Divine Mercy Novena 2016 Schedule
for St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wyandotte
March 25 – Good Friday: after Solemn Liturgy (church)
March 26 – Holy Saturday: 3:00 pm (church)
March 27 – Easter Sunday: 3:00 pm (church)
March 28 – Easter Monday: 3:00 pm; 7:00 pm (church)
March 29 – Easter Tuesday: 3:00 pm; 7:00 pm (church)
March 30 – Easter Wednesday: 3:00 pm; 7:00 pm (church)
March 31 – Easter Thursday: 3:00 pm; 7:00 pm (church)
April 1 – Easter Friday: 3:00 pm; 7:00 pm (church)
April 2 – Easter Saturday: 3:00 pm (chapel)
April 3 – Divine Mercy Sunday: 3:00 pm (church)
Click here: Christmas Novena
Prayer of Thanksgiving
(Used by Fr. Noel O’Connor)
Loving God, I offer thanks for the gifts of my family. Help us to work together for peace and harmony in our relationships.
Grant us the grace to accept each other’s faults and weaknesses. Protect us from harsh words and hurt feelings. Assist us to encourage one another’s strengths and abilities. Lead us to mutual understanding and support.
May we always forgive each other’s failings and rejoice in one another’s successes.
Watch over my family, Dear Lord. Bless us with good health and happiness. Fill our hearts with love, patience and kindness for one another, now and always. Amen
Remembering the Sick or Dead
If a member of the St. Vincent Pallotti Parish has a family member that is sick or dies and would like them to be remembered by a Mass Intention for a daily or Sunday Mass, please call the Parish Office at (734) 285-9840, ext. 100. The names of persons who are in the hospital are named at Mass on the particular day requested for the intention and the homebound and nursing home sick names are put in the bulletin each week. Please notify us when their condition changes.
Our parish has the wonderful priviledge of adoring Jesus, who is present: body, blood, soul and divinity, in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Adoration Chapel is open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. (With the exception of a few days at the end of Holy Week). The chapel is open to everyone and is located at the west side of the St. Joseph site. While all are welcome at any time, we encourage and pray that every person will make a commitment to a particular day and hour for “their special hour with Jesus.” Mother Theresa says an hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament is the best hour you will spend on Earth. Call Shirley Wilson (734) 692-1227 after 6 p.m. to make a commitment for a particular hour during the week.
Prayer Circle/Prayer Requests
This is a group of people who will pray for private intentions, especially during times of crisis. A phone tree or email tree is activated to transmit requests as they are received. Call the Parish Office for more information. Emergency Prayer Requests, please email Jean Ruffner at email@example.com or call 734-284-0327. If you would be interested in prayer for people added to the emergency prayer list, please call Jean or email her as soon as possible.
Divine Mercy Chaplet
In 1935, Our Lord revealed to St. Faustina a powerful prayer that he wanted everyone to say the Chaplet of Mercy. Our Lord promised extraordinary graces to those who would recite this special prayer.
Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Tuesdays after the 12 noon Mass at St. Joseph Church and 4pm at St. Patrick Church, people gather to invoke the intercession of Mary for their special intentions. Since the Novena is held most every Tuesday, you can start your Novena when you want and end it 9 weeks later. If you have to miss a Tuesday, you can find the Novena on our website and pray it privately.
St. Vincent Pallotti Prayers and Reflections
Prayer: Mary: Way to Jesus
Quotation: I wish that you give me your heart, so I may give it to my divine Son, Jesus. Once your heart belongs to him, then you will receive from him the necessary graces to remain in him… So give me your heart that I may give it to Jesus.
Reflection: The spirituality of St. Vincent Pallotti has a Marian touch. So the essential element of St. Vincent’s spiritual journey is “through Mary to Jesus”. The most important task of Mary’s life is to bring Christ to the world. Hence, she is interested in bringing Christ into the hearts of every believer and making him/her mature in Christ. Therefore, St. Vincent encouraged all types of people, whether they were sinful, tepid or half-hearted, and the fervent person to go to Mary that they all may find their proper way to reach Jesus. Mary offers refuge and helps them to make peace with the crucified Lord who was crucified for their sins. Thus Mary wishes all groups of people would give their hearts to her, so that she can bring about the needed transformation in them. Having transformed them, she can offer them to Jesus. Mary becomes the way to Jesus, as far as the spiritual life of every Christian is concerned.
