Today’s Prayer – June 30
by Colleen Sisolak, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Lord of all, You are so great! You are so great! Your love and comfort for Your people when we are in need can never be matched. Even in the roughest storms, You are there. How blessed we are to have a God who loves us so beautifully and wonderfully that He would die for us over and over again.
Today we hear the story of the violent storm. The disciples in the boat with You, terrified that the storm would take them. Yet You slept, resting in faith. Lord, we are living through a storm. Our fears about civil unrest, illness from coronavirus, unemployment, and simply feeling out of control draws us to emotion. We cry out, as the disciples did, “Lord save us! We are perishing!” But unlike the disciples, we do not turn because of little faith, but instead because of strong faith that You will once again rebuke the storm and save us.
Father, Creator, Wonderful Counselor, we turn to You begging for Your intercession. Please Lord God, allow our faith to be strengthened through our suffering, for we know that it is through suffering that we are united with Christ’s crucifixion and therefore, too, His resurrection. May these weeks and months of denial from the Eucharist not be due to a lack of desire, but an act of solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are unable to receive You due to illness, oppression, or inability to access a church. Those who are able to receive, may the reception of the most Holy Eucharist reignite their faithfulness and fill them with an encompassing fire that in turn ignites others.
May we never allow a storm, no matter how violent, to shake our faith, for we know that Your faith was never shaken even through the violence of Your crucifixion. Grant us, O Lord, to call out to You, desire You and one day be united with You fully.
Daily readings can be found on the USCCB website here.
Today’s Update – June 30
Did you know that all volunteers in the Archdiocese aged 14+ must comply with the guidelines of the Office of Child and Youth Protection of the Archdiocese of Baltimore?
Youth aged 14-17 who volunteer with minors must complete a volunteer application and Worthy of the Call training, available through our Youth Ministry office. Contact Colleen Sisolak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL adult volunteers aged 18+ – both those who have substantial contact with minors and those who do not – must register at www.virtusonline.org in order for our parish to be in compliance.
In addition to registering, adult volunteers who have substantial contact with minors must also complete a background screening and training at www.virtusonline.org, which must be renewed every five years.
Now is a great time to make sure you’ve registered and are up-to-date to volunteer at the parish.
Adults may complete or update their registration and/or certification easily online at www.virtusonline.org. For assistance, or if you have questions about your volunteer status in the Virtus system, please contact Jennifer Ehrlich at email@example.com.