"Jesus--Through Him, With Him, and In Him"

Prayer Partners

We have a monthly list of prayer intentions that we email to our prayer partners. Please click here to be added to our list, and see the current month's intentions below.

Below are our prayer petitions for this month. May your zeal ever be rekindled as you pray with us for our efforts to help revitalize the Faith and reawaken the Catholic Church in Russia. You are the bedrock of all we do. We are most grateful to you.

Sisters and priest in new chapel

Our chapel on Russian Island

December 2017

  1. We have two requests for prayers for the work the sisters do in Lesozavodsk, a city with serious poverty problems. The sisters travel once each month with one of the priests, usually Father Myron, to this city about seven hours away from Vladivostok, where there is a small but faithful Catholic community. The sisters would like you to pray for the development of their work with the children of the town, and for the water in the town to be reconnected.
  2. In Raytown, help us thank God that we have found a new location in a nearby parish for our small retreat center. Until now it was in our former grade school convent that was closed a few years ago and is now sold. Please pray that God guides us in setting it up this month so that it will serve us well for our pro-life work, evangelizing through weekend retreats, and our plans to help young women grow in their faith and discern their God-given vocations.
  3. There is no time that should not be a pro-life time. However, celebrating the birth of the Son of God at Christmas gives us all a very special nudge, if not a push, to pray, fast, and sacrifice more than ever to expand and deepen the culture of life for the unborn, elderly, sick and infirm.
  4. The apologetics class in Vladivostok is meeting to decide on an outreach that their group can do for the parish. Please join them in their prayers regarding this decision which could do much to build the congregation at their parish, the Most Holy Mother of God Catholic Church. Last weekend they put on a program for the parish, and it was praised by the Fathers and well received by all who were present. Sister Catherine Marie and one member of the class acted like non-Catholics and presented many challenging questions to the group, and received many good answers.

May you have a most blessed and holy Advent. Our prayers will be with you.

This month we have the blessing of celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The following prayer is one that we say daily.

Come Blessed Mother

Come blessed Mother, Come holy Mother, Come Mother of God.
Come and walk with me as I walk towards the cross, where your Holy Son, Jesus,
waits for me with open arms.
Stay with me, hold my hands, and pray for me as I walk this walk towards Jesus.
Keep your mantle of protection around me. Pray that I would be holy to do my Father's Will.
I love You, Jesus. I love You, Father. Pray for me my Blessed Mother. Amen

Pope Francis' Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Holy Mary Virgin of Fatima, with renewed gratitude for your maternal presence we join our voice to that of all the generations who call you blessed. We celebrate in you the works of God, who never tires of looking down with mercy upon humanity, afflicted with the wound of sin, to heal it and save it.
Accept with the benevolence of a mother the act of consecration that we perform today with confidence. We are certain that each of us is precious in your eyes and that nothing of all that lives in our hearts is unknown to you. We let ourselves be touched by your most sweet regard and we welcome the consoling caress of your smile.
Hold our life in your arms: bless and strengthen every desire for good: revive and nourish faith; sustain and enlighten hope; awaken and animate charity; guide all of us along the path of holiness.
Teach us your own preferential love for the little and the poor, for the excluded and the suffering, for sinners and the downhearted; bring everyone under your protection and entrust everyone to your beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus. Amen
October 13, 2013

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

Prayer for Christian Unity

O most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of mercy, adorned with miracles, whose icon shed tears at the place of your mercy in Mariapoch, we who honor you, humbly beseech your motherly care. Save our country from all its enemies; protect the Church; and join all in one faith that, at last, the words of Christ may be fulfilled: "There shall be one fold and one shepherd." Do not deny us your intercession; and obtain for us peaceful times, health for our bodies and peace for our souls. Obtain the grace for us that our last hour finds us in the Catholic faith and in a state of grace so that we be enabled to gain eternal salvation. Amen
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Prayer to the Divine Heart of Jesus (Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit)

Lord Jesus Christ, I consecrate myself today anew and without reserve to Your Divine Heart. I consecrate to You my body with all its senses, my soul with all its faculties, my entire being. I consecrate to You all my thoughts, words and deeds, all my sufferings and labors, all my hopes, consolations and joys. In particular, I consecrate to You my heart so that it may love You and may be consumed in the fire of Your love.

I place all my trust in You without reserve and I hope for the remission of my sins through Your infinite mercy. I place within Your hands all my cares and anxieties. I promise to love You and to honor You till the last moment of my life, and to spread, as much as I can, devotion to Your most Sacred Heart. Do with me what You will, my Jesus. I desire no other reward except Your greater glory and Your holy love.

Take this offering of myself and give me a place within Your Divine Heart forever. Amen.

Roses from Loose Park,
Kansas City, Missouri

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Chapel of the Martyrs of Most Holy Mother of God Catholic Church in Vladivostok, Russia

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Orthodox Seminary Chapel Icon
in Vladivostok, Russia
(Photo taken with permission).