Prayer and Penance for Healing, Reparation for Sins of the Clergy, and Restoration of Hope

From Fr. Bennet Tran, Pastor

Good people of St. Stephen:

I, like you, find myself deeply disturbed by what is happening in our Church. In my prayers and consultation with parishioners and staff, I asked the question: what can we do in response? The two things that I can do are pray and do penance and I invite you to join me.

On Friday, September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 8:00 a.m. Mass will be celebrated in the chapel as we usually do. Following Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed and I invite you to come and pray.  I also invite all of us to offer some form of penance or fast that day.  We will conclude this period of prayer and penance with the celebration of the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Saturday, September 15, the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows.

We lift up our prayers and penance for the healing of survivors of sexual abuse, reparation for the sins of clergy and the restoration of hope for our Church.  While I hope that many of the horrific revelations are behind us, I am sure there will continue to be revelations of past sins around our country and the world.  I pray that we as Church and individuals can find God through our wounds.  We offer prayers and penance on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross as a reminder that from the immense suffering of the Cross came redemption and new life for the world.  We will offer penance for the failure of some bishops to act appropriately to protect young people and who have failed in reflecting the holiness and integrity demanded by Jesus.  We ask for the intercession of Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Sorrows, to intercede on behalf of her suffering children.

All throughout this period, the chapel will remain open. (Please enter the building through the door that has the signs “2” and “Chapel Entrance” on the brick wall outside the door, the door/entrance that is closest to the chapel at the southwest end of the building.) You are invited to pray for a few minutes or for many hours. I would welcome your presence as we do the only things that we can do in the face of evil: pray and fast.

Possible schedule:

9:00 a.m.  Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

12:00 p.m.  Angelus

3:00 p.m.  Divine Mercy Chaplet

6:00 p.m.  Angelus and Evening Prayer

9:00 p.m.  Night Prayer

12:00 a.m.  Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

3:00 a.m.  Divine Mercy Chaplet

6:00 a.m.  Morning Prayer

7:30 a.m.  Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary