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 the inaugural Support Your Priest Sunday will be held on Sunday 4th August 2019.

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 27th July, leading up to Sunday 4th August. Note that the liturgical commemoration of the feast of St John Vianney is set aside this year as it falls on a Sunday.

Nonetheless, lay people are encouraged to give their parish priest a token of love, thanksgiving and support for his ministry on this 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 27th July.

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2. Give your parish priest a token of love, thanksgiving and encouragement on Sunday 4th August.

The 9 Day Novena to St John Vianney

Courtesy of EWTN

27 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

28 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.

29 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.

30 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.

31 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

1 Aug

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.

2 Aug

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.

3 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.

4 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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        Fr. Jim Clarke
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        All bishops in Victoria Australia

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        God bless them all in their endeavours to bring , light hope mercy peace & order to our world
        Selah !

        Bishop Anthony Fischer – St Mary’s Cathedral Syd

        Fr Timothy Raj – St John the Baptst Church Woy Woy

        Fr Phillip Thottam – St Mary MacKillop Church Wannervale

        Rev Slyvester Siu Woy Woy Presbyterian Church

        Rev Rod Bower Gosford Anglican Church

        Fr Rony Mukkuzhy- Divine Retreat Centre Somersby

        Fr Andrew Mutubusi. – Apostkes of Jesus Africa

        Fr Raphael Kimaro – Our Lady of the Rosary Wyoming

        Fr Mathew Buczma -St Patrick’s East Gosford

        Fr Tony Brady – St Patrick’s West Wallsend

        Fr Michael Wheelan & all the Marist Fathers at St Patricks, The Rocks

        Fr Rosario Pushparaj- St Peter Julian Haymarket

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        Fr Bernie flood who celebrated 57 years as a priest last week

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        Fr Yacub Barkat Sydney Fr George Sigamony Sydney Fr Roni Somersby Fr Joby Somersby

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        God bless Cardinal Pell! I hope we get good news very soon.

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      Fr Joey

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        Fr. David Ranson
        Fr. Anselam

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      Fr. Jayanthi
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      Fr Tadeusz, FrDariusz, Fr Mariusz, Fr Roman, Fr Robert and all the Salvatorian priests.

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    Fr Eugene , Fr Fernando Montano, Fr Shinto Francis, Msgr John Boyle, Fr John Ananda

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    They are Sydney Australia and one is KL Malaysia.

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    Fr Luis Fenando
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    Father Kevin Williams Father Joseph Father Anthony Father smarting Father Jude Father Okeke parish priest of Frankston Chelsea Cranbourne Langwarrin

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    * Fr Carlos Walker IVE
    * Fr Sean Bradley IVE (Praying for a smooth transition for Fr Sean, who has just been reassigned to a parish in Scotland).

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    Bishop Vincent Long
    Fr Bob Bossini
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    Fr Ladu Yanga
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    Father Vincy D’costa
    Father Joshy Parappully
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    Father Bollar Barretto
    Father John Nguyen
    Father Martinus Situmorang
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    Father Gerard O’dempsey
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    Fr Clifford D’Souza
    Fr Jessie Balorio
    Fr John-Paul Escarlan
    East Kurrajong NSW

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    Please pray for:
    Fr. Brian Rafferty – Chesapeake, Virginia
    Fr. Tom Iunucci – Norfolk, Virginia
    Both are celebrating their 25th year of ordination

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    Fr Michael McLean; St Mark’s Parish, Drummoyne.
    Fr Daniel McCaughn; St Pat’s Parish, Sutherland.
    Fr Peter Kwak, Regina Coeli Parish, Beverly Hills.
    Fr Paul Monkred, All Saints, Liverpool.
    Fr Joseph Gedeon, St Jerome’s Parish, Punchbowl
    Fr Greg Morgan, St Charles Parish, Ryde
    Fr Alfredo Serrano, St Charles Parish, Ryde
    Fr Daniele Sollazzo,St Charles Parish, Ryde
    Fr Benedict Mackenzie, St Bernadette Parish, Dundas Valley
    Archbishop Anthony Fisher
    Archbishop Julian Porteous
    Fr Robert MacNamara, Galway Cathedral, Galway

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    I am praying for Father Paul Crowley, parish priest of St Mary’s Concord

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    Fr. Anthony, Fr. Jerry, Fr. Tom – Melbourne, Victoria

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      Fr Boguslaw Loska Parish priest Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
      Fr. Chris Kowalczyk Assistant Priest.

