Monday – Friday: 6:55 a.m.
Sunday: 7:35 a.m.
Monday – Friday: 7:15 a.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m.
Monday – Sunday: 4:45 p.m.
Except Tuesday: Private
Second Sunday of each month: 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Every Friday afternoon: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Week of March 20:
Loving God, through the prophet Isaiah, you told us that when we pass through raging waters we will not drown and when we walk through burning fires we will not be burned. During this Lenten season, wash away from us all that we do not need spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Let the fire of your love set our hearts ablaze with love for you and for our neighbors, near and far, that we may be prepared to joyfully celebrate your resurrection at Easter. Amen.
Week of March 13:
speak to my listening heart in this desert time of Lent.
Let me hear your voice.
Hold my heart, O God, lovingly close to your own
as I quietly sit in your extravagant love,
so freely given.
Week of March 6:
As the crocus bloom and the jonquils dance in the breeze, we are aware Spring is almost here. As we enter Lent which is often called the Spring Time of the Church Year, may we seek to let good deeds bloom and kind thoughts dance as our acts of planting and cultivating ways to bring new life to our mind and heart during these 40 Days. Come Holy Spirit, fill our hearts renew our minds!
Week of February 27:
O God, you invite us into relationship with you. Entering into any relationship calls us to change. Give us the ability to listen deeply to what you desire to change in us and the courage to do it. We know you never ask us to do anything alone. You are with us always. Amen.
Week of February 20:
O God, we ask your protection for immigrants and refugees. May we who live in safety recognize them as our brothers and sisters in Christ and always reach out to them in the spirit of biblical hospitality. Expand our hearts and open our minds. Help us to realize that when we welcome the stranger or immigrant we welcome Jesus who was once exiled from his country. Amen.
Week of February 13:
Most gracious God, your mercy is boundless and always available to us. We are your children and you call us to mercy. Help us always to remember that sharing mercy to others is showing mercy to you. The way we treat others is the way we treat you. Help us to be merciful. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Week of February 6:
Merciful God, we come to you in this time of need. We cannot help ourselves as we are weak and in need of your power and goodness. Our lives are filled with greed and selfishness so that we do not reach out to the poor and helpless. We ask you now to change our hearts. Convert us from selfishness and greed to love and generosity. Make us into a people who see all as brothers and sisters, who stand up for righteousness and justice and seek to build a world of peace, harmony and justice for all. We ask this in the name of your son and our brother. Amen.
Week of January 30:
Loving and Merciful God, let your face shine on us in these days of the transfer of governmental power in our country. Grant wisdom, knowledge and humility to those elected to lead us. Bestow on them a thirst for peace and justice so the poor will be fed, the homeless sheltered and refugees and immigrants welcomed. Grant to us, the governed, the gifts of the Spirit that we may be true disciples of Christ, that we may be light for the world, unafraid to let our light shine. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Week of January 23:
Our country seems so divided.
There is so much tension and unrest.
May we, as a people, invite you into
that tension and unrest.
Only you, O God, can calm our fears
and give us peaceful hearts.
Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen.
Week of January 16:
“Remember your compassion, O Lord, and your merciful love.” Psalms 24
Lord, as you did with the Ninivites, show compassion to us, also.
Week of January 9 (The Baptism of the Lord):
Gracious God, you love us so much that you became one of us in the person of your son, Jesus. During this Christmas season, may we strive to become more and more like him and see the world through his eyes. Give us peaceful hearts and allow that peace to radiate outward to those near and far from us. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Lover of Us All. Amen.
Week of January 2:
God of endless ages, our hearts are filled with wonder at your nearness to us in Jesus. As we celebrate his birthday, we remember him cradled by Mary and Joseph, warmed by animals, adored by both simple folk and royal sages. Open our hearts to receive his light, and may our lives reflect the peace he came to bring to the world. We make our prayer in his name, Jesus, our brother forever and ever. Amen.
Week of December 26: (Feast of the Holy Family)
Loving God, you gave us an example of family life in the holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Bless all families and help them to know that they, too, are holy. Strengthen those who are strong and happy and help them to continue to grow in love for you and each other. Bless those hurting and troubled families and lead them to reconciliation and peace. We pray for your honor and glory, O God, in the name of Jesus and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Week of December 19: (Fourth Week of Advent):
O come, o come Emmanuel! As we once again sing our favorite Advent song, let us deepen in our hearts the true meaning of these weeks leading up to Christmas. We are planning a “homecoming” celebration for you, Brother Jesus, who promised long ago you would return to take us with you. Let us not get so caught up in decorating, gifting, and partying that we overlook the ways we can prepare our hearts and spirits for your arrival. What a joy these days can be, celebrating you in history, mystery and majesty. Come Emmanuel, come!
