Prayers

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Happy Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe.
Christ the King Sunday celebrates the role of Jesus as ruler over all of the universe. However, it is important to recall that despite this, Jesus is king because he is a humble servant. Jesus’ kingship is one of power and might, but also love and humility, as demonstrated by his life on earth.

If you are from outside of the diocese of Rochester, please check our links to other diocesan calendars.  If your diocese has a calendar for priests that is not listed on our page, please feel free to send me the link and I will add it.  The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week are:

SUNDAY 11/22           Fr. Robert Bourcy
MONDAY 11/23          Fr. James Boyle
TUESDAY 11/24         Fr. Hoan Dinh
WEDNESDAY 11/25  Fr. Robert Bradler
THURSDAY 11/26      Fr. Alexander Bradshaw
FRIDAY 11/27             Fr. Paul Brennan
SATURDAY 11/28      Fr. DavidTedesche

Our prayer this week is adapted from an 11th Century Manuscript:

O Lord God Almighty, King of kings, Lord of rulers, in whose hand all victory rests and all war is destroyed, grant us that Thy hand may strengthen the hearts of Your priests, so they may fight well and act courageously, so their enemies may fall before their sight.  May the enemies fall as did Goliath fall before Thy servant David, as did the people of the Pharaoh in the Red Sea before Moses, as did the Philistines before the people of Israel, as did Amalech before Moses, and as did the Canaanites before Joshua.  So may the enemies of the Church fall beneath the feet of our priests and the faithful.  May all who come against the Church be dispersed and God destroy their weapons and shatter their swords.  They will melt in our sight as wax in the face of fire so all the peoples of the earth will know that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ has been invoked over Your holy priesthood.  May Thy Name, O Lord, be made great over our adversaries, O Lord, God of Israel.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Happy Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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

SUNDAY 11/15          Fr. Richard Beligotti
MONDAY 11/16         Fr. Robert Beligotti
TUESDAY 11/17        Fr. Juan Benitez
WEDNESDAY 11/18  Fr. Philip Billotte
THURSDAY 11/19     Fr. Sylvester Bioh
FRIDAY 11/20            Fr. Paul Bonacci
SATURDAY 11/21      Fr. Dennis Bonsignore

Our prayer this week is from the Saint Teresa of Calcutta Vocation Society:

Lord Jesus, You have chosen Your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim Your word and to act in Your Name.  For so great a gift to Your Church, we give You praise and thanksgiving.  We ask You to fill them with the fire of Your love that their ministry may reveal Your presence in the Church. Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that Your power shine out through their weakness. In their afflictions let them never be crushed; in their doubts never despair; in temptation never be destroyed; in persecution never abandoned. Inspire them through prayer to live each day the mystery of Your dying and rising.  In times of weakness send them Your Spirit, and help them to praise Your heavenly Father and prayer for poor sinners.  By the same Holy Spirit put Your word on their lips and Your love in their hearts, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the broken-hearted. And may the gift of Mary be Your gift to every priest.  Grant that she, who formed You in her human image, may form them in Your divine image, by the power of Your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

We are definitely living in challenging times.  Although the prayer this week was originally written while contemplating the presidential election here in the US, it can also help as we consider issues within our parishes, in the Church and in the world at large.  We just have to remember that we have been promised that the powers of hell will not prevail against the Church, and that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.  All is in His hands.  

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

SUNDAY 11/8                     Fr. Frederick Asuming
MONDAY 11/9                   Fr. Theodore Auble
TUESDAY 11/10                 Fr. William Barrett
WEDNESDAY 11/11          Benedictine Fathers
THURSDAY 11/12              Fr. Victor Bartolotta
FRIDAY 11/13                     Fr. Michael Bausch
SATURDAY 11/14               Fr. Peter Bayer

Our prayer this week:

Heavenly Father, You have shown Your love for us in so many ways, most importantly, by giving Your only begotten Son to redeem us all.  You have given us the Saints as holy examples who intercede for us with You, and You have given us holy priests to guide us on our way to Your Heavenly home. 

We pray for our country, founded so that we could be free to worship You.  We have obviously had times of struggle.  Your word tells us that “father (will be) against son, and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” (Luke 12:53)  That is what this election is doing.  It’s hard to know how we get to a place of peace from where we are.  It does not seem possible, but with You everything is possible.  Please – let Your Will be done in this time.  Stop the cancel culture from trying to eliminate all evidence that history happened.  None of us is perfect and sinless.  We all fall short of the glory of God.  Nevertheless, these heroes of ours who lived in different times lived the best lives for You that they could.  Don’t allow the fact that they don’t “measure up” to today’s sensibilities lead to the removal of them from our memory.  It’s such a contradiction that the protesters want to apply standards of today’s “moral behavior” but refuse to behave morally themselves. 

We are uneasy about what the next weeks and years are going to look and feel like.  Both sides have instigated conflict.  Each side is so distrustful of the other and is unwilling to see the positives of their opponents or the negatives in themselves.  Our concern is that there will be significant unrest until long after this is settled.  Please guide all involved to be gracious and humble.  Remind us regularly of what You teach us in Romans 13:1, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God.”  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Happy feasts of All Saints and All Souls. 

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

SUNDAY 11/1             Pope Francis
MONDAY 11/2           Deceased Priests
TUESDAY 11/3          Fr. William Amann
WEDNESDAY 11/4    Fr. Anthony Amato
THURSDAY 11/5       Fr. Ronald Antinarelli
FRIDAY 11/6              Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 11/7        Bishop Salvatore Matano

Our prayer this week is a prayer for the Church by St. John Neumann, C.Ss.R.:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!  Guard the kingdom of Thy Vicar on earth, our chief bishop.  Pray for the people; intercede for the clergy; protect the consecrated virgins. Give us strength against our enemies and thine.  Give courage to the fearful; joy to those that mourn; peace to the contrite of heart; perseverance to the just.  Let all experience thy protection, Virgin and Mother.  Through thee the nations are brought to repentance, the demons are put to flight.  They that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death are filled with the knowledge and love of Thy Son.  Amen. 

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Good evening, all prayer warriors!  This week let’s pray that all of our priests continue to deepen their faith and devotion to the Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament.  May they continue to find a way to adore Him in private prayer, strengthening them to minister to us.

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

SUNDAY 10/25           Inactive & Sabbatical Priests
MONDAY 10/26          Fr. Robert Werth
TUESDAY 10/27         Fr. Thomas Wheeland
WEDNESDAY 10/28  All Deacons
THURSDAY 10/29      Fr. Daniel E. White
FRIDAY 10/30             Fr. Daniel L. White
SATURDAY 10/31      Fr. Mitchell Zygadlo

Our prayer this week:

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.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, October 18, 2020

Happy Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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

SUNDAY 10/18          Fr. Peter Van Lieshout
MONDAY 10/19         Fr. Louis Vasile
TUESDAY 10/20        Fr. John Vu
WEDNESDAY 10/21  Fr. Walter Wainwright
THURSDAY 10/22      Fr. Matthew Walter
FRIDAY 10/23             All Missionaries
SATURDAY 10/24       Fr. Eugene Weis

Our prayer this week:

Gracious and loving God, help the men and women of the Church hear Your call to serve, especially those men being called to the priesthood.  Our needs are great and our people thirst for Your presence.  Open the hearts of many; raise up faithful servants of the Gospel, dedicated, holy sisters, brothers, deacons and priests, who will give themselves for Your people and their needs.  Bless those who are serving now with courage and perseverance.  Grant that many will be inspired by their example and faith.  We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Happy Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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

SUNDAY 10/11          Fr. Daniel Tormey
MONDAY 10/12         Fr. Thomas Travers
TUESDAY 10/13        Fr. Jeffrey Tunnicliff
WEDNESDAY 10/14  Fr. Michael Twardzik
THURSDAY 10/15     Carmelite Fathers
FRIDAY 10/16            Fr. Gary Tyman
SATURDAY 10/17      Fr. Michael Upson

Our prayer this week:

Litany for Priests (for private use only)

God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we beseech Thee, hear us.
Jesus, our High Priest, Sacrifice, and Teacher, we beseech Thee, hear us.
Bless our holy father, our bishops, and priests, we beseech Thee, hear us.
Give them the strength of Thy grace, and the love of Thy Heart, and the spirit of sacrifice of Thine own divine life, we beseech Thee, hear us.
Make them firm in faith, holy in conduct, and faithful in Thy service, we beseech Thee, hear us.
Fill them with the zeal of the Apostles, with the courage of the martyrs, with the spirit of the confessors, we beseech Thee, hear us.
Grant that they may convert the sinners, correct the erring, teach the ignorant, we beseech Thee, hear us.
Strengthen them with joy in their labors, with patience in their sufferings, with endurance in their struggles, we beseech Thee, hear us.
Preserve them in love for the little ones, in zeal for the education of youth, in loyalty to people and country, we beseech Thee, hear us.
Bless their words in the pulpit, their instructions in school, their admonitions in the confessional and at the sickbed, we beseech Thee, hear us.
Preserve them from the temptations of the wicked enemy, from the hostile plots of unscrupulous men, from all occasions of sin, we beseech Thee, hear us.
Make us one with them in faith, loyal in divine service, and holy in life, we beseech Thee, hear us.
Give us holy bishops, holy priests, holy missionaries, we beseech Thee, hear us.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie 

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, October 4, 2020

God is always with us, and as we heard in today’s reading, His thoughts are so far above our thoughts, and His ways are so far above our ways.  Sometimes He tells us to take a little break.  May we all listen to His call, especially all men being called to the priesthood.  For all of you who have asked, you didn’t miss it.  I did not have a chance to send prayers last week.

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

SUNDAY 10/4             Pope Francis
MONDAY 10/5           Fr. B. Nathan Davis
TUESDAY 10/6          Fr. Thomas Statt
WEDNESDAY 10/7    Fr. Edison Tayag
THURSDAY 10/8       Fr. Richard Brickler
FRIDAY 10/9              Fr. Matthew Temple
SATURDAY 10/10      Fr. Paul Tomasso

Our prayer this week:

O God, who have willed that your priests preside over your family not by any personal merit but only out of the abundance of your grace, look with mercy on the ministry of Fr. (insert name here) and direct the hearts of priest and people to be so disposed that the obedience of the flock may never fail the shepherd, nor the care of the shepherd be lacking for the flock.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie 

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

God is always with us, and as we heard in today’s reading, His thoughts are so far above our thoughts, and His ways are so far above our ways.  Sometimes He tells us to take a little break.  May we all listen to His call, especially all men being called to the priesthood.  For all of you who have asked, you didn’t miss it.  I did not have a chance to send prayers last week. 