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      Fr Warren Edwards
      Fr John Rizzo
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    Fr Michael McCaffrey and Fr Adrian Wee FSSP, Church of the Holy Name, Adelaide.

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    Please pray for all priests, especially those who were put on our path and those we have heard of, the ones who serve God faithfully and the ones who are weak in their faith, the ones who are slandered, persecuted, in prison in the name of their faith, those who feel abandoned, overwhelmed, discouraged, the ones who are old, sick, dying and let us not forget the priests who are in purgatory.

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      Priests who are have adopted as Brother Priests. All the ones who have asked me to pray. Thank you for every Priest for all your hard work.
      Father Andrew Bass parish Priest of Holy Family East Granville and Holy Trinity Granville.

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    Fr Boguś Loska SDS and Fr Chris Kowalczyk SDS from Pymble, NSW.

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    Fr Benneth Osuagwu St Anne’s Parish Seaford Vic
    Fr John Madden Sacred Heart Parish Kew Vic

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    Please pray for all Marriage Encounter priests including:
    Fr Neville Yunn Brisbane Australia
    Fr Mick Court Sydney Australia
    Fr Emile Frische New Zealand
    Fr Emil Conciergo PerthAustralia
    Fr John Rate Adelaide Australia
    Fr Jack Boog Adelaide Australia
    Fr Doug Smith RIP Sydney Australia

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      Fr Greg Pritchard, St Anthony Glen Huntly.
      Fr Vic Farrugia, St Augustine’s Melbourne.

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    Bishop Paul Bird, Bishop Emeritus Peter Connors, Fr Justin Driscoll, Fr Anthony Nagothu, Fr Sajan Mathew, Fr Jorge, osj and all priests of the Ballarat Diocese.

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    Praying for our Priests at St Bernadette Castle Hill, Fr Fernando and Fr Shinto for their Pastoral care and spiritual leadership.

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    Praying also for Fr Eugene Szondi former AP at St Bernadette Castle Hill for setting up our Rosary prayer group some 10 years ago and still going strong.

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    Fr Ted Tyler NSW (country )
    Fr. John Graham Japan
    Fr Fernando Sydney
    Fr Shinto Sydney
    Fr.Samuel Botswana
    Fr,Philip country NSW

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    Praying for Fr Gregory Pritchard from St Anthony’s Glen Huntly, and Fr Michael Casey from St Ambrose Brunswick.

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    I pray for all the Spiritual Directors of the Legion of Mary especially for Fr Justin Ford, Melbourne Senatus; Fr Gregory Pritchard, St Anthony’s Glen Huntly; Fr Kevin Williams, St Joseph’s Chelsea. Good and holy priests.

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    Fr. Mario Bettero, osa
    All Priests PMF
    All Priests in Crisis

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    Fr Bogus at Pymble Catholic Parish

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    Fr Greg Pritchard, Glenhuntly Vic

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    Father Joseph Gedeon St Jerome Punchbowl

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    Father James Baxter, Broadway

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      Fr. Boguslaw
      Fr. Chris
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      Fr. Robert
      Fr. Roman

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    Fr Anthony Denton -Vic
    Currently on Sabbatical

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    Charmaine Schrader
    I’m praying for the following priests
    Fr Pritchard Glenhuntly
    Fr Leenus Glenhuntly
    Fr John Magri Oakleigh
    Fr Barry Tobin retired
    Fr Jim Staunton retired
    Holy Father
    Cardinal Pell
    All priests

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    Praying for
    Fr Justin Ford
    Fr Winsom

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    Fr John Nguyen OFM, Fr Thomas, Fr Robert and all the Capuchin Friars!

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    Father Murphy
    Father Heffernan
    Father Lee
    Father Terence
    And for more holy vocations to the priesthood and the religious life.

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    Gratitude and thanks for all Priests I know and love
    All priests who have given so much in trying circumstances and have never given up.
    All priests who have been Good Shepherds of their flock
    May each seek ‘”rest in the other life”
    In Christ


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