Opening Prayer:

 

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen!

 

Our Mission Prayer

Lord Jesus, just as you commissioned St. Simon and St. Jude to

“Go therefore and make disciples”, you are calling us to do the same!

May we respond to you by welcoming all to be part of our Eucharistic Community as we strive to grow in our knowledge, love, and service to God and to one another.

Loving Father, fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit so that we can

go forth proclaiming the Good News to all.

 

The Day Spiritual Reading:

 

A Reading from the Gospel of John

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” 

The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.  Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” 

They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

 He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”

 So, they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day.

(John 1:35-37)5

 

The Day Topic: Intentional Disciples

Inspired by Jesus Christ, we are called to intentionally develop a personal relationship with our Lord.

 

The Day Reflection:

Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?  Not a question we, as Catholics, think about a lot.  With the Eucharist, of course we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!  You cannot have a more intimate relationship with someone than to eat his body and drink his blood.  But unfortunately, all too often we take the relationship for granted.  Through prayer, we need to be constantly, intentionally, developing our relationship with Jesus Christ, growing in our understanding and sense of his great love for us.

To be truly Christian we must be constantly growing in our love for one another and our love for Christ.  We do a good deed every time we help someone at home, at church, in the office, anywhere.  It is a Christian deed when we do that good deed to intentionally follow Christ, to grow not only in our love for each other but also for Christ.

Just as Jesus invited Simon, Andrew, James, and John, we must invite others to accept the Good News of the Gospel, and help one another develop a more personal relationship with our Lord.    

 

Silent Reflection Followed by Optional Sharing

I. Do you have a Personal Relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ?

II. Can you think of a time when someone invited you into a deeper relationship with Christ?

III. Is there someone that has been especially helpful to you in finding Jesus Christ?

IV. How can we better invite people into a loving relationship with our Lord?

 

(State Your Intentions Here…)

 

Say: 1 Our Father… !0 Hail Marys… 1 Glory be to…

 

Concluding Prayer:

 

Novena Prayer

 Father God, you revealed yourself to us through the preaching of your apostles Simon and Jude.  By their prayers, give your Church continued growth and increase the number of those who believe in you.

O Glorious Saint Simon, you were a cousin of Jesus and a devoted follower as well.  You were called “the Zealot,” indicating that you were willing to give your life for your religion and your freedom as a human person.  Obtain for us the grace to be willing to give our lives for Christ and to labour for the freedom and peace that only God can give.  Help us to spend ourselves for God on earth and be received by him in eternal bliss in heaven.        

 

O Glorious St. Jude, you were honoured to be a cousin as well as a follower of Jesus, and you wrote an Epistle in which you said: “Grow strong in your holy faith through prayer in the Holy Spirit.”  Obtain for us the grace of being people of faith and people of prayer.  Let us be so attached to the three Divine Persons through faith and prayer on earth that we may be united with them in the glory of the beatific vision in heaven.

Our Glorious Patrons, with faith in your goodness, we ask for your help today.  As Christ’s chosen Apostles, you remain pillars and foundations of His Church on earth.  You are counted, we know, among the elders who always stand before God’s throne.     

 

From your place of glory, we know you do not forget the needs and difficulties of Christ’s little ones here, still struggling, like us, on the way home to God.  Please intercede for us all, gracious St. Simon and St. Jude, and be with us in our daily toil and in all our necessities, especially that we become the people of our Vision Statement.

In Christ’s name, we appeal to you again today.  Amen.

 

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen!