Yesterday was the last of the three Ember Days for September. Anybody remember those? They are four periods of fasting, abstinence, and prayer throughout the year, to thank God for the gifts of nature, to assist the needy and to pray for priests and vocations. Back as early as the 5th century, the rule was that clergy should be ordained in the Ember weeks, traditionally on the Saturday. It was established as a Church law in the early 11th century.
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 9/25||Fr. Lee Chase||Abp. J. Peter Sartain|
|MONDAY 9/26||Fr. Augustine Chumo||Bp. Joseph M. Sartoris|
Los Angeles CA
|TUESDAY 9/27||Fr. Peter Clifford||Bp. Edward B. Scharfenberger|
|WEDNESDAY 9/28||Fr. William Coffas||Bp. Stanley G. Schlarman|
Dodge City KS
|THURSDAY 9/29||Fr. John Colacino||Bp. Alfred A. Schlert|
|FRIDAY 9/30||Basilian Fathers||Abp. Dennis M. Schnurr|
|SATURDAY 10/1||Bishop Salvatore Matano||Bp. James T. Schuerman|
Our prayer this week:
God our Father, You are still calling as many men to the priesthood as we need. May those You are calling respond to Your invitation. You Who desire that all men should be saved an come to the knowledge of Your Truth, send laborers into Your harvest and grant them grace to speak Your word with all trust, that Your words may run and be glorified, and that all nations may know You, the One True God, and Him whom You have sent, Jesus Christ Your Son our Lord.
O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart where none may touch them. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood. Let Your Holy Love surround them, our current and future priests, and shield them all from the world’s contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here, and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown. Amen.
Friday, June 11, 2021
Today we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. It takes place each year on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in this month dedicated to His Sacred Heart.
There is no doubt that our world, our Church, is going through another period of adjustment and correction. There are so many issues dividing us and honestly much of it comes from misunderstanding, a basic lack of knowledge of the Truth. I believe…I need to believe…that the laity really do want to know what the Church teaches, what She has taught for almost 2000 years. Knowing that truth, believing that truth, could resolve so many of the issues.
We need strong faithful priests and bishops who are willing to speak and teach that truth to us. A phrase that comes to mind is “unapologetic apologetics”. We deserve it. Ven. Abp. Fulton J. Sheen knew it. Many of our current bishops and priests know it. But sadly, many do not.
This time in history provides a unique opportunity for us. Here in the United States, our Conference of Catholic Bishops is holding its General Assembly from June 16-18. My prayer is that they use this time to go back to our Truth. Come out of the meeting with a message that honors the infallible teaching of Holy Mother Church, unwavering in its meaning and significance. All of the wavering and compromise has left many wondering what the truth of the teaching is, or at least unsure of their ability to speak it with boldness. Well, I refuse. I will not fail to speak my faith with boldness. It is similar to disciplining a child. If he never gets a consistent message, and consistent consequences for challenging what he is taught, he will never learn what is expected of him. And trying to reinforce the teachings becomes much harder and takes much longer. He never really has a chance to learn from his history.
A priest recently spoke in his homily about the fact that, if we don’t learn from our history, we are bound to repeat it. He’s right. We need to learn. Erasing our history because someone finds it problematic means we cannot learn from it.
It also means that “everything that’s old is new again”. The challenges that we as a global Catholic Church are now facing are things we’ve faced before. And we overcame them, thanks in large part to priests who were willing to die to teach us the truths of our faith.
I’ve been listening to a song recently by Fr. Bill Quinlivan from the Diocese of Buffalo. It is entitled “Mass Rocks”, and speaks so powerfully about one such time in our history, though certainly not the only one. I’ve included the full lyrics and a link to the song at the end of this message with his permission. Let me just quote part of one verse here: “… recall penal times and tears. Teach each generation this history and the legacy of those years.” Teach us, but teach us the truth worth dying for. Don’t water it down. Don’t cave to pressures that want the Church to change it. Own it. We are praying for you because we know this road is hard.
Lord, we pray for the Church, that it may always be faithful to the gospel. Amen.
May God bless you all,
Find Fr. Bill Quinlivan at https://frbillsings.com/
For more information about the Mass rocks:
Mass Rocks, by Fr. Bill Quinlivan (https://youtu.be/InZchMxcveE)
To the Mass rocks came the priest for the holy sacrifice in persecuted years. And though they faced great danger sure, faith came sailing through tidal waves of fear. Our Church was suppressed by an enemy but our mighty God has a higher law. And while sentinels stood to keep people safe, much heroic faith lived out is what they saw.
Contented with all our blessings, should days be full of peace, please do not forget the bravery of the best of Irish priests. Today if you’re timing their homilies, recall penal times and tears. Teach each generation this history and the legacy of those years!
They met their people in the field to share the Eucharistic feast. Beaten, betrayed and exiled too, somehow zeal and hope increased! They stayed in lonely hiding places, camouflaged, in disguise. They risked their lives to pastor flocks, servants proven to be prudent and wise.
To the Mass rocks came the priest.”
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:
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 email@example.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!
Laurie Desmarais & Elena Cambio