The Importance of Prayer
"The most important thing is to acquire the habit of prayer. It has to become a habit. Without that, we don't have an interior life; we just have an exterior life. And when all we have is an exterior life, we become anxious, restless, and that leads to greed, the inordinate love of possessing. For we end up trying to secure our own happiness and to reduce our own anxiety, and when things do not go our way in life, we become angry, impatient, irritated, we lose the peace that we long for. And when we are at that point, it means we've taken our life into our own hands. But life is not meant to be lived out of our own hands. We are meant to be carried along by God, like a baby is carried in a car seat. We are meant to be carried along by divine providence. God is in control, not us, and we have to surrender to his control. When we do so, life becomes so much more exhilarating."
Deacon Doug McManaman " The Importance of Prayer"
How to Pray
“Let us strive to be like Jesus in prayer and connection with the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.” ~ Fr Stirniman
There are five types of prayer:
Praise (hymns and response)
Adoration (adore His presence)
Intercession (pray for the needs of others)
Petition (pray for our own needs)
Thanksgiving (we show our appreciation)
There are three ways to pray:
Vocal prayer (we pray out loud or use our inner voice)
Meditative prayer (meditate on some aspect of God or something God has done or going to do)
Contemplative prayer (contemplate the existence of God and enjoy his presence)
*All of the types of prayer and ways to pray come together perfectly in the Mass.
NOW AVAILABLE - "Back to Basics" A refresher of some basic catholic prayers.
"Through adoration of the Eucharist, the Christian mysteriously helps to change the world and plant the seed of the Gospel. Anyone who prays to the Savior draws the whole world with him and raises it to God. Those who stand before the Lord are serving others. They are presenting to Christ all those who do not know him or are far from him. They keep watch in God's presence for all of them."
~ St John Paul II
What is Eucharistic Adoration?
During Mass, through the miracle of transubstantiation, the bread and wine which we offer as the sacrifice to our Lord truly become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, called the Eucharist. Eucharistic Adoration is the worship of the Holy Eucharist.
Exposition is when the Priest removes the Eucharist from the tabernacle and proceeds to the altar to expose the Blessed Sacrament for Adoration. The Eucharist is placed in the luna of the monstrance and elevated so that all adorers can see Jesus. This is a time to quiet our hearts, center our minds on Jesus, and elevate our souls to the Divine Presence of Christ in our midst!
Eucharistic Adoration is offered several times each week at both our parishes - see the schedule below:
Holy Trinity: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:00 - 7:45 am
Historic St Patrick: Tuesday and Thursday 4:15 - 5:00 pm
*All of our Eucharistic Adoration times are also available to view on our YouTube Channel before our weekday Masses.
Pray the Rosary
You can watch/listen to the rosary daily on our YouTube channel by clicking the titles below.
If you would like to print a copy and follow along, click here.
Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
What is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy?
Saint Faustina was born Helena Kowalska in the village of Glogwiec, west of Lodz, Poland, on August 25, 1905.
In the 1930's, Sister Faustina received from the Lord a message of mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world. She was asked to become the apostle and secretary of God's mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for reemphasizing God's plan of mercy for the world. The message of Mercy that Sister Faustina received is now being spread throughout the world; she has been recognized by the Church as a "Saint"; and her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, has become the handbook for devotion to The Divine Mercy.
How to Recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. At the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts the Chaplet is proceeded by two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Faustina and followed by a closing prayer.
If you would like to watch/listen to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, click here to view it on our YouTube channel. If you would like to print your own copy and follow along, you can do so here.
Pray for Vocations
Traveling Tapestry & Traveling Crucifix
It is an exciting time in our parishes and our diocese - vocations to the priesthood and religious life are growing! The best way we can support those who are discerning and those God is calling is through our prayers.
We are happy to resume a long-standing devotion in our parishes, the Traveling Tapestry of St Therese at Historic St Patrick and the Traveling Crucifix at Holy Trinity. Please consider praying for vocations regularly in your home by participating in one of our traveling vocations programs. It is a simple process and through your prayers you will contribute to creating a culture that encourages vocations to the priesthood and religious life in our parish and our diocese. The traveling tapestry and sign up book are located under the St Theresa statue. The traveling crucifix box and sign up book are located at the back of Holy Trinity Church.
To help build a culture for vocations in our parish, we ask a
parishioner to take the tapestry/crucifix into their home for one week and place it in a prominent location. We ask that you pray a rosary, chaplet of divine mercy, prayer for vocations, or any prayers you wish in front of the tapestry or crucifix. At the end of the week, you will return the tapestry/crucifix to the church before the Saturday vigil Mass .
For questions about the traveling tapestry, please contact Shelly Zwadlo at firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about the traveling crucifix, please contact Kathy Wieland at (309)825-2434 or email@example.com.
Prayers for Priests
Yet another way we can Pray for Vocations is by participating in "Prayers for Priests" held monthly at Historic St Patrick courtyard on the second Sunday of each month at 3:00pm. You can print out your own copy of the Prayers for Priests flyer here.
We will say a Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and a collection of specific prayers for priests and vocations. Come and join the voices of those who pray for priests on the second Sunday of the month.
Watch our Parish Events page for more information on upcoming dates!
Pray for our Sick
*For privacy, only first names and last initial will be displayed. If you would like to have a name added to our list, please contact the Parish Center.
Jennifer A Ty A Mary A Peggy B Ronald C Susan C Peter C Marina E Cheryl F Annette F Lynn F
John F Richard F Susan H Gary H Jerry H Don K Mary K
Dustin L Dale L Velma L Jen L Margaret L Lucinda M Coleen N Terri O
Kris P Brendan Q Sourav S Mary Ellen S Billy S John S Jesus S Karen Z
Pray for our Active Military
“Almighty God, You know every veteran by name. You know their deeds, their hard work, and their perseverance. You know their needs, both material and spiritual. Please draw each one closer to you and grant them all the peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7), the peace of Christ to rule in their hearts (Colossians 3:15), and ‘joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand’ forevermore (Psalm 16:11).”
*For the safety of our service men and women, only first names and last initial will be displayed. We will no longer display their branch of service.
Jonathan A * Alex A * Brett B * John B * Amy B * Charles C * Jack C * Alex C * Nicholas D * Aaron D * Chris D * Joseph F * Seanna F * Anthony F * Alex G * Dominic G * Kristian G * Leif G * Blake H * Matthew H * Jordan H * Michael H * Ashley I * Jared J * Brandon K * Patrick K * Patrick L * Thomas L * Jeremiah M * Gabriel M * Jill M * Michael M * Bradley M * John N * Brad N * W. Michael P * Jeff R * Tim S * Benjamin S * Kyle S * Kate S *Noah S * Bill S * Ian S * Allison V * Damon W * Nick W * Peter W * Luci W * Thomas Y
*If you would like to have a name added to our list, please contact Jen at 309-829-2197.
Sophie Margaret W - daughter of Sean & Kate W
Elowen Aeris B - daughter of Steven & Amanda B
Everett Michael S - son of Patrick & Michelle S