Sunday February 5, 2023

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Chuck H. – recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  An important decision will need to be made.  Please pray that God will help him with this decision and guide him in making it.

Susan Z — had heart attack. Please pray for healing, comfort, and peace. Pray for family as well.

Saturday February 4, 2023

Young children are safe now. Thank you for your prayers.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Here are a few prayers you can choose from if you’d like:

“Lord Jesus,
we adore your cross
which frees us from sin, the origin of every division and evil;
we proclaim your resurrection,
which ransoms man from the slavery of failure and death;
we await your coming in glory,
which will bring to fulfillment your kingdom of justice, joy and peace.

Lord Jesus,
by your glorious passion,
conquer the hardness of our hearts, imprisoned by hatred and selfishness;
by the power of your resurrection,
save the victims of injustice and maltreatment from their suffering;
by the fidelity of your coming,
confound the culture of death and make the triumph of life shine forth.

Friends flying home from Costa Rica on Sunday. For a safe, on time flight and calm nerves.

Friday February 3, 2023

Ron M — had a heart attack and needs multiple bypasses. He is an atheist professor of philosophy.
Please pray for conversion and healing!

Nanette — she is in the hospital with pneumonia and complications. Please pray that she will heal quickly and be returned to her home.

For a young man facing jail time for theft to support a drug addiction.  May he find Jesus when he sinks to his lowest waiting for Him to catch him and bring him up step by step.  Thank you, Lord Jesus.

Susan D. — going to Cleveland Clinic on February 6th for tests and open heart surgery on February 10th. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Thursday February 2, 2023

Two young children are in extreme danger. Please pray for their safety.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

David, previously on prayer line for depression and dementia — has now been correctly diagnosed with a brain vascular disease. The progression is causing many behavioral problems. Please pray for him and his wife, Marlene who is struggling to care for him.

Braden–please pray for this teenager who is going down the wrong path.  St. Joseph, please intercede.

Wednesday February 1, 2023

Please pray for a successful heart surgery today for Mike.

Please pray for Aaron meeting with doctors today to discuss breast cancer treatment plan.

Holy Spirit, encase them with Your love.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

“O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage, and strength to serve You.
Enkindle Your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me.”
-St. Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)


Prayer to St. Peregrine

Glorious wonder-worker, St. Peregrine, you answered the divine call with a ready spirit and forsook all the comforts of a life of ease and all the empty honors of the world to dedicate yourself to God in the Order of His holy Mother.

You labored manfully for the salvation of souls. In union with Jesus crucified, you endured painful sufferings with such patience as to deserve to be healed miraculously of an incurable cancer in your leg by a touch of His divine hand.

Obtain for me the grace to answer every call of God and to fulfill His will in all the events of life. Enkindle in my heart a consuming zeal for the salvation of all men.  Deliver me from the infirmities that afflict my body ( especially…).  Obtain for me also a perfect resignation to the sufferings it may please God to send me, so that, imitating our crucified Savior and His sorrowful Mother, I may merit eternal glory in heaven.

St. Peregrine, pray for me and for all who invoke your aid…most especially those people who have been mentioned on our prayer line!


Rick — has lung cancer. Please pray for healing and peace.

Bonnie B. — has broken her ankle. Please pray for speedy, complete healing and pain control.

Brixley, 2-month-old girl – is in a hip brace. Please pray for complete healing and peace for family.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of Gloria Samson, Steve Palmer, and Marlene Romie. Prayers of comfort for all who mourn.

Tracy — needs a kidney and liver transplant. When she loses a few more pounds she will be put on the waiting list.

C and T — are looking for permanent employment.  Please pray they are open to God’s will for them (in employment and in life in general).

J — Has leukemia.  Please pray for healing, if God’s will.  And also that J returns to his Catholic faith.

Mike — please pray for him (as he is being persecuted) and for a miracle to happen.  St. Joseph, please intercede.

Paul & Lois — please pray for safe travels and good health as they leave for Florida tomorrow.  St. Michael the Archangel, please intercede.

Pope’s February Prayer Intention

For parishes – We pray that parishes, placing communion at the center, may increasingly become communities of faith, fraternity and welcome towards those most in need.

N – has a doctor appointment at noon on Thursday. Please pray for good results.

Feast of the Presentation Candlemas

Feast of the Presentation Candlemas at Our Lady of Good Hope on February 2, 2023 (tomorrow)
7:45 to 8:45 a.m. Adoration with Rosary and Benediction
9:00 a.m. Blessing and Procession with candles and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (candles will be provided but you are invited to bring your own)

Tuesday January 31, 2023

Mia — is receiving a special Lyme treatment today. Loving Father,  please touch Mia with Your healing hands, for I believe that Your will is for Mia to be well in mind, body, soul and spirit.  Cover Mia with the Most Precious Blood of Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ from the top of her head to the soles of her feet. Cast out anything that should not be in her. Root out any unhealthy and abnormal cells. Open any blocked arteries or veins and rebuild and replenish any damaged areas. Remove all inflammation and cleanse any infection by the power of Jesus’ Precious Blood. Let the fire of Your healing Love pass thru her entire body to heal and make new any diseased areas so that her body will function the way You created it to function.  Touch also her mind and her emotion,  even the deepest recesses of her heart.
All for the glory of God!
Amen.

Karen and husband–driving to Florida Wednesday and Thursday. Please pray for a safe trip on the roads.

M – had a traumatic experience and college. Please pray for situation to be resolved, for a more healthy environment, and for healing.

PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING

 *   Thank you for all the prayers for Mia. She did well with the treatment.

 *   Baby Ayla is now weighing weighing 4lb 9.3oz. Hopefully she will be graduating out of the NICU soon. Thank you for your prayers. Please continue!

