Today the feast day of St. Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus, please consider hosting a day / half day of prayer including Mass and fasting in reparation for Ireland’s turning from God and for the protection of the pro-life 8th amendment to the Irish constitution.
This is a very moving sermon about the remarkable life of one of Priests for Life’s team: Fr. Stephen Imbarrato, who prior to his reversion having lost a child through abortion, reverted to the faith just before his own father’s untimely death from cancer. He later adopted a son as a single father who in turn married and raised his own family but tragically lost his life to suicide. Fr. Imbarrato explores the theme of fatherhood in his own family life and spiritual life as a priest of God.
Beautiful and moving account by a mystic of the last hour of St. Josepah patron saint of a happy death.
Through the tragedy and pain of loss in Fr. Stephen’s own life, God’s power unfolds…
The great pope: Pope Leo XIII composed this beautiful prayer to St. Joseph as part of his encyclical on this great saint: Quamquam pluries, which he recommended be prayed at the end of the Rosary of our Blessed Lady: It is very much a pro life prayer. Let’s invoke St. Joseph in the remaining days of our countdown to the Irish referendum scheduled for May 25th this year on abortion.
To you, O blessed Joseph,
do we come in our tribulation,
and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse,
we confidently invoke your patronage also.
Through that charity which bound you
to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God
and through the paternal love
with which you embraced the Child Jesus,
we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance
which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,
and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family,
defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ;
O most loving father, ward off from us
every contagion of error and corrupting influence;
O our most mighty protector, be kind to us
and from heaven assist us in our struggle
with the power of darkness.
As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril,
so now protect God’s Holy Church
from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity;
shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection,
so that, supported by your example and your aid,
we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness,
and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP STOP ABORTION IN IRELAND?
Please can you PRAY without ceasing and also FAST for the rest of this lent and afterwards until May 25th, any medically safe way you can, at least once a week: that the abortion juggernaut that is International Planned Parenthood (the umbrella body for all abortion providers worldwide with a revenue of 1.4 billion in its US affiliate alone 2016) will not succeed in at least one country…… Ireland in spite of the phenomenal pressure and media and government manipulation here.
In the mystical body of Christ, this is an appeal to all catholics worldwide, to HAVE MASSES CELEBRATED (we are aiming for 1000 overseas to match 1000 at home) in reparation for Ireland’s turning away from God which brought us to this point and to save the Irish constitution’s pro-life 8th amendment. Please consider organising with your parishes around the world, to have one or more Masses celebrated publicly of reparation for Ireland’s turning from God and protection of the 8th amendment.
Alternatively please arrange one or more Masses privately for the above intentions. To facilitate this process, consider the link below: Aid to the Church in Need Ireland / A.C.N. Ireland, which is part of a worldwide organisation that helps the universal and persecuted Church at the coalface. Born or unborn, your prayers and practical support build up the body of Christ in our universal Church and remember, God is never outdone in generosity.
(a): call Anne or Claire at Aid to the Church in Need’s office in Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland on 01 837 7516
(b): email your request along with your phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
(c): Visit the web page: http://www.acnireland.org/masses/
Whether privately with a local priest, through Aid to the Church in Need’s Mass offering service or if you are organising a prayer service / vigil or parish Mass / Masses for this intention with your parish priest, we’d be very grateful if you would email us on our contacts page and let us know what you are doing so we can keep a record of all initiatives.
(Of note, as with all Mass stipends, a suggested offering of ten euro supports a priest who is spreading the gospel in an imporverished / dangerous part of the world, sometimes where there is no financial support at all for a priest on the ground. He will celebrate Mass for your intentions, in this case: reparation for Ireland and protection of the pro-life 8th amendment to the Irish constitution. Of note: ACN Ireland will support anyone with limited means to have a Mass celebrated on their behalf.)
Thank you, God Bless you
The Mass and Fast for Ireland Team.