Prayer of St. Cyprian
Almighty God, we are reminded through your servant St. Cyprian, of your Spirit always within us and Your continued presence in us, and of our oneness with You and the Church. May we always grow together and profess You in Faith, Unity, and Hope. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we ask this through Christ our Lord
From the Pastor’s Desk
May Jesus Christ, the way to everlasting life, be with you!
Today we celebrate our parish patron’s feast, St. Cyprian. In conjunction to celebrating his feast day, we begin our annual Forty Hours of Eucharistic Devotion. Except for last year, our parish maintained this spiritual devotion since the consolidation in 2000. Our Forty Hours have always been spiritually enriching and uplifting. I hope everyone will take the time to participate in our Forty Hours. Come to Church and spend some quiet and quality time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Then join us for our evening Prayer Service and reflection from Fr. Addis McKonnen.
In addition to our Forty Hours of Eucharistic Devotion, we will present this year’s recipient of the Cyprian Award. This award is given to a parishioner who demonstrated, and lived, the spirit of St. Cyprian. The recipient is a good steward to our parish and exhumed our parish theme of Unity-Faith-Hope. I am happy to present this award this year, as I have been for the last fifteen years.
The news is reporting that the number of Covid-19 cases are slowly declining. While this is a positive movement, there are still many more people who need to be convinced of the importance of getting the vaccine. Please, if you have not received the vaccine yet, get it. It has proven to be effective, healthy, and working.
The Gospel for today presents another challenging experience, especially for those who wish to follow the plan and mission of Jesus Christ. Part of his plan and mission is placing the needs of others above your own. Christ did it when he went to the cross. He challenges us to be selfless with a humble heart .
Peace and Blessings
The Year of Saint Joseph
This ancient prayer to St. Joseph has “never been known to fail” if it is said in faith and for a particular spiritual benefit. Even though St. Joseph never spoke a word in scripture, his silent example of obedient faithfulness ad diligent care for the Holy family during Jesus’ formative years has made him one of the most beloved saints of Christianity.
Devotion to the foster-father of Jesus is generally traced to the 3rd or 4th century, but according to the Pieta prayer book, there is a prayer to St. Joseph that dates to the year 50. The prayer was found in the 50th year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505, it was sent from the pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle.
Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves, shall never die a sudden death or be drowned, nor shall poison take effect on them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy or be burned in any fire or be overpowered in battle. Say for nine mornings for anything you desire. It has never been known to fail.
O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interest and desires. O St. Joseph do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ our Lord, so that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms: I dare not approach while he reposes near your heart. Press Him close in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me. Amen!
Our commitment to Christ: No Turning Back
New Poll Show Favorability of the Church is on the Rise
A new poll by Saint Leo University Polling Institute shows that Catholics have a higher opinion of the Church than they did a year ago. The poll shows that U.S. Catholics expressed a 74% level of favorability of the Church, compared to 57% last April. Similarly, the general population’s opinion has increased from 40% in April 2019 to about 42%. As parishes, diocese and other institutions of the Church wrestle to respond to 2018 revelations of further clergy sexual abuse, this report brings hope that, while much more needs to be done, the Church and its members are healing. The report also recorded the faithful’s view of Pope Francis, which sat at 75%, only slightly down from November with 78%, both of which were higher than the view of the pop by the general public.
Coming To Mass, Please Remember:
Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
Wear your mask in church except children 2years old and younger
Do not attend Mass if you are high risk to contract COVID19
Do not attend Mass if you are sick
Use the center doors when entering church.
Please sanitize your hands when you enter church
Missals and hymnals will no longer be in the pews.
Please follow directions on signs when taking your seat.
Members of the same household may sit together.
Sit 6 ft apart if not in the same household
No Sign of Peace at this time
No Precious Blood at this time
Do not hold hands during the “Our Father”
Receive Holy Communion by hand remove your mask before receiving Holy Communion
Do not congregate after Mass, please go directly to your car.
Please leave your mask on as you exit church
We will continue to follow the guidelines from the CDC. The church will be sanitized between each mass and deep cleaned during the week preparing for Sunday Mass.