Our prayers and our hearts are with you and your loved ones during these troubling times, especially to those who have tested positive for the virus, those caring for loved ones and those who must be isolated and be without work.
As with so many other organizations and businesses, we have taken methods to ensure that our staff members are safe and well protected. Our main office is closed to the walk-in public for the next couple of months and our staff members are working from home until things return to normal.
We are still able to receive orders through our website for those who wish to request Masses to be celebrated, respond to our Appeals and request Mass cards, etc. Emails and Telephone messages will be answered as soon as possible. The mailing of written responses and Mass cards maybe a little delayed. We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Let us continue to pray asking Our Lord and Our Lady of Angels for the healing of those infected and for the safety of their loved ones. Let us also pray that the virus may be controlled and then be stopped. I will also remember you and your loved ones in my Masses and prayers.
May God bless you and your loved ones with His peace, comfort, protection and good health.
Rev. Father O’Brien, C.M.
Short Prayer to Saint Vincent To End the Coronavirus Pandemic
By: John Freund on Mar 31, 2020 / Around the Province
Father Jean Pierre Renouard, CM, a Vincentian scholar and researcher, composed a prayer to the Holy Trinity, asking for the intercession of our patron to eliminate this epidemic that is invading the world.
PRAYER TO ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
O Saint Vincent de Paul, our father and model,
throughout your life you wished
to imitate Jesus, the missionary and servant.
In your time, you confronted
the plague, the illness of the people.
Intercede now with the Holy Trinity
on behalf of all the nations on earth visited by the modern scourge.
Help the bodies and hearts of all victims.
Strengthen caregivers, be close to all neighbors, and enlighten researchers.
Walk with those approaching the portals of death.
As you gave strong and ardent advice to struggle against evil,
so now come to our aid!
Teach us how to expose our lives for the weakest among us,
and strengthen us to help them better
in fearless perseverance.
With the sole desire of aiding them in their needs,
open our spirits to God’s infinite providence.
Let us endow it with his total will for action.
Inspire in us, also, obedience to our leaders,
as we now place ourselves in your hands,
confident and fortified with genuine feelings of dedication and zeal
for our sisters and brothers.
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Weekly Message From the Director
Dear Friend of Our Lady of Angels,
I share with you part of a catechetical instruction by St. Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop, taken from the Office of Readings for Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter.
The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of living water, welling up into eternal life. This is a new kind of water, a living, leaping water, welling up for those who are worthy. But why did Christ call the grace of the Spirit water? Because all things are dependent on water; plants and animals have their origin in water.
Water comes down from heaven as rain, and although it is always the same in itself, it produces many different effects, one in the palm tree, and another in the vine, and so on throughout the whole of creation. It does not come down, now as one thing, now as another, but while remaining essentially the same, it adapts itself to the needs of every creature that receives it.
In the same way the Holy Spirit, whose nature is always the same, simple and indivisible, apportions grace to each one as he wills. Like a dry tree which puts forth shoots when watered, the soul bears the fruit of holiness when repentance has made it worthy of receiving the Holy Spirit. Although the Spirit never changes, the effects of its action, by the will of God and in the name of Christ, are both many and marvelous.
The Spirit makes one man a teacher of divine truth, inspires another to prophesy, gives another the power of casting out devils, and enables another to interpret Holy Scripture. The Spirit strengthens one man’s self-control, shows another how to help the poor, teaches another to fast and lead a life of asceticism, makes another oblivious to the needs of the body, and trains another for martyrdom. The Spirit’s action is different in different people, but the Spirit itself is always the same.
Devotedly in Our lady of Angels,
Rev. William J. O’Brien, C.M.
(I pray that you and your loved ones have been spared the effects of the coronavirus.)