Gracious God, please pour your love upon those who have asked to be remembered in our prayers:
Joyce Rizzo -
Very close family friend of Volunteer Jody Pihokker, who was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Please pray for her family also in these devastating times.
dpd resident, prayers that he feels better soon.
aunt of Cheryl Slate, as she grieves the loss of another son
Family of Jenn Minervino –
As they go through this difficult time of loss
Family of Roy DeFranco –
May God comfort in their grief at the passing of their mother.
Family of Julie Tatti –
As they mourn the loss of their sister Colette. May God give them comfort.
Assunta Colonna –
Mother of Joe Giuliano. For healing. May God sustain her courage and strength.
Joan Cartier –
longtime friend of the DPD
May God bring her comfort and courage as she faces a terminal disease.
– friend of Sr. Joan, for patience and courage as she works to recover from a stroke.
resident of Wallace House. May God keep him in his constant care.
–Great-nephew of Patt Foth who suffered a brain aneurysm. May he heal quickly and well.
Ellen Marco -
May our Lord, our healer grant her full recovery.
Sharon & Gloria
– During their continued battle with breast cancer, may the blessings of our heavenly Father be on them. May they be restored to health.
– an 8
grade student in Sparta as she battles colon cancer. For healing and God’s embrace for her and her family to get through this terribly difficult time
– sister of CARE member Raymond. Please pray for strength and courage as she goes through treatment.
Chris Androski -
husband of Barnet House volunteer Nina. That his ear is healed and he gets his hearing back.
Patty Van Tine
– Daughter of volunteer Barbara Mahler. May the Lord be her light during this time of crisis and keep her close in his love.
That her 2nd opinion for cancer diagnosis will be the light she needs in this dark journey. May God's presence be upon her throughout her journey
- Gruenert Center volunteer, may God watch over her during her pregnancy and bless her and her unborn child with good health.
Lori Burton –
May you fill her heart with your comfort; fill her body with your strength and her everyday with your rest.
- Cousin of volunteer Camille Aveni, was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. May he find consolation in God’s loving presence and for the doctors treating him.
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.
- May the love of God, family and friends sustain him as he undergoes dialysis 3 days a week.
Patrick Powis –
Father of Art Powis
for comfort, strength and courage as he faces his illness
- 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.
Rosa Bascietto –
Mother of Joanne Rossi. That the love and respect of her family helps to sustain her and bring her joy.
– Son of volunteer Barbara Mahler, may God watch over him during his illness
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.
Stella Ann Hadyka –
Grandmother of volunteer Jenn Minervino
– Cousin of Cheryl Slate
Mrs. DeFranco –
Mother of Roy DeFranco
Sister of Julie Tatti
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Hijri calendar. It is regarded as the holiest month of the year as it was the month in which the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad. The annual observance of Ramadan is considered one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Adult Muslims are required to fast from dawn until dusk every day throughout Ramadan as long as there are no health concerns. In addition to abstaining from eating, drinking, and smoking, Muslims also refrain from sexual relations as well as sinful speech and behavior.
During Ramadan, Muslims pray every night for 30 days, reciting different chapters each day until the Quran is completed by Eid Al Fitr. Ramadan is also a time for Muslims to practice self-discipline, sacrifice, and empathy for those less fortunate. It encourages generosity and charity.
June 9 - Saint Ephrem – 306-373 A,D.
Deacon and Doctor of the Church
Ephrem took upon himself the special task of opposing the many false doctrines rampant at his time . He was ordained a deacon and became a well-known teacher. Years later, his bishop suggested that Ephrem be a priest. Ephrem begged the bishop to allow him to stay a deacon because he thought he was not good enough to be a priest.
When the Persian army conquered his homeland, Ephrem escaped to the mountains and lived as a monk alone in a cave. People came to listen to him and ask for help with their problems. At this time, Ephrem did a lot of writing. His homilies were popular, as were his religious poems. He is one of the first to introduce song into the Church’s public worship as a means of instruction for the faithful. His many hymns have earned him the title “Harp of the Holy Spirit.” He preferred a simple, austere life, living in a small cave overlooking the city of Edessa. It was here he died around 373.
We know nothing about St. Barnabas except what Scripture tells us. Luke says he was “a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith” (Acts 11:24 ). No one could ask for a better recommendation! The saint was born at Cyprus, a Jew of the tribe of Levi. His given name was Joseph, but the apostles called him Barnabas, which meant “son of encouragement” (Acts 4:36 ). That nickname suited him to a tee, for everywhere he went he seems to have played a major supportive role in establishing the Christian community. For example, he sold his property and donated the money to the apostles for the poor. Later the apostles sent him to care for the fledgling church at Antioch. He also accompanied Paul on his first missionary (Acts 13:1–2, 7).