 *   Levi — his awareness seems to be increasing, his smile is starting to come back and his strength is really starting to improve.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Monday January 30, 2023

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

“Lord Jesus,
we adore your cross
which frees us from sin, the origin of every division and evil;
we proclaim your resurrection,
which ransoms man from the slavery of failure and death;
we await your coming in glory,
which will bring to fulfillment your kingdom of justice, joy and peace.

Update on Hilary: surgery went well, but the pain meds (oxy) had lactose in them and she has a big dairy allergy, so she’s been in a lot of pain and feeling ill all weekend waiting for new meds to work.  Please pray for her continued healing and for meds to work well.

John — ill with covid and flu. His immune system is compromised as well. Please pray for speedy complete healing.

D — prayers for him to get some rest and for eye issues to be resolved.

A – having surgery at noon today. She miscarried at 4 months. Pray that all goes well and for peace for her and her husband. Second miscarriage in a short time.

“We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right,
our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God.”
-St. Francis de Sales

PRAYER FOR OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN

Each day, many young men and women risk their very lives to keep us safe. They sacrifice their time, their family life and sometimes their very lives to keep us free! Remember also, their loved ones who worry about them and have their lives put on hold while these dedicated people are away from them. Please remember these young men and women, and their loved ones, in your prayers. Lord, protect them and bring them safely home to the arms of those who love them!

Robert Ross, Patrick Gerhardstein, Tim Hinman, Lance Crawford, Michael Chandler, Kyle Wagner, John Snowball, Joe Rickman, Brodie Rice, Lee Melvin, Darcy and Curtis Carroll, Kori Melvin, Seth, Melissa Witmer, Kyle Fletcher, Noah Brown, Sacha, Mike, Cory Meeks, Joe D, Josh Hall, Jacob Tester (Navy) and Jeremy Tester (Army), Douglas Simpson, Joshua Adams, Chase Gray, Jay Kohn, Jeremy Handshoe, Justin Scheumann , Braeden, Joseph, Derek Jennings, Tom G., Natalie Riecke, Emily Schaffer, Sam Hetler, Braden Velasquez, and Cody Brown.

St. Gerard’s List

Lindsay, Deanna, Rosy, Amelia,
Anna, Haley, Grace, Olivia, Felicia,
Mallory, Jessica, and Megan.

St. Gerard, intercede for these families!

Prayer for Walking With Moms in Need Ministry

Lord Jesus, as a community, we pray over any mom and her family who come to our parish through the Walking With Moms In Need Ministry (WWMIN). We pray that along with any financial support we may offer, we may also surround them with Your love. Help us to minister to them in such a way that they experience the warmth of acceptance, the welcoming of community, the love of a family, and that, through us, they meet none other than You, Lord.  We also ask that You help each person we encounter to recognize and embrace his or her inherent beauty and dignity as a child of God.  We ask all this in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.


URGENT: Angie – just came home from the hospital yesterday and has been readmitted. Her infection has gone into pneumonia. She has very little resistance. Pray for her speedy healing.

M, L, & M – All discerning job changes. Please pray for wisdom, guidance, and peace.

M & R – pray that if their vocation is to be united in marriage, that they journey together with God as their Rock.
Jesus, Name full of glory, grace, love and strength!
You are the refuge of those who repent,
our banner of warfare in this life,
the medicine of souls, the comfort of those who mourn,
the delight of those who believe,
the light of those who preach the true faith,
the wages of those who toil, the healing of the sick.
To You our devotion aspires;
by You our prayers are received;
we delight in contemplating You.
O Name of Jesus, You are the glory
of all the saints for eternity.
Amen.

Sunday January 29, 2023

Angie, young mother – hospitalized with a virus that has irritated her lungs. She has no auto-immune system. Pray for her healing.

Parishioner’s father – hospitalized with pneumonia. Pray for his healing.

For those watching the Mass on Livestream, we apologize that the sound is barely coming through.  Hopefully, this will get taken care soon.

Please pray for Kevin, undergoing radiation.  May he be strengthened by God’s grace.

Howard – hospitalized with possible lung cancer. Please pray that he does not have cancer. He and his wife were just moved to assisted care yesterday. Peace for them and their family.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Saturday January 28, 2023

Thanks to everyone for your prayers for Dan (team member Barb B’s son), who went home to meet Jesus last night. May his soul rest in peace. Amen. Pray for all who are mourning.

UPDATE on David —  procedure went very well. Thanks for the prayers. Please continue to pray for pain control.

Team members’ granddaughter miscarried at 4 months. Pray for healing of mind and body for her and her husband.

Chris – 47 recovering from multiple strokes. Please pray he recovers with all his therapy.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Here are a few prayers you can choose from if you’d like:

“Lord Jesus,
we adore your cross
which frees us from sin, the origin of every division and evil;
we proclaim your resurrection,
which ransoms man from the slavery of failure and death;
we await your coming in glory,
which will bring to fulfillment your kingdom of justice, joy and peace.

Lord Jesus,
by your glorious passion,
conquer the hardness of our hearts, imprisoned by hatred and selfishness;
by the power of your resurrection,
save the victims of injustice and maltreatment from their suffering;
by the fidelity of your coming,
confound the culture of death and make the triumph of life shine forth.

Lord Jesus,
unite to your cross the sufferings of the many innocent victims:
the children, the elderly, and the persecuted Christians;
envelop in paschal light those who are deeply wounded:
abused persons, deprived of freedom and dignity;
let those who live in uncertainty experience the enduring constancy of your kingdom: the exiles, refugees, and those who have lost the joy of living.

