Prayer Partners

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Our chapel on Russian Island

July 2018

Dear Prayer Partner,
All of God's royal blessings on each of your days. We entrust to your treasured prayers our many mission projects. Please Lord help us to realize more fully each day how greatly our prayers and sacrifices help you with your work throughout the world.
Sincerely,
Mother Julia

  1. In June, all of the Sisters in Jesus the Lord were blessed to be together at our motherhouse in Raytown. During the joyous time that we spent together, we made our annual weeklong retreat. Please join us in giving thanks for the many blessings that God has given and continues to bestow on our community. Prayers, please, for safe travel for the five sisters as they return to Russia.
  2. Sister Faustina Marie, CJD, Sister Joanna Marie, and our postulant Maria will be completing their training for the first level of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. They have set up an atrium in Russia, and have devoted long hours to creating beautiful materials for the children to utilize as they learn about their faith. Some of the transformations they have witnessed are absolutely amazing. Let us praise God for this wonderful opportunity that helps the future generations come to know and love God.
  3. Summer is now officially underway. Soon our sisters in Russia will be welcoming this year's group from the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). During the course of several weeks, the students will be teaming up with the sisters and using their talents to bring the love of Christ to the people of Far-Eastern Russia. This will be especially so with the Children's Gathering in Lesozavodsk and at the 22nd Annual Young Adult Conference. Please prayerfully remember the sisters, the students, and all those whom they will serve, that their time will be grace-filled and bear abundant fruit.
  4. Please offer prayers of gratitude for the recent clergy assignments in Raytown. At Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, we are blessed to welcome newly-ordained Deacon Joe Zagar, as well as a parochial vicar, Father Philip Luebbert. Also, your prayerful help is needed for the C.J.D. Fathers' seven-week fundraising effort here in the United States.

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