Week of December 12 (Third Week of Advent):
O God, as we begin this third week of Advent, we hear John the Baptist sending his disciples to Jesus to ask if he is to be the Savior. Jesus told them to look at the signs.
Loving God, help me to always live in the awareness of the present moment so as not to miss the signs of the coming of the Savior in our midst today. Give me the courage to take my eyes off myself and to focus on Jesus, our way, our truth and our light. Amen.
Isaiah dares to sing:
“On that day, a shoot shall sprout…
And from his roots a bud shall blossom…
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain…”
God our Maker, give us courage to bear the message of John:
“Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down!”
Must we allow the Christ to assess the orchard we have loved?
What does He plan for our barren, old trees?
Can we bear to watch the ruthless ax, so sharp and biting?
Our comfortable, familiar ways; favored programs and projects,
Hallowed institutions, pieties, promises,
Strategies and securities;
These lovely trees we planted in tidy rows, and for some years enjoyed a delicious bounty.
But we forgot: no tree lives forever, and long before it dies, it fails to bear.
We peer along the orchard rows and count the stumps.
But “wood hath hope” goes an old song,
And our orchard hath a worker whose wisdom is far wider than our human scope.
He cuts and clears and carts away the brush, but working, he sings Isaiah’s song,
audacious dream of Creation restored:
children play without fear, prey and predators are transformed,
old enemies eat contentedly side by side by side,
Amazed, the old dry stump sets forth
a fresh green shoot, already in bloom.
The very trees for which we mourned,
grow green again under his purpose.
The blossom already bears the promise of fruit.
See, He is doing something new!
God our Lover, plant your vision within us,
that we too may sing with hope among the barren stumps,
and trust in new sprouts,
and dare to dream of future good fruits.
(Written by Ursuline Sister Larraine Lauter)
Week of November 28 (First week of Advent):
O God, most Holy, you fulfill your covenant with me by sending Your very best and only begotten Son, Jesus, born of Mary. Now, I begin anew to prepare for the celebration of God-with-us, our Emmanuel. Advent begins when I acknowledge my need for You-with-me.
As I journey during this Advent, I pause. I reflect on the Great Advent yet to come: Jesus will return in glory. Will I be ready for that final judgment? Will I take time these four weeks to prepare my heart?
This short window of Advent time is your gift, O Creator God! Help me with your grace to make times to reflect, to listen, to be surprised by joy, gratitude, beauty, and caring! Teach me to surprise others when they see these graces in me and in themselves. You are Emmanuel.
Thank you, Loving God, for the gift of time, this time, today and these days anticipating your coming and leading up to the undervalued Christmas season from the Incarnation to the Epiphany and Jesus’ own Baptism! Thank you for keeping Your promise of salvation.
Week of November 21:
Who are you, God?
You are a presence.
unseen but perceptible.
You are light, too bright
for human eyes.
You are breath that takes
my breath away.
You are stillness so quiet
that a faint whisper is too loud.
You are a profound peace that I
want to breathe in and then breathe
out to all the world.
You are within our reach but untouchable.
O when will I see your face?
Week of November 15: My God, you are a God of great mercy and you care for all your people. Look upon us now. See how we are in need of your mercy. Open our hearts and the hearts of all people. Help us to recognize how we have fallen from your way, how we seek material things over spiritual, how we want more and more for ourselves and neglect the less fortunate. Help us change our desires and our choices and seek forgiveness. Help us take up our cross as Jesus did and in doing so become people of mercy toward others. With trusting hearts we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Week of November 7: “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.” -St. Mother Teresa
Week of October 31: O God, the scene of the crucifixion of your son brings us all to our knees in sorrow and repentance. Yet you continue to be crucified today in so many ways – in children who are neglected and abused, in women who are trafficked and in the poor who are hungry and homeless. Touch the hearts of all of us who witness these modern day crucifixions as we watch the news or see them in our own neighborhoods. Lead us into action in whatever way we can serve. For some of us it may be a donation of money. For others it may be active service. Help us to recognize that when we serve the least among us we serve you and are doing our part to help redeem the world. Amen.
Week of October 24: O God, we are your people, broken but loved. Thank you for those broken parts of us because it is our brokenness that makes us realize our need for you and beckons us to draw near to your great and loving heart. Make us strong in our brokenness and empower us to be wounded healers. Amen.
