A beautiful May crowning was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Springfield on May 2.

Parish children gather around their mother

 Like all good May crownings, this one involved the young people of the parish.

Courtney Shea and Caleigh Croteau were responsible for the crown and flower that were given to Mary

 Courtney and Caleigh were part of the fourth grade group that led the procession. They were chosen because they were among some of  the students who had perfect attendance in the parish’s CCD program.

The Coronation

 About 35 students were involved in this special Marian celebration which took place as part of the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

May crowning participants

The statue of Mary was crowned through the organizational efforts of Sister of St. Joseph Betty Matuszek, pastoral minister, and Christine DiVenuto, religious education coordinator.

Al Rosati leads the congregation.

The event included the singing of Marian hymns, especially “Immaculate Mary.”

It’s great to see parishes celebrate Mary, our Mother, with special events. Send photos of other Marian events to the diocesan blog at wmasscatholicvoices@gmail.com.