A Prayer for Christmas

Dear Friends in Christ,

Some years back, I wrote a “Christmas Wish List” in the bulletin.  Actually, it was a Christmas Prayer List.  Without going back to review the old list, I would like to offer a new one and hopefully, you will make this part of your “prayer list” too!

First, I pray that every one of our parishioners may be filled with God’s love every day!  I pray that each parish family will be a faith-filled family. I pray that the love of God be the greatest desire of every individual member of St. John Vianney, and their hearts burn with the love of God and the love for God! 

Now to the other items on my list.  I ardently pray for many more vocations to the priesthood and religious life from our parish and from all the parishes in the archdiocese.  I pray for our seminarians and novices; may they always be faithful and happy in their vocations and in turn that they encourage and inspire others to follow Christ and serve His Church. I pray that some of our young parishioners may enjoy the love and fulfillment with which God has filled my life with as a priest.

I pray that our parish be blessed with more converts to the Catholic Faith.  I pray that our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) be so full that we must have multiple sessions during the year! I pray that those currently in the RCIA will be joyful and faith-filled Catholics. I pray for all our parishioners who will be receiving the sacraments this year – the families with babies to be baptized, the children making their First Holy Communion, the youth and adults who will be confirmed and the young couples preparing for Holy Matrimony.  I pray that each of them may cherish the gift of the sacraments, be strong in the faith and stay close to the Lord always.

I pray for our families, that they may love each other in imitation of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  That strengthened by God’s grace, their love for one another will be a source of strength and joy in all circumstances throughout their lives. I pray that fidelity, patience and forgiveness be their hallmarks.

I pray that all our parishioners’ that their commitment and devotion to our parish will be a source of strength, fulfillment and comfort.  I pray that being a parishioner of SJV is a source of pride and a cause of joy.  I pray that being a parishioner of this parish community will be a grace that is shared with others, that our parishioners know one another and that their best friends are fellow SJV parishioners. I pray that Sunday is our favorite day of the week because we get to be here together!

I pray that those who visit our parish may be so warmly welcomed that they may be inspired to take this experience back to their own parishes. I pray that those who have drifted away from the faith may be encouraged and open to renew the practice of their faith.

I pray for the youth of our parish; may their love for God and our Catholic Faith will always remain strong. I pray that they will find joy and fulfillment in their faith and that being a Catholic will be the most important thing in their lives. I pray in thanksgiving for our wonderful and dedicated staff; may they know the rewards of their goodness and tremendous work. I pray for their families who so generously share them with us.

I pray for myself, that I may always be aware and grateful of how greatly blessed I am to be a part of this wonderful parish.  May God may continue to give me the strength that I need to offer priestly service to His people. May my love for the Lord and His people will always be my greatest joy and satisfaction.

In pace Christi,

Fr. Troy