These are extremely difficult financial times
for many people. Many of us and our friends, spouses, and other family members are
being called to shift our lives—and in the call to do that, we pray for
As Catholics, we are blessed with the presence
of saints. We soon will celebrate the solemnity of All Saints, when we formally
recall these men and women who faced hard times, as we do, and remained
constant and steady in their love for God. Prayerfully and patiently, they
continued to serve the Lord.
As we gather to pray this month, let us focus on
those who are now facing life changes and struggles. Let us ask our saints to
intercede and guide all of us with hope through these difficult times.
Leader: Jesus called his followers away from their daily
and routine tasks to a new mission. He closed doors on one side and opened new
doors on another.
many of those we know and care for now face the fear of having a familiar door
closed. What was present and comfortable is gone. Today we pray for them, and
we seek the aid of all the holy saints to assist and guide them to a new door.
Reading: John 15:1-6 (the Lord is the vine; we are the
branches, pruned to bear fruit)
Leader: Pruning is a part of life. We were pruned and
guided as children to become adults; as students to become those who understand;
as beginners to become leaders.
never easy. It can sometimes be painful. But pruning is necessary if we are to
take on the responsibilities given to us.
Joseph is the patron saint of all workers—and we are all workers. New in his
marriage, he was called to leave his home and his area of work to journey to a
new land. He took his wife, Mary, and the child Jesus to Egypt for their safety
and protection. Let us ask St. Joseph to assist those we know who have been
called to leave one thing and move to another.
is the patron saint of servants—and we are all servants. We are called to be
servants in many ways. We and others seek new areas by which we can give our
service for the good of others. Let us ask St. Rita to assist those seeking new
Isidore is the patron saint of agricultural workers—and we all work to bring
life from the soil of our lives. Isidore worked on a farm, plowing and planting
the fields of a wealthy land owner. He often got in trouble and was threatened
when he left his work to take a moment to pray. Stories tell that his door of
labor was kept open as angels plowed the ground while Isidore prayed. Let us ask
St. Isidore to help those facing work-related problems.
Anthony is the patron saint of lost things—and we all lose things. You know
those who have lost their jobs and financial security and identity associated with
that loss. As a child I learned a “Finding Prayer” to St Anthony: “Tony, Tony,
please come ‘round. Something’s lost and can’t be found.” Let us seek the help of
St. Anthony to open new doors of opportunity for all those needing assistance.
Invite members of your group to think of those
in need of help. Ask them to share the situations of these people (not their
names). As a group, consider saints who may be able to assist these individuals
in finding what they need. Pray for these persons and for all who are facing the
pain of a closed door.
Leader: The Lord has told us not to worry. He is with us,
loving us, leading us. Seek to remember this Good News and to share it.
Reading: Matthew 6:25-26 (Jesus tells us not to worry)
guidance, strength, and faith of the saints—those officially recognized by the
Church and those you hold in your heart. Ask for their virtues and intercession.
has professional served parishes and dioceses for more than 40 years and
continues to enjoy catechetics in Dallas, TX. She is the author of Stories to Invite Faith Sharing (Resource Publications).