Somers Point priest’s “Mom” song is a YouTube hit

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SOMERS POINT – As Mother's Day approaches, we all think about our moms.

Whether you will be spending the day with her or will be wishing that you had the chance to do that one more time, Rev. Ed Namiotka, pastor of St. Joseph’s parish in Somers Point, has written a song that fits the occasion. Simply called “Mom,” it might have you thinking about your mother and all of the other women of all ages who care for their children.

 “The song is meant to honor all moms and to accentuate the beauty of motherhood,” the pastor said.

Namiotka said that when he has a day or two off, he will spend it with his mother, who lives in North Wildwood. Since the passing of his father in 1995, Namiotka has grown close with his mom.

One afternoon while he was visiting her, his sister Cathy stopped in with her 2-year-old son. Namiotka said he watched as his sister tried to cheer up a cranky toddler just awakened from a nap.

“I watched as Cathy held him and gave him her time and attention. The moment was priceless as I looked at the young mom take care of her 2-year-old and the slightly older mom spend her time with me, her 52-year-old son,” said Namiotka.

Writing poems has long been a hobby of the pastor. After that visit as Namiotka was heading back to his home, he said he was struck by the experience and wanted to somehow capture the moment.

His thoughts came to him as a song, something simple that just about anyone could sing -- something that a child might sing.

Enlisting the technology in the palm of his hand, Namiotka grabbed his phone and used the app he had for recording messages to capture the song as he was pulling it together.

Namiotka turned to friends to take the song another step: Julie Linn, the choir and music director from Queen of Angels Parish in Buena, the priest’s previous parish, and Scott Armato. Namiotka credits Armato with the piano accompaniment and the harmonies that helped the song “Mom” take its current shape.

The 28 children heard on the CD and the YouTube video come from five different schools and have combined into a choir named Pure Jerzy Kidz. They are from the Edgarton Christian Academy in Newfield, Cleary Elementary School in Buena, the Main Road School in Franklinville, St. Joseph’s Regional School in Somers Point and the Dr. Joyanne D. Miller School in Egg Harbor Township.

The song got nearly 2,000 views in just a few days. 

The song is available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. Look for “Mom” by Pure Jerzy Kidz. Proceeds from the sale of “Mom” CDs and DVDs will go to the Good Counsel Home for unwed mothers to provide care for pregnant women in need.

The Camden Diocese sponsors the home in Riverside, Burlington County. Namiotka said he felt that was a fitting beneficiary. 

Check out Rev. Ed Namiotka and the Pure Jerzy Kidz “Mom” song on YouTube at
http://youtu.be/p8g32jv722A 

The lyrics to “Mom” written by Father Edward F. Namiotka

She wipes away my tear;
Provides a listening ear; Her smile’s a work of art;
She holds me in her heart.

When I think about her, such joy comes to my face.
Everything about her is filled with love and grace.
She’s the one I run to in times both thick and thin
She’s my best friend Like no other
She’s my mother!

She shows me how to love,
Tells me ‘bout God above.
Finds sunshine in the rain,
Kisses away all pain.

When I think about her, such joy comes to my face.
Everything about her is filled with love and grace.
She’s the one I run to in times both thick and thin
She’s my best friend
Like no other
She’s my mother!

Having a real bad day,
She makes it all okay! Whenever I’m afraid
The worries quickly fade.

When I think about her, such joy comes to my face.
Everything about her is filled with love and grace.
She’s the one I run to in times both thick and thin
She’s my best friend
Like no other,
She’s a godsend,
That’s my mother!
She’s my best friend
Like no other,
She’s my mom!

Father Edward Namiotka blesses the animals on the feast of St. Francis Father Edward Namiotka blesses the animals on the feast of St. Francis

 

 

 


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