Prayers 2021

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Sunday, December 26, 2021

Happy Feast of the Holy Family.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 12/26All DeaconsBp. Enrique Delgado
Miami, FL
MONDAY 12/27Fr. Michael UpsonBp. Edward M. Delilah
Philadelphia PA
TUESDAY 12/28Fr. Peter Van LieshoutBp. Italo Dell’ Oro CRS
Houston-Galveston TX
WEDNESDAY 12/29Fr. Louis VasileBp. William J. Dendinger
Grand Island NE
THURSDAY 12/30Fr. Walter WainwrightBp. J. Douglas Deshotel
Lafayette LA
FRIDAY 12/31Fr. Matthew WalterBp. Frank J. Dewane
Venice FL
SATURDAY 1/1Bishop Salvatore MatanoBp. Nicholas DiMarzio
Brooklyn NY

Our prayer this week:

Lord Jesus, You came to earth as an infant, totally dependent on Your family to protect and care for You. May our priests, whether they are “baby priests” just beginning their priestly ministry, or priests who have ministered to us for decades, remember that they need care and protection just as You did. Any may they remember Your humility as they follow Your example here in our world.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, December 19, 2021

I found this reflection by the always inspiring Fr. Bill Peckman on ChurchPop this week, A Priest’s Solid Advice for an Advent in Holiness: Be Patient With Your Blessings – (churchpop.com).  As we head into the last week of Advent, the week of Peace, his final paragraph really struck me: “Maybe all of us could do for a good, “Lord, help me to be patient with my many blessings.”  In a season within the Church where we prepare for the two comings of Christ, in a historical time where we live in a society that looks for reasons to be thankless, entitled, and triggered, and a part of the year when all our holiday plans can lead us to the edge of insanity…we just need to stop.  Reflect on the blessings we have and learn patience that God’s Will will unfold as it is supposed to…and at the pace He wills.”

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 12/12Deceased PriestsBp. Mark L. Bartchak
Altoona-Johnstown PA
MONDAY 12/13All MissionariesBp. Mark A. Bartosic
Chicago IL
TUESDAY 12/14Fr. Thomas TraversBp. Manuel Batakian
New York NY
WEDNESDAY 12/15Fr. Martin TruongBp. Gerard W. Battersby
Detroit MI
THURSDAY 12/16Fr. Jeffrey TunnicliffPersecuted & Troubled
Bishops
FRIDAY 12/17Fr. Michael TwardzikBp. Ramon Bejarano
San Diego CA
SATURDAY 12/18Fr. Gary TymanAbp. Andrew E. Belliario CM
Anchorage-Juneau AK

Our prayer this week is for inner peace adapted from a prayer by Frederick MacNutt:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who did say that in You we may have peace, and have bidden us to be of good cheer, since You have overcome the world: give our priests ears to hear and faith to receive Your word; that in all the tensions and confusion of this present time, with mind serene and steadfast purpose, they may continue to abide in You.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, December 12, 2021

A blessed Gaudete Sunday to you all!

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 12/12Fr. William SpillyBp. Robert J. Banks
Green Bay WI
MONDAY 12/13Fr. Thomas StattBp. Gerald M. Barbarito
Palm Beach  FL
TUESDAY 12/14Fr. Edison TayagBp. Michael C. Barber, SJ
Oakland CA
WEDNESDAY 12/15Fr. David TedescheBp. Gerald R. Barnes
San Bernardino CA
THURSDAY 12/16Fr. Matthew TempleInternational
Bishops
FRIDAY 12/17Fr. Paul TomassoBp. John O. Barres
Rockville Center NY
SATURDAY 12/18Fr. Daniel TormeyBp. Robert Barron
Los Angeles CA

I found this reflection and prayer at https://www.franciscanmedia.org/, attributed to Christopher Heffron.  The joyful season of Christmas is often so stressful that it can rob us, ironically, of our joy. This prayer can be a simple way to unplug from the chaos and recharge our spirits.  I’ve adapted from the prayer in his post:

Most gracious Father, like the silent snow that blankets the world around our priests, we know that their hearts, too, long for the quiet to listen to Your voice, O God.  As we all await the birth of Your Son, may they have the desire and opportunity to extract themselves from the noise that hurts, and seek the quiet that heals.  For in that soundless space we know that grace awaits them.  Amen.

God bless, 
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, December 5, 2021

We are truly the universal Church!  We have now reached prayer warriors in a total of 22 countries, on six continents.  Keep the prayers coming.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 12/5Pope FrancisBp. Mario Alberto Aviles C. O.
Brownsville TX
MONDAY 12/6Fr. Carlos SanchezAbp. Gregory M. Aymond
New Orleans LA
TUESDAY 12/7Fr. Joseph SassoBp. Robert J. Baker
Birmingham AL
WEDNESDAY 12/8Fr. Robert SchraderBp. Peter Baldacchino
Las Cruces NM
THURSDAY 12/9Fr. James SchwartzDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 12/10Fr. Felicjan SierotowiczBp. Victor Balke
Crookston MN
SATURDAY 12/11Fr. Louis SirianniBp. Joseph C. Bambera
Scranton PA

Our prayer this week is adapted from https://prayingforourpriests.org:

Jesus, You, in profound humility, approached John the Baptist and descended into the waters of the Jordan to be baptized by him.  You sanctified for all time the waters of baptism while the Spirit descended on You to invest You with the mission which You were to carry out.”

We pray that all priests, like Jesus, will humbly and lovingly accept the mission of their vocation to serve and suffer for the people of God.  We pray that every priest might be a voice in the spiritual wilderness of today’s society, calling souls to repentance and inviting them to meet and recognize Jesus as John the Baptist did – “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Happy New Year!  Liturgically, anyway.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 11/28All DeaconsBp. Robert P. Deeley
Portland ME
MONDAY 11/29Fr. John ReifBp. Donald E. DeGrood
Sioux Falls IA
TUESDAY 11/30Fr. Leo ReinhardtBp. Rutilio J. del Riego
San Bernadino CA
WEDNESDAY 12/1Fr. Daniel RuizBp  Martin J. Amos
Davenport IA
THURSDAY 12/2Fr. Sriram SadhanalaPope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 12/3Vocations & SeminariansBp. Jacob Angadiath
Chicago IL
SATURDAY 12/4Bp. Salvatore MatanoAbp. Samuel J. Aquila
Denver CO

Our prayer this week consists of prayers suggested for each of the joyful mysteries of the rosary, courtesy of Kathleen Beckman, author of Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization.  If you would like to use her reflections and prayers for the rosary, go to Advent: Joyful Mysteries for Holiness of Priests (catholicexchange.com). Our prayer:

Father, I pray for priests to listen, hear and respond, as did Mary so that their hearts are receptive to the divine will. Please grant to priests the gift of wisdom to ardently desire holiness of life. Graciously protect them from temptations to flight, compromise, compensation, vice or sin.  I pray that priests never tire of going forth to serve wherever they are needed. Please grant to priests the experience of joy in their sacrificial love for souls. Sanctify your priests that they may sanctify your people, attracting souls to your kingdom.  The prophet Isaiah said, “A little child shall lead them” (Is. 11:6). I pray for priests to be humble with a childlike trust in divine providence. Please heal priests of any fear of vulnerability that is required for authentic Christ-like love and service. May the Christ Child be born anew in the heart of every priest so they remember the Gift of Love.  I pray for priests to grow in the gift of personal prayer, that they may know the joy of encountering Jesus Christ and of having a lively interior life. Please raise priests to know the power of prayer from the heart.  I pray that priests will be always breaking open the living Word in Your temple, the Church. Graciously grant priests the gift of zeal for your house, zeal for Christ, zeal for souls, zeal for the priesthood, zeal for loving service, and zeal for heaven.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

As we close out our liturgical year, this weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 11/21Fr. Malachy NwosuCard. Blasé J. Cupich
Chicago IL
MONDAY 11/22Fr. John O’ConnorBp. Thomas J. Curry
Los Angeles CA
TUESDAY 11/23Fr. Eugene O’HaraAbp. Elden F. Curtiss
Omaha NE
WEDNESDAY 11/24Fr. Edward PalumbosBp. Edgar M. da Cunha SDV
Fall River MA
THURSDAY 11/25All MissionariesPersecuted & Troubled
Bishops
FRIDAY 11/26Fr. Pius PathmarajahBp. Thomas A. Daly
Spokane WA
SATURDAY 11/27Fr. Jorge RamirezBp. Bohdan Danylo
Parma OH

Our prayer this week:

Jesus Christ, You are King of the universe, King of kings and Lord of lords.  You hold the world in Your hands, all of us and each of us.  In a special way, hold each of our priests.  May each know Your tender love and care for him.  Turn their eyes and hearts to You, that they will surrender all to Your Kingship daily. Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, November 14, 2021

