Prayer Partners - December 2019

Dear Prayer Partner,
Advent has come!!! Let us thank God for His coming, and all that He does for us. He is definitely a very loving and patient God. Please continue to send your powerful prayers for our work and mission. We also send our prayers to Our Lord asking Him to grant you and your loved ones a most fruitful Advent and a loving Christmas. Mother Angelica used to often say, "What a humble God we have." Christmas proves that; may our every moment show Him our effort to be the same.

A Most Blessed Christmas from all of us with great gratitude for your precious prayers.
Mother Julia and sisters

Children and sisters at Catechisis of the Good Shepherd classes
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd classes in Russia and the USA. L – Sister Faustina Marie teaches a level one class in Russia. R – Sister Maria Damiana teaches a level 2 class in the USA.

  1. Please pray for everyone to have an Advent season filled with recollection and longing for the full meaning of the Nativity of Our Lord, and that it may become a reality in our lives. May our sacrifices and prayers lead many more hearts to come to know Him and have room for Him this Christmas and always.
  2. We know that all Catholics in Russia will benefit from your faithful prayers, in particular that their faith will be especially strengthened this Advent and Christmas, and that they will not be fearful to speak about their faith to their friends and neighbors in spite of past persecutions.
  3. For all atheists and fallen away Christians, that their hearts will be opened to God's great and gentle love for them, so well-proven at Christmas.
  4. Please pray for all of our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd students, both in the Most Holy Mother of God Catholic Church in Russia, and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raytown, MO, that they may be blessed with a firm and life-long faith that will royally bless their entire lives and the lives of all with whom they come in contact.
  5. Have you ever heard of the living rosary? It is most powerful, and would be a great blessing to any parish and especially parishes that are praying for the missions. See below for further details of an explanation of the living rosary, a sample sign-up sheet, and some brief meditations on the mysteries by Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

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