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Lent - We're in This Together

Make the Lenten practices of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving a meaningful reality in your life by:
  1. Uniting yourself with the spiritual journey of the Catechumens and Candidates who will be fully joined to the Church at the Easter Vigl.
  2. Learning from and praying with the Saints.
  3. Offering your sufferings and sacrifices as a gift to ease the burdens of others and the suffering of those in purgatory.
To help you pray with the Saints, Fr. Rob has suggested that parish families choose 6 different prayers from the Saints to use throughout these next 6 weeks of Lent.  Here are Fr. Rob's choices:

Week 1 (March 5-11) St. Padre Pio – Prayer of Trust and Confidence

Week 2 (March 12-18) St. Therese of Lisieux

Week 3 (March 19-25) St. Ignatius of Loyola

Week 4 (March 26-April 1) St. Francis de Sales

Week 5 (April 2-8) St. Catherine of Siena

Week 6 (April 9-15) St. Augustine

Holy Week/Triduum (April 16-19) St. Andrew, the Apostle

Week 1 (March 5-11) St. Padre Pio – Prayer of Trust and Confidence

O Lord, we ask for a boundless confidence and trust in Your divine mercy, and the courage to accept the crosses and sufferings which bring immense goodness to our souls and that of Your Church.
Help us to love You with a pure and contrite heart, and to humble ourselves beneath Your cross, as we climb the mountain of holiness, carrying our cross that leads to heavenly glory.
May we receive You with great faith and love in Holy Communion, and allow You to act in us, as You desire, for Your greater glory.
O Jesus, most adorable heart and eternal fountain of Divine Love, may our prayer find favor before the Divine Majesty of Your Heavenly Father. Amen.

Week 2 (March 12-18) St. Therese of Lisieux

Divine Jesus,
Listen to my prayer.
By my love I want to make You rejoice.
You know well,
I want to please You alone.
Deign to grant my most ardent desire.
I accept the trials of this sad exile
To delight You and to console Your heart.
But change all my works to love,
O my Spouse, my Beloved Saviour.
It's Your love Jesus, that I crave
it's Your love that has to transform me.
Put in my heart Your consuming flame,
And I'll be able to bless You and love You
As they do in Heaven.
I'll love You with that very love.
With which You have loved me, Jesus Eternal Word.
Divine Saviour, at the end of my life
come get me with out the shadow of a delay.
Ah! show me Your infinite tenderness
And the sweetness of Your Divine gaze.
With love, Oh! may Your voice call me,
Saying: come, all is forgiven.
Come rest on My heart, My faithful spouse,
you have greatly loved Me.
You could also pray a Novena for the Feast of the Annunciation - begin on March 16th.

Week 3 (March 19-25) St. Ignatius of Loyola

Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous,
to serve You as You deserve:
to give without counting the cost,
to fight needless of the wounds,
to work and not seek for rest,
to toil and not seek for reward,
save the reward of knowing I am doing Your will.

Amen.

Week 4 (March 26-April 1) St. Francis de Sales 

Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life;
rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise,
God, whose very own you are,
will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will carry you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same understanding Father who cares for
you today will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
OR St. Teresa of Avila
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices

Week 5 (April 2-8) St. Catherine of Siena

Eternal God, eternal Trinity,
You have made the Blood of Christ so precious
through His sharing in Your Divine nature.
You are a mystery as deep as the sea;
the more I search, the more I find,
and the more I find the more I search for You.
But I can never be satisfied;
what I receive will ever leave me desiring more.
When You fill my soul I have an ever-greater hunger,
and I grow more famished for Your light.
I desire above all to see You,
the true light,
as you really are.

Week 6 (April 9-15) St. Augustine

For Your mercies' sake, O Lord my God,
tell me what You are to me.
Say to my soul: "I am your salvation."
So speak that I may hear, O Lord;
my heart is listening;
open it that it may hear You,
and say to my soul: "I am your salvation."
After hearing this word,
may I come in haste to take hold of you.
Hide not Your face from me.
Let me see Your face even if I die,
lest I die with longing to see it.
The house of my soul is too small to receive You;
let it be enlarged by You.
It is all in ruins;
do You repair it.
There are thing in it,
I confess and I know,
that must offend Your sight.
But who shall cleanse it?
Or to what others besides You shall I cry out?
From my secret sins cleanse me, O Lord,
and from those of others spare your servant.
Amen.

Holy Week/Triduum (April 16-19) St. Andrew, the Apostle

O good cross,
made beautiful by the body of the Lord,
long have I desired thee,
ardently have I loved thee,
unceasingly have I sought thee,
and now thou art ready for my eager soul.
Receive me from among men and restore me to my Master,
so that He, who redeemed me through thee,
shalt receive me through thee.
Amen.
 

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