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We are creating a St. Josaphat Parish Prayer Chain to support those in need. A prayer chain is a list of people who agree to pray for an intention. It is used in a multitude of ways: to seek comfort, make a request, ask for guidance, heal and restore, express sorrow, celebrate joy, give thanks.
 
Once a week, or ad-hoc if there is a prayer "emergency", a Prayer Chain leader will either text or email you with certain requests, and maybe suggest prayers for you to pray.  
 
This is a "low effort but high reward" activity that we could all do to help our community!
 
email Grace@stjosaphatparish.org if you are interested in joining.
Nighttime Prayer for Kids
Jesus, our friend, here and above,
Thank you for giving us all your love.
We ask that you help those sick tonight
By shining on them your loving light.
Help all people in these times to cope,
By reminding us of your endless hope.
Walk with us in all that we feel,
While raising us up as we struggle to heal.
Amen
 
Prayer During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Heavenly Father,
We praise you for your endless love and your constant presence in our lives.
Thank you for keeping us safe as we go through these difficult times.
Thank you for giving us the people we love to help us through.
Please lift up those who are sick with this virus. Bring them healing, comfort and peace.
Bless those who have to be separated from their families.
Give our medical professionals all the tools they need to do their jobs well.
Calm the fears of those who are afraid.
Help us all to be patient, kind and considerate as we self-quarantine.
We keep you Father, your Son and the Holy Spirit forever in our hearts.
Amen
 
Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity
For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decisionmakers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Grant peace.
Grant comfort.
Grant healing.
Be with us, Lord.
Amen.

St. Rocco (aka St. Roch) is the patron saint of contagion, epidemics and illness. His feast day is August 16. St. Rocco was born of noble parentage about 1340 A.D. in Montpellier, France. At birth it was noted that he had a red cross-shaped birthmark on the left side of his chest. As a young child, St. Rocco showed great devotion to God and the Blessed mother. At an early age, his parents died leaving him an orphan under the care of his uncle, the Duke of Montpellier. Soon after, St. Rocco distributed his wealth among the poor and took a vow of poverty.

St. Rocco dressed in the clothes of a pilgrim and departed for Rome. Along the way, he stopped at Acquapendente, Lazio, Italy, which was stricken by the plague, and devoted himself to the plague victims, curing them with prayer and the sign of the cross. You can read more about St. Rocco here: https://stroccosociety.com/strocco.html

O Great St. Rocco, through thy intercession, preserve our bodies from contagious diseases, and our souls from the contagion of sin. Obtain for us salubrious air; but, above all, purity of heart. Assist us to make good use of health, to bear suffering with patience; and, after your example, to live in the practice of penance and charity, that we may one day enjoy the happiness which you have merited by your virtues.
 
St. Rocco, pray for us.
St. Rocco, pray for us.
St. Rocco, pray for us.
The Cardinal has asked all churches to ring their bells five times a day to unite the city in prayer at a time when we are isolated. By pausing and lifting up in prayer all those affected by the pandemic, we can offer those in need our support and let them know that they are not alone.  Unfortunately, it is not safe to ring our bells, but you can definitely set smart speaker, phone or watch alarms to remind yourself.
 
9:00 a.m. - Prayer for those infected with the virus and all who are ill
Lord, place your healing hand on those who suffer illness. Bring them to full health and
ease their anxious hearts. May our prayer and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary
encourage them that they are not alone. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN

12:00 p.m. - Prayer for health care workers and those attending to the sick
Lord, we are ennobled by those who put their lives at risk in caring for the sick. Keep
them safe and embolden them when they are weary. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN

3:00 p.m. - Prayer for first responders and essential workers
Lord, we pray for those who run to danger to keep us safe and those who serve the
common good. Embrace them with your mantle of protection and comfort the fears of their
families. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
 
6:00 p.m. - Prayer for people of every nation and their leaders
Lord, the pandemic opens our eyes to see each other as brothers and sisters in one
human family. We pray for people of every nation and their leaders, asking that they be inspired
to seek the good of all and quell the voices of division. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN

9:00 p.m. - Prayer for those who have died today
Lord, we grieve the passing of our sisters and brothers who have died this day. We
commend them to your tender mercy, confident that nothing, not even death, will separate us
from your love. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
As the Covid 19 virus continues to cause concern around the world, Belgium Jesuit and author Nikolaas Sintobin SJ has been reflecting on what wisdom St Ignatius of Loyola might want to share with us regarding our response to this pandemic.
 
Here is the imaginary letter he wrote about what St. Ignatius of Loyola might say to us today...
 
Heaven
 
1” March 2020, Earth time
 
Dear people on earth,
 
I see you’re having a hard time finding the right attitude to the coronavirus. That’s not strange. Over the past few decades, science has made such progress that you have come to believe that a solution to every problem can be found in no time. Now it’s becoming clear all over the world that this is an illusion. For many of you this is quite confusing.
 
I myself struggled with chronic illness for over thirty years. As Superior General of the rapidly growing Jesuit order, I was confronted with all possible and impossible problems day in and day out for fifteen years. I would like to give you five tips through these difficult times. They are taken from my own experience.
  1. At the time of this coronavirus, obey the doctors, the scientists, and the competent authorities as if it were God Himself. Even if you disagree with their decisions or do not understand them well, have the humility to accept that it is worth relying on their knowledge and experience. It will give you a clear conscience and allow you to make your contribution to the solution of the crisis.
  2. Beware of fear. Fear never comes from God and does not lead to God. Fear often suggests to you all possible reasons why you should be afraid. Much of it is true. Only, you don’t have to be afraid of it. The Lord takes care of you now, too. I know that from a well-informed celestial source. Experience has shown that He can write straight on the curved earthly lines. Dare to believe in them.
  3. In times of crisis you do not benefit less, but more from prayer. Grant it to yourself to indulge in His love. It is the best antidote to fear.
  4. In my Spiritual Exercises I wrote, ”Love ought to manifest itself more by deeds than by words.” Look after one another in whatever way you safely can, especially remembering the poor and the vulnerable.
  5. Finally do not forget to live and enjoy life in all this. Whatever happens, every second you are given is a unique and precious gift. There’s nothing the coronavirus can do to change that.
United with you in everlasting prayer,
 
+ Ignatius
Read about St. Corona, (yes, there is a St. Corona!) here.
Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
But,
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,
Sing.
 
SoulCore is a movement that pairs core strengthening, stretching and functional movement with the prayers of the rosary.