To begin to prepare ourselves for the Universal Synod and our Diocese for our 50th Jubilee , Bishop Oscar Cantú invite us all – laity, religious, and clergy – to participate in a Year of Prayer to convoke the Holy Spirit in our discernment process. The Holy Spirit inspires, strengthens, and guides the Church, and we need to listen prayerfully to the Spirit’s promptings so that our Diocese might embark on a journey of faith that is “ever ancient, ever new.” Pope Francis reminds us that God is God of surprises. It is in the spirit of prayer that we can prepare our hearts and our “spiritual ears” to hear his voice and to respond with courage, wonder, faith, and zeal.

Monthly Prayer Themes and Intentions

 June Themes

Openness to the Holy Spirit

For a deeper sense of knowledge and understanding of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit in life of every disciple so that the Advocate, the Paraclete may lead us to all truth.

For all of us that our hearts may be filled with the light of the Holy Spirit freeing our thoughts from sin and perfectly loving and praising the source of life and love.

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Appreciation of and Devotion to the Eucharist

For all of us who partake into the Table of the Eucharist that we may appreciate the saving presence and power of Christ each time we come to celebrate and receive him through his most Precious Body and Blood.

For a rich and greater devotion to the Eucharist that as we celebrate the memorial of Christ passion, death and resurrection we may come to be his living witnesses to the world; Blessed, Broken and Shared.

 June Themes

Young Adults and Parents

 

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Grandparents and Elderly

 August Themes

Children and Youth in Religious Programs

 

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For our clergy (1st 2 weeks)

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Resources

 October Themes

The Gift of Discernment
Praying the Rosary

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 November Themes

Communion with and Intercession of All the Saints
For the Deceased

 December Themes

Listening to the Holy Spirit
The Gift of Peace and Joy

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February Themes

 

Married Couples as well as those divorced, separated, and widowed
For all who are divorced, separated, and widowed that remaining in God’s healing and consolation they may place their trust in the Lord. For all married couples that as they celebrate their sacramental life, they may constantly experience the love of God, the support of family and friends, and the blessing of children.
Racial Justice and Peace
For the gift of Christ light for every people to see that we are made in the image and likeness of God so that we may eliminate all forms of racial injustice in the world. For knowledge to understand, appreciate and defend the dignity of all our brothers and sisters of colors.

 March Themes

 

Pope Francis, Universal Synod listening sessions

For the universal Church embarking in a Synod of Synodality that the Holy Spirit of God guides us in a culture of encounter and opens our hearts to be a listening people.

For much greater involvement of every Catholics in the life of the Church that we may live to be the modern disciples of Jesus bearing the Gospel of life, mercy and love.

Those most forgotten

For the poor, the homeless and the marginalized in society that they may never be forgotten but be a constant reminder for us to live in our responsibility to care for the least.

For the incarcerated and their families and victims that they may find forgiveness, healing and trust in the mighty power of God in the journey of life.

 April Themes

Meditation on the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

For a greater understanding of the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord, the great Paschal Mystery of Christ in the life of faith.

For a deeper sense of perseverance in each of us as we courageously proclaim to the world the love of God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  ​​​​​​

Personal and Ecclesial (communal) Encounter with Jesus Christ (welcoming the newly initiated)

For every believer and community of faith that a strong personal encounter with the risen Lord may be experienced and lived  as they witness the goodness of God.

For those who have been newly baptized into the faith that they may grow in wisdom and knowledge, bear the fruits of Spirit and lived as authentic witnesses of the peace and love of Jesus.

 May Themes

Intercession of the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph for our Diocese

For the people of our diocese that we may ever grow in admiration and devotion to Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother of God that through her maternal guidance and love we may always be protected from every danger.

For our local Church of San Jose in the valley of Saint Clare that through the intercession and great example of Saint Joseph, our beloved patron and of the Universal Church we may always live in righteousness and trusting always to the will of God.

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Vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life

For every young man and woman of our time that they may come to know the love of Jesus early in their lives through the witness of their parents, family, and friends.

For a greater sense of awareness from men and women of their vocation as they respond to the call of the Good Shepherd in offering their lives for the people of God.