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

SUNDAY 9/20             Fr. Daniel Ruiz
MONDAY 9/21           Fr. Sriram Sadhanala
TUESDAY 9/22          Fr. Edward Salmon
WEDNESDAY 9/23    Fr. Carlos Sanchez
THURSDAY 9/24       Fr. Joseph Sasso
FRIDAY 9/25              Fr. Robert Schrader
SATURDAY 9/26        Fr. Michael Schramel 

Our prayer this week is from the late Monsignor Anthony LaFemina 

God our Father, You reveal your omnipotence in the superabundance of your mercy, poured forth into the world through the sacred wounds of your Son and our Redeemer. We ardently pray that your sacred ministers may be clear reflections of your mercy. May they, with every word and deed of their life, illumine humanity disoriented by sin, and bring it back to you, who are Love. We ask this, Father, through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen. 

Have a blessed week,
Laurie  

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

It’s a sad day when we lose one of our beloved priests. 

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

SUNDAY 9/6            Pope Francis
MONDAY 9/7           Fr. Timothy Niven
TUESDAY 9/8          Fr. Anthony Nketiah
WEDNESDAY 9/9    Fr. Symon Peter Ntaiyia
THURSDAY 9/10      Fr. Malachi Nwosu
FRIDAY 9/11             Fr. John O’Connor
SATURDAY 9/12       Fr. Eugene O’Hara

Our prayer:

O God, Though didst raise Thy servant priests to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving them the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice to bring the Body and Blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar, and to absolve the sins of men in Thine own Holy Name.  We beseech Thee to reward their faithfulness and to forget their faults, admitting them speedily into Thy Holy Presence, there to enjoy forever the recompense of their labors.  This we ask through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Elena & Laurie 

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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Happy Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. 

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

SUNDAY 8/30             Fr. Kevin McKenna
MONDAY 8/31           Fr. William McGrath
TUESDAY 9/1            Fr. John Mulligan
WEDNESDAY 9/2      Fr. Kevin Murphy
THURSDAY 9/3         Fr. Thomas Nellis
FRIDAY 9/4                Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 9/5          Bishop Salvatore Matano

 Our Responsorial Psalm this week is “My soul is thirsting for You, O Lord my God.”  Know that Jesus thirsts for us too.  St. Teresa of Calcutta wrote a wonderful letter to her sisters entitled “I Thirst” after experiencing a “call within a call” from Jesus.  This week I include an excerpt of that letter.  As we contemplate the love Jesus has for each of us, can we pray that each of our priests remembers that Jesus thirsts for them always.

“It is true. I stand at the door of your heart, day and night.  Even when you are not listening, even when you doubt it could be Me, I am there.  I await even the smallest signal of your response, even the least whispered invitation that will allow Me to enter… “I thirst for you.  Yes, that is the only way to even begin to describe My love for you.  I THIRST FOR YOU.  I thirst to love you and to be loved by you – that is how precious you are to Me.  I THIRST FOR YOU.  Come to Me, and I will fill your heart and heal your wounds.  I will make you a new creation, and give you peace, even in all of your trials.  I THIRST FOR YOU.  You must never doubt My mercy, My acceptance of you, My desire to forgive, My longing to bless you and live My life in you.  I THIRST FOR YOU.  If you feel unimportant in the eyes of the world, that matters not at all.  For Me, there is no one any more important in the entire world than you.  I THIRST FOR YOU.  Open to Me, come to Me, thirst for Me, give Me your life – and I will prove to you how important you are to My Heart… “When you do open the door of your heart, whenever you come close enough, you will hear Me say to you again and again, not in mere human words but in spirit:  “No matter what you have done, I love you for your own sake.  Come to Me with your misery and your sins, with your troubles and needs, and with all your longing to be loved.  I stand at the door of your heart and knock…Open to Me, for I THIRST FOR YOU…“

(Fr. John Riccardo, a priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit and host of Christ is the Answer radio show, has recorded a reading of the complete letter.  This is a beautiful passage of Jesus speaking to each one of us.  Get into a quiet place, eliminate all distractions, quiet your mind, and listen to the audio.  It’s quite long so just give yourself time to listen to it meditatively. Really absorb what he’s saying and hear the words that he speaks.  I actually will frequently read along silently while I listen to him.  I’ve also included a link to the words if you want to read it.  You can hear him recite it at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRVu1exlui0.  The link for the pdf is https://avemariaradio.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Jesus-I-Thirst.pdf.)

Have a blessed week,
Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, August 22, 2020

There was a great post on Aleteia this week written by Fr. Edward Looney in the Diocese of Green Bay, encouraging us all to pray for our priests.  Check it out:  https://aleteia.org/2020/08/21/try-this-prayer-and-these-petitions-to-pray-for-priests/ 

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

SUNDAY 8/23            Fr. William Michatek
MONDAY 8/24           Fr. Justin Miller
TUESDAY 8/25          Fr. William Moorby
WEDNESDAY 8/26    Fr. Peter Mottola
THURSDAY 8/27       Fr. Anthony Mugavero
FRIDAY 8/28              Fr. Thomas Mull
SATURDAY 8/29        Inactive& Sabbatical Priests 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about our dear late Fr. Mac and his 65th Anniversary of Ordination, and then a friend came across the prayer card from that same Mass.  So this week’s prayer is actually more of a reflection, taken from that card and written by Emmanuel Cardinal Shard: 

“My friends, the priest is not an angel.  In the first place, not by his nature, for an angel is pure spirit who enjoys the Beatific Vision and is immune from sin, which he has rejected once for all.  The priest is a man like any other human being, composed of body and soul.  He experiences hunger, weariness and the burden of age.  He even, alas, knows the sting of sin and though one may rightly speak of sanctity, it is with reference to a sanctity in the making; a striving for sanctity, virtue in combat. “The priest and the angel also differ in their respective roles.  It is true that both are worshippers and servants of God and that both are delegated to help mankind.  But, whereas the angel is a temporary messenger limited to an occasional task, the priest is charged with a continuous mission which is inherent in his priesthood; he is in a permanent manner the two-way channel to God and from God.”

Fr. Mac, pray for us, and especially all of your brother priests! 

Have a blessed week,
Elena & Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

We all know that we are living in crazy times.  Recently, there have been so many examples of Satan’s attempted attacks on the Church, and especially the priesthood.  Aging, so many lost to Covid, overworked, tempted.  But this is also the season of ordinations.  We have new priests – thank You, God – to be supported by all of our prayers as well. 

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

SUNDAY 8/16            Fr. Kevin Mannara
MONDAY 8/17           Fr. Joseph Marcoux
TUESDAY 8/18          Fr. Michael Mayer
WEDNESDAY 8/19    All Missionaries
THURSDAY 8/20       Fr. Joseph McCaffrey
FRIDAY 8/21              Fr. Daniel McMullen
SATURDAY 8/22        Fr. Michael Merritt 

Our prayer this week is a prayer for protection against temptation: 

Righteous Father in heaven, we pray for all of Your priests.  We know that there is a dark force out there that is opposed to You and to them.  It is an invisible enemy who tries to discourage them or use others to do the same.  Please help them to recognize when they’re under spiritual attacks so that they can be prepared to use the armor that You have provided for them.  We also ask for Your protection from those they come in contact with as they live out their vocations.  It seems that the world is growing more wicked every day and is a lot like Noah’s day when all they thought about was doing evil.  It is getting harder every day Lord for them to live for You so help them to resist the temptation to compromise and to stand firm on what they know is true.  In the glorious name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Happy Feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.  

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

SUNDAY 8/9              Fr. James Lawlor
MONDAY 8/10           Fr. William Leone
TUESDAY 8/11          Fr. Christopher Linsler
WEDNESDAY 8/12    Fr. Frank Lioi
THURSDAY 8/13       Fr. John Loncle
FRIDAY 8/14              Fr. Bernard Maloney
SATURDAY 8/15        Fr. Gerard D’Souza

Our prayer this week: 

Divine Grace, which always heals that which is infirm and supplies that which is lacking, has called our beloved brothers to sacred ministry.  Let us pray that they be confirmed and strengthened with the grace of the Holy Spirit.  Fill them with grace and counsel, that they may love You with all their hearts, all their minds, and all their strength.  Grant them irreproachable conduct, steadfast faith, and good works so that they may help and guide Your people with unselfish motivation. Grant them wisdom, let their minds be sober and watchful, so that they may be filled with works of healing and words of instruction.  May they teach Your people in meekness and serve You in holiness with an undivided mind and a willing soul.  May they be the light of Your only begotten Son that the word of Your gospel may be spread and Your name may be glorified in every creature.  May they serve at Your holy altar with pure hearts and good consciences.  Grant that they may prosper in all Your commandments and the keeping of Your laws, so that they may be able to minister joyfully on the day of Your coming.  Amen. 

Have a blessed week,
Elena & Laurie 

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday August 2, 2020

I realized this afternoon that I used the same prayer twice last month.  I’m sorry. 

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

SUNDAY 8/2              Pope Francis
MONDAY 8/3             Fr. William Laird
TUESDAY 8/4             Fr. Steven Lape
WEDNESDAY 8/5      Fr. Charles Latus
THURSDAY 8/6         All Deacons
FRIDAY 8/7                Vocations& Seminarians
SATURDAY 8/8          Deceased Priests 

Our prayer this week: 

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!  Guard the kingdom of Thy Vicar on earth, our chief bishop.  Pray for and intercede for the clergy. Give them strength against their enemies and yours.  Give courage to the fearful; joy to those that mourn; peace to the contrite of heart; perseverance to the just.  Let them all experience thy protection, Virgin and Mother.  Through thee the nations are brought to repentance, the demons are put to flight.  They that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death are filled with the knowledge and love of Thy Son. 

Have a blessed week,
Laurie & Elena 

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Happy Feast of St. Hyacinth. 

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

SUNDAY 7/26            Fr. Stephen Karani
MONDAY 7/27           Fr. Winfred Kellner
TUESDAY 7/28          Fr. Robert Kennedy
WEDNESDAY 7/29    Fr. Roy Kiggins
THURSDAY 7/30       Fr. Stephen Kraus
FRIDAY 7/31              Fr. Robert Kreckel
SATURDAY 8/1          Bishop Salvatore Matano

Our prayer this week: O Blessed Lady of the Tears, we entrust and consecrate the priesthood to your Immaculate Heart!  During this time of trial and suffering, we pray that you renew the priesthood by making priests holy in imitation of the Heart of the Good Shepherd.  We pray in reparation for the sins of the priesthood and we pray for all victims of their sins.  Grant, O Lady of the Tears, an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the priests that they may be authentic witnesses of your Son Jesus Christ Our Lord.  May we wipe away your tears by comforting your Immaculate Heart by praying the rosary and adoring the Heart of Jesus your Son in the Most Holy Eucharist present in every Catholic Church in the world.  Give all priests and seminarians a deep love and devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist and to you, their loving Mother.  Grant that every priest and seminarian will daily spend one hour with Jesus in the Eucharist and daily pray your most holy rosary!  Grant all priests and seminarians the gift of purity, the gift of chastity and the gift of the divine love of your Son.  May they proclaim the truth without fear, with love and with courage!  We ask all of our prayers through the Tears which you shed at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit!  Amen!

