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Join Us for 40 Days to Peace Through Strength - Prayer for the Church, America and the World!

Many of you have been tuned into signs pointing to this moment in history. Besides the challenges we have faced over the past 3+ years, many discerned that this October could bring the beginnings of significant trials.

And so, here we are. On October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Holy Land was viciously attacked. Many are worried this could escalate. The time is now to UNITE IN PRAYER!

Here’s what I have discerned ...

October 28 is the Feast of St. Jude, the patron saint of hope and impossible causes. A powerful saint that happens to be highlighted at this moment in time as my good friend Fr. Carlos Martins is traveling the country with the “arm of St. Jude” relic. We are prone to despair as we see terror on every side. Let’s call upon this great saint.

Moreover, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception seems to be highlighted during these times, especially since she is the Patroness of the United States of America. We celebrate this great Feast on December 8.

I find it more than interesting that there are exactly 40 days between these two amazing feasts. The 40 days begins as we conclude the month of October, dedicated to the Rosary. Also, these 40 days pass through the Feast of All Saints and the Feast of All Souls and the month of November that is traditionally devoted to the Souls in Purgatory.

We are not meant to advance unaided. In His great wisdom, God has set up a Holy Alliance that, once united, is designed to defeat any and all forces of darkness in the heavenly realm, rescue souls, and build up the kingdom of God. This alliance is called the Communion of Saints, and is comprised of the Church Militant (those alive on earth), the Church Penitent (those undergoing purification in purgatory in preparation for heaven), and the Church Triumphant (those already in heaven).

Mary, Unite Us in Prayer!

Fr. Chad Ripperger came to speak in my parish on the Vigil of the Epiphany. In the lead up to Fr. Ripperger's talk in my parish, I asked if he could speak on this: "What does it look like if someone really wants to go all in - totally serious and committed - as a kind of “Navy Seal of Spiritual Warfare?” That’s when he offered the topic of “Different Levels of Spiritual Warfare.” This is the battle plan we are taking (See Fr. Ripperger's talk below).


Our Battle Plan for "40 days to Peace Through Strength" (October 29 to December 7)

The ancient maxim applies: “We maintain the peace through our strength; weakness only invites aggression.” 

Our prayer campaign begins as the Synod on Synodality concludes. The Church, instituted by the Son of God, simply must restore its supernatural strength, as peace is now threatened throughout the world.

We simply MUST grow strong in the Lord and in His mighty power!! We MUST recover the armor of God!! (Ephesians 6:10-12)

PRAYER INTENTION: For a supernatural revival in our Church, and for peace throughout our world.

Depending upon your state in life, you will be able to choose which of these 5 levels of spiritual warfare (below) you are willing to accept. We will call upon the Communion of Saints, including St. Jude, as we call out to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patroness of the United States of America, to intercede for us.

Choose Your Level of Spiritual Warfare:


  1. Pray in a State of Grace (Go to Confession)
  2. Believe God will answer our prayers
  3. Pray the Rosary Daily
  4. Pray the Prayer to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
  5. Pray the St. Michael Prayer


  1. Pray in a State of Grace (Go to Confession)
  2. Believe God will answer our prayers
  3. Pray the Rosary Daily
  4. Pray the Prayer to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
  5. Pray the St. Michael Prayer
  6. Pray the Sacred Heart Novena Prayer


  1. Pray in a State of Grace (Go to Confession)
  2. Believe God will answer our prayers
  3. Pray the Rosary Daily
  4. Pray the Prayer to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
  5. Pray the St. Michael Prayer
  6. Pray the Sacred Heart Novena Prayer
  7. Pray the Lorica of St. Patrick Prayer


  1. Pray in a State of Grace (Go to Confession)
  2. Believe God will answer our prayers
  3. Pray the Rosary Daily
  4. Pray the Prayer to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
  5. Pray the St. Michael Prayer
  6. Pray the Sacred Heart Novena Prayer
  7. Pray the Lorica of St. Patrick Prayer
  8. Pray the Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus


