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Rosary of St. Joseph [Dec. 29th, 2008|11:53 am]
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Just thought this might be a beautiful way to get closer to the Holy Family at this time of year--the rosary of St. Joseph. You can pray it on regular rosary beads. You pray this just like the rosary, except the "Hail Mary" is replaced with the Hail, Holy Joseph:

Hail, Holy Joseph, spouse of the ever virgin Mary, foster father of God the Son, whom our Father in heaven chose to be head of the Holy Family, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

After each set of small beads, say:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Fatima Prayer:

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.

At the end of the rosary, say the Memorare of St. Joseph:

Remember, most pure spouse of Mary ever Virgin, my loving protector St. Joseph, that never has it been heard that anyone invoked your protection or besought your aid without being consoled. In this confidence I come before you; I fervently recommend myself to you. Despise not my prayer, Foster Father of the Redeemer, but graciously deign to hear it. Amen.

And these are the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries of St. Joseph:

The Joyful Mysteries

The Annunciation of Joseph. The angel of the Lord appears to Joseph in a dream saying, "Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto yourself Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Spirit." (Mt 1:20)

The Birth of Jesus. "And she brought forth her firstborn Son." (Lk 2:7) Joseph glorifies God.

The Circumcision and Naming of Jesus. "Joseph, son of David..... you shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins." (Mt 1:20-21)

The Presentation of the Baby Jesus in the Temple. "A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel... And Joseph and His mother were wondering at those things which were spoken concerning Him." (Lk 2:32-33)

The Finding of the boy Jesus in the Temple. "And when Mary and Joseph saw Him in the temple, they were amazed... And He went down with them to Nazareth and was subject to them." (Lk 2:48;51)

The Sorrowful Mysteries

Joseph's Spouse Mary is Found to Be With Child. "Joseph, her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately." (Mt 1:18-19)

The Journey to Bethlehem. "Mary, wife of Joseph, was great with child.... and there was no room for them in the inn." (Lk 2:5-7)

Joseph Flees to Egypt with Mary and Jesus. "An angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph saying: Arise, and take the child and His Mother, and fly into Egypt." (Mt 2:13)

Jesus is Lost in Jerusalem. When Joseph and Mary returned to Nazareth, "the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and His parents knew it not." (Lk 2:43)

The Death of Joseph. Having faithfully fulfilled his role in God's providence, Joseph expires in the presence of Jesus and Mary.

The Glorious Mysteries

The Glorification of St. Joseph. Joseph accompanies Jesus after His resurrection to share in Jesus' glory for all eternity and become our intercessor.

St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church. As he once cherished, nurtured and protected the Son of God, St. Joseph now continues his guidance and protection of His Mystical Body on earth, the Church.

St. Joseph, Patron of the Sick and Suffering. As he suffered on earth, St. Joseph offers comfort and peace to those infirmed with illness and suffering.

St. Joseph, Protector of Families. As head of the Holy Family, St. Joseph blesses and intercedes for all Christian families that they also may become holy families in the sight of God.

St. Joseph, Patron of a Holy Death. As he died in the presence and care of Jesus and Mary, St. Joseph will obtain for us that same blessed privilege at our passage from this life to eternity.
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The Only Person Pre-announced [Dec. 23rd, 2008|08:43 am]
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Litany of the Infant Jesus [Dec. 23rd, 2008|08:29 am]
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I love praying litanies because they help me to meditate on God's attributes....here is a beautiful one to pray privately before Christmas Mass:

Litany Of The Infant Jesus

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

God the Father of heaven. Have mercy on us (Repeat after)
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world.
God, the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, one God,
Infant, Jesus Christ,
Infant, Son of the living God,
Infant, Son of the Virgin Mary,
Infant, strong in weakness,
Infant, powerful in tenderness,
Infant, treasure of grace,
Infant, fountain of love,
Infant, renewer of the heavens,
Infant, repairer of the evils of earth,
Infant, head of the Angels,
Infant, root of the Patriarchs,
Infant, speech of Prophets,
Infant, desire of the Gentiles,
Infant, joy of shepherds,
Infant, light of the Magi,
Infant, salvation of infants,
Infant, expectation of the just,
Infant, instructor of the wise,
Infant, first-fruits of all Saints,

Be merciful, Spare us, O Infant Jesus,
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Infant Jesus,

From the slavery of children of Adam, Infant Jesus, Deliver us.(Repeat)
From the evil desires of the Flesh,
From the malice of the world,
From the pride of life,
From the inordinate desire of knowing,
From the blindness of spirits,
From an evil will,
From our sins,
Through Your most pure Conception,
Through Your most humble Nativity,
Through Your tears,
Through Your most painful Circumcision,
Through Your most glorious Epiphany,
Through Your most pious Presentation,
Through Your most Divine Life,
Through Your poverty,
Through Your many sufferings,
Through Your labors and travels,

