Saturday, August 10, 2019
Hi everyone! Just a reminder, this Thursday is the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For those of you in the Elmira and Horseheads area, Masses here at The Parish of the Most Holy Name of Jesus are:
Wednesday, August 14
5:30pm St. Mary
Thursday, August 15
6:45am St. Mary Our Mother
8am St. Patrick
12:05pm Sts. Peter & Paul
5:30pm St. Mary Our Mother
This week’s priests are:
SUNDAY 8/11 Michael Bausch
MONDAY 8/12 Peter Bayer
TUESDAY 8/13 Richard Beligotti
WEDNESDAY 8/14 Robert Beligotti
THURSDAY 8/15 Juan Benitez
FRIDAY 8/16 Philip Billotte
SATURDAY 8/17 Deceased Priests
And our prayer:
A Spiritual Mother or Father’s Self-Offering
Heavenly Father, I am inspired by the glorious witness of saints who went before me on the royal road of spiritual motherhood and fatherhood. I unite my offering to all the spiritual mothers and fathers of priests throughout the history of the Church. I pray that I can imitate their fidelity and fruitfulness in the handing down of the faith to two future generations.
Eternal Father, graciously keep my heart set on this intention of praying and sacrificing for holy priests that they may be victorious over the world the flesh, and the devil.
United with Jesus, I offer myself as an intercessor for priests in purgatory and for priests serving the Church now and in the future. I beseech you to grant all priests and seminarians necessary grace to persevere in their ongoing formation and interior transformation.
When the priest holds the Sacred Host in his hands at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, grant that he may experience the love of the Most Holy Trinity enveloping him and be strengthened.
Heavenly Father, every time I see the priest elevating Your son Jesus in the Eucharist, I renew and ratify my self-offering for priests.
It is my ardent and constant desire that You be glorified through the holiness of your priests. I confide my self-offering prayer to You through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Saturday, August 3, 2019
The first weekly email from our new site! Thank you for all of your feedback, and keep it coming. Share the site with anyone you think will want to join us in praying for our priests. Send it to friends and family in other dioceses and encourage them to let me know if their diocese also has a calendar. I would love to add their links!
This weeks priests are:
SUNDAY 8/4 Pope Francis
MONDAY 8/5 Anthony Amato
TUESDAY 8/6 Ronald Antinarelli
WEDNESDAY 8/7 Frederick Asuming
THURSDAY 8/8 Theodore Auble
FRIDAY 8/9 William Barrett
SATURDAY 8/10 Victor Bartolotta
Our prayer this week is adapted from words spoken by Bishop Robert Barron on May 25, 2019. He was ordaining six Dominican friars, the first priests he has ordained. If you would like to see a short video, here is the link: https://aleteia.org/2019/08/01/this-short-video-of-bishop-barron-ordaining-6-dominicans-will-give-you-chills/.
Now for our prayer:
Venerable Fulton Sheen said that every priest is a Jacob’s Ladder, someone who connects Heaven and Earth. Lord, help our priests to be able to travel down far enough to reach even the most lost of the lost, and be able at the same time to reach up high enough to facilitate the journey to heaven.
As priests, help them to sanctify. As prophets, help them to teach. As kings, help them to shepherd and lead.
Heavenly Father, mold them as priests so that your people might hear the saving truth. Make them be kings that your people might walk the path to Salvation.
Gracious Lord, help them to love the people they serve. Sanctify them that they may sanctify us; teach them that they may teach us; shepherd them that they may shepherd us. Make them be a Jacob’s Ladder for us. Amen.
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Great news everyone! After three months of filling up your emails and texts sending these prayers and novenas, we are ready to introduce our new website, prayersforpriests.com! The website will have all of the information that we’ve been sending, along with important dates and special intentions. The new email address will be firstname.lastname@example.org.
The website has a contact page as well. Let us know what you think.
Now, for this week, our priests are:
SUNDAY 7/28 Walter Wainright
MONDAY 7/29 Thomas Wheeland
TUESDAY 7/30 Daniel White
WEDNESDAY 7/31 Mitchel Zygadlo
THURSDAY 8/1 William Amann
FRIDAY 8/2 Vocations and Seminarians
SATURDAY 8/3 Bishop Salvatore Matano
And our prayer:
Lord Jesus, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and living perpetually among us through Your Priests, grant that the words of Your Priests may be only Your words, that their gestures be only Your gestures, and that their lives be a true reflection of Your life.
Grant that they may be men who speak to God on behalf of His people, and speak to His people of God. Grant that they be courageous in service, serving the Church as she asks to be served.