Week of October 17: “We need to find God, and God cannot be
found in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence;
see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…
We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
Saint Mother Teresa
Week of October 10: Gracious God, you made us in your image so we belong to you. You invite us to follow you, to be your disciples and to lead others to follow you. Strengthen our faith and courage. Help us to know you are always present with us, supporting us with your grace. Teach us to live your gospel by our lives and never grow fainthearted. Fill us with trust in your promises and to embrace your Word with generous hearts. Bless us with the grace of perseverance in following Christ through death to new life. Amen. (Written by Sister Mary Irene Cecil, OSU)
Week of October 3: Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
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 that we are born to eternal life.
Week of September 26: Loving God, we rejoice as the heat of the summer gives way to the cool crispness of autumn. Thank you for the seasons that remind us life is ever changing and give us the grace to be flexible to your invitation to change. Thank you for the steadfastness of your love that never changes but keeps u close to you, the one who calls us Beloved. In gratitude we pray.
Week of September 19: Our Mother of Sorrows, you endured the terrible torment and brutal crucifixion of your precious son – the Son of God! Today, please bring the comfort, strength and peace to the mothers whose children, in city after city, die by violence, yes, and those whose sons and daughters never return from wars – that only our Triune God can – through your plea. Your reaction was non-violent, help all grieving parents to turn away from violence! Help them to discover peace brings a healing that more violence never will. Amen.
Week of September 12: O God, you created us and proclaimed us good. Give us eyes to see the goodness in every person, regardless of race, creed or nationality. We are all your children, brothers and sisters to each other. Help us to be generous in supporting those nearby and may those far off feel the loving support of our prayer for them. Be with us all, Loving God, as we celebrate your life within us. Amen.
Week of September 6: O God, when you created us you blew into us your own breath and filled us with your life. Make us aware of your breath within us and empower us to breathe life and love into all those around us that need your healing and wholeness. Amen.
Week of August 29: Loving God, your son Jesus so often stood in the midst of his disciples and said, “Peace.” That is his desire for all people today. When I watch the news or read the newspaper I am aware of how lacking peace is in our world. We, the modern day disciples, are called to be peacemakers, however we often feel helpless. Breathe anew your life into us, fill us with encouragement and hope and give us the grace to be peaceful in our own hearts and to spread peace to those around us. Amen.
Week of August 22: O God, you desire peace and harmony for all of us. Today we pray for all those places in our world that are torn by the ravages of war. Bless especially the people of Aleppo, Syria who are besieged by so much terror and war. Touch the hearts of those who wage war and convert them to your ways of peace. We pray in the name of Jesus who came to bring peace to all people. Amen.
Week of August 15: In Laudato Si , Pope Francis tells us, “Soil, water, mountains, everything is, as it were, a caress of God”. Let us respect and protect all nature. We are told 20 percent of plants are becoming extinct – they are so important for our food and medicines. May we grow each day in our efforts to value and preserve all these gifts of our Creator, whether, human, animal, plant, water or mineral – in other words – let us “caress” them in return. Hear us, O Spirit of God and guide us. Amen.
Week of August 8: Thank you, God, Father, Son and Spirit, for all those who share their gifts with us that we may continue our ministry to women and children – and – to all those men our efforts affect. Grant them the grace, peace, health, prosperity and happiness necessary to meet the challenges of each day. Reward them for their generosity that makes them partners in our service. We offer this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Week of August 1: Mother Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, your loving care never ceases and never fails. We think of all the times the Boy Jesus came to you tugging on your robe to do this, help him with that… Then when he grew to manhood and went about his ministry, often challenging the Scribes and Pharisees, you knew he was headed for trouble and would need your “perpetual” help. Thank you for hearing my prayer today for ____________.
Week of July 25: Our Lady, Un-doer of Knots, our family, our nation, our world leaders, and yes, I, myself can get into complicated disagreements that seem to have no solution. Then it appears that the stronger, richer, more violent side will prevail. Heaven only knows how many conflicts have been peacefully settled through your intervention and intercession. Holy Mary, today I come to you to ask that you undo the knot of ___________. Mother of God, pray for us sinners! Amen. (Written by Sister Mary Agnes VonderHaar, OSU)
Week of July 18: Our Lady of Prompt Succor, there are times we believe we need help “right now,” so we come to you and ask you to intercede for us so your Son will grant our request very soon. Being a Mother, you know well how children can request many, many things. Thank you for your loving care and concern. Please help [state your intention] at this time. Amen. (Written by Sister Mary Agnes VonderHaar, OSU)
Week of July 11:
GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
As the Community gathers in the days ahead
to pray and discern, we call on you,
Spirit of the Living God.
