Saturday, April 4, 2020

We are all about to experience a Holy Week unlike any other.  Please pray for the strength of, and in thanksgiving for, all of our priests who will be celebrating private Masses at a time when our churches should be full.  

We prepare to remember Christ’s Passion on Palm Sunday this year from our homes, our living rooms, our bedrooms, and not in our churches. It’s almost inconceivable that we will not be able to be with our priests tomorrow and enter into Holy Week with the reading of the Passion. There will be no Maundy Thursday Mass where we remember the institution of the Eucharist and place the Blessed Sacrament in repose, nor will we be able to venerate together the Wood of the Cross on Good Friday. How hard it must be for our priests, to say these Masses and services alone. But we know they are praying for us, and we of course are praying for them. Truly, Christ is giving each of us a share in His Passion as we move through this time of crisis in our holiest time of year. 

Our priests this week are: 

SUNDAY 4/5           Pope Francis
MONDAY 4/6          Fr. Richard Crawley
TUESDAY 4/7         Fr. Albert Cylwicki
WEDNESDAY 4/8   Fr. August Deasio
THURSDAY 4/9      All Deacons
FRIDAY 4/10           Deceased Priests
SATURDAY 4/12     All Missionaries 

This week’s prayer by Pope Benedict XVI: 

Lord Jesus Christ, eternal High Priest, you offered yourself to the Father on the altar of the cross and through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit gave your priestly people a share in your redeeming sacrifice. Hear our prayer for the sanctification of our priests. Grant that all who are ordained to the ministerial priesthood may be ever more conformed to you, the Divine Master. May they preach the Gospel with pure heart and clear conscience. Let them be shepherds according to your own heart, single-minded in service to you and to the Church, and shining examples of a holy, simple, and joyful life. Through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, your Mother and ours, draw all priests and the flocks entrusted to their care to the fullness of eternal life where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Have a blessed week everyone,
Elena & Laurie 

https://prayersforpriests.com

Novena for Surrendering to the Will of God

April 1, 2020

Oh, hey!  Look at that!  It’s Wednesday already.  Without the normal rhythm of life, I sometimes lose track.  Lucky for us, www.praymorenovenas.com counts the days for us.

It’s amazing to me how timely each of these recent novenas have been, given that the schedule was created well before our current world crisis.  It just goes to prove that God is our devoted Father, who loves us and always knows our needs better than we do ourselves.

Our next novena is to surrender to the will of God.

https://www.praymorenovenas.com/novena-for-surrendering-to-the-will-of-god

Blessings on you all,
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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