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Prayer for the Canonization of
Father Michael J. McGivney


God, our Father, protector of the poor and
defender of the widow and orphan, you called
your priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, to
be an apostle of Christian family life and to
lead the young to the generous service of their
neighbor. Through the example of his life and
virtue may we follow your Son, Jesus Christ,
more closely, fulfilling his commandment of
charity and building up his Body which is the
Church. Let the inspiration of your servant
prompt us to greater confidence in your love
so that we may continue his work of caring
for the needy and the outcast. We humbly
ask that you glorify your venerable servant
Father Michael J. McGivney on earth
according to the design of your holy will.
Through his intercession, grant the favor I
now present (here make your request).
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Father Hail Mary Glory be to the Father






Dear Brother Knights,


          It doesn’t really feel like Christmas to me yet.  Sure, the stores are busy, with a lot of people shopping online due to the pandemic.  It doesn’t prevent people from shopping in person, as I have found out.

          Today, I put up my Christmas tree in the house.  Sometimes doing familiar things brings back the spirit of Christmas.  Doing things, like cooking a meal for someone you know who is sick, also brings back the spirit.  I’ve done many “little things” for others, but for them they aren’t so little.  They know you take the time to care for someone other than yourself.

          As Knights, we don’t have a lot to do right now, because of the pandemic. But we do many “little things” for others which for them aren’t that little.

Assisting someone at Mass as an usher or by setting up a Nativity scene on Rt. 9, are such examples.  Don’t feel they aren’t appreciated!  They are! Things like helping out the homeless by making a contribution to the Interfaith Hospitality Ministry and by helping out  Sending a Hero home for the Holiday’s program, are more ways we help!

          But as Knights, we can be there when we are needed.  That’s our job! Standing by our families over the Christmas holidays and spreading our faith is needed more than ever!  Maybe we can’t help in food drives or delivering presents to the Nursing Homes like last year, that’s just the way it is.  By sticking it out, by wearing masks and by observing social distancing and limiting our social gatherings for now, we can assure a better tomorrow for everyone!

          I am very proud of all of you!  It takes perseverance to wait out the pandemic until we are called again to serve

          Praying for the people around us is also an important way to reach out to others.  Pray for an end to abortion, euthanasia, and the many social ills that bring dismay, like unemployment and sickness.  We are all so vulnerable!

          Please pray for our deceased loved ones we’ve lost this year due to the pandemic and those still in critical condition.

          Make an effort to find new ways, creative ways, to celebrate Christmas safely this year, maybe with less traveling and in smaller immediate family groups.  You’ve all heard this before I know.  I sound like a broken record at times.

 Let’s all survive this thing.  Remember the Lord is always with us on our trip through life. He will never let us down!

I think I feel a lot better now.   Back to my Christmas tree!


Yours in Christ, Deacon Bob





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