Happy Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 11/7Fr. Anthony MugaveroBp. Andrew H. Cozzens
St. Paul-Minneapolis MN
MONDAY 11/8Fr. Thomas MullAbp. Daniel A. Cronin
Hartford CT
TUESDAY 11/9Fr. John MulliganBp. Manuel A. Cruz
Newark NJ
WEDNESDAY 11/10Fr. Kevin MurphyBp. Edward P. Cullen
Allentown PA
THURSDAY 11/11Fr. Thomas NellisInternational
Bishops
FRIDAY 11/12Fr. Timothy NivenBp. John S. Cummins
Oakland CA
SATURDAY 11/13Fr. Symon Peter NtaiyiaBp. Robert J. Cunningham
Syracuse NY

Our prayer this week is adapted from the Collect of today’s Mass:

Grant our priests, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness of being devoted to You, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve with constancy the Author of all that is good.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

This Wednesday we celebrate the Feast of Pope St. Leo the Great, one of only four popes known as “the Great”.  Then, on Saturday, we celebrate the Feast of Pope St. Nicholas the Great.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 11/7Pope FrancisBp. R. Daniel Conlon
Joliet IL
MONDAY 11/8Fr. Michael MerrittAbp. Salvatore J. Cordileone
San Francisco CA
TUESDAY 11/9Fr. William MichatekBp. Michael R. Cote
Norwich CT
WEDNESDAY 11/10Fr. Justin MillerBp. Myron R. Cotta
Stockton CA
THURSDAY 11/11Fr. William MoorbyDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 11/12Fr. Peter MorelloBp. Robert J. Coyle
Rockville Center NY
SATURDAY 11/13Fr. Peter MottolaBp. Christopher J. Coyne
Burlington VT

Our prayer this week is to both of these popes:

Pope St. Leo the Great, you were called by God to a place in an unending succession of men filling the important role of Bishop of Rome, to guide the Church as the ever-living sign of Christ’s presence in the world.  You took your responsibility for the flock of Christ to heart, working to weed out the heresies of your time.  You tirelessly defended the doctrines on the mysteries of Christ and the Church and in the supernatural charisms of the spiritual life given to humanity in Christ and in his Body, the Church.  We ask you as priest, bishop and pope to intercede for our current priests, bishops and pope, that they may become or continue to be as devoted to our true faith as you were.  Help them to keep us free from heretical teachings and practices, that we and they may achieve eternal life.

Pope St. Nicholas the Great, you suffered in your constant defense of the faith.  Your strength in defending the Church’s teachings on marriage is needed now.  There is much confusion being spread, within and outside of the Church.  Lead our clergy to hold fast to the definition of marriage that Christ gave us.  You were also not afraid to depose or even excommunicate bishops who knowingly and obstinately persist in behaviors in defiance of Church teachings.  May your spirit of authenticity draw them back to the doctrines of the faith.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

A small group of us at the Parish of the Most Holy Name of Jesus in Elmira NY have been doing a scripture study of the book of Acts.  I am always amazed how I see something new every time I read the Bible.  It truly is the Living Word, speaking to us where we are, every time.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 10/31Inactive & Sabbatical PriestsAbp. Paul S. Coakley
MONDAY 11/1Deceased PriestsBp. Robert M. Coerver
Lubbock TX
TUESDAY 11/2Fr. William McGrathBp. Joseph L. Coffey
Military Services USA
WEDNESDAY 11/3Fr. Kevin McKennaBp. Joseph L. Coffey
Military Services USA
THURSDAY 11/4Fr. Daniel McMullinPope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 11/5Vocations & SeminariansBp. George W. Coleman
Fall River MA
SATURDAY 11/6Bishop Salvatore MatanoBp. James D. Conley
Lincoln NE

Our prayer this week is inspired by Acts 6:6-7.  We rely on our priests to help form us.  How often do we think about how our faith can help to form and support them?  Our prayer:

God our Father, in Your infinite wisdom You gave each of us gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Not just to our priests, but to all of us.  We are all part of the same body.  You arranged us in the body, each of us to fill a role.  You have appointed our priests into the line of apostolic succession, but we all are responsible for passing on the faith.  In the book of Acts we learn that when the first deacons were ordained by the apostles, “the word of God continued to spread; …and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.”  Never let us forget that our living the faith can inspire and encourage our priests.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Happy Feast of St. John of Capistrano.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 10/24Fr. Christopher ManueleBp. Ferdinand Cheri III OFM
New Orleans LA
MONDAY 10/25Fr. Joseph MartuscelloBp. Paul P. Chomnycky OSBM
Stamford CT
TUESDAY 10/26Fr. Joseph MarcouxBp. Peter F. Christensen
Boise ID
WEDNESDAY 10/27Fr. Joseph MauriciBp. Octavio Cisneros
Brooklyn NY
THURSDAY 10/28Fr. Michael MayerPersecuted & Troubled Bishops
FRIDAY 10/29Fr. Joseph McCaffreyBp. Edward W. Clark
Los Angeles CA
SATURDAY 10/30All MissionariesBp. Matthew H. Clark
Rochester NY

Our prayer this week is adapted from the treatise Mirror of the Clergy by St John of Capistrano:

The lives of good clerics bring light and serenity.  Please, Lord Jesus, let those who You have called to Your table glow with the brightness that comes from living a life that is praiseworthy and blameless.  Lead them to remove all filth and uncleanness of vice.  Make their upright lives as salt of the earth for themselves and for us.  May we see the brightness of their wisdom make them like the light of the world that brings light to others. You are the light of the world.  Make them lights of the world as well.  A light does not illumine itself, but it diffuses its rays and shines all around on everything that comes into its view.  So be it with the glowing lives of upright and holy priests.  Let the brightness of their holiness bring light and serenity to all who gaze upon them.  You have placed them here to care for us; help them to live lives that serve as examples to us, showing how to live in the house of the Lord.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Happy Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop of Antioch in the 1st and 2nd centuries, and a martyr for the Church.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 10/17Fr. William LeoneBp. Robert G. Casey
Chicago IL
MONDAY 10/18Fr. Steven LewisBp. Arturo Cepeda
Detroit MI
TUESDAY 10/19Fr. Christopher LinslerBp. Raymond F. Chappetto
Brooklyn NY
WEDNESDAY 10/20Fr. Frank LioiAbp. Charles J. Chaput OFM
Philadelphia PA
THURSDAY 10/21Fr. John LoncleInternational Bishops
FRIDAY 10/22Fr. Bernard MaloneyBp. Joseph L. Charron CCPS
Des Moines IA
SATURDAY 10/23Fr. Kevin MannaraBp. James F. Checio
Metuchen NJ

Our prayer this week is to St. Ignatius of Antioch:

St. Ignatius, when faced with the choice between death or denying Christ, you chose death.  On your long journey to Rome to be martyred, you took time to write to the Church, urging believers to stay faithful and obedient to the true faith.  You instructed them with the solid truths of the Christian faith and against heretical doctrines.  Your concern was for the unity and order of the church.  You willingly accepted your martyrdom, saying “the only thing I ask of you is to allow me to offer the libation of my blood to God.  I am the wheat of the Lord; may I be ground by the teeth of the beasts to become the immaculate bread of Christ.”  May our priests follow your example, giving us their all to lead us in the right path of the Catholic life.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

A friend sent me a link to an interview with a hermit priest this week, and it got me thinking about this virtually unseen group of priests.  Since at least as early as the 4th century, certain priests have retreated from the world to draw closer to God.  One of the earliest hermit priests was St. Jerome, a prolific writer and a Doctor of the Church.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 10/10Fr. Gerard KriegBp. Frederick F. Campbell
Columbus OH
MONDAY 10/11Fr. Robert KreckelBp. Roy E. Campbell
Washington DC
TUESDAY 10/12Fr. Scott KubinskiBp. Oscar Cantú
San José CA
WEDNESDAY 10/13Fr. William LairdAbp. Robert J. Carlson
Saint Louis MO
THURSDAY 10/14Fr. Steven LapeDeceased Bishops
FRIDAY 10/15Fr. Charles LatusBp. Edmond Carmody
Corpus Christi TX
SATURDAY 10/16Fr. James LawlorBp. Liam Cary
Baker OR

Our prayer is inspired by this weekend’s readings, as well as words by Bishop Thomas J. Olmstead of Phoenix a few years ago as one of his priests professed first vows as a diocesan hermit:

Loving Jesus, this weekend You remind us that we must give up attachments of the world in order to be with You eternally in the next.  Our hermit priests have taken that message to heart by answering Your call to a stricter withdrawal from the world to live a contemplative life of prayer, solitude and silence.  You have said that some evils can only be driven out by prayer and fasting, and these hermits fulfills a vital mission in the Church’s battle against Satan by the primacy of prayer and penance in their lives.  Strengthen them in their vows, that they may strengthen their brother priests through prayer, spiritual direction and example.  At a time when spiritual reform within the clergy is badly needed, when reparation for sins is urgent, may those priests who have committed to this ascetical way of life continue the ministry of strengthening the interior lives of priests.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Happy Feast of the Guardian Angels.  Did you know that you may pray to your guardian angel and to anyone else’s?  In Journal of a Soul, Pope St. John XXIII tells how when he had a meeting he often sent his angel ahead to speak to the person’s guardian angel.  This was particularly the case if he expected the meeting to be important or difficult.  Many other saints have done this, as well, or, as St. Josemaría Escriva would do, greeted the angel of the person as well as the person he was addressing.