  1. Pray in a State of Grace (Go to Confession)
  2. Believe God will answer our prayers
  3. Pray the Rosary Daily
  4. Pray the Prayer to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
  5. Pray the St. Michael Prayer
  6. Pray the Sacred Heart Novena Prayer
  7. Pray the Lorica of St. Patrick Prayer
  8. Pray the Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  9. Enroll in the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary through the Shrine of Our Lady of Champion:

ADD FASTING: Fasting is a way in which the Lord gives the underdog victory. Let the Holy Spirit inspire your own level of fasting. If fasting from food is prohibitive, fast from some other creature comfort.

From Simply Catholic: "By the second century, fasting was integrated into Christian worship. Jews had long fasted on Mondays and Thursdays, but the Christians chose to fast on Wednesdays, because that was the day of Christ’s betrayal, and Fridays, the day he was crucified."


Here are the top 10 foundational Supernatural Strength Practices:

  1. The Morning Offering
  2. Mental Prayer (at least 15 minutes)
  3. Spiritual Reading (at least 15 minutes)
  4. Holy Mass and Communion (beyond days of obligation, if possible)
  5. The Angelus (6 AM, noon and/or 6 PM)
  6. The Holy Rosary
  7. Brief Examination of Conscience (at night)
  8. Frequent Confession (at least once a month)
  9. Adoration (can be offered before or after Mass)
  10. Fasting & Mortification (recommend choosing something with health benefits)


Fr. Chad Ripperger speaks at St. Mary of Pine Bluff on "Levels of Spiritual Warfare."

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Try Not to Avoid the Cross


"Let us not try to avoid the cross too much, and if we need to take it on our shoulders, let us carry it willingly out of love for the Immaculata."  (KW 751)

Prayer of Consecration

O Immaculata, I renew my consecration to you. May I embrace the cross of suffering for you.

O Immaculata, please intercede...

That with you, Virgin of Mission, we may be the presence of Jesus who enters every home, communicating peace, proclaiming the Kingdom and lifting up those who suffer. (October Intention)



1 Maccabees, Chapter 4, Verse 8

Judas said to the men with him: Do not FEAR their numbers or dread their attack. 

Why fear you? As God saved you from Egypt at the red sea surely, he will defend us was Judas’ cry. Thus, Israel experienced a great deliverance that day. Then again being attacked by a force ten times as large, Judas cried out, “Blessed are you, Savior of Israel, who crushed the attack of the mighty one by the hand of your servant David and delivered the foreign camp into the hand of Jonathan, the son of Saul, and his armor-bearer. When Lysias saw the tide of the battle turning, and the increased boldness of Judas, whose men were ready either to live or to die nobly, he withdrew. Then Judas and his brothers said, “Now that our enemies have been crushed, let us go up to purify the sanctuary and rededicate it.” So the whole army assembled, and went up to Mount Zion. They found the sanctuary desolate, the altar desecrated, the gates burnt, weeds growing in the courts as in a thicket or on some mountain, and the priests’ chambers demolished. Then they tore their garments and made great lamentation; they sprinkled their heads with ashes and prostrated themselves. And when the signal was given with trumpets, they cried out to Heaven. They repaired the sanctuary. On the anniversary of the day on which the Gentiles had desecrated it, on that very day it was rededicated with songs, harps, lyres, and cymbals. All the people prostrated themselves and adored and praised Heaven, who had given them success. For eight days they celebrated the dedication of the altar and joyfully offered burnt offerings and sacrifices of deliverance and praise. Then Judas and his brothers and the entire assembly of Israel decreed that every year for eight days, from the twenty-fifth day of the month Kislev, the days of the dedication of the altar should be observed with joy and gladness on the anniversary. This was the institution of the feast of Hanukkah, also called the Feast of Dedication. Josephus calls it the Feast of Lights (Ant. 12:325).