Lord Jesus,
cast forth the shadow of your cross over peoples at war;
may they learn the way of reconciliation, dialogue and forgiveness;
let the peoples so wearied by bombing experience the joy of your resurrection:
raise up Iraq and Syria from devastation;
reunite your dispersed children under your gentle kingship:
sustain Christians in the Diaspora and grant them the unity of faith and love.

O Virgin Mary, Queen of peace,
you who stood at the foot of the cross,
obtain from your Son pardon for our sins;
you who never doubted the victory of his resurrection,
sustain our faith and our hope;
you who are enthroned as Queen in glory,
teach us the royal road of service and the glory of love.

Amen.”

–Prayer for Peace of Pope Francis (September 30, 2016)


“O God, Creator of the universe, who extends your paternal concern over every creature and guides the events of history to the goal of salvation, we acknowledge your fatherly love when you break the resistance of mankind and, in a world torn by strife and discord, you make us ready for reconciliation. Renew for us the wonders of your mercy; send forth your Spirit that he may work in the intimacy of hearts, that enemies may begin to dialogue, that adversaries may shake hands and peoples may encounter one another in harmony. May all commit themselves to the sincere search for true peace which will extinguish all arguments, for charity which overcomes hatred, for pardon which disarms revenge.”  –Pope John Paul II

“Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow charity;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light; and
Where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying to ourselves that we are born to eternal life. Amen.”
–St. Francis of Assisi

O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, at this most critical time, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care. 
Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim this land for the glory of your Son. Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our nation, we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek refuge in your motherly protection. 
Look down with mercy upon us and touch the hearts of our people. Open our minds to the great worth of human life and to the responsibilities that accompany human freedom. 
Free us from the falsehoods that lead to the evil of abortion and threaten the sanctity of family life. Grant our country the wisdom to proclaim that God’s law is the foundation on which this nation was founded, and that He alone is the True Source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 
O Merciful Mother, give us the courage to reject the culture of death and the strength to build a new Culture of Life

Friday January 27, 2023

Please pray for A and the baby. She’s already lost two babies, and she had an odd discharge last night.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Day 9: Civic Leaders

Intercession 

May civic leaders work for the protection of all human life, in every stage and circumstance.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

The Declaration of Independence boldly affirms that first among our inalienable rights is the right to life, given to us by the Creator. Yet despite being so solemnly proclaimed, the right to life is today threatened and often denied, particularly at the moments when life is most fragile. Our laws should—first and foremost—protect life. Even with the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, many states still do not recognize children in their mothers’ wombs as persons and still claim that abortion is a right. Further, many political leaders work actively to increase access to abortion. Some falsely describe it as health care and even as a basic human right. Laws and policies that legalize or promote an intrinsic evil like abortion violate the virtue of justice.

Those who work as public officials and civic leaders have a duty to serve the common good, and therefore have a profound obligation to safeguard this most fundamental right to life. Through our own prayer, witness, and civic participation, we can encourage our leaders to truly answer their call to protect the rights of all people. For “there can be no true democracy without a recognition of every person’s dignity and without respect for his or her rights” (Evangelium vitae 101).

Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)

  • Sacrifice some of your free time to do a small act of service, such as making breakfast for a family member, writing a note of encouragement to a coworker, or praying for the intentions of a friend.
  • Sometimes restrictions on religious freedom constrain our efforts to live out the Gospel of Life. We must be free to live out our Catholic faith in the public square. Offer this Prayer for Religious Liberty, that Christians may always be free to respect, protect, and defend human life.
  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further

When discussing faithful citizenship in 2019, the U.S. bishops reaffirmed, “the threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed.” Archbishop Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas and former Chair of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, explains more in Priorities at the Polls.

Thursday January 26, 2023

UPDATE on Brandon – had a procedure today in which doctor was able to remove the majority of the clots. He will be sent home with oral blood thinners with a check-up in 3 months. Hoping to be released within the next couple days. Please continue to pray that this procedure helps him to heal completely. Thank you!

Hilary — having surgery on her knee tomorrow (Fri).  Rehab is 8-12 weeks and she gets married in 14 weeks.  Pray for successful surgery, tolerable rehab, and to be able to walk down the aisle at her wedding without handicap devices!

For parishioner’s great uncle Phil, Alzheimer’s patient now in hospice at home.  He’s still doing fairly well, but keeps having issues that show the end is not too far away. If able, please pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for Phil.

For elderly woman who is dying from uterine cancer, keeps being moved from nursing homes and hospitals to new lodgings due to her size (6’7″ and over 400#).  For her current location to be able to keep her for the duration of her life here on earth, and take care of her with dignity and compassion.  May her transition to Jesus’ arms be smooth and love-filled. If able, please pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for her.

For a fallen-away Catholic to be able to return to her faith and be anointed before it’s too late.  That family members will allow her to have a proper Catholic funeral, and that they too may return to the Catholic Church.


Please pray for Paula D – she had a mastectomy and surgeon could not believe how much more cancer she had – removed 26 lymph nodes.

Good friend is in the ER. Pray for healing.

Prayers for the Beck family. Kari and Oscar’s funeral is on Friday (tomorrow). Lord, wrap in Your tender comfort all who are mourning.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Wednesday January 25, 2023

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

“Let love be genuine, hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good,
love one another with brotherly affection, outdo one another in showing honour.
Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord.
Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.”
Romans 12:9-1
Prayer to St. Peregrine

Glorious wonder-worker, St. Peregrine, you answered the divine call with a ready spirit and forsook all the comforts of a life of ease and all the empty honors of the world to dedicate yourself to God in the Order of His holy Mother.

