Mother Olga’s Reflections
On Sunday, September 8, 2013, we were blessed by a prayerful and joyful celebration. Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, joined by 21 priests, religious, family members, friends, and parishioners of our parish community at the Sacred Heart Parish in Newton, celebrated the Holy Eucharist which included the Rite of Investiture Ceremony. It was a day of great rejoicing and gratitude to the Lord for the gift of our vocation. During the ceremony three Postulants from our community, Daughters of Mary of Nazareth, received their Novitiate habits as well as their new religious names: Sister Kateri Pablo, Sister Faustina Kolbe, and Sister Guadalupe Karol. You might notice that the religious name of each sister includes a female and a male Saint because we follow the spirituality of Nazareth which focuses on the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph. In honor of both of them, it will be a tradition in our religious community that the sisters will always have names of a female and a male Saint included in their religious names. In honor of the Saints who the Daughters prayerfully chose to take their names, our Prayers of the Faithful during Mass were focused on the name of the six Saints as well as on the area of their patronage.
Some of the friends of our community have asked me to post the prayers that were included at our Mass so they would continue to pray for our new Novices through the intercession of their new patron Saints. It is my hope and prayer that as you join us in praying for our community, you will experience the powerful intercession of our patron Saints for you and your loved ones.
Through the intercession of Saint Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer, and Protector of the Holy Church, we pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and for our Archbishop Cardinal Sean O’Malley. May the Holy Spirit continue to strengthen and guide their evangelical zeal as they shepherd our Church. We pray to the Lord. R: Lord hear our prayer
Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, we pray that we might dedicate ourselves each day to building an authentic culture of dialogue and peace. We pray to the Lord. R: Lord hear our prayer
Through the intercession of Blessed Charles, we pray for the grace to make our hearts like a little Nazareth where Jesus, Mary, and Joseph dwell within us to help us bring the Gospel to the world and proclaim it by the way we live. We pray to the Lord. R: Lord hear our prayer
Through the intercession of Saint Paul, we pray for young people, that they might be inspired to be the apostles of this new generation, witnesses of the new evangelization, and builders of the civilization of love. We pray to the Lord. R: Lord hear our prayer
Through the intercession of Saint Kateri, we pray for the poor, the needy and the immigrants. May our nation be a home where the sacredness of human life, the dignity of the human person and the protection of human rights are experienced fully by all who have contributed to our society. We pray to the Lord. R: Lord hear our prayer
Through the intercession of Blessed John Paul II, we pray for the protection of all families, that they may experience the fullness of their identity as a domestic Church. We pray to the Lord. R: Lord hear our prayer
Through the intercession of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, we pray for all those who are imprisoned and isolated because of any kind of addiction, that they might experience the interior freedom that comes from God who created them in His likeness and image. We pray to the Lord. R: Lord hear our prayer
Through the intercession of Saint Faustina, we pray for all those who have died, especially for the souls in purgatory and for those who have no one to pray for them, that through the mercy of the Heart of our Redeemer they will be welcomed into His Kingdom. We pray to the Lord. R: Lord hear our prayer