Grant that they may be men who witness to eternity in our time, travelling on the paths of history in Your steps, and doing good for all.
Grant that they may be faithful to their commitments, zealous in their vocation and mission, clear mirrors of their own identity, and living the joy of the gift they have received.
We pray that Your Holy Mother, Mary, present throughout Your life, may be ever present in the life of Your Priests. Amen.
Saturday, July 20, 2019
OK, stop melting everyone! Pretty soon it will be snowing, and we’ll be wishing for this heat. (Well, I won’t, but most of the rest of you will.)
This week’s priests are:
SUNDAY 7/21 Daniel Tormey
MONDAY 7/22 Jeffrey Tunniclif
TUESDAY 7/23 Michael Twardzik
WEDNESDAY 7/24 Gary Tyman
THURSDAY 7/25 James Schwartz
FRIDAY 7/26 Peter Van Lieshout
SATURDAY 7/27 Louis Vasile
And this week’s prayer, from https://www.mothertheresa.org
Most gracious Heavenly Father,
We thank you for our faithful priests and bishops, whose spiritual fatherhood and example of fidelity, self-sacrifice, and devotion is so vital to the faith of your people. May our spiritual fathers be guided by the examples of Saints Peter and Paul, all the Apostles and their saintly successors. Give them valiant faith in the face of confusion and conflict, hope in time of trouble and sorrow, and steadfast love for you, for their families, and for all your people throughout the world. May the light of your Truth shine through their lives and their good works. Assist all spiritual fathers, that through your Grace they may steadily grow in holiness and in knowledge and understanding of your Truth. May they generously impart this knowledge to those who rely on them. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Saturday, July 13, 2019
Happy warm mid-July!
Our priests this week are:
SUNDAY 7/14 Joseph Sasso
MONDAY 7/15 Edison Tayag
TUESDAY 7/16 John Healy
WEDNESDAY 7/17 David Tedesche
THURSDAY 7/18 Matthew Temple
FRIDAY 7/19 Paul Tomasso
SATURDAY 7/20 All Missionaries
This week’s prayer:
Eternal God, please bless our priests, who represent You on this earth. Make them more greatly aware of the grace that You pour out through them when they minister the sacraments, and help them to fall more deeply in love with You after each and every Mass that they celebrate. Please strengthen our priests, who shepherd Your flock, when they are in doubt of their faith, that they may be examples of Your Truth and guide us always on the path to You. We ask these things of You our Eternal Priest. Amen.
Saturday, July 6, 2019
I hope you all had a good 4th of July weekend.
This week’s priests are:
SUNDAY 7/7 Pope Francis
MONDAY 7/8 Michael Upson
TUESDAY 7/9 Felicjan Suerotowicz
WEDNESDAY 7/10 Evan Simington
THURSDAY 7/11 Gerard D’Souza
FRIDAY 7/12 Louis Sirianni
SATURDAY 7/13 William Spilly
Heavenly Father, I offer this day for the sanctification of all Your priests. When I am hungry today, I will offer that for all priests who struggle with hunger, both physical and spiritual. When I feel pain, I will offer it for all priests who are persecuted and harmed for Your sake, and all who serve Your Bride, the Church, through their challenges and hurts. When I am tired, I will offer that for Your priests, who continue to work tirelessly for Your kingdom. When I am lonely, I will offer that for priests, who work in this world, often unseen. When I am afraid, I will offer that for all priests who show heroic bravery for us. And when I feel joy, I will offer that too, for all the priests leading the way to You. Amen.
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Happy 13th Week of (extra)Ordinary Time, everybody!
This week’s priests are:
SUNDAY 6/30 Daniel Ruiz
MONDAY 7/1 Edward Salmon
TUESDAY 7/2 Carlos Sanchez
WEDNESDAY 7/3 Thomas Statt
THURSDAY 7/4 Robert J. Schrader
FRIDAY 7/5 Michael Schramel
SATURDAY 7/6 Bishop Salvatore Matano
A Traditional Prayer for Priests
Divine Savior Jesus Christ, who has entrusted the whole work of your redemption, the welfare, and salvation of the world to priests as your representatives, through the hands of your most holy Mother and for the sanctification of your priests and candidates for the priesthood, I offer you this present day wholly and entirely, with all its prayers, works, joys, sacrifices, and sorrows. Give us truly holy priests who, inflamed with the fire of your divine love, seek nothing but your greater glory and the salvation of our souls. And you, Mary, good Mother of priests, protect all priests in the dangers of their holy vocation and, with the loving hand of a Mother, also lead back to the Good Shepherd those poor priests who have become unfaithful to their exalted vocation and have gone astray. Amen.