You labored manfully for the salvation of souls. In union with Jesus crucified, you endured painful sufferings with such patience as to deserve to be healed miraculously of an incurable cancer in your leg by a touch of His divine hand.

Obtain for me the grace to answer every call of God and to fulfill His will in all the events of life. Enkindle in my heart a consuming zeal for the salvation of all men.  Deliver me from the infirmities that afflict my body ( especially…).  Obtain for me also a perfect resignation to the sufferings it may please God to send me, so that, imitating our crucified Savior and His sorrowful Mother, I may merit eternal glory in heaven.

St. Peregrine, pray for me and for all who invoke your aid…most especially those people who have been mentioned on our prayer line!


C H – for good test results from CT scan Thursday.  Thank you.

UDPATE on Dan, son of team member and has cancer — went home today with hospice now taking care of him. Please lift up Dan in prayer again with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Thanks to all.

Anne – after many miscarriages, pregnant with twins entering her second trimester. Please pray that the babies continue to grow and are born healthy.

David — having a surgical procedure on Friday. Prayers for good outcome and healing

Pray for all who work out in this rough weather. Safety to all.

Pope Francis’ January Prayer Intention — For educators
We pray that educators may be credible witnesses, teaching fraternity rather than competition and helping the youngest and most vulnerable above all.

Tom & Connie — please pray for them as they will be celebrating their 55th Wedding Anniversary on Jan. 27 in Florida.  Also please pray for safe travels for family members who will start arriving Jan. 26 and for safe travels when they all return home.  St. Michael the Archangel, please intercede.

Sarah — please pray for her as she is a young mother with cancer and has 4 children.  She is trying an experimental drug.  Please pray for her husband as well.  St. Peregrine, please intercede.

Paul — please pray for successful surgery for him.  St. Joseph, please intercede.

Day 8: Mothers Choosing Adoption

Intercession 

May expectant mothers choosing adoption receive grace and support in embracing this loving option.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

Mothers placing their children for adoption often face many challenges along the way. One of the greatest obstacles can be inaccurately perceiving adoption as abandonment. But a mother who determines that making an adoption plan is best for her child isn’t deserting the child. Rather, she is following the example of Christ’s sacrificial love on the Cross in choosing a life-giving option that she has determined is ultimately in the best interest of her child, even at great cost to herself. The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us that, in the face of fears and trials, we can “hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm” (Heb 6:18-19). We pray that each expectant mother choosing adoption will be filled with “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Phil 4:7) as she decides which life-giving option is best for her child. Let us all cling fast to the anchor of hope, for we have received “a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, ‘Abba, Father!’” (Rom 8:15).

Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)

  • Do you have a sweet tooth? Or do you prefer salty snacks? Pick your favorite kind of treat, and give it up for the day.
  • Look up one of the Scripture passages from today’s reflection, and spend some time with it in prayer. What is the Lord saying to you?
  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further

Accompanying Expectant Mothers Considering Adoption suggests nine ways to offer ongoing support to a woman who is considering making an adoption plan for her unborn child. Many of the tips given are also helpful for supporting a friend who is experiencing a challenging or unexpected pregnancy, even if adoption has not been brought up. Supplemental resources regarding adoption can be found at usccb.org/adoption-resources.

Day 7: Expectant Fathers

Intercession 

May expectant fathers lovingly support the mothers of their children in welcoming new life.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

Fatherhood has its origins in God, who chose to reveal Himself to us as Our Father, sending his only Son for the sake of our salvation. Fathers therefore have a special role “in revealing and in reliving on earth the very fatherhood of God” (Familiaris consortio 25). Fathers are called to exhibit “generous responsibility for the life conceived under the heart of the mother” (FC 25). They are uniquely entrusted with the protection and defense of both mother and child and, in this way, in safeguarding the sanctity of human life.

As evidenced in our world today, the role of the father “is of unique and irreplaceable importance” (FC 25). Often women choose abortion because they do not have the support of the child’s father, or—even worse—the father of the child pressures her to make the decision to abort. At the same time, it is important to acknowledge with compassion that men can also be overwhelmed by an unexpected pregnancy and that society increasingly tells them that they should have no say in their children’s lives. In the face of these false messages, we pray that expectant fathers will find courage in the example of Saint Joseph—who embraced the role of father amid difficult circumstances—and offer loving, life-affirming support to the mothers of their children.

Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)

  • Give up sleeping on your pillow—or even your bed—tonight. Offer this small sacrifice for the intention that expectant fathers will courageously answer their call to support both mother and child.
  • Pray a decade of the Rosary for all expectant fathers, that through her intercession, Our Lady may inspire in them the virtues of St. Joseph.
  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further

Research continues to show that one of the top reasons a woman chooses abortion is due to a lack of financial resources. Read Poverty and Abortion: A Vicious Cycle, which explores the connections between abortion and poverty, and how the absence of fathers contributes to this ongoing cycle.

Tuesday January 24, 2023

Dan, son of team member — has cancer and currently in hospital for the 2nd time in past 2 weeks. If able, please pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for him. Pray also for all who love him.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Please pray for Lindsey, a young mother and wife in last days of life. Please pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for her if you are able. Also please pray for John her husband, Clark her son and all those loving her and supporting her as she journeys to Our Heavenly Father.

Father God, we humbly pray for all those who are fighting cancer. Give them the hope and courage they need each day. Comfort them in their pain and bless them with Your healing grace. Strengthen their family, friends, and caregivers.

Special intentions: Pam, Leanne, Alexa, and Aaron

In Jesus Name, Amen.

