September – for all children
October – for migrants
November – for the dead
December – for consecrated men and women
January 2013 – for a greater respect for human life
February – for the forgiveness of sins
March – for our Elect, candidates and Inquirers
April – for all married couples and families
May – for those who are single, divorced and widowed
June – for all clergy
July – for those who are ill and for medical professionals
August – for teachers and catechists
September – for all liturgical ministers, including musicians
October – for all college students and young adults
November – for those in prison
December 9, 2013 – in Thanksgiving for all that God has done for this diocesan Church
Diocese of Lansing Year of Prayer:
Aug. 3, 2012 to Dec. 9, 2013
Until we have encountered Jesus at a deep and personal level, at a heart level, our engagement in the life of his bride, the Church, will remain quite limited. … Jesus calls us his friends. Friendship is built on communicating with one another. Prayer is communicating and so we need to pray….
We also need to pray because the task ahead is daunting. In begging God’s help, we acknowledge that what we cannot do ourselves can be accomplished by the grace of God.
So as we say at Mass, “Let us pray.” As a diocese, let us join in a long Year of Prayer, starting on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, and ending on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. This time frame coincides with the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Lansing on Aug. 4, 1937, and the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the patroness of our diocese and our cathedral, dedicated on that date in 1913.
We also will join the universal Church which has been called to a Year of Faith by Pope Benedict XVI, beginning Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, and concluding on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. This period also includes the Ordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome during October 2012 (the 50th anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council) when the bishops will advise the Holy Father on the theme of the new evangelization.
… I invite all of our parishes, schools and agencies, our houses of consecrated men and women, and all families and individuals to pray that all of us in the Household of Faith will become friends with Jesus and a community of witnesses to the world.
Jesus promised his Apostles that he would send his Spirit. And the Holy Spirit has always and everywhere guided the Church. So it is fitting that we call on the Spirit to guide all our work, especially our efforts to evangelize.
The bishop has directed that the following prayer be recited at every Sunday Mass, either at the end of Mass or after the Prayers of the Faithful, until the end of the Year of Prayer on Dec. 9, 2013.
Let us pray that every person within
the Catholic Diocese of Lansing
will come to know and love our Lord Jesus Christ
in a personal way,
grow in maturity as a disciple of Christ,
become actively engaged in the full life of the Church,
and joyfully utilize his or her gifts
for building up the Kingdom of God
and the salvation of souls.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created
and you shall renew the face of the earth.
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit
did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant that by the same Holy Spirit,
we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen