Saturday, May 16, 2020

It has certainly been a bit difficult to focus on prayer these days, for all of us.  Although we believe that God has a greater plan for our purification, who among us doesn’t want this to end?  The sad truth is that many of us have lost jobs.  Our priests have lost many aspects of their ministry, too, but for them, it’s not simply a job but a vocation.  Their vocation is who they are, rather than a way to make a living or a set of tasks to perform.  They are ordained by a bishop in an unbroken line of Apostolic succession all the way back to Jesus’ Apostles.  When they perform the sacraments, they are in persona Christi.  We can never understand fully how this must be for them, to be hindered in carrying out their ministries, being Christ’s representatives as shepherds of His flock.  Let’s continue to pray for our priests’ mental and emotional health, and for a renewal of their own vocations in this time.  Let us also pray that those men who are being called by God to the vocation of priesthood will hear and say “yes” to Him. 

Our ministry has expanded to include priests not only in the Diocese of Rochester but elsewhere.  Please click here to see if your Diocese is listed.  If it is not and you would like it to be, please contact us.  This week’s Diocese of Rochester priests are: 

SUNDAY 5/17            Inactive & Sabbatical Priests
MONDAY 5/18           Fr. William Cosgrove
TUESDAY 5/19          Fr. Michael Costik
WEDNESDAY 5/20    Fr. Charles Curran
THURSDAY 5/21       Basilian Fathers
FRIDAY 5/22              Fr. Donald Curtiss
SATURDAY 5/23        Fr. Bernard Dollen 

Our prayer this week is adapted from the vesting prayers found in the 1962 Roman Missal.  The Vatican website has a great reference for more information about these very specific prayers. 

Give strength to the hands of our beloved priests, Lord, to wipe away all stain, so that they may be able to serve Thee in purity of mind and body.  Set the helmet of salvation on their heads to fend off all the assaults of the devil.  Make them clean, O Lord, and purify their hearts; that being made white in the Blood of the Lamb they may deserve an eternal reward.  Gird them, O Lord, with the cincture of purity, and quench in their hearts the fire of concupiscence, that the virtue of continence and chastity may abide in them.  May they deserve, O Lord, to bear the maniple of weeping and sorrow in order that they may joyfully reap the reward of their labors.  Lord, restore the stole of immortality, which they have lost through the collusion of our first parents, and, unworthy as they are to approach Thy sacred mysteries, may they yet gain eternal joy.  O Lord, who has said, “My yoke is sweet and My burden light,” grant that they may so carry it as to merit Thy grace.  Amen. 

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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