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  • Saint Josephine Bakhita

    Feast Day ~ November 8th
    Patron of Human Trafficking


    Saint Josephine Bakhita's Story
     
    For many years, Josephine Bakhita was a slave, but her spirit was always free and eventually that spirit prevailed.

    Born in Olgossa in the Darfur region of southern Sudan, Josephine was kidnapped at the age of 7, sold into slavery and given the name Bakhita, which means fortunate. She was resold several times, finally in 1883 to Callisto Legnani, Italian consul in Khartoum, Sudan.

    Two years later, he took Josephine to Italy and gave her to his friend Augusto Michieli. Bakhita became babysitter to Mimmina Michieli, whom she accompanied to Venice’s Institute of the Catechumens, run by the Canossian Sisters. While Mimmina was being instructed, Josephine felt drawn to the Catholic Church. She was baptized and confirmed in 1890, taking the name Josephine.
    When the Michielis returned from Africa and wanted to take Mimmina and Josephine back with them, the future saint refused to go. During the ensuing court case, the Canossian Sisters and the patriarch of Venice intervened on Josephine’s behalf. The judge concluded that since slavery was illegal in Italy, she had actually been free since 1885.

    Josephine entered the Institute of St. Magdalene of Canossa in 1893 and made her profession three years later. In 1902, she was transferred to the city of Schio (northeast of Verona), where she assisted her religious community through cooking, sewing, embroidery, and welcoming visitors at the door. She soon became well loved by the children attending the sisters’ school and the local citizens. She once said, “Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who do not know Him. What a great grace it is to know God!”
     
    The first steps toward her beatification began in 1959. She was beatified in 1992 and canonized eight years lateer.
     
    ~  Information from franciscanmedia.or
     
     
    Daily Prayer
     
    Heavenly Father, through the intercession of Saint Bakhita, grant us a poor and simple heart, like that of Mary and of your Son who became poor for the love of us. Imitating Him, let us place our confidence not in riches, but in your love and embrace. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
     
