Papal Prayers to Our Lady

Pope Francis will be reciting these two prayers at the end of the Rosary during the Month of May.  He has asked us to join him in spiritual union in reciting both prayers after we pray the Rosary.

First Prayer

O Mary,
You shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the foot of the cross,
were united with Jesus’ suffering,
and persevered in your faith.

“Protectress of the Roman people”,
you know our needs,
and we know that you will provide,
so that, as at Cana in Galilee,
joy and celebration may return
after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us.
For he took upon himself our suffering,
and burdened himself with our sorrows
to bring us, through the cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions in our necessities,but deliver us always
from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

 

Second Prayer

“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.

In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.

Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.

Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.

Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.

Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.

Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.

Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.

Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.

Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.

To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

Celebration of the Blessed Mother in May

Dear Friends,

 This coming week there are two important items worthy of your attention and for the benefit of the faithful throughout the Diocese. They both involve the unique place given to the Blessed Mother during the month of May.
  1. The President of the USCCB, Archbishop Gomez, will re-consecrate the United States to Mary, Mother of the Church on Friday, May 1 at 3 pm (our time). This special event is sponsored by the USCCB and they are producing the worship aids and plans. When they are made available I will be sure to distribute them to you as well as give you further information on how the Diocese of Harrisburg and our parishes will be able to participate in this event.
  2. The Holy Father, Pope Francis, issued a letter on the Holy Rosary this morning. It can be found in its entirety in a variety of languages here: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2020/04/25/0245/00535.html . In the letter, the Holy Father urges us to “rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home.” Pastors are asked to invite their parishioners to pray the Rosary at home as family units during the month of May with the particular intentions of uniting us further as a spiritual family and overcoming the current pandemic. The Holy Father offers two prayers that may be used to conclude the Rosary during this time, inspired by the Sub Tuum Praesidium, a most ancient Marian devotion. You are encouraged to pray the Rosary via livestream during the month of May – perhaps prior to or following daily and/or Sunday Mass; or, at another convenient time. This is a beautiful opportunity to catechize on the origins and power of the Holy Rosary as well as to deepen our reflections on the mysteries of the Lord and our Lady that are contained therein. There are so many beautiful meditations on the mysteries of the Rosary that move beyond a perfunctory repetition of prayers and help lead us into deeper meditation on the mysteries of our redemption.

A brief list of resources for the Holy Rosary (you may know of others):

  1. A simple guide on “how to pray”: http://www.kofc.org/en/resources/cis/devotionals/4772.pdf
  2. Apostolic Letter of St John Paul II on the Rosary: http://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/apost_letters/2002/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_20021016_rosarium-virginis-mariae.html
  3. Meditations from St John Paul II Society: https://www.stjohnpaul.org/rosary-meditations/
  4. Meditations by Archbishop Fulton Sheen: https://traditionalcatholicprayers.com/2019/11/14/fulton-sheens-meditations-on-the-15-mysteries-of-the-rosary/

On another note: There are many questions regarding the gradual lifting of restrictions for public worship and the use of our churches. As these decisions are made you will be notified. Thank you for your patience.

In His Heart,

Father Brommer

Fr. Joshua R Brommer

Pastor & Rector Cathedral Parish of Saint Patrick
Director of the Office for Divine Worship

Catholic Resources

Below is a series of links to help the faithful through the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Resources from the Harrisburg Diocese Resource Page.

Catholic Prayers

Magnificat–Free liturgical resources, prayers, songs, and daily readings

Magnifikid–free access to download the colorful Sunday missalette for children ages 6-12.

Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during the Coronavirus pandemic 

Catholic Daily Reflections

Best Catholic Podcasts

Father Roderick Podcast–the Geek Priest

The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast

Catholic Church Teachings

 

 

CCD News

Calendar Briefs

Saturday, February 15 — 8th Grade Rite of Enrollment at 4:30 Mass

Sunday, February 16 — 2nd Grade Parent Meeting on the Holy Eucharist (9:15 AM) in the Parish Center.

Sunday, February 23 — Stations of the Cross in the church

Wednesday, February 26 — Ash Wednesday

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER? – Cancellations will be posted on WGAL TV, as well as parents contacted by email/text and/or phone. If time allows, it will be posted on the parish website.

 

IMPORTANT FORMS:

2019-20 Student Registration Form

2019-20 Family Registration Form

Emergency Medical Authorization Form

 

 

Please register your children.

Children preparing for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and for Confirmation must have two years in the program before receiving the sacraments along with Mass attendance.

Clare Crone, CCD Coordinator,
ccronecrestjoe@gmail.com