May 18 Daily Prayer & Update

Today’s Prayer – May 18

by Shawn Blair, Business Manager

Loving Father, during this season of graduation, we thank You for the many gifts You have bestowed upon our young people, at all academic levels, who will be the future mothers, fathers, priests, doctors, soldiers, public servants and teachers of this parish, nation and world. Grant them a special blessing as they have given up public recognition of their academic accomplishments for the greater good, without complaint.

As Pentecost approaches, grant us a renewal of the gifts of The Holy Spirit first received at Confirmation. Help us to recognize these gifts and use them for the greater good. May graduating students, especially, enjoy abundant gifts of Counsel, Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding. Bless us all with Piety, Fortitude to avoid what separates us from You, and a healthy Fear so that we will always love and worship You.

O Mary Conceived Without Sin, Pray for Us Who Have Recourse To You.

St. Anthony of Padua, Pray for Us.


Daily readings can be found on the USCCB website here.

What’s New

  • The Archdiocese has approved us to move to “Archdiocese Phase 1,” meaning that, beginning Tuesday, May 19, St. John Chapel will be open for private prayer/devotion, confessions, baptisms, weddings, and funerals, as long as the 10-person limit inside the chapel is observed.
  • Starting this Tuesday, May 19, St. John Chapel will be open for private prayer:
    • Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon.
    • Confessions will be offered by appointment only, and will not be held in the confessionals. The location will be determined by the pastor at the time you make the request. Please email the parish office at to make arrangements.
    • Mass will continue to be celebrated without the faithful present.
    • Sunday Mass will still be live-streamed at 9 AM on Facebook.
  • Before coming to the chapel, please:
    • Bring a mask. We ask that cloth (or more advanced) masks are worn at all times inside the chapel.
    • Take your temperature before you leave home. If you have a fever, please do not come. If you are feeling sick in any way, please stay home.
    • Use the restroom at home in order to minimize the number of people sharing this public space.
  • When you arrive:
    • Please enter through the door with your mask on, and wear your mask the entire time.
    • Please observe the seat markings in the pews to ensure the required social distancing of 6 feet minimum.
    • Before you leave the chapel, please wipe the area where you sat with a sanitizing wipe. A container of sanitizing wipes will be on the table by the door.
    • A staff member will check the chapel to ensure proper distancing and hygiene protocols are followed.
    • We will have hand sanitizer available in various locations – please use it liberally.

For additional resources and prior updates, visit the “Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic” page here.