I made an error on last week’s Bishops’ calendar.  I forgot to add the bishops for Friday and Saturday, the first two days of October.  I have added them to Sunday and Monday of this week.  The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States this week are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 10/3Pope FrancisBp. Peter J. Byrne
New York NY

Bp. Kurt R. Burnette
Passaic NJ
MONDAY 10/4Fr. Robert KennedyBp. William D. Byrne
Springfield MA

Bp. Edward Burns
Dallas TX
TUESDAY 10/5Fr. Roy KigginsBp. Frank J. Caggiano
Bridgeport CT
WEDNESDAY 10/6Fr. Stephen KrausBp. Brendan J. Cahill
Victoria TX
THURSDAY 10/7Carmelite FathersPope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 10/8Fr. Richard BricklerBp. William Callahan OFM
LaCrosse WI
SATURDAY 10/9All DeaconsBp. Randolph R. Calvo
Reno NV

A Prayer to the Guardian Angels of our priests:

I humbly salute you, O you faithful, heavenly Friends of our priests!  I give you heartfelt thanks for all the love and goodness you show them.  I trust in your miracles.  I ask that you continue to watch over them.  Provide for all their needs of body and soul.  Help them to stay faithful to their vocation.  To the Guardian Angels of those who have strayed or are discouraged and doubting, I ask that you bolster their faith.  I ask only for the highest good of all concerned.  At some future day I shall, with thanks more worthy than I can now give, repay your care for them, and before the whole heavenly court acknowledge their indebtedness to your guidance and protection.  Pray, likewise, for us, their sheep, that we may all one day rejoice in your blessed company.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Happy Priesthood Sunday!

There is a wonderful article written by Fr. Jim Hawes in this issue of the Catholic Courier, honoring our priests and the priesthood.  The Priest is Still a Hero.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 9/26Fr. Philip JudgeBp. John B. Brungardt
Dodge City KS
MONDAY 9/27Fr. Stanley KacprzakBp. Fabian W. Bruskewitz
Lincoln NE
TUESDAY 9/28Fr. Stephen KaraniBp. Neal James Buckon
Military Services USA
WEDNESDAY 9/29Fr. Winifred KellnerBp. John Bura
Philadelphia PA
THURSDAY 9/30All MissionariesPope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 9/24Vocations & SeminariansBp. Michael F. Burbidge
Arlington VA
SATURDAY 9/25Bishop Salvatore MatanoBp. Tod D. Brown
Orange CA

Our prayer is the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, one of the 3 named archangels we will be celebrating this Wednesday, September 29:

St. Michael the Archangel, defend our priests in battle.  Be their defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.  May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O 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 souls, especially the souls of our priests.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Happy Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 9/19Fr. Peter HelfrichBp. Joseph V. Brennan
Fresno CA
MONDAY 9/20Fr. James HewesBp. Mark E. E. Brennan
Wheeling-Charleston WV
TUESDAY 9/21Bishop Emeritus Matthew ClarkBp. Robert J. Brennan
Columbus OH
WEDNESDAY 9/22Fr. Timothy HoranAbp. Timothy P. Broglio
Military Services USA
THURSDAY 9/23Fr. James JaegerPersecuted & Troubled
Bishops
FRIDAY 9/24Fr. Francis JonesBp. Robert H. Brom
San Diego CA
SATURDAY 9/25Fr. Matthew JonesBp. Tod D. Brown
Orange CA

Our prayer is adapted from the Collect for the Mass on the Feast of St. John Henry Newman, which we will be celebrating this Friday, September 24:

O God, who bestowed on the Priest Saint John Henry Newman the grace to follow Your kindly Light and find peace in Your Church; graciously grant that, through his intercession and example, our priests may be led out of shadows and images into the fullness of Your Truth.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Twenty years.  Wow.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 9/12Fr. Edward GoldenBp. Michael J. Boulette
San Antonio TX
MONDAY 9/13Fr. William GrafBp. Earl A. Boyea
Lansing MI
TUESDAY 9/14Fr. Daniel HollandBp. Paul J. Bradley
Kalamazoo MI
WEDNESDAY 9/15Fr. Joseph HartBp. Lawrence E. Brandt
Greensburg PA
THURSDAY 9/16Fr. John HayesInternational
Bishops
FRIDAY 9/17All DeaconsBp. Michael J. Bransfield
Wheeling-Charleston WV
SATURDAY 9/18Fr. Frederick HelfrichBp. Edward K. Braxton
Belleville I

Our prayer: 

Dear Jesus, You tell us that the good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”  You give us shepherds in this world to lead us to eternal life.  We thank You for those priests who thought nothing of their own lives, and ran toward the chaos to save the wounded, bless the dead and dying, and offer support for those struggling in the aftermath.  Amen. 

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, September 4, 2021

I have spent quite a bit of time lately contemplating the amount of time our priests spend performing the corporal works of mercy, and the risks they face while doing so.  Think of St. Roch or St. Damian of Molokai tending the sick, both succumbing to the diseases of those they treated.  Another of the corporal works of mercy is visiting those in prison.  Many priests regularly go to prisons, bringing the sacraments to prisoners, and showing them the love of Christ.  Prisons can be very dangerous places, but these priests regularly put fear aside to tend this special flocks.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 9/5Pope FrancisBp. Kevin M. Birmingham
Chicago IL
MONDAY 9/6Fr. Ronald GaesserAbp. Leonard P. Blair
Hartford CTr
TUESDAY 9/7Fr. John GagnierBp. J. Kevin Boland
Savannah GA
WEDNESDAY 9/8Fr. Lance GonyoBp. David J. Bonnar
Youngstown OH
THURSDAY 9/9Fr. Jeffrey GalensDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 9/10Fr. John GathenyaBp. Paul G. Bootkoski
Metuhen NJ
SATURDAY 9/11Fr. Paul GitauBp. John Michael Botean
Canton OH

Our prayer this week is a prayer to be like St. Maximilian Kolbe, patron saint of prisoners:

Grant O Lord Jesus, that our priests may give themselves entirely without reserve to the love and service of our Heavenly Queen in order to better love and serve their fellow man in imitation of Your humble servant, St. Maximilian Kolbe. Help them to learn by this example and grow in sanctity, knowing you call us all to Sainthood.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

This Thursday we celebrate Pope St. Gregory the Great. It is fitting that his feast day comes right as the school year starts, since he is (among other titles) the patron saint of teachers and students.

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 8/29Fr. Jesus Flores-RiveraAbp. Eusebius J. Beltran
Oklahoma City OK
MONDAY 8/30Inactive & Sabbatical PriestsBp. Stephen J. Berg
Pueblo CO
TUESDAY 8/31All MissionariesBp. Juan Miguel Betancourt SEMV
Hartford CT
WEDNESDAY 9/1Fr. John ForniBp. Herbert A. Bevard
St. Thomas VI
THURSDAY 9/2Fr. Michael FowlerPope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 9/3Vocations & SeminariansBp. Steven Buehler
Cheyenne WY
SATURDAY 9/4Bishop Salvatore MatanoBp. Joseph R. Binzer
Cincinnati OH

Our prayer this week is a Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

O Most Blessed Mother, heart of love, heart of mercy, ever listening, caring, consoling, hear our prayer.  As your children, we implore your intercession with Jesus your Son.  Receive with understanding and compassion the petitions we place before you today, especially for the care of our priests.

We are comforted in knowing your heart is ever open to those who ask for your prayer.  We trust to your gentle care and intercession, those priests who we love and who are sick or lonely or hurting.  Help all of them, Holy Mother, to bear their burdens in this life until they may share eternal life and peace with God forever.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Happy Sunday, everyone!

In case any of us were at risk of losing sight of our purpose, this is why we do this.  This is why we pray for our priests:  https://aleteia.org/2021/08/19/priests-need-prayers-too-theyre-not-superheroes/

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 8/22Fr. Peter Enyan-BoaduBp. Mark L. Bartchak
Altoona-Johnstown
MONDAY 8/23Fr. Thomas ErdleBp. Mark A. Bartosic
Chicago IL
TUESDAY 8/24Fr. Richard FarrellBp. Manuel Batakian
New York N
WEDNESDAY 8/25Fr. James FennessyBp. Gerard W. Battersby
Detroit MI
THURSDAY 8/26Fr. John FirpoPersecuted & Troubled
Bishops
FRIDAY 8/27Fr. Raymond FlemingBp. Ramon Bejarano
San Diego CA
SATURDAY 8/28All DesconsAbp. Andrew E. Belliario CM
Anchorage-Juneau AK

Our prayer this week is one we can pray for our priests’ intentions:

Lord, our God, lift the souls of our priests from whatever darkness they are in, up into Your Light.  Envelop their souls into your Your Sacred Heart.  Feed their souls with Your Word.  Anoint their souls with Your Holy Name.  Make each priestly soul ready to hear Your Discourse.  Breathe Your Sweet Fragrance on their souls, reviving them.  Ravish their souls to delight Your Soul.  Father, embellish them, Your children, by distilling Your Pure Myrrh upon them.

