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