Gift us with your WISDOM –
that we may search for
what is true and life-giving;
Gift us with your UNDERSTANDING –
that we may be open to
the desires and needs of all;
Gift us with your COUNSEL –
that the advice and directions offered
will guide us in our pursuit of holiness;
Gift us with your FORTITUDE –
that we may continue to seek
an end to torture and human trafficking;
Gift us with your KNOWLEDGE –
that we may seek to discover ever
new ways to fulfill our Charism;
Gift us with your PIETY –
that our faith, hope and love
will grow and be shared;
Gift us with your AWE –
that we may grow in our awareness,
belief, and amazement
at the individual love of our Triune God.
Week of July 5: Lord, our God, shine your light on our darkness. Give us strength to choose life over death. Fill our lives and our world with the peace that only you can give. Help us to share peace among ourselves, in and around us so that our world may come to be a peaceful kingdom on earth. Hold us in your arms of peace both now and in eternity. Amen. (Written by Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU)
Week of June 27: “Lord, I cried to you for help. You listened and had pity” (Psalms 30). Lord, help me remember that you always answer my prayer for help. Maybe it’s not what I expect, but you help me in other ways, too. (Written by Sister Mary Angela Matthews, OSU)
Week of June 20: Loving and Merciful God, we are your people who stand in great need of your mercy. You have made us for love, yet there is so much hate in our world. You have made us for yourself, yet we seek riches rather than you. You have made us for your kingdom, yet even as we pray “Thy kingdom come” we set up our own kingdoms of earthly possessions.
We ask you, Lord, hear our prayer for help. Change our hearts and minds. Make us see your desires for us and let us seek them with all our hearts. We pray in the name of Jesus our brother. Amen. (Written by Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU)
Week of June 13: Jesus took on our fragile flesh and made of it a temple for the living God. Jesus, I am your temple, and so is everyone around me! Help me treat others like I would try to treat you. (Written by Sister Mary Angela Matthews, OSU)
Week of June 6: Jesus, I need you today! Renew my strength and heal me with your grace. Lord, your grace helps me do what is above my strength. Let me always count on you. Thank you for your faithfulness to me. (Written by Sister Mary Angela Matthews, OSU)
Week of May 31: Jesus, you hold the key to everlasting life. Help us to turn to you in our times of suffering and pain. We believe your rising from the dead can restore life to all those places in our life that yearn for resurrection. We pray in the name of Christ, our risen Lord. Amen. (Written by Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU)
Week of May 23: O God, we who have a stable life and a secure dwelling often forget those who are not as blessed as we. When I read the newspaper of watch the news on television, I am reminded of how many of my sisters and brothers are immigrants looking for a safe home and meaningful work. So many of them are parents whose greatest desire is to give their children what they need to feel secure and to have an opportunity to develop their God given potential.
So I pray, Loving God, touch our hearts with compassion and empower all of us who live in security to find ways to welcome our struggling brothers and sisters and share the blessings you have given us. Amen. (Written by Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU)
Week of May 16: Loving God, with our Mother Angela we take refuge at the feet of Jesus and ask that you light up the darkness of our heart. Give us the grace we need to help us look within and confront the darkness we find. May we generously receive the good you know we need. Make us your true servants. Amen. (Written by Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU)
Week of May 9: Jesus, you know what it is like to be a homeless immigrant. You were born in a stable in Bethlehem far away from your home in Nazareth. You know what it is like to flee from your home in order to save your life. Mary and Joseph had to flee to Egypt to avoid your death by Herod who sought to kill you. You know what it is like to be vulnerable in a strange land. Convert our hearts and help us to welcome those who are crossing our borders today. May we see you in them and welcome them as we would welcome you. We pray in your name. Amen. (Written by Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU)
Week of May 2: God of Resurrection, you promised everlasting life to those who believe. May we experience the power of your Spirit who dwells within us. May we have the courage to respond to your call to become yhour disciples and to boldly proclaim the good news of the gospel in word and action. We ask this in the name of Jesus our risen savior. Amen. (Written by Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU)
Week of April 25: Lord Jesus, after your death and resurrection, knowing that you were returning to the Father, you told the apostles, “I will be with you a little while longer.” Yet you did not leave us orphans. You found a way to be with us even today. You gave us the Eucharist as food and you called us to be your Body, the Church on earth in these days. Help us to grow in understanding this responsibility and to follow this call in sincerity and truth. Teach us to trust in your promise to be with us and show us the way. Send your Spirit to guide us. Amen. (Written by Sister Mary Irene Cecil, OSU)
Week of April 18: God, you promised to give us a new heart and a new spirit. With confidence I ask you to melt away any hardness that is in my heart. Replace it with gentleness, kindness and mercy. May I see you in the face of every person I meet today and treat them as you would treat them. May I live the gospel message not only in my words but also in my actions. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen. (Written by Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU)
Week of April 11: God of rainbows, sunsets and starry skies, help us to recognize you in the beauty of creation. It is our privilege to live and walk on this earth. It is our duty and responsibility to care for the earth and all creation. Help us to always be attentive to how we use what you have given us and to do all we can to protect the earth for future generations. We pray in the name of the Blessed and Undivided Trinity. Amen. (Written by Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU)
Week of April 4: God of quiet and God of action, speak to my listening heart. Help me to know when it is time to sit quietly in contemplation and when it is time for action. Help me to recognize that you are in both. Thank you for your faithfulness to me. Help me to witness your faithful love to my sisters and brothers. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen. (Written by Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU)
Week of March 28: “To be merciful means to grow in Love,
which is courageous, generous and real. In this yearlong celebration of Mercy, we can discover that life together as brothers and sisters is like a great party, perhaps the most beautiful party we can imagine, the endless party that Jesus has taught us to celebrate by His Spirit. The Jubilee is the party to which Jesus invites us all, without excluding anyone.”
