Sunday, June 28, 2020 (updated June 30 with July priests)

Happy Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The priests we are praying for from the Diocese of Rochester this week are:

SUNDAY 6/28             Fr. John Gagnier
MONDAY 6/29           Fr. Joseph Trovato
TUESDAY 6/30          Fr. Hoan Dinh
WEDNESDAY 7/1      Fr. Jeffrey Galens
THURSDAY 7/2         Fr. John Gathenya
FRIDAY 7/3                Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 7/4          Bishop Salvatore Matano

Our prayer this week is adapted from A PARISH PRIEST’S PRAYER TO MARY MOST HOLY, from the Congregation for the Clergy:

O Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, Mother of priests, ministers of your Son: accept the humble offering of our priests, so that in their pastoral mission the infinite mercy of the Eternal High Priest may be proclaimed.  You who share the “priestly obedience” of your Son, and who prepared for Him a worthy receptacle by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, keep their priestly lives in the ineffable mystery of your divine maternity.  Grant them strength in the dark hours of this life, support them in the exertions of their ministry, entrust them to Jesus, so that, in communion with you, they may fulfill the ministry with fidelity and love.  Make them faithful to the flock entrusted to them by the Good Shepherd.  You silently accompanied Jesus on his mission to proclaim the Gospel to the poor.  May they always guide their flocks with patience, sweetness, firmness and love, caring for the sick, the weak, the poor, and sinners.  We entrust our priests to you, Mary, who shared in the work of redemption at the Cross of your Son, you who “are inseparably linked to the work of salvation”.  Grant that in the exercise of their ministry they may always be aware of the “stupendous and penetrating dimension of your maternal presence”, in every moment of their lives, in prayer, and action, in joy and sorrow, in weariness and in rest.  Grant, Holy Mother, that in the celebration of the Eucharist, source and center of the priestly ministry, they may live their closeness to Him, so that as “they celebrate Holy Eucharist you will be present with them” and introduce them to the redemptive mystery of your divine Son’s offering.  “O Mediatrix of all grace flowing from this sacrifice to the Church and to all the faithful”, we earnestly desire to place them and their desire for holiness under your maternal protection and inspiration so that you may bring them to that “conformity with Christ, Head and Shepherd” which is necessary for the ministry of every parish priest.  Make them aware that “you are always close to priests” in your mission of servant of the One Mediator, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1Peter 5:8)

Isn’t that so true, today as much as ever?  The first place he looks is at Mother Church, and our faithful clergy.  This week there was a tabernacle stolen from a church in North Carolina.  On this Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may we implore her protection of our precious priests, bishops and Pope Francis.

The priests of the Diocese of Rochester for whom we will be praying this week are:

SUNDAY 6/21           Fr. Raymond Fleming
MONDAY 6/22          Fr. Jesus Flores
TUESDAY 6/23         Fr. John Forni
WEDNESDAY 6/24   Fr. Michael Fowler
THURSDAY 6/25      Fr. Ralph Fraats
FRIDAY 6/26             Fr. Ronald Gaesser
SATURDAY 6/27      Redemptorist Fathers & Brothers

Our prayer this week is an act of reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

O sweet Jesus, Whose overflowing charity for me is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate in Your presence eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries, to which Your loving Heart is everywhere subject.

Mindful that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Your pardon.  We declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those, who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow You, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the vows of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Your Law.

We now resolve to expiate every deplorable outrage committed against You; we are determined to make amends for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holidays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against You and Your Saints.

We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Your Vicar on earth and Your priest are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of Your Divine Love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which You have founded.  Would, O divine Jesus, we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood.

We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Your divine honor, the satisfaction You once made to Your eternal Father on the cross and which You continue to renew daily on our altars.  We offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Your Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth.  We sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Your grace, for all neglect of Your great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past.  Henceforth, we will live a life of unwavering faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially that of charity.  We promise, to the best of our power, to prevent others from offending You and to bring as many as possible to follow You.

O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation.  By the crowning gift of perseverance, keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to You, so that we may one day come to that happy home, where You, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, live and reign, God, world without end.  Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you!

Have a blessed week,
Elena & Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

Great News!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

I’m glad that this is an off week Wednesday. Some great news was released this morning.

Venerable Fulton J Sheen is scheduled to be beatified on December 21, 2019!

The beatification ceremony will take place at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria, Illinois.

Here are links to two articles about the beatification:

https://www.pjstar.com/news/20191118/vatican-approves-beatification-of-fulton-sheen

https://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2019/11/19/venerable-fulton-sheen-to-be-beatified-in-december/

An Invitation

We would like to invite you to join us in praying for all of our priests and clergy.  Please feel free to forward this to any others that you think may want to participate.  Regardless of how you heard about us, please send a text to (607)259-1529 or an email to prayers4priests@gmail.com if you are interested in joining us. I’ll be sending an email or text at least weekly with prayers, novenas, etc., so let me know how you would prefer to receive notifications

We are a small informal prayer group made up of faithful Catholics, praying for the sanctification of our Church and our clergy, both here and abroad.  We are doing this in a few different ways.

We will be praying a series of novenas, beginning every other Wednesday.  I’ll send a notification for each one.

Some of us will be fasting on Thursdays for our priests.  It would also be wonderful if some of us could get together once a month to pray a Rosary or a Divine Mercy Chaplet.  We could consider sending cards of encouragement and gratitude to our local priests for their day on the calendar as well.
We are open to any and all suggestions that will help strengthen our Church and our current priests, and will increase new vocations to the priesthood.


Let the praying begin!
God bless,
Laurie Desmarais & Elena Cambio

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining us!
Please be patient as we begin our journey of praying for our priests.
Wherever two or more are gathered (even if it is a virtual gathering),
Jesus is with us.

 

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