Saturday, September 7, 2013

Monthly Mass Offered Today for Renewal of Family Prayer

Pope Francis July 22 at World Youth Day 2013
credit: Getty Image
On the 1 year anniversary of the Children's Rosary we began a prayer initiative to renew family prayer. The children began saying novenas to different saints for renewal of family prayer.  Over 780 nine day novenas have been said each to a different saint. Over 500 Children's Read Aloud Bibles have been given out to families to encourage family prayer.  During each Children's Rosary group meeting the children also pray for renewal of family prayer.  A very special way we are trying to bring back family prayer is by offering Masses for this intention. Many Masses have already been requested and going forward a Mass will be offered on the first Saturday of every month for Renewal of Family prayer.  

Pope Francis during his trip to World Youth Day stressed the importance of family and supporting that family through prayer.

He called “the family, the foundation of coexistence and a remedy against social fragmentation.” (Pope Francis July 25th 2013)

He later said, “How precious is the family as the privileged place for transmitting the faith!” (Pope Francis July 26th, Angelus)

In a radio interview Pope Francis said, “The family is important, and it is necessary for the survival of humanity.” (Pope Francis July 27th)

On a day called upon by Pope Francis to pray and fast for peace it also seems like a wonderful blessing to have our Monthly Mass said for Renewal of Family Prayer.  For as Pope John Paul II was fond of saying, "As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live".

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