For Mother’s Day: “She’s my best friend…”

A New Jersey priest has written a song celebrating mothers, and now the video is catching on.

From the Catholic Star Herald in Camden:

Pure Jerzy Kidz, a choir that includes children from five South Jersey schools, was formed to sing “Mom,” a song with lyrics by Father Edward Namiotka, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Somers Point. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and other digital music stores. It is also available as a CD single, and a music video recently premiered on YouTube.

Father Edward Namiotka, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Somers Point, wrote the lyrics to “Mom” last year, when visiting his mother during one of his monthly visits to her Jersey shore residence. His sister, Cathy, was visiting as well, with her youngest son, and inspiration struck.

Cathy’s son was “cranky after just getting up from a nap and I watched as Cathy held him, tried to cheer him up and simply gave him her time and attention,” he wrote on his blog, www.fr-ed-namiotka.com.

“The moment was priceless as I looked at the young mom (my sister Cathy) take care of her 2-year-old and the slightly older mom spend her time with her 52-year-old son.”

Driving back to the rectory, Father Namiotka wanted to capture this experience, and his thoughts also drifted to the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, with the Mother of God holding the Divine Child in her arms. Soon, a melody and lyrics came to mind.

Father Namiotka recruited Julie Linn, a friend and music/choir director and vocalist from his former parish, and Scott Armato, who provided the piano accompaniment and harmonies, and children from five different schools in South Jersey, Edgarton Christian Academy, Newfield; Cleary Elementary, Buena; Main Road, Franklinville; St. Joseph Regional School, Somers Point; and Joy D. Miller School, Egg Harbor Township . The combined choir, Pure Jerzy Kidz, recorded his tune at CAS studios in Vineland.

Check out the group’s Facebook page. And watch the video below. Happy Mother’s Day!

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