Today’s Prayer – May 25
A Memorial Day Reflection
Jesus, we love You and we praise You. The whole world has received Your abundant graces, but our country has been especially blessed. The United States is often called “God’s Country.” From the day the pilgrims landed to the Constitution to the present day, You have blessed this nation with religious freedom. You have blessed us with the freedom to worship You freely, without fear of the law. Let us never take that sacred right for granted as many people of the world this day do not have that freedom.
My Lord, You know better than anyone that freedom is not free. Bless the souls of those who willingly gave up their young lives for freedom. Bless those who gave their lives to make this a country of freedom for all races when our country was truly divided, during the Civil War. Bless also, those who misunderstood what freedom meant in that time. Bless those who fought tyranny in the disease-filled trenches of WWI. Bless those young Americans who stormed the beaches of Normandy in WWII, against hopeless odds, to fight the greatest evil of the twentieth century. Bless those who struggled in the rain and mud of Korea and those who fought the enemy they could not see in Vietnam. Jesus, comfort those who still bear the wounds of those wars. Forgive us for how a country so blessed treated our Vietnam vets upon their return. Thank you for the leadership of Saint John Paul II in ultimately defeating the communists.
Jesus, thank You for those who have served and sacrificed in more recent years and conflicts not mentioned. Bless those who gave life and limb during our two wars in Iraq and our war in Afghanistan. You blessed us with good leadership and many brave people who gave up their lives to volunteer to preserve our freedom. Bless the struggling soldiers who gave up limbs or had their minds wrecked by roadside bombs. Never let us ignore our sacred obligation to support and help these heroic women and men with our compassion, our medical expertise, our funding and any other way we can.
Jesus, thank You for our Faith. Thank You for freeing us from sin and death. On this day, thank You for letting us be citizens of the land of the free and the home of the brave. May this great country always allow us to worship You freely.
God Bless America.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Pray for Us.
O Mary Conceived Without Sin, Pray for Us Who Have Recourse To You.
St. Anthony of Padua, Pray for Us.
Letter from Fr. Pete on Reopening & What to Expect at That Time
We recently sent out a mailing to all parishioners with a letter from Fr. Pete explaining the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Phases for churches to reopen, what the phases mean for St. John Church, and what to expect once we do resume in-person Masses. The letter and information sheet are also attached below (click images to enlarge)
Once we are permitted and ready to offer in-person Masses, we will notify parishioners of the details via Flocknotes, our website and Facebook – stay tuned!