Thoughts: Do I acknowledge Mary as the way to lead me to Jesus? What is the spiritual state I find myself in? Do I believe that with Mary’s help I can truly know Jesus?
Prayer: The Means of Divine Grace
Quotation: I will not only pray for myself, but also my fellow students and teachers, so that by the infusion of grace, they may reap an infinitely great fruit.
Reflection: For St. Vincent Pallotti, prayer is the means of divine grace. God desires that a Christian is open to the gift of grace through prayer. God is ever ready to bestow upon the human person the treasure of his grace. But a person, through prayer, must reach out to God opening himself to him. According to St. Vincent Pallotti, prayer is the essential condition that is most conducive to receiving the grace of God. St. Vincent, analyzing the spiritual state of a person, says that if a person is caught up in spiritual misery and meaninglessness, it is because of two reasons: either he does not pray at all; or he does not pray as he should pray. Thus, the wealth of a person’s spiritual life depends on the manner in which a person prays. A person finds himself in a state of spiritual poverty if he neglects and ignores prayer in his life. As a young person, St. Vincent had the habit of frequent repetition of fervent prayers. His sincere commitment to prayer is the reason for his sanctity.
Thoughts: Do I acknowledge prayer as a means to the grace of God? Do I take time to pray so as to reach out to God’s presence? What concrete steps do I need to take in order to grow in my prayer life and open my life to God’s grace?
Prayer: My Seeking God: The Motive
Quotation: Yes, my God, I want you, because this is what you want. Otherwise I should never have the courage to invoke you.
Reflection: The attitudes of spiritual childhood and simplicity St. Vincent Pallotti practiced devotedly made him surrender his being and his having to God. There was nothing in his life which he had to hide from God. The totality of his life was completely transparent before God. His life was an open book and it was always available to God. Every action of St. Vincent was done in accordance with God’s plan for him. There was nothing in his thoughts, words, and deeds that did not correspond to the Divine Plan. He acknowledge that if God did not want to enter into a relationship with St. Vincent, he would neither have the courage to invoke God nor enter into a relationship with him, Thus, we find him totally caught up with God. He experienced the totality of himself in God and God in himself.
Thoughts: Have I made a total surrender of myself to God, like St. Vincent? Am I totally transparent before God? Do I guide my life according to God’s plan for me? Is my spiritual life directed according to God’s plan for me?
Prayer: Glory Through the Cross
Quotation: In order to enter the habitation of the Blessed, we must become images of the Crucified. But we can become such only through tribulations.
Reflection: According to St. Vincent Pallotti, a person experiences glory only through the cross. No one can think of reaching the state of glory without going through the state of suffering and tribulations. This is very clear from the life of Jesus himself. His suffering and death are preludes to his resurrection. The glory of the resurrection comes about as the consequence of his suffering and death. Therefore, for St. Vincent, in order for a person to become worthy of the glory of God’s kingdom, he must become the image of the crucified Lord Jesus, meaning accepting tribulations and hardship in a person’s life in imitation of Jesus. Jesus encounters sufferings throughout his life. During his public ministry, despite his good will towards the Jewish leadership, they wait for opportunities to find fault with him. Towards the last days of Jesus’ life, he willingly accepts mental agony and physical pain. St. Vincent’s invitation to become the image of the crucified implies that a person is ready to accept joyfully and live courageously the sufferings of the human situation in the spirit with which Jesus accepted his sufferings and lived them. If a person accepts his suffering with the spirit of Jesus, then he would definitely attain the glory, like Jesus.
Thoughts: Do I believe that I can attain glory only through the cross? Do I take time to pray so as to reach out to God’s presence? What is the nature of my spiritual life?
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.
Hail Holy Queen
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our light, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, we turn to thee, O Virgin of virgins, our Mother. To thee we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, do not despise our petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer us. Amen.
Prayer to Our Guardian Angel
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary. R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. (Hail Mary . . .) Behold the handmaid of the Lord. R. Be it done unto me according to thy word. (Hail Mary …) And the Word was made flesh. R. And dwelt among us. (Hail Mary …) Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts; that, we to whom the incarnation of Christ, thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by his passion and cross, be brought to the glory of his resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.