Your Spirit has given life, and You who are the Living Bread has restored their lives.  You have offered them to drink Your Blood to be able to share eternity with You in your kingdom, and live with You for ever and ever.

Glory be to the Highest.  Glory be to the Holy of Holies.  Praise be our Lord.  Praise be Our Lord, for His Mercy and His Love reaches from age to age, and for ever will.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Happy Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week, and the bishops we are praying for in the United States, are:

 PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 8/15Fr. Edward DillonBp. Robert J. Banks
Green Bay WI
MONDAY 8/16Fr. Bernard DollenBp. Gerald M. Barbarito
Palm Beach FL
TUESDAY 8/17Fr. William DonnellyBp. Michael C. Barber, SJ
Oakland CA
WEDNESDAY 8/18Fr. Clifford DorkenooBp. Gerald R. Barnes
San Bernardino CA
THURSDAY 8/19Fr. Thomas Dugan International
Bishops
FRIDAY 8/20Deceased Priests Bp. John O. Barres
Rockville Center NY
SATURDAY 8/21Fr. William Endres Bp. Robert Barron
Los Angeles CA

Our prayer this week is a Prayer for a Chalice of Strength, from http://www.opusangelorum.org

My God and Father in heaven, that night in the Garden, on the Mount of Olives, Your Son told Peter: “Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, who will promptly send more than twelve legions of angels to my defense?” (Mt 26:53).

Father, we ask You now: send these twelve legions of angels with chalices of strength out into the Gethsemane of the Holy Church to defend and assist our priests, who, strengthened by the power and presence of these angels, may faithfully fulfill their priestly missions. Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, August 7, 2021

Wow! What a saint-filled week we have this week! St. Dominic gets us started on Sunday. Then we have St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), St. Lawrence, St. Clare of Assis, St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Bl. Michael J. McGivney (founder of the Knights of Columbus), and then end the week on Saturday with St. Maximillian Mary Kolbe.  All you holy men and women, pray for us and our priests!

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

 PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 8/8Fr. Gerard D’SouzaBp. Mario Alberto Aviles C.O., Brownsville  TX
MONDAY 8/9Fr. Bernard DanAbp. Gregory Aymond,
New Orleans  LA
TUESDAY 8/10Fr. B. Nathan DavisBp. Robert J. Baker
Birmingham  AL
WEDNESDAY 8/11Fr. August DeasioBp. Peter Baldacchino
Las Cruces NM
THURSDAY 8/12Fr. Albert DelmonteDeceased
Bishops
FRIDAY 8/13Fr. Joseph DeMaioBp. Victor Balke
Crookston  MN
SATURDAY 8/14Fr. John DeSocioBp. Joseph C. Bambera
Scranton  PA

Our prayer this week is adapted from one of the prayers some priests say in preparation for Mass:

O most blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of tenderness and mercy, we miserable and unworthy sinners, fly to you with all the affection of our hearts and beseech your motherly love, that, as you stood by your most dear Son, while he hung on the Cross, so, in your kindness, you may be pleased to stand by our priests, poor sinners though they are, and all priests who today are offering the Sacrifice here and throughout the entire holy Church, so that with your gracious help they may offer a worthy and acceptable oblation in the sight of the most high and undivided Trinity.  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Happy Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.

I received an email this week from one of our prayer partners in Wisconsin.  She appreciates that we are praying for all of our priests, but suggested that we also pray for our bishops.  What a fantastic idea!  I have started to put together a prayer calendar for them, including Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops in all of the Rites represented in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Beginning this week we will be praying for them as well.

PRIESTSBISHOPS
SUNDAY 8/1Pope FrancisBp. Alejandro Aclan
of Los Angeles CA
MONDAY 8/2Fr. Richard CrawleyBp. Joy Alappatt
of Chicago IL
TUESDAY 8/3Fr. Charles CurranBp. Benedict Aleksiychuk
of Chicago IL
WEDNESDAY 8/4Fr. Donald CurtissBp. Martin J. Amos
of Davenport IA
THURSDAY 8/5Fr. Walter CushingPope Francis &
Pope Emer. Benedict XVI
FRIDAY 8/6Vocations & SeminariansBp. Jacob Angadiath
of Chicago IL
SATURDAY 8/7Bp. Salvatore MatanoAbp. Samuel J. Aquila
of Denver CO

Our prayer this week is adapted from the concluding prayer in today’s Office of Readings:

O God, who constantly raise up in Your Church new examples of virtue, grant that Your priests and bishops may follow so closely in the footsteps of the Bishop Saint Alphonsus in his zeal for souls as to attain the same rewards that are his in heaven.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.  –  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

This is the last full weekend of the month of the Precious Blood.

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

SUNDAY 7/25            Fr. William Coffas
MONDAY 7/26           Fr. John Colacino
TUESDAY 7/27          Fr. Daniel Condon
WEDNESDAY 7/28    Fr. Patrick Connor
THURSDAY 7/29       Fr. Brian Cool
FRIDAY 7/30              Fr. William Cosgrove
SATURDAY 7/31        Fr. Michael Costik

Our prayer this week is again from Our Treasure “The Blood of Jesus” prayer book, published by the Sister Adorers of the Precious Blood, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, 1969.

Lord Jesus, by the Precious Blood which You shed in the Garden of Olives, take pity on all aspirants to the priesthood who, through the temptations of the evil one, or dread of the responsibilities of the sacred ministry, are in danger of losing their vocation.  Impart to these young men sufficient courage to make the sacrifices by which the Eucharistic Chalice must be purchased; and in return for their generosity, let them find strength and courage through the Blood Which in heaven shall be their eternal source of delight.

Lord Jesus Christ, by the Precious Blood which You shed in Your Crowning with Thorns, we beseech You to maintain our clergy in such filial submission to the Holy See and its representatives, as will forever secure them the veneration, confidence, and docility of the faithful children of Holy Church.

Lord Jesus, by the Blood of Your Crucifixion, inflame with ever-unceasing zeal the dispensers of Your Blood.  Grant that thirsting like You for souls they may continue the work of Your Passion, increasing its efficacy by applying its merits. Assist most of all the poor missionaries who, after watering with their sweat and tears the soil in which they have sown the divine seed, may still be called upon to dye with their blood the land upon which they planted the cross.

Our Lady of the Precious Blood, watch over the living chalices of the Blood of Jesus.  Amen.

God bless you all,
Laurie

https:prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

July, which is now half spent, is the month of the Precious Blood.  The Precious Blood of Christ is a powerful reminder of the depth of God’s love for us.  God not only sent His Son into the world out of love, but His Son literally shed His Blood on the Cross to seal that love in a covenant with us.  May we all be ever more mindful of that gift.

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

SUNDAY 7/18             Fr. Thomas Celso
MONDAY 7/19            Fr. Lee Chase
TUESDAY 7/20            Fr. Augustine Chumo
WEDNESDAY 7/21     Deceased Priests
THURSDAY 7/22        All Missionaries
FRIDAY 7/23               Fr. Peter Clifford
SATURDAY 7/24        All Deacons

Our prayer this week is from the “Constant” Prayer of St. Catherine of Siena:

Precious Blood, ocean of divine mercy: Flow upon our priests!  Precious Blood, most pure offering: Procure for them every grace!  Precious Blood, hope and refuge of sinners: Atone for them!  Precious Blood, delight of holy souls: Draw them!  Amen.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

Happy Feast of St. Benedict.  Throughout his Rule, which he wrote in the early part of the 6th century, he continuously reminds his monks to “reach out with “the ear of the heart” to “never despair of the mercy of God”: “Listen carefully, my child, to your master’s precepts, and incline the ear of your heart (Prov. 4:20). Receive willingly and carry out effectively your loving father’s advice, that by the labor of obedience you may return to Him from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience.”  Am I the only one who thinks this advice is as needed now as it was then?

I would ask for special prayers this week for priests who are in areas where COVID-19 is making a resurgence, such as Uganda, Brazil, Thailand and a number of other areas in the world.  The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week are:

SUNDAY 7/11             Fr. Michael Brown
MONDAY 7/12           Fr. Timothy Brown
TUESDAY 7/13           Fr. Roman Caly
WEDNESDAY 7/14    Fr. Brian Carpenter
THURSDAY 7/15        Fr. Joseph Catanise
FRIDAY 7/16               Fr. John Healy
SATURDAY 7/17         Fr. Scott Caton

Our prayer this week is culled from Our Treasure “The Blood of Jesus” prayer book, published by the Sister Adorers of the Precious Blood, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, 1969.

My beloved Jesus, by the Precious Blood which You shed on the day of the circumcision, watch over the infancy and the early education of the children whom You have destined to minister at the altar, that they may be preserved spotless till consecrated to You by the Holy Unction.  Bless the families that honor Your Precious Blood, and spread this devotion, by choosing from among them a large number of vocations to the priesthood, and by maintaining their fervor till the close of their lives.

Lord Jesus, by the Precious Blood shed in Your painful scourging, shield with Your own special protection, and that of Your Immaculate Mother, all ministers of the sanctuary, so that, belonging entirely to You, they may every day offer and receive Your Body and Blood and 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 the victims of injustice, and who, like their Adorable Model, receive, in return for their devotedness, nothing but crosses, trials and persecutions.

Lord Jesus, through the Blood and water shed by You after death, take special pity on those among Your ministers whom You will soon call by death.  If, through human frailty, they have become the debtors of Your justice, grant that, this very day, the infinitely Precious Blood may discharge their obligations.

Our Lady of the Precious Blood, watch over the living chalices of the Blood of Jesus.  Amen.

God bless you all,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, July 4, 2021

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Elizabeth of Portugal.  May she be an example to all of our priests, and to us as well, of profound love of God and neighbor.

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

SUNDAY 7/4               Pope Francis
MONDAY 7/5             Fr. James Boyle
TUESDAY 7/6             Fr. Robert Bradler
WEDNESDAY 7/7      Fr. Alexander Bradshaw
THURSDAY 7/8           Inactive & Sabbatical Priests
FRIDAY 7/9                 Fr. Richard Brickler
SATURDAY 7/10        Fr. Philip Brockmyre

Our prayer this week is an Offering of Precious Blood for Priests by Dom Mark Kirby at Vultus Christi.  Like most chaplets, this Offering of the Precious Blood for Priests, a chaplet of reparation and intercession, is meant to be prayed on an ordinary five decade rosary:

Incline (+) unto my aid, O God; O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.  Alleluia.

(on the Our Father beads)
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Thy Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb without blemish or spot (1 Peter 1:19) in reparation for my sins and for the sins of all Thy priests.

(on the Hail Mary beads)
By Thy Precious Blood, O Jesus, purify and sanctify Thy priests.

(in place of the Glory be to the Father)
O Father, from whom all fatherhood in heaven and on earth is named (Ephesians 3:14), have mercy on all Thy priests, and wash them in the Blood of the Lamb.

God bless,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Happy Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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

SUNDAY 6/27             Fr. Sylvester Bioh
MONDAY 6/28           Fr. Paul Bonacci
TUESDAY 6/29           Fr. Dennis Bonsignore
WEDNESDAY 6/30    Fr. Hoan Dinh
THURSDAY 7/1          Fr. Robert Bourcy
FRIDAY 7/2                Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 7/3          Bishop Salvatore Matano

Our prayer this week is a Prayer for Priestly Vocations:

O Lord, my God, You renew the Church in every age by raising up priests outstanding in holiness, living witnesses of Your unchanging Love.  In Your Plan for our salvation You provide shepherds for Your people.

Fill the hearts of young men with the spirit of courage and love that they may answer Your call generously.  Give parents the grace to encourage vocations in their family by prayer and good example.

Raise up worthy priests for Your Altars and ardent, but gentle servants of the Gospel.  Give the Church more priests and keep them faithful in their love and service.  May many young men choose to serve You by devoting themselves to the service of Your people.  Amen.

God bless you all,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, June 20, 2021

This weekend we celebrate Fathers’ Day in the United States.  Let us not forget to pray for our spiritual fathers as well.

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

SUNDAY 6/20                 Fr. William Barrett
MONDAY 6/21               Fr. Victor Bartolotta
TUESDAY 6/22                Fr. Michael Bausch
WEDNESDAY 6/23         Fr. Peter Bayer
THURSDAY 6/24             Fr. Richard Beligotti
FRIDAY 6/25                   Fr. Robert Beligotti
SATURDAY 6/26             Fr. Philip Billotte

Our prayer:

Ever-loving God, You provided us with our fathers to love, guide and care for us during our formative years.  However, You knew we would need more that that, so You also set aside special men to be our spiritual fathers and called them priests.  Like the fathers in our families, they are called to love, guide and care for us.  We pray that You equip them with the wisdom to teach us Your Word, loving hearts to be capable of training us up in the way we should go.  Heavenly Father, we also pray that we give us the blessing of hearts ready to love our priests and to care for them.  Amen.

God bless you,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Happy Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

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

SUNDAY 6/13            Fr. Daniel L. White
MONDAY 6/14          Fr. Mitch Zygadlo
TUESDAY 6/15          Fr. William Amann
WEDNESDAY 6/16    Fr. Anthony Amato
THURSDAY 6/17       Fr. Ronald Antinarelli
FRIDAY 6/18              Fr. Frederick Asuming
SATURDAY 6/19        Fr. Theodore Auble

Our prayer this week is a Prayer to the Sacred Heart for Priests:

Remember, O most loving Heart of Jesus, that our priests for whom we pray are those for whom You prayed so earnestly the night before Your death.  These are they to whom You look to continue with You in Your sorrows when others forsake You, who share Your griefs and have inherited Your persecutions, according to Your word: That the servant is not greater than his Lord.  Remember, O heart of Jesus, that they are the objects of the world’s hatred and Satan’s deadliest snares.  Keep them then, O Jesus, in the safe citadel of Your Sacred Heart and there let them be sanctified in truth.  May they be one with You and one among themselves, and grant that multitudes may be brought through their word to believe in You and love You.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

I had the profound joy of attending as a friend and one of his fellow deacons were ordained to the priesthood this weekend.  What hope it gave me to see the continuation of apostolic succession, especially on this weekend when we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi.  We know that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith, and without priests we would have no Eucharist.  Jesus Himself promised us that He would be with us always.  He fulfills this promise by giving us priests to be other Christs to us.

Please send me the names and dates of ordination of any new priests in your dioceses and I will happily add them to our prayer list.

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

SUNDAY 6/6               Pope Francis
MONDAY 6/7              Fr. Walter Wainwright
TUESDAY 6/8              Fr. Matthew Walter
WEDNESDAY 6/9       Fr. Walter Cushing
THURSDAY 6/10         Fr. Eugene Weis
FRIDAY 6/11               Fr. Thomas Wheeland
SATURDAY 6/12         Fr. Daniel E. White

Our prayer this week is adapted from the texts of the Solemn Mass of Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ.  May we all hold this prayer in our hearts for our priests, especially those recently ordained.  For all of you priests, think back to the day of your own ordination, and remember these words as they were prayed for you that day:

Hear us we beseech You Lord, our God, and pour out on these servants of Yours a blessing of the Holy Spirit and the power of priestly grace that those whom in the sight of Your Mercy we offer to be consecrated, may be surrounded by Your rich and unfailing gifts, through Christ our Lord.

Draw near O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty and Eternal God, Author of human dignity.  It is You who apportion all graces.  Through You everything progresses.  Through You all things are made to stand firm.  Grant we pray, Almighty God, to these your servants the dignity of the priesthood.  Renew deep within them the spirit of holiness.  By the example of their manner of life may they instill right conduct.  May they be faithful stewards of Your mysteries so that Your people may be renewed in the waters of rebirth and nourished from your altar, so that sinners may be reconciled and the sick raised up.  May they implore Your mercy for the people entrusted to their care, and for all the world.

May the Lord Jesus Christ who the Father anointed with the Holy Spirit and power, guard and preserve them, that they may sanctify the Christian people and offer sacrifice to God.  O God, Who have willed that Your priests should remain at the holy altar and serve Your people, grant by the power of this sacrifice we pray that the labors of Your servants may constantly please You and in Your Church bear fruit that lasts forever, through Christ our Lord.

By the anointing of the Holy Spirit You made Your only begotten Son High Priest of the new and eternal covenant, by Your wondrous design were pleased to decree that this one priesthood should continue in the Church.  For Christ not only adorned with the holy priesthood the people He has made His own, but with a brother’s kindness He also chooses men to become sharers in His sacred ministry through the laying on of hands.  They are to renew in his name the sacrifice of human redemption, to set before Your children the paschal banquet, to lead Your people in charity, to nourish them with the Word, and strengthen them with the sacraments.  As they give up their lives for You and for the salvation of their brothers and sisters, they strive to be conformed to the image of Christ Himself and offer You a constant witness of faith and love.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Today is Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, when we celebrate the Mystery that is our Triune God.  The Catechism teaches that “the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life.  It is the mystery of God in Himself.  It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them.  It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the ‘hierarchy of the truths of faith’.  The whole history of salvation is identical with the history of the way and the means by which the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, reveals himself to men ‘and reconciles and unites with Himself those who turn away from sin’.  (CCC 234)  The Trinity is a mystery of faith in the strict sense, one of the “mysteries that are hidden in God, which can never be known unless they are revealed by God” (CCC 237).

