Octave of Patronage – April 28-May 5
St. Vincent Ferrer (1357-1419) and St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), both Dominican preachers who lived in a plague-ravaged Europe and a sharply divided church. Both burned with desire that others would come to know the God who brought them so much joy and fulfillment. God responded to each with a singular gift of communicating the Gospel to their contemporaries.
Effectively, both of our Patrons offered life and energy to a world exhausted by a sustained encounter with a pandemic. But as Preachers of Jesus Christ, they offered what they had first received.
We invite you to join us in prayer for this intention during the eight days that connect the two feasts of our patrons. We can ask these two holy preachers to pray that we share their zeal for truth and their love of souls.
Mass will be offered each day for your intentions, starting on April 28, the Vigil of the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena and concluding on May 5, the Feast of St. Vincent Ferrer. Prayers for this intention will be said at all our Parish Masses and Fr. Walter will be in touch with a greeting on each day of the Octave. Prayer cards and petition slips will be available in both Churches. Please also know that the Friars in our community, and our parishioners, will be joining in eight days of pleading for the spread of the Gospel, so that more and more people may live serenely on the foundation of Christ’s promise of life.
Their voice has gone through all the earth,
their words to the end of the world, alleluia.
V. The Lord gave the Word.
R. And great was the company of the preachers.
Let us pray.
O God, whose will it is that all should be saved
and come to the knowledge of the truth,
look upon your abundant harvest and be pleased
to send workers to gather it, after the pattern of
St. Catherine of Siena and St. Vincent Ferrer, that
the Gospel may be preached to all creation and
that your people, gathered by the word of life and
sustained by the power of the Sacraments, may
advance in the path of salvation and love.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen