18 May 2017
Dear Prayer Partner,
We have completed almost 5 weeks of Easter time and are entering the sixth week. That means the Feast of the Ascension lies before us with the Feast of Pentecost following. Jesus will return to his Father, and we will be gifted with the Holy Spirit who will remain with us and help us live as Jesus would. One help the Holy Spirit gives us being enabled to make changes in life that need changing. The early Church had to make many adjustments in relation to their Jewish compatriots with whom they had shared life and faith until they realized that Jesus provided salvation. I take comfort in Jesus’ promise of the Spirit’s presence in all aspects of life. May we remember to call upon the Spirit for this guidance for ourselves and others. Peace!!!
++ Lord of Life, grant eternal life to those who have died: Lois Boothe (Dr. Rick Boothe’s mother; grandmother of several alumni), Raymond Nance (Max Kriegel’s grandfather), Tanya Combs (Baily Abrams grandmother), Robbin Holland (Mrs. Abram’s cousin), Martha Cox (mother of several alumni), Bill Tkack (C.J. Fedor’s grandfather), Jason Wessler, Judy Byrum, Diego Romero (Lizbeth Romero’s grandfather), those who died in last weekend’s storms, and victims of violence and/or terrorist activities, especially Christians killed in Church bombings.
++ Lord, we ask healing for all the sick, especially those dealing with cancer: Jackson Feist’s little sister diagnosed with bone cancer, Ned Gray (Alex Gray’s grandfather / 3rd round of cancer), Jim Chandler (Christine Pankratz’s uncle), Abi Kerber (freshman with leukemia), Joanne Kopp (put on hospice care), Joy Kryster (leukemia; Mrs. Abrams’s sister), Cooper Alcott (2-year-old diagnosed with leukemia; Jennifer Frakes Burke’s nephew), Roger Metz, Alaina Jensen, Laurie Payne, Mary Minden-Zins, Vince Brady, Mrs. Hodges, Hayden Ishmael, Peggy McGuire Surritte, Mrs. Mindy Brown, Betty McClure (Rebecca Damron’s grandmother-in-law; kidney cancer), Laura Sparks, Sr. Teresa Chau Tran, O.C.D, Sr. Ann Marie O.C.D., Mary, Sara Dwerlkotte’s grandfather, Cheryl Hill, Paula Allen (pancreatic cancer), Jim Pallerino, Cynthia William, Sandy Robert, Cindy Thompson, Natalie Rice, Tom Baglio, Hazel Meziere, Dean Hawkins, Xiao Ying, Larry Moore, Perry Villanueva, Janene Sanchez, children with cancer, and those newly diagnosed and/or those who have begun chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments.
++ Lord, we ask the healing most needed for all the sick, especially: Debbie Morton (Mr. Morton’s wife surgery on Friday morning), Jeff Bartlet (quadruple bypass surgery on Friday), Andrea Williams’s friend suffering from diabetic wounds, Fr. Stafford, Fr. Brian Buettner, Kimberly Powers (Grace Powers’s mother; several health issues), Katie Gordy, Lois and Raymond Barnhill (health challenges from aging), Daniela Lopez, Rhett Hightower (2-month-old with heart problems; will need surgery), James Van Sickle (Joy Warlick’s father; pneumonia and heart attack), Tyler Fahringer, Grace Grimes, Teresa McGinnis, Fr. Joe Ross (Parkinson’s; problems with meds), Margaret Phipps, Shelbi Noakes, Missy Musgrave, Suzanne Simon (Sandy Nedbalek’s sister), Mr. John Baldwin, Maverick Nikelfresh (2-year-old suffering from pulmonary hypertension), Kevin Smith, Vena San Antonio, June Chambers, Ryan Free ’92, Joanne Kamp, Emmie Wright (Kristin Kusbel Wright’s daughter; varying health issues), Shirley Willis (heart problems), Suzi Johnson, Todd Williams, Evan Klingenberg (Sam Klingenberg’s son with incurable Menkes disease), Chan Baker, Mr. Chris Zehrung, Mary Males, Arthur McAnulty (stroke), Pam Whitehead (Rebecca Damron’s mother-in-law; multiple health issues), Tim Joyce, Stan Evans (Lindsey Self Evans’s 2-year-old son), Liam Kelley, Peter McConnell, Barbara Kendall, Clark Ellison, Genna Reed, Martin Gocke (needs heart transplant), stabilized vision for Sr. Joseph Marie and Eula Martin, Susan (Crohn’s disease), Marilyn Cheatwood, Jose Rosillo, Mr. and Mrs. La Saxon, Katie Hamilton, Laura Davidoff, Kent Lee, many friends and relatives, especially grandparents, experiencing health issues associated with aging, and all those in hospitals especially children.