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

SUNDAY 5/30            Inactive & Sabbatical Priests
MONDAY 5/31          Fr. Peter Van Lieshout
TUESDAY 6/1             Fr. Louis Vasile
WEDNESDAY 6/2      Fr. John Vu
THURSDAY 6/3          All Deacons
FRIDAY 6/4                Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 6/5          Bishop Salvatore Matano

Our prayer this week is a Petition to the Holy Trinity on behalf of our priests:

Most Holy Trinity, Godhead indivisible, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, our first beginning and our last end, since Thou hast made our priests after Thine own image and likeness, grant that all the thoughts of their minds, all the words of their tongues, all the affections of their hearts and all of their actions may be always conformed to Thy most holy will, to the end that after having seen Thee here below in appearances and by means of faith, they may come at last to contemplate Thee face-to-face in the perfect possession of Thee forever in paradise.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Come, Holy Spirit! 

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

SUNDAY 5/23           Fr. Daniel Tormey
MONDAY 5/24         Fr. Thomas Travers
TUESDAY 5/25          Fr. Robert Werth
WEDNESDAY 5/26    Fr. Jeffrey Tunnicliff
THURSDAY 5/27       Fr. Michael Twardzik
FRIDAY 5/28             Fr. Gary Tyman
SATURDAY 5/29        Fr. Michael Upson

Our prayer this week:

God, You have never left us alone, and You promised to be with us always. You sent Your Holy Spirit to enkindle the hearts of the apostles to spread Your Word to all the nations .  We ask that Your Spirit continues to work in the hearts of their successes, our priests, giving them strength, knowledge, and above all faith, to live lives true to Your gospel, and perseverance to guide us to do the same.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Happy Sunday of the Seventh Week of Easter.

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

SUNDAY 5/16            Fr. William Spilly
MONDAY 5/17          Fr. Thomas Statt
TUESDAY 5/18           Fr. Edison Tayag
WEDNESDAY 5/19     Fr. David Tedesche
THURSDAY 5/20       Fr. Matthew Temple
FRIDAY 5/21              Fr. Paul Tomasso
SATURDAY 5/22        Deceased Priests

This Friday, May 21, we celebrate the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church.  Our prayer this week is adapted from a prayer from https://www.catholicdoors.com:

O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, at this most critical time, we entrust our priests, bishops, cardinals and the pope to your loving care.  Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim the priesthood for the glory of your Son.  Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our world, we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek refuge in your motherly protection.

Look down with mercy upon them and touch their hearts.  Open their minds to the great worth of holiness and to the responsibilities that accompany human freedom.  Free them and us from the falsehoods that lead to the evils of this world.  Grant them the wisdom to proclaim that God’s law is our foundation, and that He alone is the True Source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

O Merciful Mother, give them the courage to lead us to reject the culture of sin and death, and the strength to build a new culture of holiness and life.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Happy Fifth Sunday of Easter.

The priests we are praying for this week in Rochester are:

SUNDAY 5/2 Pope Francis
MONDAY 5/3 Fr. Jorge Ramirez
TUESDAY 5/4 Fr. John Reif
WEDNESDAY 5/5 Fr. Leo Reinhardt 
THURSDAY 5/6 Fr. Daniel Ruiz
FRIDAY 5/7 Vocations and Seminarians 
SATURDAY 5/8 Fr. Sriram Sadhanala

Our prayer this week:

Lord Jesus, let us realize that every action of ours no matter how small enables us to be in touch with You. So too the actions of Your priests. Let them become true branches on the vine that is You, branches that bear much fruit.  Let them accept You in their lives in the way it pleases You to come into them: as Truth, to be spoken; as Life, to be lived; as Light, to be shared; as Love, to be followed; as Joy, to be given; as Peace, to be spread about; as Sacrifice, to be offered among all the people in their care. Amen.

Have a blessed week, 
Laurie 

https://prayersforpriests.com 

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Happy Good Shepherd Sunday!  It is also Vocations Sunday, so this week say a special prayer for all young (or not so young) men discerning a call to the priesthood, and those approaching their ordination day.

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

SUNDAY 4/25             Fr. Malachy Nwosu
MONDAY 4/26            Fr. John O’Connor
TUESDAY 4/27           Fr. Eugene O’Hara
WEDNESDAY 4/28     Fr. Edward Palumbos
THURSDAY 4/29         Fr. Pius Pahtmarajah
FRIDAY 4/30               All Missionaries
SATURDAY 5/1 Bishop Salvatore Matano

Our prayer this week was granted an imprimatur by Bishop John F. Null on April 18, 1948:

Divine Savior Jesus Christ, Thou are the Good Shepherd who gives His life for His sheep.  Oh, be in a very special way the Good Shepherd of those poor lost priests who are also appointed by Thee to be leaders of Thy people, but who have broken the oath of their holy ordination and have become unfaithful to their exalted calling.  Bestow upon these poorest of the poor the very fullness of that pastoral solicitude with which Thou dost so faithfully seek the sheep that are lost!  Touch their hearts with the irresistible ray of grace which emanates from Thine all-merciful love!  Enlighten their minds and strengthen their wills, that they may turn away from all sin and error and come back to Thy holy altar and to Thy people.  Amen

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

I’m sad to say that Fr. George Heyman passed away suddenly this week.  Let us all remember him, along with all of our deceased priests, especially on Friday.

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

SUNDAY 4/18            Fr. Thomas Mull
MONDAY 4/19          Fr. John Mulligan
TUESDAY 4/20          Fr. Kevin Murphy
WEDNESDAY 4/21     Fr. Thomas Nellis
THURSDAY 4/22        Fr. Timothy Niven
FRIDAY 4/23              Deceased Priests
SATURDAY 4/24         Fr. Symon Peter Ntaiyia

Our prayer this week is quite short, but our Mother knows our hearts:

Immaculate Mary, please continue to protect, strengthen and guide all of our priests, deacons, religious and seminarians and give them the power to save souls.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!

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

SUNDAY 4/11 Fr. William Michatek
MONDAY 4/12         Fr. Justin Miller
TUESDAY 4/13          Fr. William Moorby
WEDNESDAY 4/14    Fr. Peter Morello
THURSDAY 4/15       Fr. Peter Mottola
FRIDAY 4/16              All Deacons
SATURDAY 4/17        Fr. Anthony Mugavero

Our prayer this week is adapted from the second day of the Divine Mercy Novena, in which Jesus asks us to “today bring to Me the Souls of Priests, and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy.  It was they who gave Me strength to endure My bitter Passion.  Through them as through channels My mercy flows out upon mankind.”

Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men consecrated to Your service, that they may perform worthy works of mercy; and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard — upon the souls of priests, and endow them with the strength of Your blessing.  For the love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, April 4, 2021 – Easter

The blessed day has arrived!  He has risen!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

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

SUNDAY 4/4             Pope Francis
MONDAY 4/5           Fr. Michael Mayer
TUESDAY 4/6            Fr. Joseph McCaffrey
WEDNESDAY 4/7      Fr. William McGrath
THURSDAY 4/8         Fr. Kevin McKenna
FRIDAY 4/9                Fr. Daniel McMullin
SATURDAY 4/10        Fr. Michael Merritt

Our prayer this week:

Let Us Pray to the Master!  Jesus Christ, Son of God, You have said:  “The harvest is indeed great, but the laborers are few.”  Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest that He send laborers into His vineyard.  Behold, we beg of You to increase the number of holy priests who walk in Your footsteps and labor in Your vineyard with apostolic zeal.  Give them Your light and Your grace, that they may convert unbelievers and heretics, strengthen the weak, and spread Your Kingdom ever more and more upon earth.  Grant that in unshakeable fidelity we may stand firmly by Your representative, may listen to his words and support the labors of the shepherds of our souls by a devout and Christian life.  Let our prayers be acceptable to You and hear our petitions, Who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

So we begin Holy Week.  This week we will be celebrating two of my favorite Masses of the year.  The Easter Vigil is so powerful, but before we get to Holy Saturday, we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.  It will be celebrated differently than most years, but it is still the commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist, and of the ministerial priesthood.  What gifts!

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

SUNDAY 3/28            Fr. John Loncle
MONDAY 3/29          Fr. Bernard Maloney
TUESDAY 3/30          Fr. Kevin Mannara
WEDNESDAY 3/31    Fr. Christopher Manuele
THURSDAY 4/1         Fr. Joseph Marcoux
FRIDAY 4/2                Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 4/3          Bishop Salvatore Matano

Our prayer this week:

O Most Holy Trinity, we thank Thee this day and every day for the multitude of our good, holy, humble, devout, faithful, prayerful and wonderful priests!

Thank you for answering the Call; for your unbounded generosity in offering the great sacrifice of your lives, exemplifying Christ in the heart of the Church, for bringing to us the inestimable gifts of the Sacraments; for absolving us of our sins in the purifying Sacrament of Penance; and for offering each and every Mass, feeding our souls with the Supersubstantial Bread of the Holy Eucharist, the Source and Summit of our Faith! Amen

“O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, All Praise and All Thanksgiving Be Every Moment Thine!”

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Happy Sunday everyone.

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

SUNDAY 3/21           Fr. William Laird
MONDAY 3/22          Fr. Steven Lape
TUESDAY 3/23          Fr. Charles Latus
WEDNESDAY 3/24    Fr. James Lawlor
THURSDAY 3/25       Fr. William Leone
FRIDAY 3/26              Fr. Christopher Linsler
SATURDAY 3/27        Fr. Frank Lioi

Our prayer this week:

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.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Monday, March 15, 2021

I’m sorry I’m late this week.  Especially since yesterday was Laetare Sunday.  Rejoice!