Have a blessed week,
Laurie & Elena 

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Happy Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. 

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

SUNDAY 7/19            Fr. Timothy Horan
MONDAY 7/20           Fr. James Jaeger
TUESDAY 7/21          Fr. Francis Jones
WEDNESDAY 7/22    All Missionaries
THURSDAY 7/23       Fr. Matthew Jones
FRIDAY 7/24              Fr. Stanley Kacprzak
SATURDAY 7/25        All Deacons 

Our prayer this week is by Dom Mark Kirby, Benedictine monk 

O my beloved Jesus,I bring Thee the poverty of Thy priests, that Thou wouldst enrich them.I bring Thee the emptiness of Thy priests, that Thou wouldst fill them.I bring Thee the coldness of Thy priests, that Thou wouldst warm them.I bring Thee the loneliness of Thy priests, that Thou wouldst embrace them.I bring Thee the sorrows of Thy priests, that Thou wouldst console them.I bring Thee the illnesses of Thy priests, that Thou wouldst heal them.I bring Thee the impurities of Thy priests, that Thou wouldst wash them clean.I bring Thee the nakedness of Thy priests, that Thou wouldst clothe them.I bring Thee the silence of Thy priests, that Thou wouldst speak to them.I bring Thee the brokenness of Thy priests, that Thou wouldst repair them.I bring Thee the infirmities of Thy priests, that Thou wouldst heal them.I bring Thee the nothingness of Thy priests that Thou wouldst be their all.I bring Thee the darkness of Thy priests, that Thou wouldst illuminate them,I bring Thee the bitterness of Thy priests, that Thou wouldst give them to taste of Thy sweetness.I bring Thee the struggles of Thy priests, that Thou wouldst be victorious in them.I give Thee the blindness of Thy priests that Thou wouldst give them clear vision.I bring Thee the weariness of Thy priests that Thou wouldst be their rest.I bring Thee the thirst of Thy priests that Thou wouldst quench it.I bring Thee the fears of Thy priests that Thou wouldst give them confidence.I give Thee the doubts of Thy priests that Thou wouldst strengthen their faith.I bring Thee the despondency of Thy priests that Thou wouldst infuse them with hope.I bring Thee the sadness of Thy priests that Thou wouldst be their joy.I bring Thee all Thy priests, especially those in their last agony, those who are locked in spiritual combat,and those being tempted to sin against faith and against hope.I bring Thee the death of Thy priests that Thou wouldst be their life eternal.I bring Thee all those priest of Thine for whom Thy presence in the Most Holy Sacrament has become a matter of indifference, of routine, and of neglect.Beloved Lord Jesus, have mercy on those priests of Thine whose minds have grown dark, whose hearts have grown cold, and who have succumbed to the enticements of the world, the weariness of the flesh, and the deceits of the devil.Deliver them all, O Jesus, for they are Thine, and Thou wilt not deny Thine own.

Have a blessed week,
Elena & Laurie 

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Monday, July 13, 2020

You all are so awesome and forgiving.  My apologies, again, for losing track of my days! 

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

SUNDAY 7/13             Fr. Gerard Krieg
MONDAY 7/14            Fr. Frederick Helfrich
TUESDAY 7/15           Fr. Scott Kubinski
WEDNESDAY 7/16    Fr. James Hewes
THURSDAY 7/16        Fr. John Healy
FRIDAY 7/17               Fr. George Heyman
SATURDAY 7/18        Fr. Daniel Holland

Our prayer this week:

Merciful Father, In the name of Jesus, the Virgin Mary and all the saints, we pray that our priests be washed in the Precious Blood of the Lamb and be filled with all the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.  St. Faustina, we pray that they will be blessed by your mission of Divine Mercy, and through your intercession help prepare them to offer themselves totally to Merciful love and be filled with a great love of Divine Mercy.  Holy Spirit, Fire of Mercy, inspire them to help save every member our parishes as powerful missionaries of Divine Mercy.  We thank You, Heavenly Father, for all the graces and blessings you continue to pour out upon them, and for making them great apostles of Divine Mercy.  We pray in Jesus name.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Good afternoon everyone.

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

SUNDAY 7/5             Pope Francis
MONDAY 7/6            Fr. Paul Gitau
TUESDAY 7/7           Fr. Edward Golden
WEDNESDAY 7/8     Fr. Lance Gonyo
THURSDAY 7/9        Fr. William Graf
FRIDAY 7/10             Fr. Joseph Hart
SATURDAY 7/11       Fr. John Hayes

Our prayer this week again adapted from a prayer on https://www.catholicdoors.com:

O Blessed Lady of the Tears, we entrust and consecrate the priesthood to your Immaculate Heart!  During this time of trial and suffering, we pray that you renew the priesthood by making priests holy in imitation of the Heart of the Good Shepherd. Dry their tears as they struggle with earthly and spiritual battles, and with the challenges faced by their parishes and parishioners.  We pray in reparation for the sins of the priesthood and we pray for all victims of their sins.  Grant, O Lady of the Tears, an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the priests that they may be authentic witnesses of your Son Jesus Christ Our Lord.  May we wipe away your tears by comforting your Immaculate Heart by praying the rosary and adoring the Heart of Jesus your Son in the Most Holy Eucharist present in every Catholic Church in the world.  Give all priests and seminarians a deep love and devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist and to you, their loving Mother.  Grant that every priest and seminarian will daily spend one hour with Jesus in the Eucharist and daily pray your most holy rosary!  Grant all priests and seminarians the gift of purity, the gift of chastity and the gift of the divine love of your Son.  May they proclaim the truth without fear, with love and with courage!  We ask all of our prayers through the Tears which you shed at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit!  Amen!

Have a blessed week,
Elena & Laurie”

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Sunday, June 28, 2020 (updated June 30 with July priests)

Happy Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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

SUNDAY 6/28             Fr. John Gagnier
MONDAY 6/29           Fr. Joseph Trovato
TUESDAY 6/30          Fr. Hoan Dinh
WEDNESDAY 7/1      Fr. Jeffrey Galens
THURSDAY 7/2         Fr. John Gathenya
FRIDAY 7/3                Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 7/4          Bishop Salvatore Matano

Our prayer this week is adapted from A PARISH PRIEST’S PRAYER TO MARY MOST HOLY, from the Congregation for the Clergy:

O Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, Mother of priests, ministers of your Son: accept the humble offering of our priests, so that in their pastoral mission the infinite mercy of the Eternal High Priest may be proclaimed.  You who share the “priestly obedience” of your Son, and who prepared for Him a worthy receptacle by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, keep their priestly lives in the ineffable mystery of your divine maternity.  Grant them strength in the dark hours of this life, support them in the exertions of their ministry, entrust them to Jesus, so that, in communion with you, they may fulfill the ministry with fidelity and love.  Make them faithful to the flock entrusted to them by the Good Shepherd.  You silently accompanied Jesus on his mission to proclaim the Gospel to the poor.  May they always guide their flocks with patience, sweetness, firmness and love, caring for the sick, the weak, the poor, and sinners.  We entrust our priests to you, Mary, who shared in the work of redemption at the Cross of your Son, you who “are inseparably linked to the work of salvation”.  Grant that in the exercise of their ministry they may always be aware of the “stupendous and penetrating dimension of your maternal presence”, in every moment of their lives, in prayer, and action, in joy and sorrow, in weariness and in rest.  Grant, Holy Mother, that in the celebration of the Eucharist, source and center of the priestly ministry, they may live their closeness to Him, so that as “they celebrate Holy Eucharist you will be present with them” and introduce them to the redemptive mystery of your divine Son’s offering.  “O Mediatrix of all grace flowing from this sacrifice to the Church and to all the faithful”, we earnestly desire to place them and their desire for holiness under your maternal protection and inspiration so that you may bring them to that “conformity with Christ, Head and Shepherd” which is necessary for the ministry of every parish priest.  Make them aware that “you are always close to priests” in your mission of servant of the One Mediator, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1Peter 5:8)


Isn’t that so true, today as much as ever?  The first place he looks is at Mother Church, and our faithful clergy.  This week there was a tabernacle stolen from a church in North Carolina.  On this Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may we implore her protection of our precious priests, bishops and Pope Francis.

The priests of the Diocese of Rochester for whom we will be praying this week are:

SUNDAY 6/21           Fr. Raymond Fleming
MONDAY 6/22          Fr. Jesus Flores
TUESDAY 6/23         Fr. John Forni
WEDNESDAY 6/24   Fr. Michael Fowler
THURSDAY 6/25      Fr. Ralph Fraats
FRIDAY 6/26             Fr. Ronald Gaesser
SATURDAY 6/27      Redemptorist Fathers & Brothers

Our prayer this week is an act of reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus:

O sweet Jesus, Whose overflowing charity for me is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate in Your presence eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries, to which Your loving Heart is everywhere subject.

Mindful that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Your pardon.  We declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those, who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow You, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the vows of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Your Law.

We now resolve to expiate every deplorable outrage committed against You; we are determined to make amends for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holidays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against You and Your Saints.

We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Your Vicar on earth and Your priest are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of Your Divine Love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which You have founded.  Would, O divine Jesus, we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood.

We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Your divine honor, the satisfaction You once made to Your eternal Father on the cross and which You continue to renew daily on our altars.  We offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Your Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth.  We sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Your grace, for all neglect of Your great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past.  Henceforth, we will live a life of unwavering faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially that of charity.  We promise, to the best of our power, to prevent others from offending You and to bring as many as possible to follow You.

O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation.  By the crowning gift of perseverance, keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to You, so that we may one day come to that happy home, where You, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, live and reign, God, world without end.  Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you!

Have a blessed week,
Elena & Laurie

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Happy Feast of Corpus Christi!

