Let Us Pray

Dear Friends,

This is being written on Sunday afternoon, March 15. There is an early bulletin deadline. The coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve daily and sometimes hourly. The media’s obsession with it, I believe, is leading to fear and panic. One parishioner told me that he had to stop watching the news reports for they were not helpful and creating an abundance of worry.

This is a very serious and dangerous situation. Everyone needs to exercise restraint, caution and prudence. Following the advice and direction of the Center for Disease Control as well as the PA Health Department is sound guidance.

As disciples, believers in a merciful and compassionate Father, we also entrust ourselves to Him through prayer. Prayer can bring peace to our souls and enlist the power of God to help alleviate this health crisis. Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the USCCB, offers this beautiful prayer invoking the help of our Blessed Mother for our use ~

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas. We fly to you today as your beloved children. We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother, and gain for our nation and world, and for all our families and loved ones, the protection of your holy angels, that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted, we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance. Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful, wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing, teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind. Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence, knowing that you truly are our

compassionate mother, health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, keep us in the embrace of your arms, help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

May we all stay safe and well.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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