Saturday, June 22, 2019
I hope you all had a good week. Feel free to forward this on to anyone you think may be interested in joining us as we pray for our priests.
This week’s priests are
SUNDAY 6/23 Leo Reinhardt
MONDAY 6/24 Hoan Dinh
TUESDAY 6/25 Robert Reiser
WEDNESDAY 6/26 Robert Ring
THURSDAY 6/27 Redemptorist Fathers and Brothers
FRIDAY 6/28 Thomas Mull
SATURDAY 6/29 Joseph Trovato
This week’s prayer is from Psalm 110, from this Sunday’s responsorial:
You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand till I make your enemies your footstool.” The scepter of your power the Lord will stretch forth from Zion: “Rule in the midst of your enemies.” “Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor; before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you.” The Lord has sworn, and he will not repent: “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.” You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Good afternoon all, and happy father’s day to all of you dads!
Here’s the list of priests for this week:
SUNDAY 6/16 John O’Connor
MONDAY 6/17 Francis Jones
TUESDAY 6/18 Edward Palumbos
WEDNESDAY 6/19 Pius Pathmarajah
THURSDAY 6/20 Inactive & Sabbatical Priests
FRIDAY 6/21 Jorge Ramirez
SATURDAY 6/22 John Reif
Our prayer this week comes from Opus Bono Sacerdotii, a group whose motto is “Work for the Good of the Priesthood”
O Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest and exemplar of priestly holiness and dignity, we are grateful to You for having chosen certain men for the ministerial priesthood by which You continue to instruct, admonish, forgive, nourish and strengthen Your Church. We are sorely aware of the great need of priests in our time to be confirmed in their sacred calling so that they may continue confidently in their ministry of mediating Your graces to men and of representing them before Your august majesty. Relying on the intercession of Holy Mary, Mother of priests, and of Saint Joseph, Her beloved spouse, we beg Your help for the priests who are the most troubled, tempted, discouraged and suffering. Maybe the noble and sacred office of the priesthood, which has too often been reviled and scorned, regain it’s admirable stature in the sight of all men for Your greater honor and glory, and for the sanctification and salvation of Your people. Amen.
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Wow. Saturday already again. Why, it just seems like only 6 days ago I was sending out the last list!
This week’s priests are:
SUNDAY 6/9 Walter Cushing
MONDAY 6/10 Kevin Murphy
TUESDAY 6/11 Thomas Nellis
WEDNESDAY 6/12 Timothy Niven
THURSDAY 6/13 Anthony Nketiah
FRIDAY 6/14 Symon Peter Ntaiyia
SATURDAY 6/15 Malachy Nwosu
This week’s prayer is from St. Teresa of Kolkata (Mother Teresa)
Mary, Mother of Jesus, throw your mantle of purity over our priests. Protect them, guide them, and keep them in your heart. Be a Mother to them, especially in times of discouragement and loneliness. Love them and keep them belonging completely to Jesus. Like Jesus, they, too, are your sons, so keep their hearts pure and virginal. Keep their minds filled with Jesus, and put Jesus always on their lips, so that he is the one they offer to sinner and to all they meet.
Mary, Mother of Jesus, be their Mother, loving them and brining them joy. Take special care of sick and dying priests, and the ones most tempted. Remember how they spent their youth and old age, their entire lives serving and giving all to Jesus. Mary, Bless them and deep a special place for them in your heart.
Give them a piece of your heart, so beautiful and pure and immaculate, so full of love and humility, so that they, too, can grow in the likeness of Christ. Dear Mary, make them humble like you, and holy like Jesus.
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Hi all. Sorry I didn’t get this out last night.
Here us this week’s priests:
SUNDAY 6/2 Pope Francis
MONDAY 6/3 Lewis Brown
TUESDAY 6/4 Peter Mottola
WEDNESDAY 6/5 Anthony Mugavero
THURSDAY 6/6 John Vu
FRIDAY 6/7 Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 6/8 John Mulligan
This week’s prayer is from St. Faustina.
O my Jesus, I beg you on behalf of the whole Church: Grant it love and the light of your Spirit, and give power to the words of priests so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to you, O Lord. Lord, give us holy priests; you yourself maintain them in holiness. O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil’s traps and snares which are continually being set for the souls of priests. May the power of your mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests, for you can do all things. (from the Diary of St. Faustina, 1052)
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Happy Memorial Day weekend everybody. Here is this week’s list of priests, along with a prayer that I found on Catholic.org. If you have questions, or suggestions of prayers for priests, please email me at email@example.com. Feel free to forward this to anyone you think may be interested in praying with us.
