Mothers, moms-to-be honored throughout Chicago

May 9, 2010 (CHICAGO) Francis Cardinal George presided over the special mass for expectant mothers and gave a special blessing to all the moms, a white, silk rose, and a medal of St. Gerard Majella. He is the patron saint of expectant mothers.

In his homily, the cardinal talked about the permanent bond between mother and child that can withstand so much.

At the Drake Hotel, some mothers enjoyed a special brunch Sunday. In addition to an array of delicacies, there was a room dedicated to kid-friendly activities -- complete with a juggler and face painting. In the palm court, "Makeover Mama" festivities ruled, where manicures and massages were served up along with high tea.

In another part of the city, a Chicago woman was the first to become a new mother on Mother's Day. Nicole Johnson gave birth to a baby boy early Sunday at Resurrection Medical Center. Little Ryan was born at approximately 5:50 a.m.

For being this year's first Chicago birth on Mothers Day, Nicole Johnson received a gift basket and a free professional photo shoot from the Kodak company, along with a lifetime's worth of Happy Mother's Day memories going forward.

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