Day 6: Expectant Mothers

Intercession 

May every expectant mother receive compassionate care and support as she nurtures the life in her womb.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, she opened her heart to receive his message that she would conceive the Son of God in her womb. As a young bride who had not yet lived with her husband, Mary knew that her pregnancy presented many challenges. Despite this knowledge, she faithfully responded, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). 

Like the Blessed Mother, women who unexpectedly become pregnant often face significant challenges. They, too, are called to place their trust in God and faithfully respond to His gift of new life. And we are called to walk with them in their time of need. As Jesus taught us, when we love and serve others, we are loving and serving Him.

May all expectant mothers be encouraged by Mary’s example and receive support and grace in lovingly welcoming their children into the world.

Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)

  • Sign up to pray for and serve expectant mothers in need in your community through a parish-based program called Walking with Moms in Need.
  • Pray the Angelus today. You might also consider saying it every day for the next week—on awakening, at noon, or at 6 p.m. (or all three times).
  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further

When a woman is facing an unexpected pregnancy, the reaction of the first person she tells tends to set the tone for her decision-making. Pregnancy can be difficult and frightening, but no matter the circumstances, it’s important for an expectant mother to feel supported and loved. Read 10 Ways to Support Her When She’s Unexpectedly Expecting for simple tips on how to provide loving, life-affirming support for a friend who is unexpectedly pregnant. Your support may be the only support she receives.

Monday January 23, 2023

Brandon (blood clots in legs and pelvis since Jan. 6th) – is finally being transported today from Parkview to Cleveland Clinic. Please pray that he will be completely healed!

Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition,
and listening to His voice in the depths of our hearts. –St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta.


PRAYER FOR OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN

Each day, many young men and women risk their very lives to keep us safe. They sacrifice their time, their family life and sometimes their very lives to keep us free! Remember also, their loved ones who worry about them and have their lives put on hold while these dedicated people are away from them. Please remember these young men and women, and their loved ones, in your prayers. Lord, protect them and bring them safely home to the arms of those who love them!

Robert Ross, Patrick Gerhardstein, Tim Hinman, Lance Crawford, Michael Chandler, Kyle Wagner, John Snowball, Joe Rickman, Brodie Rice, Lee Melvin, Darcy and Curtis Carroll, Kori Melvin, Seth, Melissa Witmer, Kyle Fletcher, Noah Brown, Sacha, Mike, Cory Meeks, Joe D, Josh Hall, Jacob Tester (Navy) and Jeremy Tester (Army), Douglas Simpson, Joshua Adams, Chase Gray, Jay Kohn, Jeremy Handshoe, Justin Scheumann , Braeden, Joseph, Derek Jennings, Tom G., Natalie Riecke, Emily Schaffer, Sam Hetler, Braden Velasquez, and Cody Brown.

St. Gerard’s List

Lindsay, Deanna, Rosy, Amelia,

Anna, Haley, Grace, Olivia, Felicia,

Mallory, Jessica, and Megan.

St. Gerard, intercede for these families!

Prayer for Walking With Moms in Need Ministry

Lord Jesus, as a community, we pray over any mom and her family who come to our parish through the Walking With Moms In Need Ministry (WWMIN). We pray that along with any financial support we may offer, we may also surround them with Your love. Help us to minister to them in such a way that they experience the warmth of acceptance, the welcoming of community, the love of a family, and that, through us, they meet none other than You, Lord.  We also ask that You help each person we encounter to recognize and embrace his or her inherent beauty and dignity as a child of God.  We ask all this in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.

Jim – has leukemia.  Please pray he returns to his faith and becomes closer to his Savior.

T — needs prayers that he will accept God’s will for his life and not follow the destructive path he is on.  Blessed Mother, please pray for your precious child.

Team member’s brother — is having hernia surgery on Tuesday. There is some concern because of his advanced lung issues. Praying for quick surgery and recovery without breathing complications.

Jesus, Name full of glory, grace, love and strength!
You are the refuge of those who repent,
our banner of warfare in this life,
the medicine of souls, the comfort of those who mourn,
the delight of those who believe,
the light of those who preach the true faith,
the wages of those who toil, the healing of the sick.
To You our devotion aspires;
by You our prayers are received;
we delight in contemplating You.
O Name of Jesus, You are the glory
of all the saints for eternity.
Amen.

Chuck – doctor found three lumps.  Having a CT scan on Thursday and will see the oncologist next Monday.  Please pray they are not cancer.  Thank you so much.

Person discerning about current and future employment. Please pray for wisdom and peace.

Terry — has liver cancer. Please pray for strength, comfort and healing for him, and comfort for all who love him.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Here are a few prayers you can choose from if you’d like:

“Lord Jesus,
we adore your cross
which frees us from sin, the origin of every division and evil;
we proclaim your resurrection,
which ransoms man from the slavery of failure and death;
we await your coming in glory,
which will bring to fulfillment your kingdom of justice, joy and peace.

Lord Jesus,
by your glorious passion,
conquer the hardness of our hearts, imprisoned by hatred and selfishness;
by the power of your resurrection,
save the victims of injustice and maltreatment from their suffering;
by the fidelity of your coming,
confound the culture of death and make the triumph of life shine forth.

Lord Jesus,
unite to your cross the sufferings of the many innocent victims:
the children, the elderly, and the persecuted Christians;
envelop in paschal light those who are deeply wounded:
abused persons, deprived of freedom and dignity;
let those who live in uncertainty experience the enduring constancy of your kingdom: the exiles, refugees, and those who have lost the joy of living.

Day 5: Unborn Children

Intercession 

May all unborn children be protected in law and welcomed in love.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

Today, we mourn the many children’s lives ended by abortion and remember in prayer those who suffer the aftermath. We pray that children in their mothers’ wombs would again be protected in law and do penance in reparation for abortions that have been committed in our world.

