluded that even if our child has Down Syndrome, we will still want to keep her. As abortion was out of the question, we said no to amniocentesis and left the matter in the hands of God. I brought her to the Novena then and we prayed very hard for our baby to be normal. I still remember vividly the labour process. My wife was not on epidural, as it was expensive for us then and also, she said she wanted to experience the natural pain of child birth. I remember despite her pain, the moment our baby was born, the first words from her mouth were, “Doctor, is my baby normal?” And our gynae replied that though she is not a paediatrician, to her, our child looked as normal as can be. The paediatrician later confirmed that she was normal in every way. Today our girl is in SMU studying for her degree. My wife was not a Catholic at that time. She later converted and shared this experience in one of the family camps organised by our church. Thank You Mother for being with us.

Your Children.

5. Dearest Mother Mary,

You have been my guiding star since I was a Primary 2 student in an IJ convent. Through my many trials in life, you have never left me alone. You are my spiritual Mother. Whatever achievements I have today, they are all your blessings to me. I shall use them to bless others in need. Life is never a bed of roses but the faith that you are always there for us is enough to turn our obstacles into stepping stones of faith. A zillion thanks to you from the bottom of my heart.

Your Grateful Daughter.

6. Dearest Mother of Perpetual Help,

Thank you for interceding and praying with us. My mother is now free from worry after her latest X-ray result shows that her lungs are clear and free from suspicious densities. Thank you very much, dear Mother, Jesus and our Father in heaven.

Your Loving Catholic Daughter.

7. Thank you, Mama for always being my confidante and my comfort in my moments of joy and confusion. It has been a difficult and trying June for us. But everything happened for a reason, although it took us some time to see it as that. Thank you for healing my hubby and bringing us closer to each other through the frequent visits for his medical appointments. Finally, the orthopaedic doctor mentioned that my hubby is healing very well. Just when I felt that I had dropped into a deep hole, you gave me your hand and pulled me out of it. Praying the rosary saved my family and me. Thank you is really not enough.

Your Loving Daughter.

8. Dearest Mother Mary,

From the bottom of my heart thank you so much for the blessings you showered on my family. June 25 was my eldest son’s 7th birthday. Even though I was not with him physically celebrating this special day and seeing my son that he is happy, made me very happy, too. In 2018 when my eldest son was just 3 years old and my second son was 1 year old my heart was so broken and hurt leaving them behind in the hands of my parents, because I was assigned to work in Singapore. I prayed so hard and kept meditating on the holy rosary. One day, my Catholic employer told me to visit Novena Church and offer prayers. I try to attend holy Mass even during the pandemic crisis, and to join the online devotion every Saturday. When I was stressed, and depressed I wrote my petition letter online.  By doing this I felt at ease and had peace mind especially about my children and family in the Philippines. My heartfelt gratitude to you Mama Mary. Thank you for always being there for me and my family. Thank you for the good health and protection of my beloved kids. I am always be thankful to you.

Your Grateful Daughter.