Support Your Priest Sunday

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Each year, Catholic priests commonly get together to commemorate their ordination on or near 4th August, the feast of St John Mary Vianney.

Often, they gather around their bishop at a special celebration, honouring the service of priests celebrating a significant anniversary of ordination. Lay people may also honour their priests at this time.

This year, Parousia would like to announce that Support Your Priest Sunday will be held on Sunday 2nd August 2020.

Support Your Priest Sunday is a day of national significance for Catholics that will take place each year around the feast of St John Vianney, patron of priests.

What would Catholic life be like without priests?

As St John Vianney reminds us, ‘When the priest remits sins, he does not say, “God pardons you”; he says, “I absolve you.”

At the Consecration, he does not say, “This is the Body of Our Lord;” he says, “This is My Body.”’ Now is the time for the laity to support our beloved priests.

How can I support my parish priest?

Parousia is sponsoring a novena for the intentions of priests commencing on Saturday 25th July, leading up to Sunday 2nd August. The feast day of St John Vianney this year is 4th August 2020. 

Nonetheless, lay people are encouraged to give their parish priest a token of love, thanksgiving and support for his ministry on the Sunday preceeding this feast day. This may take many forms, such as gifts of money and other tokens, cards and letters of thanks and encouragement, fasting and other acts of penance for our priests may be offered.

About St. John Vianney

How can I get involved?

1. Pray the novena to St John Vianney for your parish priest commencing on Saturday 25th July.

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2. Give your parish priest a token of love, thanksgiving and encouragement on Sunday 2nd August.

The 9 Day Novena to St John Vianney

Courtesy of EWTN

25 Jul

Ardent Faith

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Saint John Marie Baptist Vianney you were born of a deeply religious mother; from her you received the Holy Faith; you learned to love God and to pray. At a young age, you were seen kneeling in the front of the statue of Mary. Your soul was supernaturally carried towards the things on High. Despite the high cost, you answered your vocation!

Against many obstacles and contradictions, you had to fight and suffer to become the perfect priest which you were. But your deep spirit of faith supported you in all these battles. 0 Great Saint you know the desire of my soul; I would like to serve God better; from Him I have received so many good things. For this, obtain for me more courage and especially the depth of faith.

Many of my thoughts, words, and actions are useless for my sanctification and for my salvation, because this supernatural spirit does not stir up my life. Help me to be better in the future.
Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for … (mention silently your special intentions).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

26 Jul

Complete Trust in God

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Saint John Marie Baptist Vianney, what confidence the people had in your prayers! You could not leave your old rectory or your humble church without being surrounded by imploring souls, who appealed to you as they would have appealed to Jesus Himself during His earthly life. And you, O good Saint, gave them hope by your words, which were full of love for God.

You, who had always counted entirely on the heart of God, obtain for me a deep filial trust in His Providence. As the hope of divine goods fills my heart, give me courage and help me to always obey the Commandments of God.

Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for … (mention silently your special intentions).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

27 Jul

True Love of Neighbor

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Saint John Marie Baptist Vianney because of your love of God you showed great charity towards your neighbor. You could not preach on the Love of God without burning tears of love. During your last years, it seemed as though you could not talk about any thing else or live for anything else. Thus you sacrificed yourself to your neighbor by consoling, absolving and sanctifying them to the limits of your strength.

Your charity inspires me to greater love of God, a love which is shown more by acts then by words. Help me to love my neighbor generously as Christ loves them.

Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for … (mention silently your special intentions).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

28 Jul

Horror of Sin

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Saint John Mary Baptist Vianney, you were so adamant against sin, yet so sympathetic and so ready to welcome the sinner. I come to you today as if you were still alive, as if I were kneeling at your feet and you could hear me. Bend towards me, listen to the repentant confidence for the weaknesses and miserable deeds of mine.

Priest of the Lord, inexhaustible Confessor, obtain for me the horror for sin. You wanted us First to avoid the occasion of sin. I want totake your advice and make the resolution to break bad habits and to avoid the dangerous occasions of sin. Help me today to examine my conscience.
Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for… (mention silently your special intentions).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

29 Jul

Confessor of Souls

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O Holy Priest of Ars, you knew how important was a good confession for the Christian life. It was to procure the happy fruits of millions of souls that you agreed to be in an uncomfortable confessional, which was like a prison, up to 15 to 16 hours on certain days.

I will try to develop the habit of frequent confession, to prepare properly each time and to have always regret for my sins, so that the grace of final perseverance but also the sanctification of my soul will be assured. Ask this grace for me.

Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for … (mention silently your special intentions).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

30 Jul

Real Presence

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O Holy Priest of Ars, whose only comfort in this world was the real presence of Jesus in the tabernacle, was it not your great joy to distribute the Eucharist to the pilgrims who visited you? You refused Communion to the souls who refused to reform but to souls of goodwill you opened wide the doors of the Eucharistic Feast.

You, who each day at Holy Mass received Holy Communion with great loves, give me some of your fervor. With freedom from mortal sin, obtain for me a sincere desire to profit from receiving Holy Communion.
Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for… (mention silently your special intentions).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

31 Jul

Dispeller of Satan

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O Holy Priest of Ars, the infamous attacks of the devil which you had to suffer and the trials which disheartened you by fatigue would not make you give up the sublime task of converting souls. The devil came to you for many years to disturb your short rest but you won because of mortification and prayers.

