Great good news, thanks to your sacrifices and prayers. Two of the brothers of the Canons Regular of Jesus the Lord in Vladivostok will be ordained to the priesthood in early April.
In planning our mission work for this New Year, we talked with Father Myron Effing, pastor at the Most Holy Mother of God Catholic Church in Vladivostok. He ranked as urgent priorities our work with the young adults both in the parish and at the Far Eastern Federal University. We thus come to you requesting fervent prayers, so we can be inspired by the Holy Spirit as we plan and work with the young adults. The patronal feast day of the parish was January 1st.
On our Christmas Skype call with the sisters on Russian Island, they were especially pleased with the young adults Christmas party. Several countries were represented at the party since the nearby university draws students from all over the world. Your prayers will help the students learn their faith well, and take it back to their countries..
Father Myron also asked us to make a special prayer intention that the parishioners may, with the help of the Holy Spirit and also with the help of all martyrs for the Faith now in heaven, conquer their fear to evangelize. It is quite natural that people now are still fearful when it comes to sharing their Faith and inviting others to join the Church, because for many years anyone found to be Christian was martyred.
This month it will be important that we pray that the March for Life in Washington, DC, the rally at the court house in Kansas City, Missouri, and all other rallies throughout the United States, be well attended and successful in inspiring people to the truth about life. The progress that the pro-life cause has made must not be allowed to slip back in any way, shape, or form. Let us remember in a special way in our prayers all of our government leaders.
Plans for renovating our Russian Island Convent are being worked on and need your prayers!!!
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.
Prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for our mission work would be most appropriate.
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