2nd Week after Easter
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Volunteers are vital for what we do, thank God for them!
“People Need Friends” is a collaboration of human hands and hearts. We are so thankful for all those who offer their time and talents. Our volunteers are essential in providing help and creating hope for the most vulnerable among us.
“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.
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Gracious God, please pour your love upon those who have asked to be remembered in our prayers:
Flossie Ayers –
Grandmother of Nicole
DPD office staff member. For the repose of her soul and comfort to her family.
Father Matt Twiggs –
pastor and dear friend of the DPD. May God bless him with a speedy recovery and a return to health.
Finnegan House residents and staff -
as they mourn the loss of their friend and housemate Gary Smitheman
Clients and staff of Gruenert Center –
During their time of grieving for the loss of Gary
Kirsten Yuroshek -
She is 21 and was just diagnosed with MS. May she feel God’s comfort and strength.rh
Family of Carmine R. Buglione -
Father of Albert Buglione, DPD Supporter. That God may enfold them during this journey of grief.
Wehrlen House residents –
as they mourn the loss of their housemate Shirley Brown.
Family & Friends of Salvatore Mione –
as they grieve his passing. May God comfort them in their time of sorrow
Great grandmother of Ashley, Director of Barnet House. The doctors say he has little time left. May she find peace in God’s grace and comfort in his love.
- Father of Hope Eder. May God be with him and give him comfort, strength and peace during his illness.
– DPD volunteer, for renewed health in body and spirit
Bruce Schreyer –
resident of the Giuliano House. For renewed health and strength.
Larry Hanlon –
father of John of the Basile apartments. We pray for a return to health. May he know the love of Our Lord.
Christian Lavorgna –
Son of CARE volunteer Ed Lavorgna
May he regain strength and health
– Friend of volunteer Anna Philhower, for strength and healing as she battles with pancreatic cancer
– For healing
Charlie Raab & Jim Daugherty
- Heavenly Father May You place Your Healing Hands upon our brothers who both have throat cancer.
Robert Konowich –
Uncle of Jake Ferguson. We pray for your healing hand to rest upon Robert and bring him back to wholeness and strength. We pray this with gratitude for protecting his life.
Family of Jean Williams
- Mother of Gruenert staff member Lisa Beasley, as their mourn her passing. May she rest in peace.
- Brother of Julie Tatti. For strength and courage as he deals with cancer. May God’s healing presence surround him.
- husband of Barnet House volunteer Nina. That his ear is healed and he gets his hearing back.
James Ondimu Ochoki
– For healing for this beloved father, grandfather, father in-law, brother in-law, and uncle to many.
- May the Lord grant consolation and recovery to health.
- a young man of 23 whose lungs are not in good condition, may God draw him near as his final hours approach and for comfort for his loving family.
For peace, justice and hope in our world.
May God bless our staff, residents, friends, volunteers and benefactors.
May he turn his face toward you and give you peace.
Gary Smitheman –
Finnegan House resident for 34 years
Carmine R. Buglione -
Father of Albert Buglione, DPD Supporter
Salvatore Mione -
Friend of DPD volunteer Jenn Minervino
Shirley Brown -
Resident of the Wehrlen House
April 23 – Divine Mercy Sunday
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. Looking to the diary of Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who reported visions and visitations form Jesus and conversations with Him. He asked her to paint the vision of His Merciful Divinity being poured from His sacred heart and specifically asked for a feast of Divine Mercy to be established on the first Sunday after Easter so mankind would take refuge in Him. It is an opportunity to reflect on the theme of how God’s mercy can overcome sin
April 24 – Holocaust Remembrance Day
Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on the 27th of Nisan in the Hebrew calendar as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. In Israel, it is a national memorial day. It was inaugurated in 1953 by a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi.
April 29 - Saint
Catherine of Siena
Catherine was the 24th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy. She started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. St. Catherine was one of the most brilliant theological minds of her day and one of only three women recognized as Doctors (Teachers) of the Church. When she died she was endeavoring to heal the Great Western Schism. She is considered to be a guide and guardian of the Church in one of the darkest periods of its history, the fourteenth century. Her letters and a treatise called "a dialogue" are considered among the most brilliant writings in the history of the Catholic Church.