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

SUNDAY 6/14             Fr. Frank Falletta
MONDAY 6/15             Fr. Richard Farrell
TUESDAY 6/16           Fr. James Fennessy
WEDNESDAY 6/17    Fr. Frank Jones
THURSDAY 6/18        Fr. John Firpo
FRIDAY 6/19               Deceased Priests
SATURDAY 6/20         Fr. Terence Fleming

Our prayer this week:

Our holy father Pope Francis speaks to us today on the feast of Corpus Christi, beginning with Your words, “Do this in remembrance of Me.” (1 Cor 11:24).  We are to remember what You have done for us, by becoming man, dying for our salvation, and giving us Your Precious Body as food and Your Precious Blood as drink.  You also gave us the holy priesthood, to be able to continue to re-present this sacrifice every day, every hour, in every place.  We thank you Lord for the gift of Your Body and Blood, and the gift of our priests that you have given to us, who daily bring You to us.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie & Elena

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

A blessed Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity to you all.

This week we pray in a special way for all of our priests who are struggling feeling the loss of contact with their parishioners, and those overwhelmed as parishes begin to open back up.  It’s been a long time, and we hope they know we miss them just as much.  Our ministry has expanded to include priests not only in the Diocese of Rochester but elsewhere as well.  Please click here to see if your Diocese is listed.  If it is not and you would like it to be, please contact us.  This week’s priests from the Diocese of Rochester are:


SUNDAY 6/7             Pope Francis
MONDAY 6/8            Fr. Frederick Eisemann
TUESDAY 6/9           Fr. Walter Cushing
WEDNESDAY 6/10   Fr. William Endres
THURSDAY 6/11      Fr. Peter Enyan-Boadu
FRIDAY 6/12             Fr. Francis Erb
SATURDAY 6/13      Fr. Thomas Erdle

Our prayer this week is adapted from The Prayer to the Mother of Our Redeemer, again from https://www.catholicdoors.com.

Mother of our Redeemer, with great joy we call you blessed.  You believed in the Word of God the Father and declared yourself His handmaid, and so, through you, the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.  We salute you as Mother, our Mother, the Mother of the Church and the Mother of priests.  With what great love you must have watched over the infant Church and what motherly solicitude encouraged the apostles as they committed themselves to carry on the work of Your Divine Son on earth.  Make the Church ever to be the sign and instrument of intimate union with God.

To you, our Mother, we entrust in a special way our Bishops and the priests of our Church.  They have been given a special sharing in the priesthood of Your Divine Son.  He has chosen them to be ministers of His Word and Sacrament.  Ask Him to fill them with zeal, to keep them faithful and joyful in His service, conscious of the fact that they care and so bring glory to the Father and honor to the Church.

Holy Mother, increase the ranks of our priests by inspiring our young people to be more generous in their response to serve Jesus in the priesthood and in religious life.

Sustain all of them, O Virgin Mary, on their journey of faith and obtain for them the grace of eternal salvation.

Have a blessed week,
Elena & Laurie

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Happy Pentecost Sunday!  Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful.  Enkindle in them the fire of Your love.  Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created.  And You will renew the face of the earth.

This week we pray in a special way for all of our priests who continue to lovingly speak God’s Truth.  Our ministry has expanded to include priests not only in the Diocese of Rochester but elsewhere.  Please click here to see if your Diocese is listed.  If it is not and you would like it to be, please contact us.  This week’s Diocese of Rochester priests are:

SUNDAY 5/31          Fr. Edward Dillon
MONDAY 6/1           Fr. William Donnelly
TUESDAY 6/2          Fr. Clifford Dorkenoo
WEDNESDAY 6/3   Fr. Lewis Brown
THURSDAY 6/4       Fr. Gerard D’Souza
FRIDAY 6/5              Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 6/6       Bishop Salvatore Matano

Our prayer this week is from https://www.catholicdoors.com, A Prayer to Mary for Our Priests:

Mary, Mother of the Church, we pray to you for your sons chosen and sent by your Son Jesus to prolong His ministerial priesthood.  Come to fill them with the same attention and the same motherly love with which you surrounded your Divine Son Jesus.  By your powerful intercession may they receive all the Divine grace which they need to accomplish faithfully the priestly task that has been entrusted to them in the service of God’s People.

Come and pray with us, Mary, in this intense prayer of Jesus on the night before his Passion:  “May they all be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You, so that the world will believe it was You who sent Me.” [Jn 17:21].  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie & Elena

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

What a year it has been!  Just over a year ago, on May 4, we sent out our very first Weekly Prayers for Priests.  We had started our first novena on May 1.

Thank you for helping us build a prayer team around all the priests in our lives and in our Church.  Let us pray in a special way this week for all of our priests who continue to make themselves available to hear our confessions and to provide those sweet words, “through the ministry of the Church, may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

Our ministry has expanded to include priests not only in the Diocese of Rochester but elsewhere.  Please click here to see if your Diocese is listed.  If it is not and you would like it to be, please contact us.  This week’s Diocese of Rochester priests are:

SUNDAY 5/24             Fr. Bernard Dan
MONDAY 5/25            Fr. Robert Werth
TUESDAY 5/26           Fr. William Darling
WEDNESDAY 5/27    Fr. Joseph DeMaio
THURSDAY 5/28        Fr. John DeSocio
FRIDAY 5/29               Fr. Peter Deckman
SATURDAY 5/30        Fr. Albert Delmonte

Our prayer this week is adapted from a prayer written by St. Pope John Paul II, in recognition of the week in which we celebrated the 100th anniversary of his birth, and this month of Mary.

Prayer for All Priests

O Mother of the Church, I address a special supplication to you for all priests who work on the earth, so that they may become “servants of Christ and administrators of the mysteries of God” (1 Cor 4:1) for the good of their brothers and sisters.  Assist them with your protection, and may their example be the seed of many holy vocations.  May the Word of God, who became Man in your virginal womb through the power of the Holy Spirit, grow in our hearts and radiate forth more extensively for the salvation of the whole world.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie & Elena

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

It has certainly been a bit difficult to focus on prayer these days, for all of us.  Although we believe that God has a greater plan for our purification, who among us doesn’t want this to end?  The sad truth is that many of us have lost jobs.  Our priests have lost many aspects of their ministry, too, but for them, it’s not simply a job but a vocation.  Their vocation is who they are, rather than a way to make a living or a set of tasks to perform.  They are ordained by a bishop in an unbroken line of Apostolic succession all the way back to Jesus’ Apostles.  When they perform the sacraments, they are in persona Christi.  We can never understand fully how this must be for them, to be hindered in carrying out their ministries, being Christ’s representatives as shepherds of His flock.  Let’s continue to pray for our priests’ mental and emotional health, and for a renewal of their own vocations in this time.  Let us also pray that those men who are being called by God to the vocation of priesthood will hear and say “yes” to Him. 

Our ministry has expanded to include priests not only in the Diocese of Rochester but elsewhere.  Please click here to see if your Diocese is listed.  If it is not and you would like it to be, please contact us.  This week’s Diocese of Rochester priests are: 

SUNDAY 5/17            Inactive & Sabbatical Priests
MONDAY 5/18           Fr. William Cosgrove
TUESDAY 5/19          Fr. Michael Costik
WEDNESDAY 5/20    Fr. Charles Curran
THURSDAY 5/21       Basilian Fathers
FRIDAY 5/22              Fr. Donald Curtiss
SATURDAY 5/23        Fr. Bernard Dollen 

Our prayer this week is adapted from the vesting prayers found in the 1962 Roman Missal.  The Vatican website has a great reference for more information about these very specific prayers. 

Give strength to the hands of our beloved priests, Lord, to wipe away all stain, so that they may be able to serve Thee in purity of mind and body.  Set the helmet of salvation on their heads to fend off all the assaults of the devil.  Make them clean, O Lord, and purify their hearts; that being made white in the Blood of the Lamb they may deserve an eternal reward.  Gird them, O Lord, with the cincture of purity, and quench in their hearts the fire of concupiscence, that the virtue of continence and chastity may abide in them.  May they deserve, O Lord, to bear the maniple of weeping and sorrow in order that they may joyfully reap the reward of their labors.  Lord, restore the stole of immortality, which they have lost through the collusion of our first parents, and, unworthy as they are to approach Thy sacred mysteries, may they yet gain eternal joy.  O Lord, who has said, “My yoke is sweet and My burden light,” grant that they may so carry it as to merit Thy grace.  Amen. 

Have a blessed week,
Elena & Laurie 

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

First of all, we just want to let you know we love hearing from you. This has been so hard, hasn’t it? We can’t wait to get back to Mass again and for our lives to assume some form of normalcy. When we can finally resume public Mass, we had all better plan some extra time those first few weeks back – we won’t want to leave!

This week, we particularly want to remember the many special COVID-19 Priest Response Teams bringing the Anointing of the Sick and Last Rites to those who need it. These selfless priests in many dioceses around the world have been specially trained and assigned for this ministry. They are quarantining in designated rectories to be able to reach out to hospitals and nursing homes to care for the most vulnerable among us. Please consider offering extra prayers for them, for protection and good health. Never underestimate the power of one single prayer said in faith!

Our priests this week are:

SUNDAY 5/10            Bishop  Emeritus Matthew Clark
MONDAY 5/11           Fr. Peter  Clifford
TUESDAY 5/12          Fr. William Coffas
WEDNESDAY 5/13    Fr.  Michael Conboy
THURSDAY 5/14        Fr. Daniel Condon
FRIDAY 5/15              Fr. Patrick Connor
SATURDAY 5/16        Fr. Brian Cool

Our prayer for this week is an adaptation of St. Teresa of Avila’s bookmark prayer:

O God, watch over our holy priests.  Let nothing disturb them; let nothing frighten them.  All things are passing.  You, God, never change.  Patience obtains all things.  Nothing is wanting to him who possesses God.  God alone suffices. Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

We hope that you are all staying well.

Our priests this week are:

SUNDAY 5/3                 Pope Francis
MONDAY 5/4                Fr. Joseph Catanise
TUESDAY 5/5               Fr. Scott Caton
WEDNESDAY 5/6         Fr. Thomas Celso
THURSDAY 5/7            Fr. Lee Chase
FRIDAY 5/8                   Fr. Jeffrey Chichester
SATURDAY 5/9             Fr. Augustine Chumo

During this time of pandemic, may we also pray in particular for all priests who have died of the virus, and all who are still in ICU’s or still sick.

Our prayer for this week:

Lord Jesus, You have chosen Your priests among us, and have sent them to proclaim Your Word and to act in Your Name.  For such a great gift to Your Church, we praise You and we thank You.  We ask that You fill them with the fire of Your love, that their ministry may reveal Your presence in the Church.  Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that Your power may work in their weakness.  In their afflictions do not let them be crushed; in their doubts, do not let them despair; in temptation, do not let them be destroyed.  Inspire them through prayer to live each day the mystery of your death and Resurrection.  In times of weakness, send them Your Spirit and help them to praise Your heavenly Father and to pray for poor sinners.  With the same Holy Spirit, place Your word on their lips and Your love in their hearts, that they may bring the Good News to the poor and revive the broken-hearted.  Lastly, may the gift of Mary, Your mother, to the disciple whom You loved, be Your gift to every priest.  Grant that she, who formed You in Your human image, may form each priest in Your divine image, through the power of Your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie & Elena

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Happy Third Sunday of Easter.

