Prayer Partners

Behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or the consecrated life, there is always the strong and intense prayer of someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community. Pope Francis

We invite you to join us in praying for the needs of our future priests and our Seminary community. Each week of the year will bring an intention being held up by the seminary. It is our hope that friends of the seminary will take each intention into their personal prayer time. Each month, the list of intentions will be updated for the upcoming weeks. Please remember our intentions in your daily prayers.

November

November 5 – May each seminarian be encouraged and filled with perseverance for his studies seeking to grow in his knowledge and understanding of Christ Jesus. We pray to the Lord.

November 12 – For vocations to the priesthood and religious life, may the hearts of many respond to God’s call. We pray to the Lord.

November 19 – May gratitude fill our hearts as we gather around tables this Thanksgiving and may we come to the banquet table of our Lord giving thanks. We pray to the Lord.

November 26 – Give young men and women the grace of responding quickly to your voice. Support our bishops, priests, consecrated men and women and lay faithful in their apostolic labor as we celebrate Christ the King. We pray to the Lord.

December

December 3 – May the new Church Year and the journey of Advent give us new enthusiasm in walking toward Bethlehem and experiencing new birth in faith. We pray to the Lord.

December 10 – May this second Sunday of Advent find us seeking a fuller release of our baptism and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially wisdom. We pray to the Lord.

December 17 – May the third Sunday of Advent remind us of the importance of being messengers of the Good News, helping to point others towards Christ our Savior. We pray to the Lord.

December 24 – May the anticipation of the birth of Jesus Christ anew in our hearts compel us to live as Missionary Disciples. We pray to the Lord.

December 31 – Mary, Mother of the Church, the model of every vocation, help us to say “Yes” to the Lord who calls us to cooperate in the divine plan of salvation and may this New Year bring many to answer the call in their lives. We pray to the Lord.

January

January 7 – May each of us experience hearing in our hearts that we are beloved sons and daughters of God on whom blessings are bestowed to be light to the nations. We pray to the Lord.

January 14 – May we be Heralds of Jesus like John the Baptist and may the seminarians be encouragers to one another that they are beloved sons. We pray to the Lord.

January 21 – For the gift of life from conception to natural death and the recognition to uphold the dignity of life throughout all stages of life and difficulties. May the seminarians travel to and from the March for Life safely and blessed. We pray to the Lord.

January 28 – For the Seminarians as they advance in their studies, may each of them know the love of the Father, bringing them more fully into the service of the Church. We pray to the Lord.

About Intercessory Prayer

Prayer for one another has been a rich tradition in the Church. “On the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of the Promise was poured out on the disciples, gathered together in one place. While awaiting the Spirit, “all these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer. The Spirit who teaches the Church and recalls for her everything that Jesus said was also to form her in the life of prayer.”

The Catechism defines Prayer of Intercession as follows:  “Intercession is a prayer of petition which leads us to pray as Jesus did. He is the one intercessor with the Father on behalf of all men, especially sinners. He is “able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. The Holy Spirit “himself intercedes for us . . . and intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  Since Abraham, intercession – asking on behalf of another – has been characteristic of a heart attuned to God’s mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian intercession participates in Christ’s, as an expression of the communion of saints. In intercession, he who prays looks “not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others,” even to the point of praying for those who do him harm. The first Christian communities lived this form of fellowship intensely. Thus the Apostle Paul gives them a share in his ministry of preaching the Gospel but also intercedes for them.  The intercession of Christians recognizes no boundaries: “for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions,” for persecutors, for the salvation of those who reject the Gospel (CCC 2634-36).”

It is the hope of the seminary community that you will take each weekly intention into your personal prayer time and to your Eucharistic celebration intentions. May our journey of intercession for others bring joy and delight in our hearts and the Father’s heart.