– Pope Francis
Loving God, teach us to understand your mercy, to be grateful for it, and to be your face of mercy for those with whom we live and work. Help us to find ways of sharing your love, especially with those among us who are most in need of it. Help us to reach out to the millions of our suffering sisters and brothers who do not have even the basic necessities of life. May we join with them in prayer for peace and mercy for all. Amen.
(Written by Sister Ruth Gehres, OSU)
Week of March 21: O God, our Lenten journey reminds us that we came from the earth and one day we will return to the earth. Have mercy on us when we do not heed your call to live your gospel message. Bring us back from all our wanderings and lead us to the feet of Jesus. We pray in the name of Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit and for your honor and glory, O God. Amen. (Written by Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU)
Week of March 14: God of mercy, grant us a peaceful heart. Lift us from the desert of darkness and temptation and draw us ever closer to you. Direct us toward the path of healing. Satisfy the longing we fail to acknowledge or recognize in our complex lives. Grace us with time and space to seek and know your presence in the people, events and encounters of this day. Open our eyes to your faithfulness and tender mercy. Amen. (Written by Sister Martha Keller, OSU)
Week of March 7: Most gracious God, your mercy is boundless and always available to us. We are your children and you call us to mercy. Help us always to remember that sharing mercy to others is showing mercy to you. The way we treat others is the way we treat you. Help us to be merciful. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen. (Written by Sister Mary Irene Cecil, OSU)
Week of Feb. 29: Heavenly Father, walk with me today, and grant that I may hear Your footsteps and gladly follow where they lead. Talk with me today, grant that I may hear Your tender Voice, and hasten to its counsel. Stay with me today, grant that I may feel Your gentle presence in all I do, say and think. Be my strength when I weaken, my courage when I fear. Help me to know that it is Your Hand holding mine throughout all the hours of this day. And when night falls, grant that I may know I rest in Your Heart. Amen. (Written by the late Sister Rita Lavigne, OSU)
Week of Feb. 22: O God, when I watch the news and see the faces of so many hungry children and parents who are distressed because they have nothing to feed them I think how terrible it is and go right back to living my comfortable lifestyle. There are times when I say that I am hungry but my hunger is nothing like that of the people of Syria. Bless those who are making efforts to feed them and all hungry people. Have mercy on all of us who fail to do all we can to follow the command of your son Jesus to feed the hungry. We cry out for mercy. Amen. (Written by Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU)
Week of Feb. 15: God of boundless mercy, spread your light on our world and all your people. We have sinned and have gone astray from your commandments and are in need of your mercy. Forgive us our sins and lead us to see all people as our brothers and sisters. Strengthen our faith and trust in your loving mercy. Make us strong where we are weak, humble where we are proud, generous where we are selfish. Teach us to follow Jesus’ example of gospel living by showing mercy to all. We ask this in gratitude for all your mercy as we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Written by Sister Mary Irene Cecil, OSU)
Week of Feb. 8: Merciful and tender God, as we approach this Lenten season give us the grace to turn our hearts to you. Have mercy on us. Strengthen us inwardly and help us to respond graciously and generously to your invitation to conversion. Help us to extend your love and mercy to all our sisters and brothers without discrimination or judgment. We ask this in the name of your son Jesus who loves us all unconditionally. Amen. (Written by Sister Marietta Wethington, OSU)