Our priests this week are:

SUNDAY 4/26               Fr. Richard Brickler
MONDAY 4/27              Benedictine Fathers
TUESDAY 4/28             Fr. Michael Brown
WEDNESDAY 4/29       Fr. Timothy Brown
THURSDAY 4/30          Fr. James Burke
FRIDAY 5/1                   Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 5/2             Bishop Salvatore Matano

Our prayer for this week:

Heavenly Father, grant that our priests be strengthened and healed by the power of the Eucharist they celebrate.  May the Word they proclaim give them courage and wisdom.  We pray that all those whom they seek to serve may see in them the love and care of Jesus, Our Eternal High Priest, who is Lord for ever and ever.  Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church, look tenderly upon your sons, our priests.  St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us all.  Amen.

Have a prayerful week,
Elena & Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday! 

Our priests this week are: 

SUNDAY 4/19               Fr. Roman Caly
MONDAY 4/20              Fr. Dennis Bonsignore
TUESDAY 4/21             Fr. Robert Bourcy
WEDNESDAY 4/22       Fr. James Boyle
THURSDAY 4/23          Fr. Robert Bradler
FRIDAY 4/24                 Fr. Alexander Bradshaw
SATURDAY 4/25           Fr. Paul Brennan 

Our prayer for this week adapted from St. Faustina: 

Dearest Jesus, You instituted the priesthood and gave us the Holy Eucharist in Your Last Supper with your Disciples.  Do not let our holy priests fall into despair.  Guide them to confide in You, our God, who are Love and Mercy.  During the unique Easter season which we are currently experiencing, please console the hearts of our priests as they celebrate Masses without the faithful present.  Make them fervent in their prayers for your Church as our prayers are fervent for them. 

In Your Holy Name we pray. Amen. 

Have a prayerful week,
Elena & Laurie 

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Sitting in Vigil is a quiet time.  We wait in hopeful expectation of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  As we wait even more silently this year, may we keep our humble priests in prayer.  May they feel our love, support and prayers as they pray for us, this holy night and always.

Our priests this week are:

SUNDAY 4/12         Fr. Thomas Dugan
MONDAY 4/13        Fr. Peter Helfrich
TUESDAY 4/14       Fr. Christopher Manuele
WEDNESDAY 4/15 Fr. Peter Morello
THURSDAY 4/16    Fr. Eugene O’Hara
FRIDAY 4/17           Fr. Thomas Travers
SATURDAY 4/18     Fr. Brian Carpenter

This week’s prayer:

Lord Jesus, great High Priest who upon Calvary and at the table of the Last Supper prepared for the sacrifice of the Mass.  We beg Your blessing upon those priests whom You have chosen to carry out Your priestly work.  They are human, but they must occupy a divine office.  They must stand as Your substitute before the eyes of the people.  Their hands must be pure enough to draw You down from heaven and strong enough to lift the people to Your heights.  They must speak the truth with courage.  Their lives must be Christlike, their mercy and tenderness modeled on Yours.  I pray that You, who in the Eucharist depend on them, will give Your priests the graces that they need.  Give to young men a compelling vocation to serve You.  Give to priests the desire to do well their work, Your work.  Make us respectful, reverent and appreciative toward them.  Grant them the grace to be priests not unworthy of You, our High Priest.  Amen.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com

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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

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Have you all seen some of the creative ways our priests around the world are working through this crisis?  Many of our priests and bishops, including Pope Francis, are live streaming Mass so that we can still “be there”, even if it’s not in person.  Eucharistic Adoration IS available on line from several parishes around the world.  We know it’s not the same, but we really appreciate it being available.  One priest in Italy asked to be allowed to temporarily go back to his pre-seminarian job as a doctor.  And the list goes on.  How blessed we are to have shepherds who love us this much!

Our priests this week are:

SUNDAY 3/29         Fr. Dennis Billy
MONDAY 3/30        Fr. Sylvester Bioh
TUESDAY 3/31       Fr. Paul Bonacci
WEDNESDAY 4/1   Fr. Philip Brockmyre
THURSDAY 4/2      Fr. John Colacino
FRIDAY 4/3             Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 4/4       Bishop Salvatore Matano

This week’s prayer:

Our Lady of the precious blood, watch over the living chalices of the blood of Jesus. Amen.

Lord Jesus, by the Precious Blood shed and by painful scourging, shield with Your own special protection and that of Your Immaculate mother, all the ministers of the sanctuary, so that having renounced the goods of earth in order to belong entirely to You, they may everyday offer and receive Your Body and Blood with such pious dispositions as to enable You to find in their hearts “a paradise of delight.”

Lord Jesus, by Your Precious Blood shed on the way to Calvary, take pity on priests who are victims of Injustice and who, like their adorable Model, receive in return for their devotedness, but crosses, trials and persecutions.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Many of us are unable to attend Mass during this time of social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  It is an unexpected Lenten desert experience – to go without receiving Jesus.  For those who are still able to go to Mass, please pray an extra prayer of thanksgiving.  To all priests who are suddenly saying Masses without parishioners, thank you for keeping us all in your prayers.  Know that you are in ours.  And to the rest of us, while we cannot receive Jesus sacramentally, we can still make an act of Spiritual Communion:

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.  Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.  Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.

Our priests this week are:

SUNDAY 3/22           Fr. Victor Bartolotta
MONDAY 3/23          Fr. Michael Bausch
TUESDAY 3/24         Fr. Peter Bayer
WEDNESDAY 3/25   Fr. Richard Beligotti
THURSDAY 3/26      Fr. Robert Beligotti
FRIDAY 3/27             Fr. Robert Benitez
SATURDAY 3/28       Fr. Philip Billotte

This week’s prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, it is Your holy Will to associate with Yourself in Your priestly office other men to whom You entrust the most sublime of all human ministries.  Have pity, most kind Jesus, on all the priests of holy Mother Church.  Give them a love for You that is so great and warm, it may fill their whole beings with fervor and zeal, and make even the most difficult tasks easy and light for Your love.  Have pity in particular, dear Lord, on all those priests who are spent and weary, discouraged or desolate, or who labor under some special trial, temptation or sorrow.  Visit them with Your efficacious graces and consolations.  Kindle their hearts with the fire that burns in Your own most Sacred Heart.

Keep them from sin, comfort them in every affliction, give them health and vigor of body and soul, that they may do effectively the work You give them.  Remind us to pray for them often. Help us to cooperate with their efforts.  Grant, sweet Jesus, that all who are Your priests on earth may come, holy and pure, to the glory of Your heavenly kingdom, with all their faithful flocks, to rejoice in the vision of Your Eternal Loveliness, who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, world without end.  Amen.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Elena & Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Hi, everyone. These are trying times that we are currently living in.  Some may find it hard to stay focused on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ during these difficulties.  He is exactly that.  The Lord of all.  And our Savior.  This is nothing the world hasn’t been through before.  How many saints there have been who rushed in while others rushed out.  St. Charles Borromeo , St. Roch, St. Henry Morse, Bl. Peter Donders, St. Marianne Cope and Bl. Francis X. Seelos are just a few of our saintly brothers and sisters who loved and cared for those suffering during plagues in their lifetimes and we can call on to intercede for us during ours. 

This week’s priests are: 

SUNDAY 3/15           All Missionaries
MONDAY 3/16          All Deacons
TUESDAY 3/17         Ronald Antinarelli
WEDNESDAY 3/18   Frederick Asuming
THURSDAY 3/19      Joseph Trovato
FRIDAY 3/20             Theodore Auble
SATURDAY 3/21       William Barrett

Our prayer: 

Heavenly Father, we know You will not abandon us.  You have made us to live in this time for a purpose.  Help us to be a model of Christian love for the world.  Give our priests extra strength of body, heart and soul as they serve us, especially as they visit the sick and infirm.  In community with Pope Francis, we pray today for pastors who need to accompany Your people during this crisis.  May you grant them the strength and the ability to choose the best ways to help.  We pray that the Holy Spirit might grant pastoral discernment to pastors so that they might perceive measures that might not leave Your holy, faithful people alone, and so that we might feel accompanied by our priests.  Amen. 

St. Joseph, pray for us. 

Here are some verses from the Bible to remind us of His perpetual care:
     “He will rescue you from the fowler’s snare, from the destroying plague.”
(Psalm 91:3)
     “Lord, take note of me; heal me, although I have sinned against you.”
(Psalm 41:5)
     “Heal me, Lord, that I may be healed; save me, that I may be saved,
for you are my praise.”  (Jeremiah 17:14)
     And as we say every day at Mass, around world and around the clock
          “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8:8) 

Be well and God bless,
Elena & Laurie 

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Happy feast of St. Leander of Seville! 
(https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-leander-of-seville/)

Our priests this week are:

SUNDAY 3/8             Fr. Thomas Wheeland
MONDAY 3/9            Fr. Daniel E. White
TUESDAY 3/10         Inactive & Sabbatical Priests
WEDNESDAY 3/11   Fr. Daniel L. White
THURSDAY 3/12      Fr. Mitchell Zygadlo
FRIDAY 3/13             Fr. William Amann
SATURDAY 3/14       Fr. Anthony Amato

This week’s prayer, based on a prayer by IRL:

Mystical Rose, Queen of Apostles, bless your priests with sanctification and superabundant grace, and grant that those called to the priesthood of your Son may, by the holiness of their lives and their ardent love for souls, extend the Kingdom of your Son throughout the World. Amen.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Have we told you all lately how grateful we are that you have joined us in this ministry? We love that you are all praying along with us for all of our priests!

Our priests this week are:

SUNDAY 3/1           PopeFrancis
MONDAY 3/2          Fr. Walter Wainwright
TUESDAY 3/3         Fr. Matthew Walter
WEDNESDAY 3/4   Fr. Eugene Weis
THURSDAY 3/5       Fr. Robert Werth
FRIDAY 3/6             Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 3/7        Bishop Salvatore Matano

This week’s prayer:

O Lord Jesus Christ, the great High Priest, who dost call chosen souls to offer Thee in sacrifice and to assist Thee in saving souls, I beseech Thee to grant our priests this high grace; make them carefully to prepare their hearts to receive it and to keep themselves pure and lowly that Thou mayest call them to serve Thee at Thine altar. Amen.