Let There Be Light![1]


According to Jewish Talmudic tradition, when the Maccabees recaptured the Temple they found only a day’s supply of consecrated oil with which to light the golden lamp stand, the menorah. Miraculously, this oil burned for eight full days, until a new supply could be consecrated. Therefore, Hanukkah is also known and celebrated as the Feast of Lights. This Hanukkah, ask the Holy Spirit to pour fresh oil into your lamp. When enduring a dark season, be encouraged, for God says, “Let there be light.” At the appointed hour you will see His deliverance. When you faithfully worship the one true God, do not be dismayed if anti-Christ powers are enraged. These powers operate only within divinely set limits. God is teaching us how to receive by faith, day-by-day, the anointing to not love our own lives so as to shrink from death (Revelation 12:11). Israel’s dark tribulation culminating with the Hanukkah victory in many ways parallels the future Great Tribulation leading to Yeshua’s return. The holiday commemorating the rededication of God’s Temple calls upon us to rededicate ourselves to Him as the bodily temples in which His Spirit now dwells. (See 1Corinthians 6:19)


Remedies for Anger[2]


The first and best means to overcome anger is humility; to become thus humble, gentle, and patient, one must often consider the example of Christ, Who endured so many contradictions, persecutions, and insults, without reviling again when reviled Himself, and without threatening vengeance to any one for all He suffered. An excellent preventive to anger is, to think over in the morning what causes will be likely to draw us into anger at any time during the day, and to guard ourselves against them beforehand, by a firm resolution to bear everything patiently for the love of God; and then, when anything vexatious occurs and excites our anger, to say and do nothing so long as the anger lasts.


How shall we be reconciled with our enemies?


Not only with the lips but from the heart, and with sincerity and promptness. “Is he absent whom you have wronged,” says St. Augustine, “so that you cannot easily reach him? Humble yourself then before God, and ask His pardon before you offer your gift, with a firm resolution to be reconciled with your enemy as soon as possible.”

Human experience confirms the need of this Divine teaching. Only when the Fatherhood of God is recognized, will the Brotherhood of Man be realized. Returning good for evil is possible only to those who love God. Oh, how much our hate-torn world needs this prayer: "Pour into our hearts an experience of Thy Love". In the practice of the Golden Rule, we plead with the Divine "Helper" against worldly persecution and diabolical "enemies". How can one who harbors anger, envy, bitterness, indifference, aversion of any kind against his neighbor, have part in the Sacrifice of Him Who offers Himself for His enemies? The sacrifice of our selfish or even wounded feelings for Christ's sake is a most acceptable "gift" to "leave before the altar".[3]

Pumpkin Day[4]

There’s one thing that represents October more than anything else, and it’s not Halloween (though it’s involved). That thing? The pumpkin. It starts appearing on shelves and farmers market’s stands on the last week or two of September and is the herald that lets you know that Pumpkin Pies, Jack-o-Lanterns, and all the joys of fall are just around the corner. Pumpkin Day celebrates these noble squashes, and the history and tradition tied up in their iconic orangeness.

History of Pumpkin Day

Often when people think of Halloween, they think of Jack-o-Lanterns and pumpkins, and even when you’re looking at that ‘false medieval’ imagery that’s present in most fantasy games, you’ll regularly see pumpkins being present, especially during Halloween events. What many people don’t know is that the pumpkin is actually a plant from the new world, like all squash, so the image of pumpkin jack-o-lanterns in front of ancient medieval homes is just plain wrong. These are an all American (And South American) plant, and the jack-o-lantern at Halloween is a distinctly New World thing. So, let’s learn a little bit about the Pumpkin in honor of Pumpkin Day, starting with what the word pumpkin means. It’s pretty simple, as it comes from the Greek word pepon, or ‘Large Melon’, but it didn’t go straight to pumpkin. First it was pompon to the French, and then pumpion to the British. It was the Americans that finally changed the word to its present Pumpkin, and so it’s been ever since! Pumpkin Day is a great opportunity to add this delicious squash to your diet, whether in the form of a traditional pumpkin pie, or a rich and savory pumpkin soup. 