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Infant Jesus.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Infant Jesus.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us, O Infant Jesus.
Jesus, Infant, hear us.
Jesus, Infant, graciously hear us,

Let us pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, You were pleased so to humble Yourself in Your incarnate Divinity and most sacred Humanity, as to be born in time and become a little child. Grant that we may acknowledge infinite wisdom in the silence of a child, power in weakness, and majesty in humiliation. Adoring Your humiliations on earth, may we contemplate Your glories in heaven, Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lived and reign forever. Amen.
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Prayer For Today [Nov. 14th, 2008|09:07 am]
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Dear Lord, I thank You for this day,
I thank You for my being able to see
and to hear this morning.
I'm blessed because You are
a forgiving God and
an understanding God.

You have done so much for me
and You keep on blessing me.
Forgive me this day for everything
I have done, said or thought
that was not pleasing to you.

I ask now for Your forgiveness.
Please keep me safe
from all Danger and harm.

Help me to start this day
with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude.
Let me make the best of each and every day
to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.

Please broaden my mind
that I can accept all things.
Let me not whine and whimper
over things I have no control over.
And give me the best response
when I'm pushed beyond my limits.

I know that when I can't pray,
You listen to my heart.
Continue to use me to do Your will.
Continue to bless me that I may be
a blessing to others.

Keep me strong that I may help the weak...
Keep me uplifted that I may have
words of encouragement for others.
I pray for those that are lost
and can't find their way.

I pray for those that are misjudged
and misunderstood.
I pray for those who
don't know You intimately.
I pray for those that will delete this
without sharing it with others
I pray for those that don't believe.

But I thank You that I believe
that God changes people and
God changes things.
I pray for all my sisters and brothers.
For each and every family member
in their households.
I pray for peace, love and joy
in their homes; that they are out of debt
and all their needs are met.

I pray that every eye that reads this
knows there is no problem, circumstance,
or situation greater than God.
Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight.

Jesus, I trust in you.
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Holy Pictures [Sep. 1st, 2008|09:26 am]
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A few holy pictures from some old Polish prayer books that I thought I'd share:

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Mass [Sep. 1st, 2008|12:30 am]
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Just thought this was pretty special--from an early 1950s Missal:

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great new catholic website [Jun. 17th, 2008|09:09 pm]
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put together by my friend, Josh LeBlanc, who also runs cybercatholics.com and is part of the catholicunderground.com crew, here's a great site about JPII's Theology of the Body

check it out!  http://tob.catholicexchange.com/ 

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Litany of St. Pio [Jun. 10th, 2008|12:22 pm]
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Found here: http://www.padrepiodevotions.org/index.asp?pagename=litany

The Litany of St. Pio

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, pray for us.
Holy man of God, pray for us.
Faithful servant of the Father, pray for us.
Representative of the Son, pray for us.
Vessel of the Holy Spirit, pray for us.
Victim of Divine Love, pray for us.
Blessed recipient of the mystical espousal, pray for us.
Beloved spiritual son of the Virgin, pray for us.
Fervent promoter of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
Lover of the Holy Mysteries, pray for us.
Devoted Son of Mary, pray for us.
Holy priest of God, pray for us.
Dispenser of God's Sacraments, pray for us.
Sanctified in God's grace, pray for us.
Consecrated to God, pray for us.
Fortified by His love, pray for us.
Lover of the Eucharist, pray for us.
Defender and lover of the truth, pray for us.
Champion of the faith, pray for us.
Humble friar of prayer, pray for us.
Great intercessor of God, pray for us.
Dispenser of God's love and mercy, pray for us.
Chaste lover of purity, pray for us.
Lover of poverty, pray for us.
Seraphic son of St. Francis, pray for us.
Man of true Franciscan spirit, pray for us.
Friend of the holy angels, pray for us.
Hope of God's people, pray for us.
God's vessel of healing of body and spirit, pray for us.
Testament of God's word, pray for us.
God's servant of grace, pray for us.
Wounded victim of Christ, pray for us.
Loving bearer of the Passion of Our Lord, pray for us.

Almighty Father, in Your great Love and Mercy, You gave us your
faithful servant, St. Pio of Pietrelcina. May we experience Your
help and grace in our present need through his intercession. Amen.
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Ascension Thursday [Apr. 30th, 2008|07:42 am]
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just curious how many folks' parishes are moving Ascension Thursday to the following Sunday? 

i'm relatively sure ours is, since there was no annoucement of the holy day of obligation in our bulletin, but i'll check with Fr. Chris tonight to be sure.

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Pentecost is coming [Apr. 29th, 2008|07:54 pm]
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In preparation of Pentecost--if anyone was looking to pray a novena to the Holy Spirit or looking for some great prayers to the Holy Spirit as we approach the feast of Pentecost:

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