“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.”
As I stumble through this life, help me to create more laughter than tears,
dispense more happiness than gloom, spread more cheer than despair.
Never let me become so indifferent that I fail to see the wonder in the eyes of a child
or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.
Never let me forget the importance of a cheerful heart and positive attitude.
May I serve with gladness
All of this is possible if I but remember the joy that comes with knowing You always encircle me with love and caring.
Gracious God, please pour your love upon those who have asked to be remembered in our prayers.
To make a prayer request:
– dear friends of Patt Foth, during this difficult time of grief over the loss of their 13 year old son Andrew who was hit by a car while riding his bike.
Family of Tom Powis –
As they mourn the loss of their father.
Family of Sarah Bramley
– 19 years old, died unexpectedly. For the repose of her soul and God’s comfort for her grieving family and friends.
- Mother of Gruenert staff member Lisa Beasley. May the Lord give her strength in body, courage in spirit, and patience in suffering.
- Cousin of Debbie Wickham. For the repose of his soul and God’s comfort to his family as they deal with the tragic loss of his young life in a car accident.
– Brother- in-law of Julie Tatti. We humbly ask that you restore him to health again.
-as she morns the loss of her son. May God reassure her of his continuing love and lift her from the depths of grief into his peace.
- Brother of Julie Tatti. For strength and courage as he deals with cancer. May God’s healing presence surround him.
Karen Tofilski –
for a speedy recovery and return home.
- grant him the grace and strength to accept the burden of cancer.
Bonnie Leibowitz –
dear friend of volunteer Anna Philhower
for strength and recovery from rare lymphoma
– friend of Shea Curtis, as they mourn her passing. May God be with them during this difficult time.
Family of Gene Keeler
- as they mourn the loss of their dad / husband who was a faithful friend of the DPD
Msgr. Patrick Brown
– May he feel God’s love and embrace during his illness.
– 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.
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.
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.
Thomas R. Powis
Father of Art Powis
– Uncle of John Hanlon
Great grandmother of Ashley Hidalgo
- Cousin of Debbie Wickham
September 5 – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta- Anniversary of Death -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.
- Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (The birthday of Mary, mother of Jesus)
The Church has celebrated Mary's birth since at least the sixth century. Birthday celebrations bring happiness to the celebrant as well as to family and friends. Next to the birth of Jesus, Mary's birth offers the greatest possible happiness to the world. If Jesus is the perfect expression of God's love, Mary is the foreshadowing of that love. If Jesus has brought the fullness of salvation, Mary is its dawning.
September 9 - Saint Peter Claver
-1580-1654 Patron Saint of Slaves, Columbia, Race Relations &African Americans
A native of Spain, young Jesuit Peter Claver left his homeland forever in 1610 to be a missionary in the colonies of the New World. He sailed into Cartagena (now in Colombia), a rich port city washed by the Caribbean. There he was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1615. Cartagena was the principle slave market of the New World, where a thousand slaves were landed every month. After his ordination he dedicated himself by special vow to the service of the slaves from Africa-a work that was to last for thirty-three years. He labored unceasingly for their salvation and the abolition of the slave trade. The hearts and the consciences of many people had been so hardened that they refused to see this evil of slavery in their midst. But Peter did what he could. He tried to be a visible sign that the African slaves were indeed human beings, children of God. By bringing the love of Jesus to them, he was laying the foundations of justice and charity for the future. During his 40 years in Colombia, Peter Claver baptized nearly 300,000 Africans.