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    • For a family member suffering severe and complicated mental illness and for the family members trying to help her.
    • For my brother in - law who is very sick
    • For Sam to return home to his wife and put an end to the divorce.
    • For peace in our family, that our daughter will come back to us.
    • For my boyfriends mother who has suffered a stroke and is now hospitalized- for healing of both body and soul. May she find healing, peace, and strengthened faith in Gods love.
    • Please pray for my brain-tumor survivor autistic 26 year old son. He needs divine intervention. Thank you from his mother
    • A Special request for my son and his future. That he has the strength and will to keep going. That he pass his test.
    • Healing and conversion of a family member and neighbor. Also for my husbands job. Thank you DJ
    • Holy wife for Simeon David W.
    • Please pray for my son to overcome his difficulties.
    • For Alyssa, Doug, our Children, our Church and our Country
    • For my daughter Maria Hopefully the treatments will help her
    • Please pray for my local family business
    • FOR HEALING IN MY MARRIAGE
    • Praying for the Peace of Christ to reign in this land as well as in each of our hearts
    • Please pray that my my life becomes better, less stress more peace
    • Richard
    • For my father going through a very difficult time
    • Family to reunite with each other. Bring Greg home. Good health for myself and my husband and our family. The answer to a special intention my husband is praying for. Good health for my sister. Take care of Linda, Maryann, Diane and Rosemary. For my husband and I to renew our vows on our 50th anniversary in Sept. Amen
    • For my nephew, that he find his way to his true healthy self
    • For my niece
    • For health and peace for my grand niece and brother-in-law, and for our country and all our children.
    • For my husband and daughter’s father who passed 2 years ago from pancreatic cancer.  For those fighting this dreadful disease and all those with cancer…. May they find peace.
    • For my nephew Claudio and my friend Tommy ,both have cancer
    • The Heath of my sister Maryann
    • Protect the people in Ukraine and bring peace.
    • For my brother who is fighting deadly infectious disease
    • Please pray for me Yesterday I fell and broke my leg I’m having surgery today
    • For my niece who has cancer
    • Please Pray for my daughter Maria She is battling cancer for the 3rd time
    • Granddaughter help her through her anxiety.
    • For  my brother who has leukemia and is in need of healing. Needs to become father.
    • Pray for my son to overcome his mental issues and turn to Jesus for help and guidance in all things.
    • For my daughter to enjoy her life and come back to the church
    • For my children to embrace their faith
    • The souls of the faithful departed. (AB) For peace and clarity with future opportunities.
    • By the intercession of St Padre Pio please king Jesus Christ heal my parents and grant them your salvation; deliver me from darkness and grant me wisdom and wealth. Amen
    • For a successful job interview to replace lost income.
    • For a successful job interview to replace lost incomeFor my children’s hearts to be converted so they turn to their faith for comfort, to the church and it’s catechism for guidance, and to the Holy Spirit for Wisdom.
    • Peace in the family
    • Please God. Give My Mom Strength and Cure her from Cancer. Amen
    • Please cure my Mom from Cancer We need her. Also, please give her and my family strength. Amen. 
    • Family to reunite with each other. Also, good health for myself and my husband. Prayers for a recovery from surgery for 3 friends and a job to work out for my nephew and for my sister to not be alone. I ask that in Jesus’ name Amen
    • For our family to return to being together again and talk and see each other again. For good health.
    • Please pray for my youngest sister, Joyce, who has Stage 4 Metastatic Lung Cancer.
    • Please God, Padre Pio and St Raphael please heal My Mom Kathleen from cancer. Please send her strength and please cure her from This. Amen
    • I pray for Father John and all Priests to feed God’s sheep and I pray that I may always keep my family safe and secure and close to Jesus.
    • Please pray for one of our Parish families that is experiencing difficulties at this time
    • For my daughter, Colleen (confirmed Kateri), that she soon finds a safe and affordable place to move in NYC.
    • Marielle, Mary, Pat, William, Will, Brianna
    • Please pray that my husband’s job is moved back to New Jersey so he can remain working and living near his family. Thank you!
    • Please pray for my great niece. Mental, physical and spiritual health, for her peace and safety.
    • Please pray for the health of my husband Wayne to regain his strength to walk and fully recover from illness that has taken away the quality of his life.
    • For my mother, and other deceased family that they are at peace.
    • For all those who feel alone, lost and without hope that they receive grace and peace
    • For my son and daughter, as they await approval for a transplant operation
    • Asking for my friends at St. Leo the Great to please pray for my mother. She needs your prayers as she is in the hospital fighting for her life. Thank you for all your prayers! In Jesus' name, AMEN! 
    • Please pray for my daughter and son who struggle with anxiety and depression .
    • Virginia, mother of Cynthia, parishioner
    • Willingness to manage my mental health, and finding the strength to fight through the deep depression that is making my life feel so dark and hopeless.
    • Mom and Dad. Also Good buddy Harold
    • Please pray for good health for those who are sick & suffering.
    • For the health and well-being of my family
    • To be a better mother
    • I pray for all those who are unemployed or underemployed because of the pandemic
    • I pray for my dear friend the most loving and caring nurse I know.
    • Thomas
    • For my niece who contracted COVID away at college and is sick, scared and alone.
    • Please pray for my son Patrick who struggles with mental illness. Thank you
    • For the health of my family members
    • Please pray for active duty military in Iraq and Kuwait. In light of the recent activity, please pray for the safety of a member of our parish and the troops serving our country. Thank you.
    • Please Pray that my family will come back to the church
    • Please pray for my best friend - that she finds a treatment for her illness that she has been battling so valiantly.
    • For Pete who has Covid and pneumonia. And for his wife Regina, probably from stress, who ended up in the ER this week
    • For a new treatment to work for Ernest. Give him & his family the physical & mental strength to endure this journey.
    • Our Lady of Lourdes, please give Ernest the strength to endure the new treatments for Multiple Myloma which he has had for 5 years. We pray these new treatments will strengthen him
    • Please pray for my son DR who struggles with ADHD and anxiety.