Prayer Changes People and Prayer Works
Aug 30th, 2013 by Father Chris

Recently I came across the following information in an article on the internet.  We certainly should NOT believe eveything we see on the internet without checking it for accuracy but I found this information quite intriguing and I thought I would offer it to you here.  I hope you find it helpful as well.

Did you know:

3 out of 4 people pray on a daily basis in the United States.

prayer reduces stress and lowers your blood pressure.

prayer boosts your resistence to illness and disease.

prayer neutralizes negative emotions.

prayer enhances your memory and mental function.

prayer can help prevent dementia and Alzheimer disease.

prayer reduces suffering from pain.

prayer gives you a healthier, happier and longer life.

prayer strengthens your brain through the power of prayer.

prayer improves immune function.

prayer reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.

prayer reduces stress and increases peace of mind.

prayer reduces or can eliminate panic attacks, anxiety and depression.

prayer reduces impact from chronic pain.

prayer gives one a more positive, happy outlook on life.

prayer gives one a healthier, longer and more fulfilled life.

Prayer is defined many ways.  Most simply it is “conversation or communication with God.”  There are many forms prayer can take.  There is petition, intercession, meditation, contemplation, thanksgiving, communal or liturgical prayer and even singing.

With all of the talk of healthcare today and living healthier lives.  Maybe, just maybe, the answer, in part could be right in front of us.  Why not set aside a little time every day to communicate with God in prayer.  Thank Him for the gift of your life and for all He has given you in it.  Let your life be a blessing to others by praying for them, even those you do not know.  Just talking with God and allowing Him to speak with us gives us all these benefits in life!

Do believe all of this?  I hope so.  I certainly do and in my life I can confirm ALL of the above!




What is meant by faith?
Aug 14th, 2013 by Father Chris

Last week we celebrated the funeral liturgy for Peter Flanigan.  The rites were solemn and moving.  Last Sunday evening Father Peter and I attended the wake which was held at the family home on Anderson Hill Road in Purchase.

The prayer cards which were prepared for those who visited were very simple and beautiful.  I was particularly impressed by the quote on the back of the prayer card written by Cardinal Newman.  I have always been a “fan” of Cardinal Newman and I have gained great insights from his writings.

I offer the quote to all of you and hope it is something which you might find spiritually profitable as well.

“What is meant by faith?  It is to feel in good earnest that we are creatures of God.  It is to understand that this world is not enough for our happiness, to look beyond it on towards God, to realize His presence, to endeavor to learn and to do His will. 

To have faith in God is to surrender one’s self to God, to humbly put one’s interest’s into His hands.”  -  John Henry Cardinal Newman

The Solemnity of the Assumption – Holy Day of Obligation
Aug 14th, 2013 by Father Chris

Thursday IS a Holy Day of Obligation.  I hope to see all parishioners at Mass either on Wednesday evening or Thursday.  The Mass schedule is as follows: A vigil Mass this evening (Wednesday) at 7:00pm and Thursday at 8:00am and 12:00noon.

Below I include for you a brief meditation about the life of our Blessed Mother as we prepare for this special celebration of our faith.

“Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy” – Psalm 126:5

Reflection: Mary sowed much in tears while on earth, and now she is reaping much in heavenly joy.  The same will be true for us.  The more spiritual victories we attain while on earth, the more we will receive in heaven.  – Saint Bernard

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, grant me your grace to obtain daily spiritual victories over myself, the world, and the devil.  Let me be faithful as Mary was and so share her glory with You.

“Father Dowling Mystery” Solved!
Aug 13th, 2013 by Father Chris

Katie Lentz finally knows the identity of the Catholic priest who came to her side during a life-threatening accident on a two-lane Missouri highway this month.

Turns out, it was a Father Dowling mystery. The Rev. Patrick Dowling, that is.

Dowling, a priest since 1982, revealed in a comment on a story posted on the National Catholic Register that he was the man who prayed over Lentz, 19, while emergency workers treated her for injuries after an August 4 accident.

Dowling wrote in the comment, which has since been deleted: “I absolved and anointed Katie, and, at her request, prayed that her leg would not hurt. Then I stepped aside to where some rescue personnel and the pilot were waiting, and prayed the rosary silently.”

