As Catholics, service to others is an integral part of our faith. The outreach ministries of our parish, as the title implies, reach out into the Annapolis community to provide assistance for many different groups, especially those who are in need. This includes those in need of material and/or emotional support. This group of ministries also includes our Environmental Stewardship Committee which ensures we not only care for others but for God’s gift of the Earth.
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"Mia", Our Little Miracle
On Friday morning, September 28, 2012, a bright beautiful fall day, our phone rang. It was my son, Timothy, calling to inform my wife and I that his wife had just given birth to our eighteenth grandchild, an occasion that would normally have brought great joy to our family. The reason I say normally is because his precious little daughter wasn't due to arrive until January 7, 2013, meaning that she was some three months, one week early.
Having no experience with premature babies, and not knowing what to expect, we were assured by my son that both his wife and daughter were both doing well and were in good hands and the rest was up to God.
On September 30, 2012, we went to the hospital to visit and welcome the newest member of our family. Only two visitors, one of which had t be one of the parents were allowed in the NICU at a time. Not knowing what to ecpect, I entered her room with my son, Tim. In the middle of the room was the isolette. It looked like a clear, plastic bassinet with tubes, wires, pillows and blankets and down under it all lay my beautiful little granddaughter weighing all of one pound, four ounces - she had lost four ounces after birth which was expected. As I looked down at this little miracle, I was assured by her nurse that although she was small, that she was very feisty and making good progress adjusting to her new environment.
Shortly after her birth she was given the name "Mia", a small name for a very petite young lady, the name also had an Italian sound which my son and his wife were looking for.
Out of concern for Mia's health and the health of my son and his wife, who were dealing with a very stressful period in their life, we tried to respect their privacy and give them time to recover. We were afraid of bringing some unwanted germ's into Mia's world. Although we didn't visit the hospital dily, we sought and received daily updates on her condition. This resultesd in detailed stories along with hundreds of amazing pictures, such as one where my son placed his wedding band over Mia's hand and slid it up to her shoulder or another of her being held next to a candy bar and she was about the same size.
Well as the weeks went by, Mia gained in strength and size. During that period there were numerous tests done, all of which came back with favorable results. She started gaining weight slowly at first but after the first month she was gaining at a rate of 1oz. a day, in the next 60 days she gained 60 ounces so that on December 24, 2012, Christmas Eve, she was big and stron enough to go home and bring unimaginable joy to all of us on Christmas Day.
Looking back, I can't help but be inspired by the care given Mia by the NICU team at AAMC, my sone and his wife and how delighted in the opportunity to get Mia home and to love and care for her, and by Mia herself, how from the moment of her birth, the desire and determination she showed in an effort to join her loving family.
Submitted by Mia's grandfather, Joe O'Neil