Today we remember the Parents of the Virgin. In the Holy Scriptures we see nothing of them, but surely they existed as all parents do. There is an early but unreliable document, known as the Proto-Gospel (or Proto-Evangelion) of James, that calls them Ann and Joachim, and the Church customarily has referred to them by these names. It is easy to forget but just think, these people had a huge influence on their daughter, the Virgin Mary. Remember how she humbly submits to God's will? Surely she learned this attitude from her family, esp. her mom and Dad. I think that is a wonderful tribute to them, and any parent should be proud to have such a child.
Almighty God, heavenly Father, Who set the solitary in families: We thankfully remember before You this day the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and we humbly entrust to Your never-failing care the homes in which Your people dwell; that we may be made true members of the heavenly family of Your Son Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and ever. Amen.