The Rev. Patrick Dowling revealed his identity in a posting on a National Catholic Register website.
The Rev. Patrick Dowling revealed his identity in a posting on a National Catholic Register website.

Dowling’s presence had been a mystery because officials at the scene said it seemed as if he appeared from nowhere, couldn’t be found in any pictures taken at the scene and left without anyone seeing where he went.

Rescuers said the mysterious priest told them to be calm and their tools would now work.

The priest said there really wasn’t any mystery to it, and he told a deputy before he left who he was. He took no credit for saving Lentz’s life. He credited that to the calm of two highway patrol officers and a rescue team that worked “harmoniously.”


Priest appears at crash site, then vanishes

The diocese of Jefferson City confirmed Dowling’s account in a news release.

“Fr. Dowling said that he is pleased that he was able to help by performing his ministry and noted that that he was just one of many who responded to assist the victim at the accident,” the statement said.

Dowling was on the highway because another priest had called in sick, he wrote.

His full comment was:

I had Mass in Ewing MO as the regular priest was sick. As I was returning, I arrived at the scene. The authorities were redirecting traffic. I waited till it was possible to drive up closer. I parked behind a large vehicle about 150 yards from the scene. I asked the Sheriff’s permission and approached the scene of the accident.

I absolved and anointed Katie, and, at her request, prayed that her leg would not hurt. Then I stepped aside to where some rescue personnel and the pilot were waiting, and prayed the rosary silently. I left when the helicopter was about to take off, and before I got to my car it was on its way to Quincy.

I was amazed at the calmness of the two Highway patrol men. The sergeant was completely in control, amazingly calm. Everybody worked as harmoniously as a Swiss watch despite the critical nature of the scene. I gave my name to one of the authorities, perhaps to the sergeant of Highway Patrol, explaining that I was returning having celebrated Mass at Ewing. It was the sergeant who, at the Sheriff’s request, gave me Katie’s name as I was leaving, so I could visit her in hospital – I assumed she would be taken to Columbia.

I think there may have been angels there too and, in this context, I congratulate the fire team from New London and Hannibal, the Sheriff/deputies of Ralls County, the Highway Patrol personnel, the helicopter team, the nurses and all who worked so professionally. God has blessed your work. I hope the credit goes where it is due.

Dowling works in prison ministry and with Spanish-speaking parishioners, the diocese said.

Lentz is still hospitalized, and charges are pending against the driver whose car hit hers

Growing in Faith
Aug 5th, 2013 by Father Chris

faith insert

By now I am sure most of you have seen the “Growing in Faith” insert which has been in the parish bulletin on the first Sunday of the month for the last couple of months.  Above is the insert for August 2013 which was in this past weekend’s bulletin.

I saw this in the bulletin of another parish I visited recently and I was very impressed with it.  The single page front and back contains informative insights about the faith which are presented in a concise fashion. 

Over the last few weeks I received very positive feedback from many parishioners about the Growing in Faith inserts.  We intend to have them in the bulletin on the first weekend of the month from now on.  Additionally, in the Fall we hope to have a similar page for children which will be supplementary to their catechism lessons in Religious Education class.

Enjoy!  And, I hope through this  new tool for catechesis and evangelization we all “Grow in Faith!” 

Welcome Father Paul
Aug 3rd, 2013 by Father Chris

fr.paulFather Paul Puthuva

This weekend we are happy to welcome Father Paul Puthuva, a Vincentian Missionary Priest from India who has been assigned to us by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.  He will make an appeal on behalf of the Vincentian Missions.

The Vincentian Congregation was founded in Kerala, India in 1904, and is modeled after the Congregation of the Mission founded by Saint Vincent dePaul.  Members of this flourishing Religious Congregation, all natives of India, are engaged in Mission work in all parts of India as well as East Africa.

The Vincentian Missionaries need our help to carry out their many missionary, educational and charitable activities.  They also need our financial support for the training of young men who are studying for the priesthood. 

This weekend there will be a special mission collection to help with the missionary work of the Vincentian Fathers.  Please keep Father Paul Puthuva and all of the Vincentian Missionaries in your valuable prayers. 

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