O Mary, Mother of God, the mother of all priests, and our mother too, obtain for them this grace from the Sacred Heart of thy dear Son. Amen.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Elena & Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Happy Feast of Saint Oswald of Worcester. He’s one of our few saints whose feast day is February 29. He was tireless in reforming abuses and guiding his dioceses in faith, and gives us a great Lenten example of caring for others.  You can learn more about him at http://celticsaints.org/2009/0228e.html.

Our priests this week are:

SUNDAY 2/23           Michael Twardzik
MONDAY 2/24          Gary Tyman
TUESDAY 2/25         Michael Upson
WEDNESDAY 2/26   Peter Van Lieshout
THURSDAY 2/27       Louis Vasile
FRIDAY 2/28             John Vu
SATURDAY 2/29       All Deacons

This week’s prayer:

Father, as we prepare to begin the Lenten season, we ask you to bring home your wayward sheep this Lent, that our brothers and sisters in Christ may return to your flock, the Church. We ask you to inspire our priests with the words of reconciliation and truth to help bring them home. Please also give our priests the stamina to lead and support the devotions of your Church during Lent. Most of all, Lord, we beseech you to sanctify your priests, that they, too, may make a holy Lent toward celebrating the Resurrection at Easter. We ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God forever. Amen.

Have a blessed week everyone,

Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Happy Feast of St. Conrad of Piacenza
(https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-conrad-of-piacenza/)

Our priests this week are:

SUNDAY 2/16           Deceased Priests
MONDAY 2/17          Edison Tayag
TUESDAY 2/18          David Tedesche
WEDNESDAY 2/19   Matthew Temple
THURSDAY 2/20      Paul Tomasso
FRIDAY 2/21             Daniel Tormey
SATURDAY 2/22       Jeffrey Tunnicliff

This week’s prayer:

Almighty God, we pray that your grace may assist them in the ministerial priesthood to serve you worthily and devoutly, in complete purity, and in good conscience. And if they are unable to live their lives with such innocence, grant that they weep bitterly over the evil they have done. Grant that they may serve you ever fervently with a spirit of humility, with right intention of good will. They ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Happy Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita

Our priests this week are:

SUNDAY 2/9             Michael Schramel
MONDAY 2/10          Joseph Schwartz
TUESDAY 2/11         Feliciano Sierotowicz
WEDNESDAY 2/12   Evan Simington
THURSDAY 2/13      Louis Sirianni
FRIDAY 2/14             William Spilly
SATURDAY 2/15      Thomas Statt

Our prayer this week:

Father in heaven, we implore your protection and blessing on all persecuted Christians, especially those priests who serve in areas like the country of Sudan, the birthplace of St. Jospehine Bahkita, which are dangerous for Catholics, or in other difficult pastoral situations. Through the intercession of St. Josephine, grant our priests the strength, wisdom, and support to continually attend to the souls of their flocks. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

For more information on St. Josephine Bakhita:  https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/blog/st-josephine-bakhita-and-the-door-to-holiness-2-2/1323/

Have a blessed week,
Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Happy Feast of the Presentation of the Lord! 

This week’s priests are: 

SUNDAY 2/2           Pope Francis
MONDAY 2/3          Edward Salmon
TUESDAY 2/4         Carlos Sanchez
WEDNESDAY 2/5   Siriam Sadhanala
THURSDAY 2/6      Joseph Sasso
FRIDAY 2/7             Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 2/8       Robert Schrader 

Our prayer this week is titled “An Oblate’s Prayer” which I found on the site of another apostolate praying for our priests, http://www.prayerhelpersofthepreciousblood.org

Heavenly Father, we thank you for all of Your priests, and we ask You to keep them all safe in Your loving care.  Our Lady of the Precious Blood, watch over the living chalices of the Blood of Your Son, Jesus.  We pray you, protect your priestly sons from Satan’s deadliest snares.  Holy Mary, intercede for your priests.  St. Joseph, guide them.  St. Margaret Clitherow, protect them from persecution.  St. John Vianney, pray for their sanctification.  St. Michael the Archangel, defend them in battle. Be their protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.  May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of their priestly souls.  Amen. 

Have a blessed week,
Elena & Laurie 

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Happy first Word of God Sunday!

Our priests this week:

SUNDAY 1/26           John Reif
MONDAY 1/27          Leo Reinhardt
TUESDAY 1/28         Robert Reiser
WEDNESDAY 1/29   Michael Merritt
THURSDAY 1/30      Daniel Ruiz
FRIDAY 1/31             Deceased Priests
SATURDAY 2/1         Bishop Salvatore Matano

Pope Francis has established today as Word of God Sunday, to be celebrated each Third Sunday of Ordinary Time.

Our prayer:

Almighty God, St. John tells us that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  St. Luke describes how the Risen Jesus appeared to His disciples, and how “He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.”  St. Jerome, the man who translated most of the Bible into Latin, famously said that “ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”  Guide your priests as they explain Sacred Scripture and help us to understand it.  Fill their hearts and minds with Your Holy Spirit to imbue their homilies with sacramental character of Your Living Word.  Keep them always mindful of the unbreakable bond between Sacred Scripture and the Eucharist, the way by which Christ opens our minds and hearts to accept His saving work in our lives.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Elena & Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Happy memorial of St. Fabian! 

Our priests this week are: 

SUNDAY 1/19           Symon Peter Ntaiyia
MONDAY 1/20          Malachi Nwosu
TUESDAY 1/21         John O’Connor
WEDNESDAY 1/22   All Deacons
THURSDAY 1/23      Edward Palumbos
FRIDAY 1/24             Pius Pathmarajah
SATURDAY 1/25      Jorge Ramirez 

This week’s prayer is to Saint Fabian, Pope and Martyr, c. 200 – 250. He reigned as pope for fourteen years before being martyred at the order of Emperor Decius, roughly 65 years before Emperor Constantine declared Christianity to be legal in the Roman Empire. Decius tried to kill the Church by cutting off the head. It didn’t work. Let us ask Fabian’s intercession to strengthen the witness of our priests. 

Pope St. Fabian, your papal death proved to the faithful that their leaders personally accepted what they demanded of others, and it proved to the leaders of the world that we willingly share in the death and resurrection of Christ. Help us and our priests to be further links in the Church’s long chain of Christian witnesses. May your martyrdom inspire such fervent commitment in our priests who bring us the sacraments, without which the Church would cease to be. 

Have a great week,
Elena & Laurie 

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Blessed Feast of the Baptism of the Lord!

Our priests this week are:

SUNDAY 1/12 John Mulligan
MONDAY 1/13 Kevin Murphy
TUESDAY 1/14 Tom Nellis
WEDNESDAY 1/15 Inactive & Sabbatical Priests
THURSDAY 1/16 All Missionaries
FRIDAY 1/17 Timothy Niven
SATURDAY 1/18 Anthony Nketiah

Our prayer:

O Almighty and Eternal God, look upon the Face of Thy Christ, and for love of Him Who is the eternal High-priest, have pity on Thy priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the Bishop’s hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

Let Thy holy love protect them from the world’s contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they minister on earth be one day their joy and consolation in heaven. Amen.

Praising God for the gifts of our baptisms,
Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Happy Feast of the Epiphany to you all!

Our priests this week are:

SUNDAY 1/5 Pope Francis
MONDAY 1/6 Justin Miller
TUESDAY 1/7 William Michatek
WEDNESDAY 1/8 William Moorby
THURSDAY 1/9 Peter Mottola
FRIDAY 1/10 Anthony Mugavero
SATURDAY 1/11 Thomas Mull

Our prayer:

Most beloved Jesus, with a singular benevolence you have called them from among thousands of men to follow you in the excellence of priestly dignity. O good Jesus, make them priests after your own Heart. We beg you to give them the divine strength to rightly fulfill their ministry. We implore you, Lord Jesus, to daily renew the grace given to them through the imposition of the hands of the Bishop. O most powerful Doctor of Souls, heal them so that they may not fall back into evil, that they may flee from every sin, and that they may do what is pleasing in your eyes until the hour of their death. Amen.

With the blessings of the season,
Laurie & Elena

http://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday December 28, 2019

In this octave of Christmas, our priests this week are:

SUNDAY 12/29 Carsen Martensen
MONDAY 12/30 Michael Mayer
TUESDAY 12/31 Joseph McCaffrey
WEDNESDAY 1/1 William McGrath
THURSDAY 1/2 Daniel McMullin
FRIDAY 1/3 Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 1/4 Bishop Salvatore Matano

And our prayer for all priests, especially now at Christmas:

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, give all priests Thy spirit of humility;
Jesus, poor and worn out for souls, give all priests Thy spirit of zeal;
Jesus, full of patience and mercy for sinners, give all priests Thy spirit of compassion;
Jesus, victim for the sins of the world, give all priests Thy spirit of sacrifice;
Jesus, lover of the little and the poor, give all priests Thy spirit of charity.

Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us and obtain for us numerous and holy priests and religious. Amen.

Have a happy (and safe) New Year,
Laurie & Elena

http://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

He’s almost here! Emmanuel!

Our priests for this week are:

SUNDAY 12/22 All Missionaries
MONDAY 12/23 Bernard Maloney
TUESDAY 12/24 Kevin Mannara
WEDNESDAY 12/25 All Deacons
THURSDAY 12/26 Leo Mans
FRIDAY 12/27 Kevin McKenna
SATURDAY 12/28 Joseph Marcoux

And our prayer:

O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: come to teach us the path of knowledge! Give us holy priests to guide us.

O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: come to rescue us with your mighty power! Help our priests to live by your commands.

O Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all his people: come to save us without delay! Equip all priests to hear confessions with both mercy and firmness.

O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom: come and free the prisoners of darkness! Let all priests revel in the joy and freedom of a life spent in service to you.

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death. When their time on this earth is done, let them see your heavenly glory.

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save man, whom you formed from the dust! May they turn from treasures of the world and look forward to their treasures laid up in your kingdom.

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come to save us, Lord our God! Come, Lord Jesus!

Felicem Domini Nativitatis diem,
(“Happy be the day of our Lord’s nativity!”)
Elena & Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Blessed Gaudete Sunday everyone!

Our priests for this week are:

SUNDAY 12/15 Inactive & Sabbatical
MONDAY 12/16 James Lawlor
TUESDAY 12/17 Steven Lape
WEDNESDAY 12/18 Christopher Linsler
THURSDAY 12/19 Frank Lioi
FRIDAY 12/29 John Loncle
SATURDAY 12/21 Robert MacNamara

And our prayer:

Come, Lord Jesus! We thank you for the gift of our holy priests. May they joyfully shepherd us as we celebrate your first coming in the Incarnation and look forward to your return in glory. Amen.

Pax,
Elena & Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

I can hardly believe this! This week we will have prayed for each priest in the diocese through this ministry. On Friday, we start through the list again.