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

SUNDAY 3/14           Inactive & Sabbatical Priests
MONDAY 3/15          Fr. Stephen Kraus
TUESDAY 3/16          Fr. Robert Kreckel
WEDNESDAY 3/17     Fr. Gerard Krieg
THURSDAY 3/18        Fr. Scott Kubinski
FRIDAY 3/19              Fr. Joseph Martuscello
SATURDAY 3/20        All Missionaries

Our “prayer” this week is actually an open letter of thanks to our priests.  I didn’t write it; it was posted anonymously.  So, maybe this week’s prayer is simply “Thank You, God, for or priests!”:

“We want to tell the faithful priests who unjustly suffer from attacks that we’re on their side and, more importantly, remind them what Christ said: ‘Rejoice and be glad on this day, for your name is great in heaven.’  Thank you, priests, for sacrificing the fulfillment of ‘making it in the world’ in order to give us a chance to make it in the next world.  You don’t take on jobs — they are appointed to you.  You put your own will at the disposal of the church, for us.  We are grateful.  Thank you for risking loneliness to serve us and our families.  Thank you, priests, for putting yourself in the unenviable position of dealing with us at our worst moments — when we’re anxious, upset, depressed, even a little out of our minds, focused on our own problems to the exclusion of all else.  When we see the care you have to take in listening to the problems of so many kinds of people, we can’t imagine how you do it.  How do you listen to angry people, whining people, weeping people, nervous people, suspicious people and clueless people?  How do you listen to us?  Thank you, priests, for sitting in empty confessionals on Saturday afternoons.  You wait there, not even knowing if we’ll come, like the prodigal son’s father on the road.  Thank you for all the times we hear, ‘I absolve you from your sins,’ and feel a great burden lifted from our hearts.  This gift of God’s forgiveness brings the greatest joy back into our lives.  We can give you nothing in return that even comes close to that.  And thank you, priests, most of all, for bringing Christ himself into our lives.  Where would we be without your astonishing ability to make the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ present on our altars and in our tabernacles?  You are there for us every Sunday, every morning, giving us this infinite gift.  Thank you.  In the end, that’s what is so great about you: not you, in yourself, but who you bring us — Christ.  People call from the hospital and say, ‘I need a priest.’  They point to the confessional and ask, ‘Is there a priest in there?’  They approach in the airport and ask, ‘Are you a Catholic priest?’  When people need a priest, any priest will do, because a priest is but a representative of Christ.  Christ is the main actor in the consecration at Mass.  It is Christ who forgives sins.  It is in Christ that we are baptized.  You aren’t acting on your own behalf or through your own powers.  You are acting for Christ.  And that’s why, despite all the attacks, the priesthood will prevail. We depend too much on you to ever let you go.  Thank you, Father, for being Christ for us!”

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Many of you have asked for an update on our priest with the sinus issues.  There has been some improvement, but still a way to go.  Keep praying!

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

SUNDAY 3/7               Pope Francis
MONDAY 3/8              Fr. Stanley Kacprzak
TUESDAY 3/9             Fr. Stephen Karani
WEDNESDAY 3/10    Fr. Winfried Kellner
THURSDAY 3/11        Fr. Robert Kennedy
FRIDAY 3/12               All Deacons
SATURDAY 3/13        Fr. Roy Kiggins

In this Year of St. Joseph, in this month dedicated to him, our prayer this week is a prayer to St. Joseph for priests:

O illustrious patriarch St. Joseph, who carried the infant Jesus in thy blessed arms and who, during the space of 30 years, lived in the most intimate familiarity with him, take under thy powerful protection those whom he has clothed with his authority and honored with the dignity of his priesthood, whom he has charged to continue his mission, to preach his Gospel, and to dispense everywhere his graces and blessings. Sustain them in their fatigues and labors; console them in their pains; fortify them in their combats; but above all, keep far from them all the evils of sin.

Obtain for them the humility of St. John the Baptist, the faith of St. Peter, the zeal and charity of St. Paul, the purity of St. John, and the spirit of prayer and recollection of which thou, my dear saint, art the model, so that, after having been on earth, the faithful dispensers of the Mysteries of thy foster Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, they may in heaven receive the recompense promised to pastors according to the Heart of God. Amen.

Blessings to you all,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

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! Please remember to check our “Dioceses” page on the website (https://prayingforpriests.wordpress.com/dioceses/) for the prayer calendars for other dioceses around the country.  If your diocese has a calendar that is not listed, please send me the link and I will happily add it.  The priests we are praying for in the Diocese of Rochester this week are: 

SUNDAY 2/28         Fr. Timothy Horan
MONDAY 3/1          Fr. James Jaeger
TUESDAY 3/2         Fr. Francis Jones
WEDNESDAY 3/3   Fr. Matthew Jones
THURSDAY 3/4      Fr. Philip Judge
FRIDAY 3/5             Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 3/6       Bishop Salvatore Matano 

Our prayer this week is from the late John Joseph Cardinal Carberry, the fifth archbishop of St. Louis: 

O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear our humble prayers on behalf of each of Your priests.  Give him a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of his priestly life. In his loneliness, comfort him.  In his sorrows, strengthen him.  In his frustrations, point out to him that it is through suffering that the soul is purified, and show him that he is needed by the Church, he is needed by souls, he is needed for the work of redemption. 

O loving Mother Mary, Mother of Priests, take to your heart your son who is close to you because of his priestly ordination, and because of the power which he has received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs him so much.  Be his comfort, be his joy, be his strength, and especially help him to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy. Amen. 

Blessings to you all,

Laurie 

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

I hope everyone is having a prayerful beginning of Lent.

Please pray for this priest:  “A priest became unconscious and fell in the snow and wasn’t found for a while.  He needs prayers because the doctors want to cut off his hands and feet.  Please pray for this poor priest.”

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

SUNDAY 2/22             Fr. John Healy
MONDAY 2/22           Fr. Peter Helfrich
TUESDAY 2/23          All Deacons
WEDNESDAY 2/24    Fr. Frederick Helfrich
THURSDAY 2/25       Fr. James Hewes
FRIDAY 2/26              Fr. George Heyman
SATURDAY 2/27        Fr. Daniel Holland

Our prayer this week:

Lord Jesus, eternal priest, bestow on our priests the fullness of Your perfection and strength.  Remember that he has forsaken all things to give himself entirely to You.  In his hours of loneliness and discouragement be close to him, that he may not fail in his sacred duties.  Bless his labors with abundant fruit for souls.  May all his contacts with others bring them and him closer to Your Divine Heart.

Give him a sympathetic and understanding heart that he may restore peace and bring consolation to those who have fallen into sin. Give him a generous heart that he may share the sorrows and sufferings of others and be forgetful of his own.  Give him a strong heart that he may be ever pure in the midst of a sinful world.  Keep always holy his anointed hands, which are privileged to touch Your sacred Body, that they may never work to Your dishonor.  May his lips, which touch Your Precious Blood, never be the instrument of sin.

And if ever, Lord, through weakness he should fall, then lift him gently to Your Sacred Heart.  Remember that the world’s possessions are no longer his and that he has nothing left but You.  Grant that each precious host to be consecrated at his hands may bring him closer to You.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make his heart like unto Your very own!

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Happy feast of St. Valentine!  The Bible is God’s love letter to us, and His continuing gift of love to us is the priesthood.

I received an email from a priest this week asking for prayers for healing of his chronic sinus problems.  Having suffered with sinus issues in the past, I cannot imagine the difficulty of trying to minister to his parish in that kind of constant pain, and then dealing with the frustration as treatment after treatment fails to provide relief.  Please pray for his healing, and that all of our beloved priests feel God’s love and strength during this Lenten season. (Special Prayer Requests)

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

SUNDAY 2/14             Fr. Paul Gitau
MONDAY 2/15           Fr. Edward Golden
TUESDAY 2/16          Fr. Lance Gonyo
WEDNESDAY 2/17    Deceased Priests
THURSDAY 2/18       Fr. William Graf
FRIDAY 2/19              Fr. Joseph Hart
SATURDAY 2/20        Fr. John Hayes

Our prayer this week:

Heavenly Father, You love us beyond our comprehension.  You are truly our Father.  Be a Father to our priests.  Hold them in Your embrace.  Help them to feel Your love always.  Heal them, if it is Your will.  If it is not to be, then comfort them in their pain and sorrow. 

We thank You for the gift of our priests. vLet us never take them for granted.  Show us how to best love and care for them, as they care for our souls. Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Happy Fifth Sunday of Ordinary time.