In his encyclical Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life), Pope John Paul II said, “may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer” (EV 100). May that prayer arise in our hearts today and each day forward until every human being is protected in law and welcomed in love.

Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)

  • Fast from one meal today.
  • Offer this brief “Prayer for Life” for all unborn children whose lives are at risk. 

Father and maker of all,

you adorn all creation

with splendor and beauty,

and fashion human lives

in your image and likeness.

Awaken in every heart

reverence for the work of your hands,

and renew among your people

a readiness to nurture and sustain

your precious gift of life.

Grant this through our Lord

Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in 

the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God forever and ever.

Amen.

  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further

More women and girls consider abortion than we may realize. They are our relatives and friends, people who work with us or for us. Even if someone identifies as being pro-life, the shock of an unexpected pregnancy, the devastation of a difficult prenatal diagnosis, shame, pressures, or fears may influence her to consider abortion.

If someone shared with you that she was pregnant and hadn’t ruled out having an abortion, would you know how to respond in a loving way that is life-affirming for both her and her baby? Learn about the four steps of the L.O.V.E. Approach™*Listen and Learn, Open Options, Vision and Value, and Extend and Empower.

Sunday January 22, 2023

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Please pray for a parishioner having surgery early Monday morning. Please pray anxiety will be removed & prayers to guide the surgeons mind & hands so that the operation is effective & recovery will be without complications.
Thank you!

Team member’s friend’s son — is in the hospital with chest pains.   Please pray that it isn’t serious, that the doctors treat him correctly, and that he has a complete recovery.

Marilyn — fell yesterday and has a broken right arm, stitches about her left eye, a break or crack in her left cheekbone. She is in a lot of pain.  Please pray for speedy healing and good pain control.

Saturday January 21, 2023

Please pray for family and little girl just found to have a cleft soft palate.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Day 4: For All Who Support Abortion

Intercession 

May all who support or participate in abortion experience a conversion of heart to seek and receive the Lord’s boundless mercy.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

When God fashioned the human person in His own image and likeness, He destined us for eternal life with Him. Yet because of the sin of our first parents, death entered the world. The book of Genesis recounts the first occasion in which a person takes the life of another, as Cain violently kills his brother Abel. This instance of brother rising up against brother “at the very dawn of history is thus a sad witness of how evil spreads with amazing speed” (Evangelium vitae8).

From the time of creation, disregard for human life has continued to spread. When we, like Cain, allow sin to find a place in our hearts, we become blinded to the truth. Sometimes this blindness might be so deep that we fail to recognize the undeniable humanity of unborn children. We may even tragically believe the lie that abortion is an act of compassion. But we know that “life, especially human life, belongs only to God: for this reason whoever attacks human life, in some way attacks God himself” (EV 9). Let us pray that all who support abortion will encounter the transforming love of the Father and, with repentant hearts, seek His mercy.

Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)

  • Smile. Ask God today for the grace to be extra joyful and to share the light of Christ with those most in need of His love and mercy.
  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further

Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life) was written to reaffirm the value and inviolability of every human life and to appeal to all people to respect, protect, love, and serve every human life. A brief summary highlights key themes and foundational teachings from the papal encyclical, exploring how the Church’s teachings regarding human life are at the heart of Jesus’ entire Gospel message.

Day 3: All Who Defend Life

Intercession 

May all who defend life find strength and renewal in the Holy Spirit.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

God has carefully, tenderly created every person in His own image and likeness, to be in a loving relationship with Himself. From each tiny child knit within a mother’s womb, to every person approaching death, all are loved perfectly and completely by God: “It is therefore a service of love which we are all committed to ensure to our neighbor, that his or her life may be always defended and promoted, especially when it is weak or threatened [emphasis added]” (Evangelium vitae 77).

In a world in which those who are most vulnerable are so often overlooked and disregarded, Christ calls us to embrace and uphold the unconditional dignity of every human life. In answering this call, we help to build “a new culture of life, the fruit of the culture of truth and of love” (EV 77). May the Holy Spirit continually renew us as we strive to faithfully defend God’s gift of life.

Acts of Reparation (Choose one.)

  • Do you love your cup of tea or coffee? Abstain from caffeine today, or try your coffee black.
  • “Unplug” for some time, and reflect on how God may be asking you to help build a culture of life in your home, workplace, or Church community.
  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further

Watching the news and reading headlines, we may often feel helpless in the face of heartbreaking lack of respect for human life. When our efforts to make a difference feel small, it’s important to remember that changing the culture is a process of conversion that begins in our own hearts. It includes a willingness to be instructed by the Holy Spirit and a desire to be close to Jesus—the source of joy and love. How to Build a Culture of Life briefly explains where to start.

Friday January 20, 2023

Todd–please pray for him as he is depressed and needs prayers.  St. Dymphna, please intercede.

Ellen–blessings for her.

C — is worried about husband’s health and has back problems of her own. Please pray they both get the help they need and grow closer to each other through it.

For all awaiting medical test results and enduring pain.

Good results from a MRI on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.

Relief from back pain.

Please pray for Melenchio, with an inoperable tumor on his mandible.

Please continue prayers for Gloria to recover from her stroke

For all suffering from spousal abuse.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

9 Days for Life Novena — Day 2: Healing After Abortion


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Day Two:

January 20, 2023

Thursday January 19, 2023

Aaron – young wife and mother of 2, recently diagnosed with 2 types of breast cancer. She is in need of prayers that the H.E.R. test is negative.

Tim — young husband and father struggling with depression. Please pray his new meds take hold quickly and reunite him with God’s peace and joy.

