Category Archives: Prayers

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Champion for Life Monsignor Kavanagh has died [RiP]

Champion for Life Monsignor Kavanagh has died [RiP]

Longtime pastor of St. Rose Parish in Sacramento, dies on St. Patrick’s Day at age 93


Monsignor Edward Kavanagh (image from Diocese of Sacramento)

Monsignor Edward Kavanagh, a native son of Ireland who came to Sacramento in 1948, died today of natural causes. He was 93 and passed away on St. Patrick’s Day. For nearly 60 years, Monsignor Kavanagh was pastor or in residence at St. Rose Parish in South Sacramento. During his remarkable ministry, he oversaw an orphanage, day-care center, and a school along with numerous community charities. St. Patrick’s Academy, a K-8 parochial school, continues at the site. Funeral arrangements are pending. read more

Novena for the Passing of Saint Benedict, March 12-20

Novena for the Passing of Saint Benedict, March 12-20

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Glorious Saint Benedict, sublime model of virtue, pure vessel of God’s grace! Behold me humbly kneeling at your feet. I implore you in your loving kindness to pray for me before the throne of God.

To you I have recourse in the dangers that daily surround me.

Shield me against my selfishness and my indifference to God and to my neighbor.

Inspire me to imitate you in all things.

May your blessing be with me always, so that I may see and serve Christ in others and work for His kingdom.

Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces which I need so much in the trials, miseries and afflictions of life. read more

Father Angelus M. Shaughnessy, OFM Cap, Requiescant in Pace

Father Angelus M. Shaughnessy, OFM Cap, Requiescant in Pace

Written by  Father Ladis J. Cizik – 3/4/18


Father Angelus M. Shaughnessy, OFM Cap, Requiescant in Pace

The Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community and the Catholic world lost a dear friend, Father Angelus M. Shaughnessy, OFM Cap., on March 2, 2018 at the age of 89.  He died at 2:15pm while praying the 5th Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary, the Crucifixion, on a First Friday dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Father Shaughnessy was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on June 4, 1955, a First Saturday dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Father Angelus is perhaps best known for his time at the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) in Birmingham, Alabama from 2001 to 2007.  There, he appeared world-wide while serving in the background as the Minister General to the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word.  Father Angelus had also faithfully served God as a missionary to Papua New Guinea from 1966 to 1980.  Father Angelus was a ‘man of the world,’ but his roots were in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. read more

Thomas Aquinas College students release powerful ‘Way of the Cross’ video with music that will make you cry

Thomas Aquinas College students release powerful ‘Way of the Cross’ video with music that will make you cry

SANTA PAULA, California, February 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic college students have released a powerful Stations of the Cross video with beautiful singing, just in time for Lent.

Students at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula California made the video to help Catholics around the world enter into the penitential season of Lent, which begins today on Ash Wednesday.

Catholics use the 40-day season of Lent as a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving to prepare themselves for the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ at Easter. read more

February The Month of the Holy Family

A Prayer to The Holy Family, for One’s Children

O Jesus, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, well-beloved Son of the Blessed Virgin and foster Child of St. Joseph, we most fervently implore Thee, through Mary Thine ever-blessed Mother and St. Joseph Thy foster father, take our children under Thy special charge and enclose them in the love of Thy Sacred Heart. They are the children of Thy Father in Heaven, created after His own image; they are Thy possession, for Thou hast purchased them with Thy Precious Blood; they are temples of the Holy Ghost, who sanctified them in Baptism and implanted in their hearts the virtues of faith, hope and charity. read more


POSTED BY DYMPHNA on saturday, february 03, 2018


Divine Savior Jesus Christ, Thou art the Good Shepherd who gives His life for His sheep. Oh, be in a very special way the Good Shepherd of those poor lost priests who are also appointed by Thee to be leaders of Thy people, but who have broken the oath of their holy ordination and have become unfaithful to their exalted calling. Bestow upon these poorest of the poor the very fullness of that pastoral solicitude with which Thou dost so faithfully seek the sheep that are lost! Touch their hearts with the irresistible ray of grace which emanates from Thine all-merciful love! Enlighten their minds and strengthen their wills, that they may turn away from all sin and error and come back to Thy holy altar and to Thy people. O most compassionate Savior! Remember that Thou didst once redeem the souls of Thine erring priests with Thy Precious Blood and in infinite preferential love didst impress upon them the indelible character of the priesthood. Put wholly to shame those miserable helpers of Satan who lay snares for the virtue of priests and endanger the holy ideal of the priesthood. Most graciously accept our prayers and sacrifices for poor priests who have gone astray and hear our earnest petition. Amen. read more



Catholic Philosopher Germain Grisez Dies by Stephen Wynne  •  •  February 2, 2018    4 Comments

Professor a key defender of Church teaching on contracpetion

EMMITSBURG, Md. ( – A leading Catholic thinker, distinguished by his support for fidelity to Church teaching on contraception, has died.