++ Special intentions: Sally Schmidt, Mrs. Mary Frances Duran, Sr. Immaculata Commet, Sr. Joseph Marie Gibbons, Julianne Annesley’s mom and aunt, Laura O’Hara, Kennedy Grace, Sr. Marian Scena, Caroline Drummond, Mr. and Mrs. Newman, Jane Edmonds, Ashley Voss, Marie Logiodice, Velrick O. Wilson, Dillard Drew, Keegen Erbst (surgery in June to correct scoliosis), all members of the BMCHS community, staff, and their families, Aaron’s needs, Fr. Frank Schenk, Fr. Chet’s intentions, residents in nursing homes especially those at St. Ann Nursing Home, Assisted and Independent Living centers, and relatives and friends of BMCHS community.
++ That people impacted by depression will be healed by God’s Spirit of light and hope
++ That our graduates would be blessed in all their endeavors
++ For the people of Peru and Columbia, who are rebuilding following the intense rains and recent flooding and those hit by recent tornadoes
++ That world leaders work diligently to provide justice and basic needs for the poor, hungry and displaced people in our world while effectively addressing the threats posed by militant terrorist groups and those who participate in human trafficking
++ For the graces needed by those desiring to strengthen and improve their relationship with God and the Church
++ For conversion of heart of youth radicalized by extreme groups such as ISIS
++ For the needs and intentions of Birthchoice: more volunteers and increased financial support
++ That all the members of the BMCHS family strive to live humbly before God and others and work for lasting peace in our world
++ That Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI emeritus, Archbishop Coakley, Archbishop emeritus Beltran, all priests, seminarians, retired priests and permanent deacons be graced daily as they are examples of the faithful Shepherd, Jesus
++ That our benefactors and all associated with our BMCHS family celebrate God’s gift of salvation by sharing with all people they meet each day
++ That God would gift with courage, hope, and faith, those suffering for their faith in Syria and the Middle East, families dealing with death or long-term illnesses, financial problems, addictions, bullying, and/or any other life-altering challenges
++ That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated
++ That respect for all life, from womb to tomb, would become a lifestyle and attitude of all Christians
++ In thanksgiving for being blessed by God in so many ways and that all in the BMCHS community use these blessings for God’s honor and glory; for the intentions of our alumni and their families, especially any suffering from long-term illnesses or illnesses that have not yet been diagnosed
++ That the love between married couples will help them experience God’s love and enable them to be living examples of love for their children and the community
++ For all missionaries and the people served especially: Fr. Joe Uhen and the people of Piura, Peru, Sr. Rosemary Nyurimbe of Uganda, Sr. Barbara Joseph and her “pantry ministry,” and Sr. Janice Thome’s work in southwest Kansas
++ For the success of the causes for sainthood of Pier Giorgio, Fr. Stanley Rother, Dorothy Day, and Archbishop Romero
++ For an end to violence, in particular gang violence and terrorism, and for the healing of divisions between nations and all peoples
++ That those who have lost jobs, especially Bev Sanchez, may find purposeful work
++ That all our servicemen and women be kept safe, free from harm, and return to their families soon, especially for Carter Labarthe, Angel’s cousin, Victor Chavez, Hannah Kohlness, Abram McNeil, Russ Johnson, Brian Jackson, Brad Nutty, Capt. Justin Mancinelli, Joey Miles, Kelly Patterson, Molly Hatch, Hunter Hill, Alison Van Horn, and all others in our acquaintance
++ For the needs and intentions of foster children, their foster families, and their ‘birth’ families and those seeking to adopt children
++ For an end to bullying, and for families, especially Kurt and Laura Smalley, impacted by bullying and its results
++ In thanksgiving for those who work with and for the poor, especially Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan) and Saher Gul (Afghanistan) and those who work at Jesus House, Sr. BJ’s Pantry, and City Rescue Mission
++ That people suffering from any addictions will experience freedom through the grace of God’s life-giving Spirit
++ That those suffering from darkness in their life may experience the Light offered by God’s Spirit and choose life rather than ending their life
The following intentions need ongoing prayer
Those who have died recently: Florine Zaccanti, Craig McAuliff ’04, Sylvia Bennet, Lois Geiger, Dr. Stewart Beasley, Paul Brou, Barbara Chesher, Edwin Nalagan, Grace (Fr. Martin’s sister killed in Africa), Morgan Lindsay, Zhen Xiaoxu, those who have died in the Peruvian flooding, and those who died in the London attack.
The needs and Intentions of: Chris Padgett and his family, the Wrights’s family, John Hogan, Amy Jacobs and son Tyler, children of those deployed in the military, Mrs. Smallwood, Mr. and Mrs. Smalley, Jessie Boone, Jackie Francois and her ministry, Don Cruse, Olga & Cesar and family, the Taylor family, Mattie, Mr. Cheatwood, Joey, Alexa Browning, and Maddie Lyon. May Ray Dell McCleskey and his son Trey who suffers from hydrocephalus, Eric Sparkman, Brett Stacey, John Lane, T. J. Rogers, and their children all be blessed for their donated work for Katie Hamilton’s aqua therapy room and pool.