Saturday, August 10, 2019

Hi everyone! Just a reminder, this Thursday is the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For those of you in the Elmira and Horseheads area, Masses here at The Parish of the Most Holy Name of Jesus are:

          Wednesday, August 14
               5:30pm St. Mary 

          Thursday, August 15
               6:45am St. Mary Our Mother
               8am St. Patrick
               12:05pm Sts. Peter & Paul
               5:30pm St. Mary Our Mother

This week’s priests are:

SUNDAY 8/11 Michael Bausch
MONDAY 8/12 Peter Bayer
TUESDAY 8/13 Richard Beligotti
WEDNESDAY 8/14 Robert Beligotti
THURSDAY 8/15 Juan Benitez
FRIDAY 8/16 Philip Billotte
SATURDAY 8/17 Deceased Priests

And our prayer:

A Spiritual Mother or Father’s Self-Offering

Heavenly Father, I am inspired by the glorious witness of saints who went before me on the royal road of spiritual motherhood and fatherhood. I unite my offering to all the spiritual mothers and fathers of priests throughout the history of the Church. I pray that I can imitate their fidelity and fruitfulness in the handing down of the faith to two future generations.

Eternal Father, graciously keep my heart set on this intention of praying and sacrificing for holy priests that they may be victorious over the world the flesh, and the devil.

United with Jesus, I offer myself as an intercessor for priests in purgatory and for priests serving the Church now and in the future.

I beseech you to grant all priests and seminarians necessary grace to persevere in their ongoing formation and interior transformation.

When the priest holds the Sacred Host in his hands at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, grant that he may experience the love of the Most Holy Trinity enveloping him and be strengthened.

Heavenly Father, every time I see the priest elevating Your son Jesus in the Eucharist, I renew and ratify my self-offering for priests. It is my ardent and constant desire that You be glorified through the holiness of your priests.

I confide my self-offering prayer to You through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Novena to The Queenship of Mary

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Time for our next novena everybody.  

This novena is for the feast of the Queenship of Mary, which we celebrate on August 22.

For more about this feast day, go to:

There’s a second reason that we are using this novena.  This ministry of Prayers for Priests was started in Elmira, NY.  Elmira has long been known as the Queen City, since as far back as when Samuel Clemens was spending their summers here. 

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 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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