22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Prayer of Saint Giles - Patron Saint of people with disabilities.
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that the revered intercession of St Giles
may bring us heavenly aid,
just as his wonderful life
is an example of humility for all.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
In the Catholic tradition by recognizing people as saints we have models of hope and example as well as intercessors who we may petition for help through prayer. “They are human beings who, simply stated, got it right. They answered their call as human beings by combining their God given gifts with God’s grace to achieve a unique purpose in their lives.” Saints are not worshiped but rather called upon for assistance and to ‘speak on our behalf.’
A Patron Saint is one who is associated with certain life situations because of events or challenges in their own lives which they coped with or overcame. We pray for their intercession with confidence that our particular plight is truly understood since they have ‘been there themselves.’
✙ Gracious God, please pour your love upon those who have asked to be
remembered in our prayers:
Carol Murray – for comfort and recovery
Family of Mary Ellen Hockenburg
Family of Gifty Hevi - sister-in-law of Vivian Codjoe – Associate Director at Wallace House, and for her family as they grieve her passing.
- during this time of terrible loss
Burt Foley –
For his recovery from heart surgery
Patrick Powis –
Father of Art Powis
for comfort, strength and courage as he faces his illness
Karen Tofilski –
For continued healing and a return home.
John Nick, Jr.
- for healing and strength in his suffering.
Family of Mark Meeks –
nephew of Sister Joan. May God be with them in a special way during this time of loss.
- 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
– Long time art teacher/volunteer for return to health
Great grandmother of Ashley Hidalgo. May God ease any pain and comfort her in knowing that she
has lived a good and productive life.
Mr. Adapla –
Brother of volunteer Vimala for peace and courage during his illness
Roberta Levinson –
for patience and endurance as she helps her parents during this stressful time.
, mother of Lourdes Torres. May God in His good time, restore her to health.
and their son
who is 8 years old and has a brain bleed.
for continued healing.
Sister of Julie Tatti for strength in suffering and improvement in health
– Niece of Sister Joan.
, longtime dedicated volunteer in “People Need Friends” for continued recovery to health.
Frank Pinter -
for strength in suffering.
Benefactors and friends of the DPD
- Father and great friend to the DPD
Mary Ellen Hockenburg
– Dedicated and loving staff in the DPD family
- Sister-in-law of Vivian Codjoe
September 1 - Feast Day of Saint Giles (c. 650 – c. 710) – Patron saint of people with disabilities.
From a wealthy family, he turned his back on the materialism of that lifestyle and settled in France, where he lived alone in a cave. Giles spent his days in prayer, meditation, and pure devotion to the Lord. On one occasion during a regular visit from a friendly deer, a royal hunting party shot an arrow that rather than hitting the deer, lodged in Giles’ leg, crippling him for the remainder of his life. Through his influence, hospitals and safe houses for the poor, crippled, and ill were built across Europe.
September 5 – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta- August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997
When we think about the difference that love can make, many people very often think of one person: Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. A tiny woman, just under five feet tall, with no tools except prayer, love, and the unique qualities God had given her, Mother Teresa is probably the most powerful symbol of the virtue of charity for people today.
“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”
Mother Teresa spent most of her life the streets of Calcutta, India caring for the poorest of the poor. She is the foundress of a religious order of sisters called the Missionaries of Charity. There are more than four thousand Missionaries of Charity today, living, praying, and caring for the helpless in more than a hundred different houses around the world, including in the United States.
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