How to celebrate Pumpkin Day

The first step to celebrating Pumpkin Day is simple, get out there and get yourself a bunch of pumpkins! Alright, maybe that’s a bit much, maybe instead you could just stop off at your favorite grocery store or restaurant and order yourself up a great big slice of pumpkin pie. Not in the mood for pie? Pumpkin Spice lattes are going to be hitting the shelves at your local coffee shops (Starbucks is particular fond of trotting them out this time of year). If you’re feeling really inventive, go back to square one and buy a bunch of pumpkins, roast them, and make yourself an all-pumpkin meal! Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Muffins, and a warm cup of Pumpkin Spice Coffee for dessert!

Catechism of the Catholic Church





XI. The Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance

1480 Like all the sacraments, Penance is a liturgical action. the elements of the celebration are ordinarily these: a greeting and blessing from the priest, reading the word of God to illuminate the conscience and elicit contrition, and an exhortation to repentance; the confession, which acknowledges sins and makes them known to the priest; the imposition and acceptance of a penance; the priest's absolution; a prayer of thanksgiving and praise and dismissal with the blessing of the priest.

1481 The Byzantine Liturgy recognizes several formulas of absolution, in the form of invocation, which admirably express the mystery of forgiveness: "May the same God, who through the Prophet Nathan forgave David when he confessed his sins, who forgave Peter when he wept bitterly, the prostitute when she washed his feet with her tears, the Pharisee, and the prodigal son, through me, a sinner, forgive you both in this life and in the next and enable you to appear before his awe-inspiring tribunal without condemnation, he who is blessed for ever and ever. Amen."

1482 The sacrament of Penance can also take place in the framework of a communal celebration in which we prepare ourselves together for confession and give thanks together for the forgiveness received. Here, the personal confession of sins and individual absolution are inserted into a liturgy of the word of God with readings and a homily, an examination of conscience conducted in common, a communal request for forgiveness, the Our Father and a thanksgiving in common. This communal celebration expresses more clearly the ecclesial character of penance. However, regardless of its manner of celebration the sacrament of Penance is always, by its very nature, a liturgical action, and therefore an ecclesial and public action.

1483 In case of grave necessity recourse may be had to a communal celebration of reconciliation with general confession and general absolution. Grave necessity of this sort can arise when there is imminent danger of death without sufficient time for the priest or priests to hear each penitent's confession. Grave necessity can also exist when, given the number of penitents, there are not enough confessors to hear individual confessions properly in a reasonable time, so that the penitents through no fault of their own would be deprived of sacramental grace or Holy Communion for a long time. In this case, for the absolution to be valid the faithful must have the intention of individually confessing their sins in the time required. The diocesan bishop is the judge of whether or not the conditions required for general absolution exist. A large gathering of the faithful on the occasion of major feasts or pilgrimages does not constitute a case of grave necessity.

1484 "Individual, integral confession and absolution remain the only ordinary way for the faithful to reconcile themselves with God and the Church, unless physical or moral impossibility excuses from this kind of confession." There are profound reasons for this. Christ is at work in each of the sacraments. He personally addresses every sinner: "My son, your sins are forgiven." He is the physician tending each one of the sick who need him to cure them. He raises them up and reintegrates them into fraternal communion. Personal confession is thus the form most expressive of reconciliation with God and with the Church.

Thursday Feast

Thursday is the day of the week that our Lord gave himself up for consumption. Thursday commemorates the last supper. Some theologians believe after Sunday Thursday is the holiest day of the week. We should then try to make this day special by making a visit to the blessed sacrament chapel, Mass or even stopping by the grave of a loved one. Why not plan to count the blessing of the week and thank our Lord. Plan a special meal. Be at Peace.

Connecticut Dinner Menu

Daily Devotions

·         Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: Growth of Catholic Families and Households

·         do a personal eucharistic stations of the cross.

·         Religion in the Home for Preschool: October

·         Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Universal Man Plan

·         Rosary

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