Philosopher Germain Grisez, professor of Christian Ethics at Maryland’s Mount St. Mary’s University, passed away Thursday.

Grisez is best known for crafting a new philosophical defense of the Catholic position on birth control. 

Early in his career, the young philosopher hadn’t much considered the issue of contraception. But as the issue came to the fore of Catholic thought after the introduction of the Pill in 1960, Grisez began studying Pope Pius XI’s 1930 encyclical Casti Connubii (“Of Chaste Wedlock”), which condemned contraception in no uncertain terms. read more

RIP Father Matthew Lamb: Pater et Magister

RIP Father Matthew Lamb: Pater et Magister


[In 1997, he said, “There is no doctoral program in North America with a rigorous ratio studiorum that offers an integral formation in the doctrinal and theoretical traditions of Catholic teaching.” Thus, in 2004 he took leave of absence from his tenured teaching position at Boston College to start such a program at Ave Maria University in Florida, saying that he did not intend to return to BC but rather (Deo volente) to retire to a Trappist monastery where he started his religious, priestly and scholarly life.] read more

Novena for Epiphany Dec 28-Jan 5

Novena to the Magi in anticipation of the Epiphany
This Novena is especially prayed beginning on 28 December (the Feast of the Holy Innocents)
and ending on 5 January (the Vigil of the Epiphany).

28 December:
O holy Magi! You were living in continual expectation of the rising of the Star of Jacob,
which would announce the birth of the true Sun of justice; obtain for us an increase of faith and charity,
and the grace to live in continual hope of beholding one day the light of heavenly glory and eternal joy.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. read more

January- Month of the Holy Name of Jesus

Invocation of the Holy Name of Jesus

This short invocation of the Holy Name is a type of prayer known as an aspiration or an ejaculation. It is meant to be prayed repeatedly throughout the day, especially during January, the Month of the Holy Name.

“Blessed be the most holy Name of Jesus without end!”
The Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Prayer of Petition in the Holy Name of Jesus

O Divine Jesus, Thou hast promised that anything we ask of the Eternal Father in Thy name shall be granted. read more

Novena for Feast of the Circumcision Dec 23- 31

Most Bountiful God, I sincerely and humbly thank Thee for all of Thy many benefits to me during the past year, and for the privilege of beginning a new year. Do Thou mercifully continue Thy gracious help and protection, so that I may not only spend this coming year in Thy service, but also may increase from day to day in fervor and in the performance of good works. May all my thoughts, words and actions be for Thy greater honor and glory, for my own sanctification and for the good of souls. These favors I ask from Thy goodness through the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who for our salvation first shed His Precious Blood on this day. Amen read more




Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the death of Cardinal Bernard Law:

Cardinal Law was a champion of the unborn, a sincere friend of Jews, and a civil rights activist who embraced the cause of African Americans. Sadly, he will also be remembered for presiding over the clergy sexual abuse scandal.

Two of the most diabolical priests in the nation served in the Archdiocese of Boston—John Geoghan and Paul Shanley. Geoghan preyed on young boys, and Shanley had with sex with males of all ages, from children to adults. read more

Please Pray for Robert Hickson

Please Pray for Robert Hickson


Dr. Robert Hickson suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized Sunday night.

Our long-time friend, conference speaker, and contributor is in critical care at a hospital in Winchester, Virginia, where he has undergone some reversals since his hospitalization.

In your charity, please pray for our friend, Robert, his wife, Maike, and their two small children.

Novena to Saint Nicholas Nov. 27-Dec. 5

St. Nicholas, Glorious Confessor of Christ,
assist us in thy loving kindness.

Glorious St. Nicholas,
my special Patron from thy throne in glory,
thou dost enjoy the presence of God,
turn thine eyes in pity upon me
and attain for me from our Lord
the graces and help that I need
in my spiritual and temporal necessities

(and especially this favor provided that it be profitable to my salvation).

Be mindful likewise,
O Glorious and Saintly Bishop,
of our Sovereign Pontiff of our Holy Church and of all Christian people.
Bring back to the right way of salvation all those who are living steeped in sin,
blinded by darkness of ignorance, error and heresy.
Comfort the afflicted, provide the needy.
Strengthen the fearful, defend the oppressed,
give health to the infirm.
Cause all [people] to experience the effects of thy powerful intercession
with the supreme give of every good and perfect gift.
Amen. read more

Immaculate Conception Novena Nov. 29- Dec.7

O IMMACULATE Virgin! Mary, conceived without sin!
Remember, thou was miraculously preserved from even the shadow of sin,
because thou was destined to become not only the Mother of God,
but also the mother, the refuge, and the advocate of man;
penetrated, therefore, with the most lively confidence in thy never-failing intercession,
we most humbly implore thee to look with favor upon the intentions of this novena,
and to obtain for us the graces and favors we request.

(Here form your petitions.) read more