Year of Prayer
You invite each of us to share in the life and ministry of your Son, Jesus. Send your Holy Spirit to form our parish as a community of missionary disciples. Teach us how to hear Jesus, to love Jesus, and to share your gift of salvation with everyone we meet.
Through the witness and intercession of Mary, guide me to deepen my commitment as a disciple of Jesus. Lead our parish to grow as an intentional community, committed to go and announce the Gospel of the Lord. We ask these blessings in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ.
Dear Sacred Heart Family,
I had my meeting in Lansing this past Tuesday for new parish ministers. It was a quick overview of all that goes into parish ministry. It made me especially grateful for our great staff and our many volunteers we have that help our parishes run so well!
As a follow-up to our latest Assembly Bishop Boyea has announced a year of prayer for us as a Diocese to implore God’s guidance for forming missionary disciples in our parishes. The Bishop has offered the following suggestions to help us engage in this year of prayer.
Each Person is asked:
To Pray the Rosary or another devotion to the Blessed Mother once a week as a family or household for the Holy Spirit to guide our parishes in how to form missionary disciples.
Every Parish is asked:
To offer quarterly a prayer service to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide our parishes in how to form missionary disciples.
To offer a prayer experience for the children of the parish in asking for the Holy Spirit to guide our parishes.
To increase opportunities for Confession
Challenges/Suggestions for the Diocese:
Priests: Two hours of Daily prayer in addition to celebrating Mass
Deacons: One hour of Daily Prayer
* Married with Children at Home- 10 minutes of Daily Prayer
* Married Empty Nesters- 30 minutes of Daily Prayer
* Married Retired- One hour of Daily Prayer
* Single- One hour of Daily Prayer
Make a weekly sacrifice (Fasting, almsgiving, service) for the Holy Spirit to guide our parishes in how to form missionary disciples.
Make a Holy Hour each week praying for the Holy Spirit to guide our parishes in how to form missionary disciples.
Make a pilgrimage to a holy shrine or Eucharistic Chapel to pray for the Holy Spirit to guide our parishes in how to form missionary disciples.
Over the course of this year we will work on implementing what we can of these suggestions on a parish level. On the individual level we are each challenged to incorporate prayer more deeply into our daily lives. This will not only be a tremendous blessing for us as a Diocese as we all pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance but it is also a blessing for us. Anytime we can develop a greater habit of prayer we will see the difference. Fr. Tomy, Dcn. John and I are not left out of the challenge!