Happy New Year! Liturgically, anyway.
The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:
|SUNDAY 11/28||All Deacons||Bp. Robert P. Deeley|
|MONDAY 11/29||Fr. John Reif||Bp. Donald E. DeGrood|
Sioux Falls IA
|TUESDAY 11/30||Fr. Leo Reinhardt||Bp. Rutilio J. del Riego|
San Bernadino CA
|WEDNESDAY 12/1||Fr. Daniel Ruiz||Bp Martin J. Amos|
|THURSDAY 12/2||Fr. Sriram Sadhanala||Pope Francis &|
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
|FRIDAY 12/3||Vocations & Seminarians||Bp. Jacob Angadiath|
|SATURDAY 12/4||Bp. Salvatore Matano||Abp. Samuel J. Aquila|
Our prayer this week consists of prayers suggested for each of the joyful mysteries of the rosary, courtesy of Kathleen Beckman, author of Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization. If you would like to use her reflections and prayers for the rosary, go to Advent: Joyful Mysteries for Holiness of Priests (catholicexchange.com). Our prayer:
Father, I pray for priests to listen, hear and respond, as did Mary so that their hearts are receptive to the divine will. Please grant to priests the gift of wisdom to ardently desire holiness of life. Graciously protect them from temptations to flight, compromise, compensation, vice or sin. I pray that priests never tire of going forth to serve wherever they are needed. Please grant to priests the experience of joy in their sacrificial love for souls. Sanctify your priests that they may sanctify your people, attracting souls to your kingdom. The prophet Isaiah said, “A little child shall lead them” (Is. 11:6). I pray for priests to be humble with a childlike trust in divine providence. Please heal priests of any fear of vulnerability that is required for authentic Christ-like love and service. May the Christ Child be born anew in the heart of every priest so they remember the Gift of Love. I pray for priests to grow in the gift of personal prayer, that they may know the joy of encountering Jesus Christ and of having a lively interior life. Please raise priests to know the power of prayer from the heart. I pray that priests will be always breaking open the living Word in Your temple, the Church. Graciously grant priests the gift of zeal for your house, zeal for Christ, zeal for souls, zeal for the priesthood, zeal for loving service, and zeal for heaven.