Focus idea: Many times our prayers to God are prayers of petition. We are asking for God’s help in dealing with a personal issue that deeply troubles us. So many of these situations are not put upon us by God, or the result of our own poor choices, but simply the random and unavoidable consequences of living in an imperfect world. When something upsets us, we tend to approach prayer by asking God to make a very specific outcome happen, that is, to totally solve our problem, and relieve us of our anxiety. As Deacon John explains it, “While it is not wrong to make our desires known to God, it is a good idea to trust in God’s love for us. That means being open to His will.” Know, believe and trust that God will be our strength, and will love, support and guide us through the troubling moments in our lives! Continue reading “Prayer #3 – Prayer of Trust in God’s Love”
Focus idea: Personal prayer is a simple way of communicating with our welcoming and loving God. Fr. Doug expresses this idea so clearly, “Prayers pass from our hearts directly into His Most Sacred Heart.” It is comforting to have God in our hearts and even more comforting to know that we are in His heart!
Prayer of Appreciation for God’s Love:
O God, You see me and understand me. You know what is in me, all my thoughts and feelings, my likes and dislikes, my strengths and my
O God, You see me in my day of joy and in my day of sorrow. You sympathize with my hopes and my temptations. You are interested in
my anxieties, all the ups and downs of my life.
O God, You encompass me and carry me. You see me whether I am smiling or in tears. You look tenderly upon me, and feel the beating
of my heart.
O God, no one could ever love and understand me as much as You can. Your love for me is today, tomorrow and forever!
Closing thoughts: Continue to tell Jesus what is in your heart. He will always understand! Thank Him for your gifts and most of all, thank Him for loving you with His most sacred heart!
Focus idea: Begin by thinking of God in the person of Jesus, a human being with feelings, and a heart filled with love for each of us. You want to let Jesus get to know you better, so get ready to tell Him your worries and concerns. (Haha – He already knows them, but don’t pass up the chance for the emotional intimacy that you will experience!) Enjoy your heart to heart conversation, knowing that Jesus will understand your human anxieties. He will respond by sending you His love, peace, comfort and strength.
Prayer to Jesus:
My Jesus, my Light, my Love, my Strength, be with me now and always, in all my doubts, anxieties and trials.
Come Jesus, in hours of loneliness, weariness and grief.
Come Jesus, in failure, in loss and in disappointment.
Come Jesus, when others fail me, and when I fail myself.
Come Jesus, when I am ill, unable to work, or am depressed.
Come Jesus, in my moments of joy and exhilaration, that I may share my joys and triumphs with You, and give You thanks.
Come Jesus, now and forever, and in all things. Amen.
Closing thoughts: Tell Jesus what is in your heart. Thank Him for your gifts and most of all, thank Him for loving you with His most sacred heart!
Focus idea: Covid-19 has weakened our parish community. It has kept us from the intimacy of in-person worship, and from the personal warmth we derive from one another during parish functions. It has put us at a significant monetary loss, which will force us to make some hard choices in the foreseeable future. It forces us to work harder to get back the solidarity that we all felt, and to rebuild our finances. In Fr. Joe’s words, “We are called to show our Christian holiness by being the hands and feet of the Lord. Our challenge is before us.” This is our parish, and it is up to all of us to help in every way that we can, for God and for each other.
Prayer for the strengthening of our parish:
Dear Lord, I pray for my spiritual rejuvenation and for the rejuvenation of our parish community! Bring me strength and vitality. Satisfy my yearning for an intimate and personal relationship with You, by giving me the courage to give back to our parish and our parish family. Fill me with a burning desire to fully partake in parish life. Help me to find ways to show my gratitude for all You have given me by my service to your children. Help me to be a part of the bigger picture, and a role model for others in my community. Help me to show my faith by the way that I live my life. Help me to enthusiastically encourage my family and friends to live in Your light and Your love. Please strengthen our parish so that we may provide comfort to those in need, and share the joy that we have found in You and in one another. Amen.
Closing thoughts: Tell Jesus what is in your heart. Thank Him for your gifts and most of all, thank Him for loving you with His Most Sacred Heart!
What is an anthology? It is simply a collection. Our first parish prayer anthology will include many types of prayers. We will begin our collection with prayers that you can use to develop a relationship with God that is more personal and intimate.
Each prayer starts with a Focus Idea to give you an area to concentrate on. After the prayer will be a few closing thoughts to keep you on track. We hope you will enjoy our first anthology and grow in your prayer life.
Signup by September 1st!!
Has our current state of affairs dulled your spirit and drained your heart of its warmth and tenderness?
Life has changed, creating a sense of emotional loss. Let Jesus fill the void!
For the month of September, the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary will be presenting “Intimacy with Jesus”, a complimentary program of personal prayer. Please accept our invitation to receive a new prayer each week to engage in a daily conversation with Jesus! Our weekly themes are as follows:
- Week 1: personal healing of body, mind, soul and spirit
- Week 2: concern for the welfare of family and friends
- Week 3: humanity and the future of our world
- Week 4: personal strength, motivation and peace of mind.
Sign up by sending an email to Joyce Kobylarz, Ladies Auxiliary President at JKOBY2@AOL.COM no later than September 1st. If you are interested but have no internet access, call (973)714-6797. We hope this will be a heartwarming and spiritually enriching experience!
Fr. Vince Coppola, CSC, parochial vicar at St. Pio & Sacred Heart, is in critical condition and on a ventilator after emergency surgery yesterday related to his Crohn’s Disease. Please pray for him. – Fr. Joe
Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said of the Rosary that it is “the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the Rosary is beyond description.”
As Bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, I invite all Catholics in the Diocese of Trenton to consider making this powerful devotion part of your daily life of prayer. Please join with me in praying Our Lady’s Rosary every day between now and October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, for the many intentions and needs of our nation today, especially:
- For a true respect for life in all its stages from conception to natural death;
- For the strengthening of family life;
- For an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and for all those impacted by it;
- For a lasting resolution to the racial tensions and injustices that have too long afflicted our country;
- For an end to the violence and death in our cities, especially among the young;
- For the victims of sexual abuse and human trafficking;
- For the poor, the unemployed and those who face economic hardship, and
- For so many of the other intentions and needs that we face in our country and world.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Do you know someone who is carrying the grief of a past abortion? There is always hope. The pain and sorrow of abortion does not need to endure for a lifetime. A “Day of Prayer and Healing” offers the opportunity to experience the love and mercy of God and to respond to His invitation to begin the journey of healing the wound of abortion. For upcoming dates, locations, and confidential registration, or just to talk to a Sister, please call the Sisters of Life at (866)-575-0075 (toll free) or reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media reports have indicated significant spikes in Corona virus cases in 21 states that have re-opened or relaxed restrictions. As we approach the first weekend of public, in-church Masses, I remind the Diocese of our directions, lest there be any confusion:
- COVID-19 is still extremely contagious, especially indoors or in closed settings;
- The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday/Holy Day Masses remains in effect so that all Catholic faithful, in good conscience, are not required to be physically present in church; live-streamed Masses will continue in most parishes;
- Anyone who is sick or at risk should not come to church; that is not punitive but, rather, common sense and an act of charity toward your neighbors
- All parishes are expected to abide by occupancy and other regulations of the Diocese with care;
- Masks must be worn (no exceptions), physical contact of any kind must be avoided, social distancing must be practiced, proper sanitation must be observed at all public, in church Masses;
- Before attending public, in church Masses, the Catholic faithful are asked to consider any possible health and safety risks involved.
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