Novena to Mary, Help of Christians

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Our next novena is to Mary, Help of Christians. Beginning this novena tomorrow means we will finish it a few days before the feast day of May 24.

Also, I was asked to forward this message about a prayer event that we can all participate in remotely on Friday, May 28:

“Dear All:

The All Saints Parish Men’s Group is sponsoring a day of prayer and fasting for the intentions of our local clergy (from all local parishes) on Friday, May 28, which is the Friday after Pentecost.  (It’s also an ember day on the traditional calendar.)  This is an initiative for all local Catholics willing to participate, not just for the members of the men’s group, and not just for men.  (This effort could definitely use the holy women!)

Here are the basic parameters:

·        There’s no defined regimen of prayer or fasting for the day: you should discern what works for you.  Even if you decide to do only something very small, it will be great to have your participation.  (And per the next bullet point, it’s between you and God anyway.)
·       There’s no official sign-up and we won’t be tracking who is participating.  It’s up to you whom you tell that you are participating, if anyone.
·        We would appreciate your spreading the word to others who may be interested.
·        If you wish to participate, but you have a conflict on May 28, you may move your participation to a different day.

God bless you and thank you for considering participating in this and/or spreading the word.”


Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Sixth Sunday of Easter, and a happy Mothers’ Day to all who have held the role of mother in somone’s life.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week are:

SUNDAY 5/9             Fr. Carlos Sanchez
MONDAY 5/10         Fr. Joseph Sasso
TUESDAY 5/11          Fr. Robert J. Schrader
WEDNESDAY 5/12    Fr. James Schwartz
THURSDAY 5/13       All Missionaries
FRIDAY 5/14             Fr. Felicjan Sierotowicz
SATURDAY 5/15       Fr. Louis Sirianni

Our prayer this week is adapted from the act of Entrustment and Consecration of Priests to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, by Pope Benedict XVI at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Fátima on May 12, 2010:

Immaculate Mother, in this place of grace, called together by the love of your Son Jesus the Eternal High Priest, we offer our priests to your maternal Heart, in order to carry out faithfully the Father’s Will.  We are mindful that, without Jesus, we and they can do nothing good (cf. Jn 15:5) and that only through Him, with Him and in Him, will they be instruments of salvation for the world.

Bride of the Holy Spirit, obtain for them the inestimable gift of transformation in Christ.  Through the same power of the Spirit that overshadowed you, making you the Mother of the Savior, help them to bring Christ your Son to birth in themselves too.  May the Church be thus renewed by priests who are holy, priests transfigured by the grace of Him who makes all things new.

Mother of Mercy, it was your Son Jesus who called them to become like Him: Light of the world and Salt of the earth (cf. Mt 5:13-14).  Help them, through your powerful intercession, never to fall short of this sublime vocation, nor to give way to their selfishness, to the allurements of the world and to the wiles of the Evil One.  Preserve them with your purity, guard them with your humility and enfold them with your maternal love that is reflected in so many souls consecrated to you, who have become for them true spiritual mothers.

Mother of the Church, we pray that our priests want to be pastors who do not feed themselves but rather give themselves to God for their brethren, finding their happiness in this.  Not only with words, but with their lives, let them want to repeat humbly, day after day, their “here I am”.  Guided by you, lead them to be Apostles of Divine Mercy, glad to celebrate every day the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar and to offer to those who request it the sacrament of Reconciliation.

Advocate and Mediatrix of grace, you who are fully immersed in the one universal mediation of Christ, invoke upon them, from God, a heart completely renewed that loves God with all its strength and serves mankind as you did.  Repeat to the Lord your efficacious word: “They have no wine” (Jn 2:3), so that the Father and the Son will send upon them a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  Full of wonder and gratitude at your continuing presence in their midst, in the name of all priests let them too cry out:  “Why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Lk 1:43).

Our Mother for all time, do not tire of “visiting them”, consoling them, sustaining them.  Come to their aid and deliver them from every danger that threatens them.  With this act of entrustment and consecration, may they welcome you more deeply, more radically, forever and totally into their human and priestly lives.  Let your presence cause new blooms to burst forth in the desert of their loneliness, let it cause the sun to shine on their darkness, let it restore calm after the tempest, so that all mankind shall see the salvation of the Lord, who has the name and the face of Jesus, who is reflected in their hearts, forever united to yours!  Amen!

Have a blessed week,

Special Holy Thursday Message

Thursday, April 1, 2021

On this night we celebrate the institution of the Holy priesthood.  We are praying for you.  Tell us what you need.  If there is anything you want your people to pray for specifically, please let us know.  We love you, and we want to strengthen you in your vocation.

God bless you,

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:

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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