We stand before you in supplication,
Asking Your Divine mercy and protection,
To envelop with Your invincible armor,
Our loved ones in all branches of the service.
Give them courage and strength
Against all enemies,
Both spiritual and physical,
And hasten their safe journey,
Back to their homes and families.
If it be Your Holy Will
That they be gathered to Your bosom,
With the eternal vanguard of the saints,
Let their journey to Your everlasting arms
Be swift and painless,
Where they may stand in honor and glory,
Praising You for all eternity.
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign
of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test
– and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
By now, many of you have heard the news of Father Jason Espinal’s assignment as
the pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Williamsburg. The assignment takes place on
It is no surprise that Bishop DiMarzio has recognized the great pastoral work that Father
Espinal has done since his ordination six years ago. We, as a parish, have been privileged to have had a role in his formation as a parish priest and our loss is Saints Peter and Paul’s gain.
Due to the current conditions in effect because of Covid-19, we don’t know when there
will be a final farewell for Father, but whether it is at the end of June or in the Fall, either I or
Father Abels will be sure to arrange one. Father Espinal asks for our prayers as he embarks on this next phase of his priestly ministry and I am certain that we’ll all oblige.
May has been the traditional month of devotion to Mary, the Mother of God, and the rosary is a special prayer form by which we honor her. Since many have more time at present due to the virus, why not pray the rosary or pray a second one if you already do. Our Mother’s Day Novena of masses begins next week.
Again, I want to express my gratitude to those of you who have kept up with your church
envelopes through the mail, the drop box in the rectory vestibule or with online giving. Your
love of the parish is inspiring to me and my brother priests.
Let’s pray for each other
Msgr. Kevin B. Noone