Prayer Partners

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Our chapel on Russian Island

April 2018

Dear Prayer Partner,

You did it! For over a year we have been asking you to pray that we can get the Deed to the last apartment in our convent building. Just a couple weeks ago, in two days, two big steps were taken, and it is very promising that the deal will finally be completed. Once we have the Deed, then we can proceed to get our plan for the renovation of our building approved, and finally begin the much-needed renovation. That will open the door to more retreats, better facilities for our young adult meetings and prolife work, the sisters could each have their own room, the electricity in the building could be completely redone, etc. Thank you for your precious prayers.

During our daily hours of adoration here in Kansas City, at our parish's St. John Paul II Adoration Chapel, our heartfelt Easter greetings to you are wrapped in prayer.

It is the risen Lord, Mother Julia

  1. Let us all pray for those baptized this Easter time in Vladivostok, and for their early years of being Catholic. Let us pray also for Sister Maria Stella who, as Superior in Russia, has an enormous and unique job of planning programs to help lead the parishioners to an ever-deeper love of Christ and His Church. One way the sisters try to accomplish this is through organizing retreats, including Rachel's Vineyard retreats. Also, the parishioners especially appreciate that she is the main organist for the liturgies and often plays for the concerts organized by Father Daniel.
  2. The apologetics study attendees at the Most Holy Mother of God Church, led by Sister Catherine Marie, are becoming more and more enthused about their faith and their ability to share it with others. You can imagine how needed the latter is in a country with so few Christians. As we all know, conversions are the work of the Holy Spirit, so please pray often for the sisters' evangelization work by saying, "Come Holy Spirit!"
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    Sister Faustina Marie painting some of the many needed figurines, among which are Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the twelve Apostles, and angels.
  4. Sister Faustina Marie and the two postulants, Sara and Maria, are working hard on the daunting task of making the many artifacts needed for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) religious lessons for the young people of the parish. The very positive response by their students in these classes is greatly encouraging the sisters in this work. They will be here in June for further training to obtain their final certificates to teach using this special method for catechesis. Let us pray for all the young people of the world that they will come to truly know Christ early in their lives and to stay rooted in Him.
  5. Please offer some of your sacrifices and prayers for both young adult groups organized by the sisters in Vladivostok. It is so easy for students away from home at a university to drift away from their faith. We also want to provide a nearby Mass for them. Please pray for a miracle in that regard. Pray also for those working toward establishing the pro-life center on Russian Island.

Prayer to Our Suffering Savior For the Souls in Purgatory by St. Alphonsus Liguori

O most sweet Jesus, through the bloody sweat which Thou didst suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane, have mercy on these Blessed Souls. Have mercy on them, O Lord, Have mercy on them.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel scourging, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most painful crowning with thorns, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in carrying Thy cross to Calvary, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel crucifixion, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most bitter agony on the cross, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the immense pain Thou didst suffer in breathing forth Thy Blessed Soul, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them O Lord.
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Prayer Partners: Please pray that young women who have a vocation to the missionary life will come, and that our community will develop according to God's plan.

Prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for our mission work would be most appropriate.

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Our community, Sisters in Jesus the Lord, is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) who was a sister of the Visitation Order in France was responsible for spreading the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus throughout the Church. She said in one of her letters:

"It seems to me that our Lord's earnest desire to have his sacred heart honored in a special way is directed toward renewing the effects of redemption in our souls. For the sacred heart is an inexhaustible fountain and its sole desire is to pour itself out into the hearts of the humble so as to free them and prepare them to lead lives according to his good pleasure.

A prayer that we sisters say daily is the following:

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – Have Mercy on us
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – Inflame our hearts with Your love
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus – Help us to make You known and loved by all
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Orthodox Seminary Chapel Icon
in Vladivostok, Russia
(Photo taken with permission)
Chapel of the Martyrs
Chapel of the Martyrs of Most Holy Mother
of God Catholic Church in Vladivostok, Russia