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

SUNDAY 2/7               Pope Francis
MONDAY 2/8              Fr. Ronald Gaesser
TUESDAY 2/9             Fr. John Gagnier
WEDNESDAY 2/10     Fr. Jeffrey Galens
THURSDAY 2/11        All Missionaries
FRIDAY 2/12               Fr. John Gathenya
SATURDAY 2/13        Benedictine Fathers

Our prayer this week was written by Justin Cardinal Rigali while he was Archbishop of St. Louis, a Prayer Before the Blessed Sacrament for the Increase of Priestly and Religious Vocations:

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Eternal Father, Son of the Virgin Mary, we thank you for offering your life in sacrifice on the Cross, and for renewing this sacrifice in every Mass celebrated throughout the world.

In the Power of the Holy Spirit we adore you and proclaim your living presence in the Eucharist.  We desire to imitate the love you show us in your death and resurrection, by loving and serving one another.

We ask you to call many young people to religious life, and to provide the holy and generous priests that are so needed in you Church today.  Lord Jesus, hear our prayer. Amen.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

I had the great joy to witness a friend receive the Sacrament of Confirmation yesterday.  What a blessing to be present as she was sealed with Gift of the Holy Spirit!

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

SUNDAY 1/31        Fr. Raymond Fleming
MONDAY 2/1         Redemptorist Fathers & Brothers
TUESDAY 2/2        Fr. Jesus Flores-Rivera
WEDNESDAY 2/3  Fr. John Forni
THURSDAY 2/4      Fr. Michael Fowler
FRIDAY 2/5             Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 2/6       Bishop Salvatore Matano

Our prayer this week is adapted from one from St. Augustine:

Breathe into our priests, Holy Spirit, that their thoughts may all be holy.  Move in them, Holy Spirit, that their work, too, may be holy.  Attract their hearts, Holy Spirit, that they may love only what is holy.  Strengthen them, Holy Spirit, that they may defend all that is holy.  Protect them, Holy Spirit, that they may always be holy.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Our priests are a wonderful sign of the apostolic succession of the priesthood handed down from the days of Jesus here on earth.  This Monday we celebrate St. Ananias of Damascus, who baptized St. Paul, and the conversion of St. Paul.  Then on Tuesday we celebrate St. Paul’s disciples, Sts. Timothy and Titus.  Apostolic succession on display!

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

SUNDAY 1/24           Fr. Peter Enyan-Boadu
MONDAY 1/25          Fr. Thomas Erdle
TUESDAY 1/26         Fr. Frank Falletta
WEDNESDAY 1/27   Fr. Richard Farrell
THURSDAY 1/28       Fr. James Fennessy
FRIDAY 1/29             All Missionaries
SATURDAY 1/30       Fr. John Firpo

Our prayer this week:

Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests.  Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.  Help them, and all 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.

Have a blessed week everyone,
Laurie 

https://prayersforpriests.com

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Happy feast of St. Anthony of Egypt.

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

SUNDAY 1/17             Fr. Edward Dillon
MONDAY 1/18            Fr. Bernard Dollen
TUESDAY 1/19           Fr. William Donnelly
WEDNESDAY 1/20    Fr. Clifford Dorkenoo
THURSDAY 1/21        Fr. Thomas Dugan
FRIDAY 1/22               Fr. Frederick Eisemann
SATURDAY 1/9          Fr. William Endres

Our prayer this week:

Mary, teacher of faith, who by your obedience to the word of God has cooperated in a remarkable way with the work of redemption, make the ministry of priests effective by teaching them to hear the word and to proclaim it faithfully.

Mary, teacher of charity, who by your total openness to God’s call has cooperated in bringing to birth all the church’s faithful, make the ministry and the life of priests fruitful by teaching them to give themselves totally to the service of the people of God.

Mary, teacher of prayer, who through your maternal intercession has supported and helped the church from her beginnings, make priests always attentive to the needs of the faithful by teaching them to come to know the value of prayer.

Mary, teacher of humility, by constantly knowing yourself to be the servant of the Lord, make priests docile instruments in Christ’s work of redemption by teaching them the greatness of being the least of all.

Mary, teacher of that service which is hidden, who by your everyday and ordinary life filled with love knew how to cooperate with the salvific plan of God in an exemplary fashion, make priests good and faithful servants by teaching them the joy of serving the church with an ardent love.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

As we celebrate the joy of the Baptism of the Lord, let us always remember the cleansing waters of Baptism.

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

SUNDAY 1/10 Inactive and Sabbatical Priests
MONDAY 1/11           Fr. William Darling
TUESDAY 1/12           Fr. B. Nathan Davis
WEDNESDAY 1/13    Fr. August Deasio
THURSDAY 1/14        Fr. Albert Delmonte
FRIDAY 1/15   Fr. Joseph DeMaio
SATURDAY 1/16        Fr. John DeSocio

Our prayer this week is a Litany for Priests:

Lord, have mercy.  Christ, have mercy.  Lord, have mercy.
Christ hear us.  Christ, graciously hear us

The Holy Father – fill him with your grace, Lord.

Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops – give them your gifts, Lord.

Diocesan priests – never leave them, Lord.  Priests in seminary work – give them your wisdom, Lord.  Priests in hospital work – give them constancy, Lord.  Priests who are ill – heal them, Lord.  Priests in danger – deliver them, Lord.  Priests who are weak – strengthen them, Lord.  Priests who are poor – relive them, Lord.  Priests who are zealous – help them, Lord.  Priests who want to love you – enkindle their hearts, Lord.  Priests who are sad – console them, Lord.  Priests who are worried – give them peace, Lord.  Priests who are old – sustain them, Lord.  Priests who are young – impel them for your glory, Lord.  Priests who are alone – accompany them, Lord.  Missionary priests – protect them, Lord.  Priests who are preachers – enlighten them, Lord.  Priests who direct souls – instruct them, Lord.  Parish priests – give them prudence, Lord.  Religious priests – make them perfect, Lord.  Priests and religious who have died – bring them to glory, Lord.

On all the Church, militant and suffering – Lord, have mercy.

For all priests:

Give them your wisdom, Lord.  Give them virtues.  Give them patience and charity.  Give them obedience and kindness.  Give them a burning zeal for souls.  Give them an intense love for the Eucharist.  Give them loyalty to the Holy See and to their Bishops.  Give them respect for their dignity.  Give them a great love for Mary.  Give them the gift of counsel.  Give them strength in their labors.  Give them peace in their sufferings.  Give them humility and generosity.  Let them be the light of souls.  Let them be the salt of the earth.  Let them practice sacrifice and self-denial.  Let them enkindle hearts with the love of Mary.  Let them be other Christ’s.  Let them be holy in body and soul.

May they be men of prayer.  May faith shine forth in them.  May they be concerned only for the salvation of souls.  May they be faithful to their priestly vocation.  May their hands know only how to bless.  May they burn with love for you and for Mary.  May all their steps be for the glory of God.  May the Holy Spirit possess them, and give them his gifts and fruits in abundance.

Let us pray.  O God, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, you are the soul and the life of the Church.  Hear the prayers we offer for priests. We ask this through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, their protector and guide.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Monday, January 4, 2021

What a rich weekend of devotion!  Yesterday was both the Solemnity of the Epiphany and the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Jesus.

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

SUNDAY 1/3              Pope Francis
MONDAY 1/4             Fr. Donald Curtiss
TUESDAY 1/5            Fr. Walter Cushing
WEDNESDAY 1/6      Fr. Albert Cylwicki
THURSDAY 1/7         Fr. Gerard D’Souza
FRIDAY 1/8                All Deacons
SATURDAY 1/9          Fr. Bernard Dan

Our prayer this week:

Heavenly Father, we come before You today to ask Your blessing on our brothers, whom You have called to the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

Lord Jesus, we ask that You support them with Your presence and fill them with grace to serve You faithfully.

Gracious Spirit, unite us in service with those whom you have called.  Open our hearts to encourage our brothers and sons to pursue Your calling.  Open their hearts to hear Your call to this most Holy Sacrament.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

Happy Feast of the Holy Family! 

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

SUNDAY 12/27          All Missionaries
MONDAY 12/28         Fr. William Cosgrove
TUESDAY 12/29         Fr. Michael Costik
WEDNESDAY 12/30  Fr. Richard Crawley
THURSDAY 12/31      Fr. Charles Curran
FRIDAY 1/1                 Vocations & Seminarians
SATURDAY 1/2        Bishop Salvatore Matano

Our prayer this week: 

Dear Lord, bless our Church. Be so kind as to give us the unity, peace, and mutual love that You found in Your own family in the little town of Nazareth. 

Saint Joseph, pray for our holy father, Pope Francis.  Obtain for him the strength, wisdom, and prudence he needs to support and direct those under his care. 

Mother Mary, pray for our priests.  Help them to be pure and kind, gentle and self-sacrificing.  The more they are like you, the better will our family be. 

Lord Jesus, bless all our holy priests and bishops.  Make them more and more like You.  Let them grow, as You did, in wisdom and strength and grace before God and man. 

Holy Family of Nazareth, by your intercession, love, and holy example, make our holy Church and our families more and more like Yours, until we are all one family, happy and at peace in our true home with You.  Amen.

Have a blessed week,
Laurie 

https://prayersforpriests.com/

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