Dear Prayer Partner,
Greetings from Vladivostok! Your prayers are bearing fruit, as always. On October 3, the parish here celebrated the 100th anniversary of the original dedication of the parish church. Bishop Kirill Klimovitch, the bishop of our Russian diocese, based in Irkutsk (a four hour flight away), administered the Sacrament of Confirmation for Catholic youth and adults from our region, as well as anointed the elderly and the sick. Masses from Vladivostok continue to be live-streamed, and then saved on facebook at 9pm Saturday CST. You do not need a facebook page to access the Mass (https://www.facebook.com/parishvvo/).
The renovations on Dom Marii continue to progress and there is talk of guest rooms being ready by Christmas. Invitations to lead Rachel's Vineyard are coming from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ulan-Ude near Mongolia and from towns near Vladivostok, as well. Our student group has restarted with participants from Russia, Colombia, Vietnam, and China.
Our sisters in St. Joseph, Missouri are settled at our temporary convent at St. Mary's parish, and are excited for the upcoming renovation of the Cathedral Convent. We will be confirming plans with the architect soon.
Please continue to send us your prayer requests, as well. Let us continue to pray for one another!
Mother Stella and the Sisters in Jesus the Lord
Please pray for:
Prayer to Saint Joseph
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you, Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.
Gentle Jesus, may my every action say "You are my utter all!
May my every breath be a spiritual communion!
May my every heartbeat offer you all the love you have received and will forever receive!
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.
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.
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