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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Intercessions ~ Sixth Sunday of Easter

The American Red Cross was founded today in 1881./ We pray enduring strength for this organization/ and all who participate in its important work of emergency assistance and disaster relief./ We pray to the Lord. 

We ask blessings for Pope Francis and President Trump as they meet this week./ May their time together in the Vatican bear the fruit of peace and healing for our country./ We pray to the Lord.

In the first lesson today we heard:/ "So there was much joy in that city."/ Restore joy where people suffer deep losses,/ where there is grief,/ domestic violence,/ destruction,/ loneliness and war./ We pray to the Lord. 

We pray for the governments of the world,/ asking for conversion/ and the safety of citizens where there is corruption,/ repression and the violation of human rights./ We pray to the Lord.

Mindful of those who are around us at Mass today,/ we ask for health,/ safety,/ the deepening of faith,/ and help in their struggles and challenges./ We pray to the Lord.

For the safety of travelers,/ health for the sick,/ comfort for mourners,/ a welcome for each child,/ inner healing and a change of heart for prisoners./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. For all those who help others in their time of need. It is emotionally draining to be involved in disaster relief, the effects of which many people can't imagine.

  2. I pray that President Trump keeps his mind open when meeting Pope Francis. Their ideas differ so greatly and the Pope's heart is so big and open that maybe Pres. Trump will be moved ever so slightly towards the betterment for all. We can only pray for this miracle to happen.

  3. Christopher PolaskiMay 18, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Father Stephen, I don't know how you do it, but you are always keep it so positive. Even when you are showing us how we can be better and more faithful people, it is always with an uplifting twist. I appreciate your prayers so much here as they always help me to understand how much larger the world is than our little corners of it. Peace be with you.

    1. I'm sorry to say, but I wasn't always that way. "We grow with God's help." I think working with at risk teens helped me find a more positive direction. They were so beaten down and needed encouragement and support. And at some point that wonderful account of Jesus celebrating faith wherever he found it, started to change me. Peace be with you as well - in this lovely month of May and as the Easter time draws to a close.

  4. My Aunt was in the Red Cross in China during World War 11. I don't think, I fully understood the depth of her bravery and her wish to serve others in need, so far away. She came home with lasting friendships and gifts we treasure still today. It truly was a wonderful thing she did. Even though China was not a friendly nation then. We knew the people, to be kind and loving towards America.

  5. What a lovely sharing about a lovely and good person. Thank you!