SUNDAY, 5/26 Michael Merritt
MONDAY 5/27 Justin Miller
TUESDAY 5/28 William Michatek
WEDNESDAY 5/29 All Missionaries
THURSDAY 5/30 William McGrath
FRIDAY 5/31 William Moorby
SATURDAY 6/1 Bishop Salvatore Matano
And our prayer:
O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear my humble prayers on behalf of your priests. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of their priestly life. In their loneliness, comfort them. In their sorrows, strengthen them. In their frustrations, point out to them that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show them that they are needed by the Church; they are needed by souls; they are needed for the work of redemption.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
How is it already Saturday already?!
Here is the list of priests for this week:
SUNDAY 5/19 Michael Mayer
MONDAY 5/20 Kevin McKenna
TUESDAY 5/21 Joseph McCaffrey
WEDNESDAY 5/22 Deceased Priests
THURSDAY 5/23 Gerard McKeon
FRIDAY 5/24 Daniel McCarthy Mullin
SATURDAY 5/25 Robert Werth
This week’s prayer is by St. Therese of Lisieux:
O Jesus, eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips, daily purpled with your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unearthly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood. Let Your holy love surround them and shield them 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.
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Happy Saturday, everyone! Our list of prayer warriors is growing! Don’t forget to let me know if you prefer to receive these messages via email or text. Keep forwarding these messages to your friends and family, and encourage them to let me know they’re here. Reminder – we’ll be starting a new novena on Wednesday.
Here’s this week’s list of priests:
SUNDAY 5/12 All inactive priests, and those on sabbatical
MONDAY 5/13 William Leone
TUESDAY 5/14 Bernard Maloney
WEDNESDAY 5/15 Kevin Mannara
THURSDAY 5/16 Leo Mans
FRIDAY 5/17 Joseph Marcoux
SATURDAY 5/18 Carsten Martensen
And our prayer this week is by John Cardinal O’Connor from March of 1995. It’s a little long, but beautiful.
O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your sons who are close to you because of their priestly ordination and because of the power which they have received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much. Be their comfort, be their joy, be their strength, and especially help them to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Lord Jesus, we your people pray to You for our priests. You have given them to us for OUR needs. We pray for them in THEIR needs. We know that You have made them priests in the likeness of your own priesthood. You have consecrated them, set them aside, anointed them, filled them with the Holy Spirit, appointed them to teach, to preach, to minister, to console, to forgive, and to feed us with Your Body and Blood. Yet we know, too, that they are one with us and share our human weaknesses. We know too that they are tempted to sin and discouragement as are we, needing to be ministered to, as do we, to be consoled and forgiven, as do we. Indeed, we thank You for choosing them from among us, so that they understand us as we understand them, suffer with us and rejoice with us, worry with us and trust with us, share our beings, our lives, our faith. We ask that You give them this day the gift You gave Your chosen ones on the way to Emmaus: Your presence in their hearts, Your holiness in their souls, Your joy in their spirits. And let them see You face to face in the breaking of the Eucharistic bread. We pray to You, O Lord, through Mary the mother of all priests, for Your priests and for ours. Amen. March, 1995
Saturday, May 4, 2019
I hope you’ve all had a good and blessed week. Thank you for joining us in this ministry for our priests. Here is this week’s list of priests, along with a prayer from Pope Benedict XVI. If you have questions, or suggestions of prayers for priests, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to forward this to anyone you think may be interested in praying with us.
SUNDAY, 5/5 Pope Francis
MONDAY 5/6 Charles Latus
TUESDAY 5/7 James Lawlor
WEDNESDAY 5/8 All Deacons
THURSDAY 5/9 Christopher Linsler
FRIDAY 5/10 Frank Lioi
SATURDAY 5/11 John Loncle
Prayer for Priests 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.
Saturday, April 6, 2019
We all know that there is an extreme shortage of priests, and that our priests that we do have are working even harder than ever. They need our support, and they need our prayers. Did you know that there is a monthly calendar to pray for priests in the diocese of Rochester? Each day we pray for a particular priest, or a group of priests and seminarians. Starting this week, we will be printing part of the calendar, along with a prayer for priests. We invite you to pray for the protection, sanctification and health of our priests here in Elmira, and throughout the diocese. If you have questions, or have suggestions of prayers for priests, please email email@example.com.
Prayer for Priests
Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests. Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments. Help our priests to be strong in their vocation. Set their souls on fire with love for your people. Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom. Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel. Allow them to experience joy in their ministry. Help them to become instruments of your divine grace. We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest. Amen. (Courtesy of USCCB.org)