Our priests for this week are:

SUNDAY 12/8 Winfred Kellner
MONDAY 12/9 Dennis Billy
TUESDAY 12/10 Gerard Krieg
WEDNESDAY 12/11 Scott Kubinski
THURSDAY 12/12 William Laird
FRIDAY 12/13 William Leone
SATURDAY 12/14 Charles Lotus

Our prayer:

Heavenly Father, we pray
~ for all priests who are ordained to serve our Church, that their ministry may be fruitful and appreciated by the people whom they serve,
~ for the gift of vocations to the ordained priesthood, that good men may be drawn to love and to serve the People of God,
~ for retired priests, that they may experience God’s abundant love as they walk a new path of prayer and servanthood in retirement,
~ that we may never take the presence of our priests for granted, as we cherish the celebration of the Mass and are nourished by the Eucharist,
~ for all priests who struggle with loneliness, declining health, or loss of mobility, that they may be comforted by the grace of the Holy Spirit,
~ that we the lay faithful may always embrace our priests, and sustain their ministry by our love, our constant prayer, and our trust in their leadership,
~ for priests who now sleep in peace of the resurrection, and for those who may die this year or this day, that God lead them gently into their eternal reward.
We pray all this in Jesus Name. Amen.

Have a peaceful second week of Advent!
Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

So, has everyone recovered from their Thanksgiving feast yet?  I hope so.  Advent starts tomorrow, giving us a wonderful opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming. Let’s begin Advent by thanking God for our priests, and praying He will strengthen them for the season. 

This week’s priests are: 

SUNDAY 12/1           Pope Francis
MONDAY 12/2          Robert Kennedy
TUESDAY 12/3         Roy Kiggins
WEDNESDAY 12/4   Stephen Kraus
THURSDAY 12/5      Vocations & Seminarians
FRIDAY 12/6             Robert Kreckel
SATURDAY 12/7       Bishop Salvatore Matano 

Our prayer this week is Psalm 116: 

1 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
    he heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because he turned his ear to me,
    I will call on him as long as I live.
3 The cords of death entangled me,
    the anguish of the grave came over me;
    I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
4 Then I called on the name of the Lord:
    “Lord, save me!”
5 The Lord is gracious and righteous;
    our God is full of compassion.
6 The Lord protects the unwary;
    when I was brought low, he saved me.
7 Return to your rest, my soul,
    for the Lord has been good to you.
8 For you, Lord, have delivered me from death,
    my eyes from tears,
    my feet from stumbling,
9 that I may walk before the Lord
    in the land of the living.
10 I trusted in the Lord when I said,
    “I am greatly afflicted”;
11 in my alarm I said,
    “Everyone is a liar.”
12 What shall I return to the Lord
    for all his goodness to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
    and call on the name of the Lord.
14 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people.
15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
    is the death of his faithful servants.
16 Truly I am your servant, Lord;
    I serve you just as my mother did;
    you have freed me from my chains.
17 I will sacrifice a thank offering to you
    and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
    in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord—
    in your midst, Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord.

It’s a little long, but does that not sound like the call and response of  priesthood?

Have a blessed start to Advent!
Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

A blessed Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe to all, and happy Thanksgiving to those of you in the United States!

This week’s priests are:

SUNDAY 11/24 All Deacons
MONDAY 11/25 Timothy Horan
TUESDAY 11/26   James Jaeger
WEDNESDAY 11/27 Francis Jones
THURSDAY 11/28 Matthew Jones
FRIDAY 11/29 Stanley Kacprzak
SATURDAY 11/30 Stephen Karani

Our prayer for this week:

O God, who hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son to be the eternal High Priest for the glory of Thy Majesty and the salvation of mankind; grant that they whom He hath chosen to be His ministers and the stewards of His mysteries, may be found faithful in the fulfillment of the ministry which they have received. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Pax,
Elena & Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Happy Saturday!

This week’s priests are:

SUNDAY 11/17           Frederick Helfrich
MONDAY 11/18    James Hewes
TUESDAY 11/19   George Heyman
WEDNESDAY 11/20 Daniel Holland
THURSDAY 11/21 Hoan Dinh
FRIDAY 11/22 Lance Gonyo
SATURDAY 11/23 All Missionaries

Did you know that the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary are dedicated to praying for vocations to the priesthood? For our prayer this week, let’s pray a rosary using these mysteries each day for new vocations and for the strengthening of vocations of priests throughout the world.

Have a great week,
Laurie & Elena

http://prayersforpriests.com

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Happy Veterans’ Day

On this Veterans Day here in the United States, we ask that you take a
moment to pray for all priests who have served, are serving, or will
serve as chaplains to our Armed Forces. They put themselves in the
line of fire in support of our military men and women.

If you are among those who have fulfilled this role, we thank you for
your service.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

It is officially chilly here in the northeast corner of the US.  It was less than 20 degrees out this morning.  I even had to put a sweater on.  I certainly feel bad for those of you who don’t like the cold!

This week’s priests are:

SUNDAY 11/10          Paul Gitau
MONDAY 11/11         Edward Golden
TUESDAY 11/12         Inactive & Sabbatical Priests
WEDNESDAY 11/13  William Graf
THURSDAY 11/14      Joseph Hart
FRIDAY 11/15             John Hayes
SATURDAY 11/16      John Healy

And our prayer this week comes from mycatholic.life, adapted to be
prayed for our priests:

Prayer to Jesus Christ

Most beloved Jesus, with a singular benevolence you have called them
from among thousands of men to follow you in the excellence of
priestly dignity. I beg you to grant them divine strength to rightly
fulfill their ministry. I implore you, Lord Jesus, to daily renew the
grace given to them through the imposition of the hands of the Bishop.
O most powerful doctor of souls, heal them so that they may not fall
back into evil, that they may flee from every sin, and that they may
do what is pleasing in your eyes until the hour of their death. Amen

Have a great week everybody!
Laurie & Elena

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

We often remember to pray for our priests who minister in areas of conflicts, but we often overlook the possible harms they face during a normal day.  On this feast of All Souls Day, we’d like to pray in a special way for Fr. John Thomas Connery who was swept away in flood waters in upstate New York on Thursday evening as he was driving to a parish church to celebrate Mass on All Saints Day.  We pray for Fr. Connery, and for all those whom we love but see no longer.  Grant to them eternal rest.  Let perpetual light shine upon them.  May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

This week’s priests: 
SUNDAY 11/3           Pope Francis
MONDAY 11/4         Michael Fowler
TUESDAY 11/5         Ralph Fraats
WEDNESDAY 11/6  Ronald Gaesser
THURSDAY 11/7     Vocations & Seminarians
FRIDAY 11/8           John Gagnier
SATURDAY 11/9      John Gathenya 

Our prayer this week is a Daily Prayer for a Priest, from nunsforpriests.org

Lord Jesus, live in all priests and help them truly appreciate their unique oneness with you so that they shall never crave for more or less than just yourself and your love forever. 

Grant Father the grace to seek for no greater joy than your love and the privilege of bringing it to others. 

Grant to me, an ever-deepening reverence of your priesthood. And when death ends my life here on earth, may you, the Eternal High Priest, reveal to me in the Beatific Vision the consolation everlasting of having prayed and sacrificed for your priests here on earth. 

Amen

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

We’ve had a couple of weeks of some fairly lengthy prayers, so this week we’ll keep it short.

This week’s priests are:
SUNDAY 10/27           Inactive & Sabbatical Priests
MONDAY 10/28 Terence Fleming
TUESDAY 10/29   Raymond Fleming
WEDNESDAY 10/30 Jesus Flores-Rivera
THURSDAY 10/31      John Forni
FRIDAY 11/1 Deceased Priests
SATURDAY 11/2 Bishop Salvatore Matano

Our prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, You love Your church and those called to share Your priesthood! With our love and prayers, we join You in asking our Heavenly Father to continue to pour out His gifts of holiness, compassion and zeal on your priests everywhere. Inspire each of them to offer his life as an “Ambassador of Christ”, bringing reconciliation and healing to the world.

Mary, Mother of all Priests, inspire us to live in peace and joy and pray this prayer with us. Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Elena and Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Happy Saturday afternoon everyone!

This week’s priests are:

SUNDAY 10/20 Francis Erb
MONDAY 10/21 Thomas Erdle
TUESDAY 10/22 Frank Falletta
WEDNESDAY 10/23 Richard Farrell
THURSDAY 10/24 James Fennessy
FRIDAY 10/25 Deceased Priests
SATURDAY 10/26 John Firpo

Our prayer, or maybe reflection is a better word, is from Ven. Fulton J. Sheen in his book, The Priest Is Not His Own:

Referring to Isaiah, Bishop Fulton Sheen reminds priests they are watchmen “who have been put on the walls of the Church by the High priest. What we are,” he says, “the Church is, and what the Church is, the world is.” Because of this, Bishop Sheen lets priests know that many trials will arise for them, and advises:

“When trials arise, we must beg the faithful to fight with us through their prayers. A measure of the value we set on prayer is the insistence with which we ask the flock entrusted to our care to pray for us.

St. Paul in prison wrote to the Phillipians that he will have no further worry over his soul’s health if he has them ‘to pray for me, and Jesus Christ to supply my needs with his Spirit.’ (Phillipians 1:19). He knew he could not work without the intercession of converts. He valued Lydia’s prayers and those of her household; he valued the jailer’s prayers; he desired the prayers of Eurodias, Syntyche and Clement; and to the Ephesians he wrote: Pray for me too, that I be given words to speak my mind boldly, in making known the Gospel Revelation, for which I am an ambassador in chains. (Eph. 6:19-20)

The priest may claim the prayers of his people, for through their prayers he receives from the Spirit whatever he needs…The priest can save souls without eloquence, but he cannot move them without prayer and the Holy Spirit.”

Ven. Fulton J. Sheen, pray for us.

Have a blessed week,
Elena and Laurie

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

This week’s message and prayer are a bit long, but bear with us. This is the whole reason we started this ministry in the first place. However, instead of providing a list of this week’s priests we invite you to go to the website, https://prayersforpriests.com/, click on “Priests” then the link under “Dioceses”. You can choose your diocese from the list. As always, feel free to forward this to anyone you think will be willing to join us in prayer, and encourage them to get in touch with us if they would like to receive these messages directly.

October has been recognized worldwide as Clergy Appreciation Month and, at least here in the United States, we set aside the second Sunday of October as Clergy Appreciation Day.

Cardinal Robert Sarah recently reflected on the meaning of the priesthood in a Mass marking his 50th ordination anniversary.

“The priest lives joy in its fullness at Holy Mass, which is the raison d’être of his existence, what gives meaning to his life,” Sarah said. “During the daily Mass the priest comes face to face with Jesus Christ and at that precise moment, he is identified, he identified himself with Christ, becoming not only an Alter Christus, another Christ, but he is really Ipse Christus, the same Christ,” he said.

