Devotionals, History, Schedules 2016
Liturgy of the Hours
Monday through Saturday from 8:00 AM to 8:20 AM.
Prayers are in the chapel led by priest or deacon.
Jesus taught us: "...pray always without becoming weary" (Lk 18:1). The Church is faithful to this instruction by starting off the day with prayer. "The purpose of the Divine Office is to sanctify the day and all human activity.... The Office is ... the prayer not only of the clergy but of the whole People of God." -- Apostolic Constitution, Canticum Laudis.
This prayer is so highly regarded that all clergy are required to say it every day. Even saying Mass does not have the same obligation for priests.
For information regarding this sacred form of worship, go to http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship and click on Liturgy of the Hours. Also, see http://www.universalis.com/ for a view of some of the prayers used in this devotional.
First Friday of the month starts with 8:30 AM Mass.
Following Mass and benediction, the exposed Blessed Sacrament is taken in procession to the chapel by the priest for scripture reading and adoration.
The Holy Hour which follows is specifically dedicated at Sts. Simon and Jude for vocations to the religious life.
Prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus are led by priest or deacon. Scripture and Papal readings are by Jack and Dody O’Sullivan. These prayers last approximately one hour.
Links to the sources for the Papal readings are available at our parish Flock-note site by registering for the "Holy Hour" list under the "Prayer" category at https://www.flocknote.com/stsj.
It was in the 17th century when our Lord appeared to a devout prayerful young nun from France named Margaret Mary Alacoque. Jesus told her "Behold the Heart that has so loved men, even to consume itself for them!" (Quote taken from Life of Blessed Margaret Mary Alacoque – Revelations of the Sacred Heart written by Monseigneur Bougaud, published 1890, page 15).
Click on the following link to read a brief history and a list of the 12 promises Jesus made to those who honor his Sacred Heart on the First Friday of each month. "First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus"
First Saturday Devotion
First Saturday of the month devotion starts with 8:30 AM Mass.
After the Mass, prayers are in the Chapel. The Devotional is led by Loretta Solli.
The prayers in this devotion are at the request of our Lady of Fatima who in December 10, 1925 said to Sister Lucy "I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five successive months, go to confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary."
For information and history of this devotion, click on: www.themostholyrosary.com/appendix2.htm
Eucharistic Adoration and Exposition (every Wednesday)
The Blessed Sacrament is placed in a monstrance for adoration and exposition and taken in procession to the chapel, following 8:30 AM Mass, every Wednesday.
Host is returned to the Tabernacle at 6:55 PM for the beginning of 7:00 PM Mass.
This silent devotional is ‘one on one’ with Jesus. In Matthew 26:40, Jesus said to Peter, "Could you not stay awake with me one hour?"
All are urged to come into the chapel every Wednesday to spend whatever time they can with Jesus truly here, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Hours are great, but even a few minutes out of your busy day are so rewarding. Jesus anxiously looks and waits for you. Come with desire to adore, praise and comfort our Savior.
Volunteers who will sign up for specific times are always welcome in order to as-sure our all-day parish presence before the Divine Presence. Please contact the Parish Office if you can help.
For more information on this form of divine worship, go to http://www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/Aug2006/traditions.asp (although its links to Catholic Update are broken). A large collection of resources is available at the USCCB site http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/eucharistic-devotion/index.cfm.
The Holy Rosary
Weekday Rosary following morning Mass. The Rosary is prayed in the church Monday through Friday following 8:30 AM Mass, from 9:15-10:00 AM.
Time permitting, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited following the Rosary. Prayers are generally led by Dody O’Sullivan and/or Ingrid Hamilton. All are encouraged by Our Blessed Mother to pray the Rosary.
Thursday Evening Rosary: The Luminous Mysteries Thursdays from 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM, in the church.
Prayer intentions are those of Jesus and Mary, plus personal petitions. Rosary is meditative, prayed slowly with the heart. All are encouraged to join in this centuries-old tradition. Rosary led by AnaMaria Campbell; she can be reached at email@example.com.
To appreciate this powerful devotional, one must take a glimpse of its history. Click here for brief review: "The Holy Rosary"
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
The Devotion is celebrated every Tuesday, following 8:30 AM Mass, at 9:15 AM, in the chapel before an icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
The prayer lasts 20 minutes.
These Redemptorist prayers are led by Matthew Sweeny and/or Jack O’Sullivan.
Divine Mercy Chaplet
Wednesdays, 7:35 PM – 8:00 PM, following 7:00 PM Mass in the Chapel.
Prayers led by Barbara Czerneski and acolyte Robbie Villarreal.
The "Chaplet" was given by Jesus to St. Sister Faustina in 1935. Below is a sample of messages from The Diary of Saint Faustina Kowalska:
"Encourage souls to say the Chaplet ... whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death ..." (Diary 1541, 687).
"O what graces I will grant to souls who say this Chaplet; the very depths of My tender mercy are stirred for the sake of those who say the Chaplet ... let all mankind recognize My unfathomable mercy..." (Diary 848).
"... when they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as a just Judge but as the Merciful Savior" (Diary 1540-1541).
The 3:00 o’clock hour: "At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world [our emphasis]. ... in this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of me in virtue of My Passion" (Diary 1320).
The Blood and Water prayer: Jesus also told St. Faustina when the following prayer is said "with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion. This is the prayer: ‘O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in you’" [our emphasis] (Diary 186-187).
Divine Mercy Sunday: Our Lord instructed St. Faustina that the Sunday following Easter was to be designated Divine Mercy Sunday. "... On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment [our emphasis]. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened" (Diary 699).
At Sts. Simon and Jude parish, the Chaplet is recited every Wednesday following 7:00 PM Mass. Prayer is in the chapel before an image of Divine Mercy which says "Jesus, I Trust in You!" The framed image is a gift to the parish from Barbara Czerneski who brought it from Krakow, Poland, specifically from the Mother of Mercy Convent, the same convent where Sister Faustina lived and died and where she had her visions. Our copy was blessed by a priest in the convent after hanging behind the original which had been commissioned by Sr. Faustina.
All are encouraged to pray the Chaplet as often as possible wherever one may be. Bring your rosary beads and join us in praying this devotional on Wednesday evenings.
The above quotes were taken from the Diary of Saint Faustina Kowalska. For more information on the Chaplet, go to http://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/. Another excellent website is www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/mercy/.
Mother of Perpetual Help
7:45 PM on Wednesdays in church.
The Watchmen (men’s prayer group)
Every Saturday at 6:00-6:45 AM (preceded by breakfast and coffee at 5:30) in Domec Hall Room 10.
The prayer group is open to all men of Sts. Simon and Jude to connect on a regular basis in fellowship, prayer, meditation, and support of each other. Bring your Bibles. Join us in having a cup of coffee before starting your day.
This is an SSJ-developed prayer group, not affiliated with or even patterned after any other similarly named organization. In a format loosely derived from Lectio Divina, we open the coming Sunday’s scriptures for prayer and discussion guided by published commentary such as that from Scott Hahn.
The name derives from our commitment to be men of faith who are vigilant and watchful for the Parish and the community. It refers to Isaiah’s call to the Watchmen of Israel: "Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have stationed watchmen; never, by day or by night, shall they be silent. O you who are to remind the Lord, take no rest."
All men are urged to join.
For more information, please contact Joe Till.