Powerful protector, you know the temptor’s desire to harm my baptized and believing soul. He would have me sin, by rejecting the Holy Sacraments and the life of virtue. But good Saint of Ars dispel from me the traces of the enemy.

Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for … (mention silently your special intentions).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

1 Aug

Exquisite Purity

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O Holy Priest of Ars, a witness of your life made this magnificent praise of you:

‘We would have taken him for an angel in a mortal body.”

You so edified others: the modesty and the exquisite purity radiated from your body. With such charm and with such enthusiasm you preached to others about these beautiful virtues which you said resembled the perfume of a vineyard in bloom.

Please I beg you to join your entreaties to those of Mary Immaculate and Saint Philomena in order that I guard always, as God asks me, the purity of my heart. You, who have directed so many souls towards the heights of virtue, defend me in temptations and obtain for me the strength to conquer them.

Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for … (mention silently your special intentions).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

2 Aug

Desire for Heaven

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O Holy Priest of Ars, your precious remains are contained in a magnificent reliquary, the donation from the priests of France. But this earthly glory is only a very pale image of the unspeakable glory which you are enjoying with God. During the time you were on earth, you used to repeat in your dejected hours, ‘one will rest in the other life.” It is done, you are in eternal peace, and eternal happiness.

I desire to follow you one day. Until then, I hear you saying to me:
“You should work and fight as long as you are in the world.”
Teach me then to work for the salvation of my soul, to spread the good news and good example and to do good towards those around me in order that I will receive the happiness of the Elect with you.

Holy Priest of Ars, I have confidence in your intercession. Pray for me during this novena especially for … (mention silently your special intentions).

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

O St John Vianney, Patron of Priests, pray for us and for all priests!

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    Welcome to Support Your Priest Sunday 2020! I want to pray for the monks at St Benedict’s in Arcadia which is based in Sydney, Australia.

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    I pray for our priests, Bishop Richard Umbers DD VG, & Fr Andrew James (PP), at St Paul of the Cross, Dulwich Hill, Sydney, AUSTRALIA.
    Catch live-stream Masses from the Bishop’s live-stream facebook page.
    May our Priests serve worthily and remember what a blessing they are.
    May we, their spiritual children, always give thanks for their vocation.
    Saint Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, pray for us!

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    The Legion of Mary would like to pray for Fr Justin Ford who is the Spiritual Director of the Senatus of Melbourne. We also pray for all our past and present Spiritual Directors throughout Australia and the Pacific Islands.

    May St John Vianney keep them faith-filled and steadfast in their mission to save souls.

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    Fr John, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

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    Please pray for our amazing parish Priest Fr Denis O’Bryan

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    We want to pray for Fr. Denis good health and to keep him safe

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    I would like to pray for Fr Paul and Fr Stephen at St Agatha’s Pennant Hills. I would also to pray for our recently retired Fr Harry.

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    Thank you for this prayerful, community initiative.I am praying for the Monks of the Community of the Sons and Daughters of God in Dookie, Vic. (& worldwide). Also, for our Parish Priest, Fr S Bohan, Yarrawonga.

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    I am praying for the priests in the Launceston Parish, Tasmania, Fr Mark Freeman, Fr Crisanto Mendoza, Fr Ben Brooks, and Deacon Chathura Silva who is being ordained on 31 July

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    I would like to pray for Father Don Pascale from The John Vianney’s Greenacre Parish church

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    I wish to pray for the friars of st francis of assisi newton parish.

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    I would like to pray my Novena for our lovely, holy and dedicated Parish Priest and resident padre Fr Michael McLean and Fr Denis Minns and lovely Deacon John Pham from Drummoyne Parish.

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    I would love to also pray for our beautiful Verbum Dei brothers from Ryde/Gladesville Parish.
    Fr Greg Morgan, Fr Alfredo Serrano, Fr Daniele Sollazzo, Deacon Steve Drum, Bro Dan Drum. I pray the mantle of Our Lady protect you and that your are blessed for your selfless service.

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    I want to pray for the priests at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Frankston, Vic. australia
    And all the priests in the state of Tlaxcala, Mexico

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    I want to pray for my parish priests Fr Slawek,Fr Basti Mary Immaculate Eagle Vale NSW Australia

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    We want to pray for the priests of St Andrew’s Clarkson, Perth

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    Fr Peter Joseph
    Sydney, Australia

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    I am praying for Fr Peter Murphy my brother Parish Priest of Lavington NSW and Fr Williams Parish Priest Chelsea who has been a wonderful support to my family during COVID

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    I am praying for our parish priests Fr Pat , Fr Leo, Fr Ronan

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    Praying for Father Peter Kwak at Regina Coeli

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    The priest I am praying for:

    Fr. Fernando Montana
    St Bernadette’s parish
    Castle hill

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    I am praying for Father Peter Blayney, our parish priest;

    and for Father Andrew Grace-
    2018 Medjugorje Pilgrimage Chaplain-
    PP of Sacred Heart, Griffith

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    I am praying for the priests in the Sutherland Shire..

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    I am praying for Fr Dominic Byrne, parish priest in West Wyalong

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    Fr. msami and Fr. Gaspar. and m. nolan

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    I would like to pray for Father Mathew Valyamsinham & Father Chris De Sousa from St Joseph’s Parish Moorebank. May God bless them 🙂

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    For Fr Dominic Byrne at West Wyalong Mission. May he lead us, guide us and serve us as God intended. Ma the he become more spiritual and reverent and whatever his mental problem is, diminish. Lord hear m the prayer.

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