Please pray for the soul of Bill Nussa, whose funeral mass we celebrated today. May he rest in eternal peace. Amen. Pray also for all who mourn.

Hasib – prayers for peaceful reconciliation of marriage. Holy Family, pray for them.

Marceil – faithful loving mother in hospice.  Prayers of thanksgiving for peace and joy of family, long life, and comfort. Jesus Christ, wrap her in your loving embrace. If able, please pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for Marceil.

Berneice – prayers for complete healing and minimal pain as she recovers from a fractured wrist.

Healing and peace for those struggling with addiction and pain.

Jim — struggling with severe hip pain affecting his quality of life. Pray he will be seen by a specialist that can properly diagnose the problem and give him hope.

James — going for primary custodial care for his children who are in need of medical care. Please pray for all involved.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Lord Jesus,
by your glorious passion,
conquer the hardness of our hearts, imprisoned by hatred and selfishness;
by the power of your resurrection,
save the victims of injustice and maltreatment from their suffering;
by the fidelity of your coming,
confound the culture of death and make the triumph of life shine forth.

Wilber–in Kokomo, elderly gentleman with end stage renal disease. He and his family ware told this evening that he is dying, nothing can be done, has 2 days to 2 weeks to live.  Please pray for him and his family. Wilber said he is ready and not afraid to die. If able, please pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for Wilber.

Tom–has a tumor on his brain, pray that it is not cancerous.

Dennis & Matt–please pray for safe travels and good health as they leave for Orlando Jan. 23 and return Jan. 26.  St. Michael the Archangel, please intercede.

9 Days For Life Novena


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Day One:

January 19, 2023

Wednesday January 18, 2023

Charley — is heading back to Cincinnati today for another scope to check on the healing of her airways. Pray that the entire procedure goes well with no complications, and that she gets her voice back soon. Also pray for strength, comfort, and peace for family, especially mom.

Mary’s dad — CT scan done for spot on his lung. Meets with doctor this morning. Pray for all to go well.

Our Lady’s next blood drive is Saturday, February 11 from 8a-12:30pm in the gym.
As of this email, we still have 15 donor spots open and would love for you to promote to your family, friends, and fellow parishioners to sign up as a donor!  Signup is online on OLGH website https://olghfw.com/ministries/outreach-ministries/american-red-cross-blood-drive/, at https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=olgh, and on the signup sheets in Gather (online time entries take precedence over paper signups in Gather as online is LIVE and paper has to be manually entered when I return to work after the weekend), or you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Each blood donation can potentially save the lives of 3+ people in need!  Share your gift of time, treasure (life), and love with strangers or family members in need!

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

“Pray, hope and don’t worry. Anxiety doesn’t help at all. Our Merciful Lord will listen to your prayer.”  — Saint Padre Pio

Prayer to St. Peregrine

Glorious wonder-worker, St. Peregrine, you answered the divine call with a ready spirit and forsook all the comforts of a life of ease and all the empty honors of the world to dedicate yourself to God in the Order of His holy Mother.

You labored manfully for the salvation of souls. In union with Jesus crucified, you endured painful sufferings with such patience as to deserve to be healed miraculously of an incurable cancer in your leg by a touch of His divine hand.

Obtain for me the grace to answer every call of God and to fulfill His will in all the events of life. Enkindle in my heart a consuming zeal for the salvation of all men.  Deliver me from the infirmities that afflict my body ( especially…).  Obtain for me also a perfect resignation to the sufferings it may please God to send me, so that, imitating our crucified Savior and His sorrowful Mother, I may merit eternal glory in heaven.

St. Peregrine, pray for me and for all who invoke your aid…most especially those people who have been mentioned on our prayer line!

Please pray for team member’s daughter Barbara who has upcoming back surgery.  We ask Our Lord to guide the surgeon’s hands for a successful outcome with good healing and pain control.  Thank you for your prayers.

L and M – safe trip and relaxing vacation.

M  – for the Holy Spirit to work in her life

C – for clarity of mind.

Charley — her procedure went well today. Her airway looks good and is healing nicely and lungs were the best they’ve looked in a while. Prayers to get home soon and safely and for voice to heal completely.

Pope Francis’ January Prayer Intention — For educators
We pray that educators may be credible witnesses, teaching fraternity rather than competition and helping the youngest and most vulnerable above all.

Tuesday January 17, 2023

Caroline, 5-year-old with kidney cancer — has her toughest chemo session today. Anxiety level is high for her and her parents. Please pray for their anxiety to lessen and for the treatment to go well with no ill side effects.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Here are a few prayers you can choose from if you’d like:

“Lord Jesus,
we adore your cross
which frees us from sin, the origin of every division and evil;
we proclaim your resurrection,
which ransoms man from the slavery of failure and death;
we await your coming in glory,
which will bring to fulfillment your kingdom of justice, joy and peace.

Lord Jesus,
by your glorious passion,
conquer the hardness of our hearts, imprisoned by hatred and selfishness;
by the power of your resurrection,
save the victims of injustice and maltreatment from their suffering;
by the fidelity of your coming,
confound the culture of death and make the triumph of life shine forth.

Lord Jesus,
unite to your cross the sufferings of the many innocent victims:
the children, the elderly, and the persecuted Christians;
envelop in paschal light those who are deeply wounded:
abused persons, deprived of freedom and dignity;
let those who live in uncertainty experience the enduring constancy of your kingdom: the exiles, refugees, and those who have lost the joy of living.

Monday January 16, 2023

Please pray for M. He is going through a very hard time right now because he is probably going to lose his job.
God bless you all for your prayers.

Aaron,  he is in need of a job.  He is up for hire with 3 others for 2 positions. Has been looking for employment for a long time and is getting very discouraged.  Please St Joseph intercede for us.

