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.  For now, our main office in Lewiston, New York, is closed to the public.

We are able to take requests through our website for those who wish to have Masses celebrated, respond to our Appeals and to order Mass cards.  Emails and Telephone messages will be answered as soon as possible. The mailing of written responses and Mass cards may be 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.
Executive Director


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.
AMEN


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Weekly Message From the Director

Dear Friend of Our Lady of Angels,

            The Church celebrated the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on November 21st.  I share with you some reflections from a sermon of St. Augustine taken from the Office of Readings for the Feast.

            Stretching out his hand over his disciples, the Lord Christ declared: “Here are my mother and my brothers; anyone who does the will of my Father who sent me is my brother and my sister and my mother.”  I would urge you to ponder these words.  Did the Virgin Mary, who believed by faith and conceived by faith, who was the chosen one from whom our Savior was born among men, who was created by Christ before Christ was created in her – did she not do the will of the Father?

            Indeed, the blessed Mary certainly did the Father’s will, and so it was for her a greater thing to have been Christ’s disciple than to have been his mother, and she was more blessed in her discipleship than in her motherhood.  Hers was the happiness of first bearing in her womb him she would obey as her master.

            Now listen and see if the words of Scripture do not agree with what I have said.  The Lord was passing by and crowds were following him.  His miracles gave proof of his divine power, and a woman cried out: “Happy is the womb that bore you, blessed is that womb.”  But the Lord not wishing people to seek happiness in a purely physical relationship, replied: “More blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it.”

               Mary heard God’s word and kept it, and so she is blessed.  She kept God’s truth in her mind, a nobler thing than carrying his body in her womb.  The truth and the body were both Christ: he was kept in Mary’s mind insofar as he is truth, he was carried in her womb insofar as he is man; but what is kept in the mind is of higher order than what is carried in the womb.

            The Virgin Mary is both holy and blessed, and yet the Church is greater than she.  Mary is part of the Church, a member of the Church, a holy, an eminent – the most eminent – member, but still only a member of the entire body.  The body undoubtedly is greater than she, one of its members.  This body has the Lord as its head, and head and body together make up the whole Christ.  In other words, our head is divine – our head is God.

            Let us pray that like Mary, we be people who hear God’s word and keep it!

Devotedly in Our Lady of Angels,

Rev. William J. O’Brien, C.M.