Spirituality

                 Spirituality Report: January 18, 2021, Full Board Meeting

                                       Spirituality Chairman, Barb Sack

January 16, 2021 is the Walk for Life in Lincoln, NE.  Mass begins at 9a.m. at St. Mary’s Church with the Most Rev. Bishop Conly presiding.  The Ne Walk for Life will begin at 10 a.m. on the north steps of the State Capital.  The Mass and event will be live streamed on the NCC Facebook page.   Gov. Pete Ricketts has declared Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 as a Statewide Day of Prayer.  Jan. 22 is the anniversary of Roe v Wade, a U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow abortions.  Gov. Ricketts encourages Nebraskans to pray for an end to abortion and for a deeper respect for the lives of the unborn. 

Lent begins February 17,2021.  Hopefully this year we can have Lenten devotions and retreats.  The DCCW Board decided to piggy back with parishes who are having retreats rather than planning our own.  Please let me and Sheryl Perkins know if your parish is planning a Lenten retreat so we can advertise it in the local bulletins and on the GIDCCW website.  St. Mary’s Cathedral is planning to host the Brown Bag talks on the Wednesday noon hours during lent.  Our Lady of Good Council Retreat House in Waverly, NE is hosting a series of talks lead by Matt Simmons beginning February 16, 7-9 p.m.  You may attend live or from your home.  It will be live streamed or on demand recordings.

February 16:  Prayers and the Gospel of Salvation     February 23:  Prayer is Our Relationship with God       March 2:   Spousal Prayer          March 9:  The Battle of Prayer               March 16:  Discernment of Spirits  March 23:  Discerning God’s Will      March 30:  Spiritual Warfare / Intercessory Prayer  

I am attending the American Legion Auxiliary Mid-Year Conference on January 15 and 16.  Speakers will be addressing the needs of women survivors of abuse.  I hope to obtain valuable information to help with our project, Walking with Moms in Need.  

Pope Francis has proclaimed from Dec. 8, 2020- Dec. 8, 2021 “Year of St Joseph” God chose Joseph to be the spouse of Mary and the foster father of Jesus.  He was the model of fatherhood. He was obedient, courageous, tender, loving, accepting and hard working.  Attached are some prayers to St. Joseph to be used throughout the year. 

PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH:   O Blessed Saint Joseph, faithful guardian and protector of virgins, to whom God entrusted Jesus and Mary, I implore you by the love which you did bear them, to preserve me from every defilement of soul and body, that I may always serve them in holiness and purity of love.  Amen

MEMORARE TO ST. JOSEPH:    Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that never has it been known that anyone who asked for your help or intercession was left unaided.  Full of confidence in your power, I hasten to you and beg your protection.  Listen, O foster-father of the Redeemer, to my humble prayer, and in your goodness hear and answer me.   Amen

PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH FOR A HAPPY DEATH:    O glorious St. Joseph, I entreat you as my special patron in life and at the hour of my death.  Increase in me a spirit of prayer and dedication in God’s service.  Assist me at every moment to avoid temptation and sin.  Help me to live each day in God’s grace and goodness, that I may be always spiritually prepared for death, so I may breathe forth my soul into the loving embrace of Jesus and Mary.     Amen

PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH

O Good St. Joseph, I ask you to intercede for me with Jesus, to protect and care for me and my loved ones in our daily life and work, just as you did for the Holy Family. 

Help me to live a simple life of service, to cherish the importance of being rich in faith over being financially wealthy. 

Guide me to do the very best I can for my family and friends, but also to realize that I am responsible for sharing God’s blessings and favors to me with others as well. 

St. Joseph, role model of honesty, charity and perseverance, I pray for all workers, for the unemployed and the under-employed, that they will always labor in safety and receive a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work. 

Through your example and the intercession of Our Loving Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray that every person will experience the dignity of labor and true justice in the workplace.    Amen