Sarah said that the priesthood is going through “a deep crisis” today, and asked for prayers for all priests.

“The priest — here is the most magnificent work, the most generous gift that God has given to humanity, the most precious and unprecedented treasure that exists on earth.”

Fr. Robert Peckman wrote a Facebook post entitled “A Priest Tells the Powerful Truth About What His REAL Job As a Pastor Is.” With his permission, we have adapted his post into a prayer:

They are our priests and pastors, Lord. You gave them to us.

We pray to remember that we don’t need them to be our buddies but our shepherds. We don’t need them on the barstool beside us but in the breach between us and the devil. We don’t need them to spout pious platitudes but to offer comfort and truth. We don’t need them to be silent and turn a blind eye but to charitably correct us and offer guidance. We don’t need them to be ‘a regular person’ but a fearless leader and shepherd. We don’t need them to tell us to be nice but to encourage us to be holy. We don’t need them to set the bar low so we will like them but to set the bar high and then help us reach the goal. We don’t need them to be hip, cool, or relevant by worldly standards but to be steadfast, accountable, and strong in the face of worldly standards. We don’t need them to be entertaining but to point to the transcendent. We don’t need them to be a Messiah…we need them to point to THE Messiah.

We pray that their hearts remain friendly, kind, charitable, and empathetic. Keep them bold, brave, and strong. Their job means we may sometimes get very mad at them. When we get angry, we pray they don’t become so afraid of that that they leave us to destructive forces. We are grateful that they are willing to love us more than themselves. They have to lead us to holiness, not popularity. We pray that they remain forthright and charitable. We pray to trust that they want what is good and holy for us.

We know their job is not easy. They are our spiritual fathers, and their job in the parish is very much like the role of a dad in a family. Help us to honor them as our fathers. They place themselves in the breach between the flock and what would prey on the flock, where You, Lord, placed Yourself.

We pray that they do this job well…that they lead where Christ would have us go. We want to go to heaven. We want them, the ones who were our shepherds, to go there too. The way there is a narrow and winding path. We pray for the strength and perseverance to make each step as it comes, and that they have all the power and graces of their holy ordination to lead the way. Amen.

Have a great week,
Elena & Laurie

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

Happy October!

This week’s priests are:

SUNDAY 10/6          Pope Francis
MONDAY 10/7         Carmelite Fathers
TUESDAY 10/8        Richard Brickler
WEDNESDAY 10/9  Albert Delmonte
THURSDAY 10/10   Edward Dillon
FRIDAY 10/11          Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 10/12    Bernard Dollen

Our prayer this week is from St. Catherine of Siena:

Father, I beseech You, direct the hearts and wills of the servants of Your Bride, the Holy Church, unto yourself so that they may follow the poor, bleeding, humble, and gentle Lamb of God on the way of the Cross.

Make them angels in the shape of men; for after all, they have to administer and distribute the Body and Blood of Your Only Begotten Son!

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Happy feast of St. Wenceslaus!

This week’s priests are:

SUNDAY 9/29           Walter Cushing
MONDAY 9/30          Bernard Dan
TUESDAY 10/1         William Darling
WEDNESDAY 10/2   Joseph DeMaio
THURSDAY 10/3      John DeSocio
FRIDAY 10/4             Peter Deckman
SATURDAY 10/5       Bishop Salvatore Matano

This week’s prayer is short but sweet, and gets right to the point.

Lord, lift up your holy priests; grant them the graces they need to minister to your people. Keep them pure and strong in your love; give them courage when things are difficult, and accompany them when they are lonely; strengthen them in times of weakness. Amen.

O Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us.  Obtain for us a number of holy priests.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Happy Saturday.  I hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful weather we’re having in upstate New York this week.

The priests this week are:

SUNDAY  9/22            Patrick Connor
MONDAY  9/23           Brian Cool
TUESDAY  9/24          William Cosgrove
WEDNESDAY  9/25   All Missionaries
THURSDAY  9/26       Michael Costik
FRIDAY  9/27             Charles Curran
SATURDAY  9/28       Donald Curtiss

Our prayer this week:

St. Michael the Archangel, our defender in battle, by the power of God rally the bishops and priests to protect Christ’s flock and combat evil with the Truth and Love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, as you helped strengthen the Apostles before Pentecost, pray that their successors be filled with courage and joy as true witnesses of your Son and pastors to his people.

Amen.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Hi everyone! We’re up to nine diocesan calendars! Keep them coming!

This week’s priests are: 

SUNDAY 9/15          Augustine Chumo
MONDAY 9/16         Matthew Clark
TUESDAY 9/17        Clifford Peter 
WEDNESDAY 9/18  William Coffas
THURSDAY 9/19     Inactive & Sabbatical Priests 
FRIDAY 9/20            Michael Conboy
SATURDAY 9/21      Daniel Condon

Our prayer: Prayer of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus

O Jesus, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests; for your unfaithful and tepid priests; for your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for your tempted priests; for your lonely and desolate priests; for your young priests; for your dying priests; for the souls of your priests in purgatory.

But above all, I recommend to you the priests dearest to me: the priest who baptized me; the priests who absolved me from my sins; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way (especially …).

O Jesus, keep them all close to your heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.

Amen.

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Well, I guess summer is over. There’s something to be said for the peace that come from the routine of the school year, though. Even many of us without children frequently notice a subtle shift in the flow of life this time of year.  Enjoy it!

This week’s  priests  are:

SUNDAY  9/8            Joseph Catanise
MONDAY  9/9           Scott Caton
TUESDAY  9/10        Thomas Celso
WEDNESDAY  9/11  Lee Chase
THURSDAY  9/12     Dennis Billy
FRIDAY   9/13           Sergio Chavez
SATURDAY  9/14      Jeffrey Chichester

Our prayer this week comes from Pope St. Gregory the Great,  whose feast day we just celebrated on September 3.

Father, you guide your people with kindness and govern us with love.  By the prayer of Saint Gregory give the spirit of wisdom to those you have called to lead your Church. May the growth of your people in holiness be the eternal joy of your shepherds.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Labor Day Weekend? Already? How? 

This week’s priests are: 
SUNDAY 9/1          Pope Francis 
MONDAY 9/2         Brian Carpenter
TUESDAY 9/3        James Burke
WEDNESDAY 9/4  All Deacons
THURSDAY 9/5     Roman Caly
FRIDAY 9/6            Vocations & Seminarians 
SATURDAY 9/7      Bishop Salvatore Matano  

And our prayer, from P. Stewart Craig. 

Divine Savior, Jesus Christ, who have entrusted your work of redemption to the priests, who take your place on earth, I offer you, through the hands of your most holy Mother, for the sanctification of your priests and future priests this whole day, all my prayers, works, joys, sacrifices and sufferings. Give us saintly priests. Grant to them apostolic hearts, filled with love for you and all the souls belonging to you, so that, being themselves sanctified in you, they may sanctify us who are entrusted to their care and bring us safely into Heaven.

Loving Jesus, bless all their priestly work and sacrifice. Bless all their prayers and words at the altar and in the confessional, in the pulpit, in the school and at the sickbed. Call many young men to the priesthood and the monastic life. Protect and sanctify all who will become your priests. And grant to the souls of the priests who have departed this life, eternal rest.

And do you, Mary, Mother of all priests, take them under your special protection and lead them ever to the highest priestly sanctity. Amen.

Happy Labor Day everyone!
Laurie & Elena

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Thank you all for the quick and strong response to the special prayer request that was sent out last week. That is exactly the reason this ministry was started!

Now, this week’s priests:

SUNDAY  8/25          Paul Brennan
MONDAY  8/26         Richard Brickler
TUESDAY 8/27         Lewis Brown
WEDNESDAY 8/28   Michael Brown
THURSDAY 8/29      Timothy Brown
FRIDAY  8/30            Brendan Buckley
SATURDAY  8/31      Inactive & Sabbatical Priests

And our prayer:

Keep them, I pray Thee, dearest Lord, keep them, for they are Thine – Thy priests whose lives burn out before Thy consecrated shrine. 

Keep them, for they are in the world, though from the world apart; when earthly pleasures tempt, allure – shelter them in Thy heart.

Keep them, and comfort them in hours of loneliness and pain, when all their lives of sacrifice for souls seems but in vain.

Keep them, and O remember, Lord, they have no one but Thee, yet they have only human hearts, with human frailty.

Keep them as spotless as the Host, that daily they caress; their every thoughts and word and deed, Deign, dearest Lord, to bless.

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory Be…

Pray on,
Elena & Laurie

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Happy Saturday, everyone!  And just in case we haven’t mentioned it lately, we’re really glad you are praying along with us.  Together we can keep all of our priests enveloped in God’s embrace.

This week’s priests are:

SUNDAY  8/18          Paul Bonacci
MONDAY  8/19         Dennis Bonsignore
TUESDAY  8/20        All Missionaries
WEDNESDAY  8/21  Robert Bourcy
THURSDAY  8/22     James Boyle
FRIDAY  8/23            Robert Bradler
SATURDAY  8/24      Alexander Bradshaw

Our prayer this week is by Pope Saint John Paul II in Pastores Dabo Vobis:

Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of priests, accept this title which we bestow on you to celebrate your motherhood and to contemplate with you the priesthood of your Son and of your sons, O holy Mother of God. 

Mother of Christ, to the Messiah Priest you gave a body of flesh through the anointing of the Holy Spirit for the salvation of the poor and the contrite of heart; guard priests in your heart and in the Church, O Mother of the Savior.  

Mother of Faith, you accompanied to the Temple the Son of Man, the fulfillment of the promises given to the fathers; give to the Father for his glory the priests of your Son, O Ark of the Covenant.  

Mother of the Church, with the disciples in the Upper Room you prayed to the Spirit for the new People and their shepherds; obtain for the Order of Presbyters a fullness of gifts, O Queen of the Apostles.  

Mother of Jesus Christ, you were with Him at the beginning of His life and of His mission, you sought the Master among the crowd, you stood beside Him when he was lifted up from the earth consumed as the one eternal sacrifice, and you had John close by you, your son; accept from the beginning those who have been called, protect their growth, accompany your sons in their life and in their ministry, O Mother of Priests. 

Amen.

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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 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.

Amen.

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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.

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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 prayers4priests@gmail.com.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 keep 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.
Amen.

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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. Amen. (from the Diary of St. Faustina, 1052)

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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 lauriedesmarais@yahoo.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. Amen.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

How is it 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 McMullin
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. 

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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

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 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 lauriedesmarais@yahoo.com. 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.

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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 lauriedesmarais@yahoo.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)

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