Happy feast of St. Matthias, dear family and friends!
Today begins the novena leading up to the feast of St. Rita on May 22, which is also the day of my mom's surgery. St. Rita was Rosie's greatly loved patronness, and my parents' Augustinian parish prays a special novena to St. Rita every year, so we feel it's a little special mark of God's love that her feast was the date selected for surgery.
We will be praying a novena to St. Rita, and would love it if you care to join us! If you want me to send you daily reminders, please let me know.
Holy Patroness of those in need, St. Rita, you were humble, pure and patient. Your pleadings with your divine Spouse are irresistible, so please obtain for me from our risen Jesus the request I make of you: for all Our Lady's intentions for Rose Grimm, especially, if it be God's will, an entirely successful surgery, an easy recovery, and her speedy and complete cure. Be kind to me for the greater glory of God, and I shall honor you and sing your praises forever. Glorious St. Rita, you miraculously participated in the sorrowful passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. Obtain for me now the grace to suffer with resignation the troubles of this life, and protect me in all my needs. Amen.
If you'd like to know a bit more about St. Rita (including her special connection with roses due to a miracle during her lifetime) here's a link: https://www.saintritashrine.org/life-of-saint-rita/
With love and thanks,
Please pray for Mary Jane Wallace, mother of Jean Smith, who began hospice services at home in Ventura last week. In addition to being a grandma and a great-grandma to 5, she is a sister to Bill Blackstone (a Villanova alum) who, along with his wife Joyce, who are members of our parish. Mary's decline has been very abrupt. Please keep Mary and her family in your prayers.Read more
Please keep Art Coats, the brother of Martin Reid in your thoughts and prayers. Art is currently in the hospital with an undiagnosed illness that is requiring blood transfusions. Please pray that Art has a speedy return to good health. Pray also, for all his family and friends.Read more
We've been asked to storm the heavens with prayer for Christi Fontes. Christi will be undergoing surgery for a brain tumor on Wednesday, May 13th at USC.
Pray for a successful surgery and speedy recovery. Keep her husband Bill and all of her family and friends in your prayers at this most difficult time.Read more