RECITE the Novena Prayer daily, Pray for the intentions listed and post any of your Intentions here

  • Novena Prayer
    Saint Kateri tekakwitha

    Feast Day ~ July 14th
    Patron of Ecology and the Environment


    Let us Pray for our intentions and that all people will be good stewards of God’s beautiful creation.

    St. Kateri Tekakwitha is the first Native American to be recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church

    She was born in 1656, in the Mohawk village of Ossernenon. Her mother was an Algonquin, who was captured by the Mohawks and who took a Mohawk chief for her husband.


    She contracted smallpox as a four-year-old child which scarred her skin. The scars were a source of humiliation in her youth. She was commonly seen wearing a blanket to hide her face. Worse, her entire family died during the outbreak. Kateri Tekakwitha was subsequently raised by her uncle, who was the chief of a Mohawk clan.

    Kateri was known as a skilled worker, who was diligent and patient. However, she refused to marry. When her adoptive parents proposed a suitor to her, she refused to entertain the proposal. They punished her by giving her more work to do, but she did not give in. Instead, she remained quiet and diligent. Eventually they were forced to relent and accept that she had no interest in marriage.

    At age 19, Kateri Tekakwitha converted to Catholicism, taking a vow of chastity and pledging to marry only Jesus Christ. Her decision was very unpopular with her adoptive parents and their neighbors. Some of her neighbors started rumors of sorcery. To avoid persecution, she traveled to a Christian native community south of Montreal.

    According to legend, Kateri was very devout and would put thorns on her sleeping mat. She often prayed for the conversion of her fellow Mohawks. According to the Jesuit missionaries that served the community where Kateri lived, she often fasted and when she would eat, she would taint her food to diminish its flavor. On at least one occasion, she burned herself. Such self-mortification was common among the Mohawk.

    Kateri was very devout and was known for her steadfast devotion. She was also very sickly. Her practices of self-mortification and denial may not have helped her health. Sadly, just five years after her conversion to Catholicism, she became ill and passed away at age 24 on April 17, 1680.

    Her name, Kateri, is the Mohawk form of Catherine, which she took from St. Catherine of Siena.

    St. Kateri Tekakwitha was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 21, 2012. She is the patroness of ecology and the environment, people in exile and Native Americans.

    Information from: Catholic Online
     
    -----------------------------

    PRAYER TO SAINT KATERI TEKAKWITHA
    By: Harold Caldwell
     

    O Saint Kateri, Lily of the Mohawks, Your love for Jesus, so strong, so steadfast, pray that we may become like you.

    Your short and painful life showed us your strength and humility.  Pray that we may become forever humble like you.

    Like the bright and shining stars at night, we pray that your light may forever shine down upon us, giving light, hope, peacefulness and serenity in our darkest moments.

    Fill our hearts, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha with your same love for Jesus and pray that we may have the strength and courage to become one like you in Heaven.  

    Through Christ our Lord

    Amen.
  • The maximum number of form submissions has been reached. This form is currently not available.
    • Post your Prayer Intention here.  Know that other members of the Parish will be praying with you.  They will be posted anonymously (no last names, please).
    Submit

    This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

  • Please pray for these intentions

    .
    • 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.