Baby Ayla – she is weighing in at 3lb 10.4oz, her heart murmur is getting smaller, and today she will start on bottle feeding, learning to suck, breathe and swallow at the same time. It is a big day! Please pray that it goes well.

Carol K — parishioner of OLGH is very sick and in the hospital with possible stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Please storm heaven for this sweet lady and her family.

“He who labors as he prays lifts his heart to God with his hands.”
-St. Bernard

PRAYER FOR OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN

Each day, many young men and women risk their very lives to keep us safe. They sacrifice their time, their family life and sometimes their very lives to keep us free! Remember also, their loved ones who worry about them and have their lives put on hold while these dedicated people are away from them. Please remember these young men and women, and their loved ones, in your prayers. Lord, protect them and bring them safely home to the arms of those who love them!

Robert Ross, Patrick Gerhardstein, Tim Hinman, Lance Crawford, Michael Chandler, Kyle Wagner, John Snowball, Joe Rickman, Brodie Rice, Lee Melvin, Darcy and Curtis Carroll, Kori Melvin, Seth, Melissa Witmer, Kyle Fletcher, Noah Brown, Sacha, Mike, Cory Meeks, Joe D, Josh Hall, Jacob Tester (Navy) and Jeremy Tester (Army), Douglas Simpson, Joshua Adams, Chase Gray, Jay Kohn, Jeremy Handshoe, Justin Scheumann , Braeden, Joseph, Derek Jennings, Tom G., Natalie Riecke, Emily Schaffer, Sam Hetler, Braden Velasquez, and Cody Brown.

St. Gerard’s List

Lindsay, Sylvia, Deanna, Rosy,
Amelia, Anna, Haley, Grace,
Olivia, Felicia, Mallory, Jessica

St. Gerard, intercede for these families!

Prayer for Walking With Moms in Need Ministry

Lord Jesus, as a community we join together in praying over any mom and her family who come to our parish through the Walking With Moms In Need Ministry (WWMIN). We pray that along with any financial support we may offer, we may also surround them with Your love. Help us to minister to them in such a way that they experience the warmth of acceptance, the welcoming of community, the love of a family, and that, through us, they meet none other than You, Lord.  We also ask that You help each person we encounter to recognize and embrace his or her inherent beauty and dignity as a child of God.  We ask all this in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.

Richard – has survived 3 cancers and now has covid. He is very weak. Please pray for his healing. Also, pray for his wife.

Prayers please for Jojo, her classmates, and teachers. The recent house fire in Fremont claimed the life of Jojo’s classmate and friend. It’s such a young age to deal with loss and grief. Please pray for all, especially the families, affected by this tragedy.

Thank you.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Megan, who has been on the prayer line’s St. Gerard list as ‘trying to conceive’, is now EXPECTING TWINS! Please pray for safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery.

THANKSGIVING PRAYER

FATHER in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all GOODNESS and LOVE, please look kindly upon our family and receive our heartfelt GRATITUDE.

Thank you for all the graces and blessings. You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our FAITH and religious heritage. Our FOOD and SHELTER, our HEALTH, the LOVE we have for one another, our FAMILY and FRIENDS.

Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued GRACES and BLESSINGS throughout the days to come.

This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son and our Lord & Savior. Amen.

Mass of Christian Burial for Bill Nussa will be on Thursday, January 19, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady, with calling one hour prior. The Holy Rosary will be prayed at 10:15 at Our Lady on Thursday as well.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Please pray for his wife, Dot, his family, and for all who mourn.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

“Lord Jesus,
we adore your cross
which frees us from sin, the origin of every division and evil;
we proclaim your resurrection,
which ransoms man from the slavery of failure and death;
we await your coming in glory,
which will bring to fulfillment your kingdom of justice, joy and peace.

Sunday January 15, 2023

Bill Nussa passed away this afternoon. He was surrounded by his family.  Please pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for him and his family.

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Saturday January 14, 2023

Just a reminder to take this next minute and dedicate it to God for the good of the United States of America, our troops, our citizens and a return to a Godly nation!

Here are a few prayers you can choose from if you’d like:

“Lord Jesus,
we adore your cross
which frees us from sin, the origin of every division and evil;
we proclaim your resurrection,
which ransoms man from the slavery of failure and death;
we await your coming in glory,
which will bring to fulfillment your kingdom of justice, joy and peace.

Lord Jesus,
by your glorious passion,
conquer the hardness of our hearts, imprisoned by hatred and selfishness;
by the power of your resurrection,
save the victims of injustice and maltreatment from their suffering;
by the fidelity of your coming,
confound the culture of death and make the triumph of life shine forth.

Lord Jesus,
unite to your cross the sufferings of the many innocent victims:
the children, the elderly, and the persecuted Christians;
envelop in paschal light those who are deeply wounded:
abused persons, deprived of freedom and dignity;
let those who live in uncertainty experience the enduring constancy of your kingdom: the exiles, refugees, and those who have lost the joy of living.

Lord Jesus,
cast forth the shadow of your cross over peoples at war;
may they learn the way of reconciliation, dialogue and forgiveness;
let the peoples so wearied by bombing experience the joy of your resurrection:
raise up Iraq and Syria from devastation;
reunite your dispersed children under your gentle kingship:
sustain Christians in the Diaspora and grant them the unity of faith and love.

O Virgin Mary, Queen of peace,
you who stood at the foot of the cross,
obtain from your Son pardon for our sins;
you who never doubted the victory of his resurrection,
sustain our faith and our hope;
you who are enthroned as Queen in glory,
teach us the royal road of service and the glory of love.

Amen.”