Prayer Partners

Epiphany Skit in Russia

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1. Sister Faustina Marie and Sister Joanna Marie as magi. 2. Sister Faustina and 3rd magi. 3. Sister Joanna Marie with "Mary, Jesus, and Joseph."

Dear Prayer Partner,
Your prayers have helped bring about a most loving and powerful reality. On March 5, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish here in Raytown, will be celebrating its 5th anniversary of having perpetual adoration (24/7) of our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The adoration chapel is in the main church which is just about 50 feet from our convent's front door. What a royal blessing that is! Jesus, thank you. We will include all your special intentions in our daily prayers which always include at least one holy hour a day. It is such a blessed place to go when things get heavy on our hearts, like the recently passed abortion law in New York, with several other states saying they want to do the same thing. Some say it is the darkness just before the dawn.

Recently a priest shared with us a prayer, which we have already found to be a powerful help. It is certainly a prayer that fits many difficult occasions. "O Jesus, King of love! I trust in your loving mercy."

Let us live in Jesus,
Mother Julia and Sisters in Jesus the Lord

February 2019

  1. Every month needs to be 'vocation month.' St. John Paul II said, "The entire People of God is responsible for promoting vocations and does so chiefly by persistent and humble prayer for vocations." Please continue to thank God for the ordination to the transitional diaconate of Brother Nikita, a young Russian member of our brother community, the Canons Regular of Jesus the Lord. Please continue to pray for him as he prepares for his ordination to the priesthood in early April.
  2. Each year the Presentation of Our Lady Catholic Church hosts a vocation day in February for 5th graders. Grade school students of that age are bussed in for several hours of special talks on pro-life, purity, vocations, holiness, and how to avoid some of the dangers that our society presents. The talks are fantastic and inspiring. I always wish every 5th grader could hear them. Sisters from many communities in Kansas City, including ours, get to speak to the girls in smaller groups at two different times. We have participated in this program since we arrived in Kansas City, MO. Let us pray for all our youth to come to know Jesus intimately and follow Him faithfully all their lives.
  3. Please pray as we organize for our annual trip to the National Conference of the Institute on Religious Life at Mundelein, Illinois, which is held the weekend after Easter. The conference is for all laity, religious, and young adults, and includes sessions particular to those wanting guidance in discerning their vocation. Everyone should attend this weekend retreat at least once in their lives. https://religiouslife.com/news-programs/national-meeting.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

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