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Fr. Vic Gournas

The beginning of November is "Vocation Awareness Week."

I would like to remind ALL that each of us is called personally by our Lord, and to each He gives a vocation which we live out daily for His Holy Name.

 

The Family is the Domestic Church and the first place where we learn to live in a communion of persons. The family is an icon of the Trinity where the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are in full communion and relationship. God desires via His grace to give to each family in Christ, the means to live this out as a witness of His love for each of us, and of the world. Without healthy families imitating the selfless sacrificial love of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we see a decline in societies and within the church, of our God given vocations that raise up a fallen world.

Prayer 1:  {click to print}

God our Father, you created us in your image, desiring us to be united in a loving community. You give each of us a family to help us to grow and learn to love You and each other, so that one day we may be perfectly united to you in Heaven.

Help us to discover and to live the vocations to which you are calling us. Give us Grace to support each other in this discovery, to promote each others well being and happiness, knowing that we are happiest following your call. May this family imitate the unity of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, so that each member might be a shining witness to the world of your Love. AMEN

Below is a Family Prayer 2 for vocations and a link to a simple list of the 4 Vocations. Remember that within Marriage, each Spouse has a specific Vocation as a Father and Mother to the children. If you are single, then your job is to pray for your children and get them to heaven. I might add that as a Father and Mother, your vocation is to get EACH OTHER TO HEAVEN...AMEN.

Prayer 2: {click to print}

A Family Prayer for Vocations

Father, increase our family’s love for one another. May we honor each other in times of happiness or hardship, bearing with one another in love, just as You love us.

 

In a special way, help us strive for holiness in our current states of life. Should you call some of us to the priesthood or religious life, help us to respond with courage and joy.

 

Together, we make heaven our goal, and predge, with Your grace, to help each other on life’s journey to You.  

 

Through the intercession of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.  Amen

~Vianney Vocations

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

 

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Father Edisson and I humbly ask that our parish join in prayer to God, through the intersession of St. Michael the Archangel, for our Church, nation, and military. We are living in challenging times for our Church and na- tion. The attack on the family by the anti-Christian culture has brought a huge chasm between truth and morality. This prayer shall also include his protection over our mili- tary, as we ask God for their safe return to their families. Thus, may we recite this pow- erful St. Michael Prayer after each Mass, as we pray for these intentions.

If you are not familiar with the St. Michael prayer, here is a short history: “After receiv- ing a terrifying vision in 1884 of the diabolical forces ready to be unleashed upon the world, Pope Leo XIII penned the prayer to St. Michael and promulgated that it be said after all low (not sung) Masses in the Latin rite. The St. Michael prayer was part of what was called the Leonine prayers.”

After the 1960’s, this prayer was no longer recited after Mass, however, in 1994, Pope St. John Paul II took notice of this lapse and asked that the prayer again be recited. On April 24 of that year after his Angelus blessing in the Vatican St. John Paul II said: “Pope Leo XIII certainly had a very vivid recollection of this scene when, at the end of the last century, he introduced a special prayer to St. Michael throughout the Church. 'St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.' Although today this prayer is not universally recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.” (Angelus, Vatican, 4/24/1994).

Today, we have a whole generation of Catholics who have not been exposed to this pow- erful prayer. Our intention for reciting this prayer after Mass is twofold, to pray as a church community for the same intentions, remembering the words of our Lord Jesus, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matt. 18:20).

Secondly, to ensure that parishioners have the opportunity to learn this powerful prayer of protection. We believe that Holy Mother Church is a teacher, and what better way to learn this beautiful prayer than together in community. Thank you for your support and be sure of our prayers for all of you in our parish community.

Father Vic and Father Edisson

Infant of Prague Catholic Church

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Jacksonville, NC 28540

910-347-4196

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