By Fr. Terry Kerner

When the bus pulled into the St. Kateri parking lot last Saturday evening, our parish pilgrims, a little tired, still knew they had a meaningful week in Canada. Forty-two of us had the privilege of worshiping at St. Anne-de-Beaupré in Quebec. The Shrine of St. Anne is the oldest pilgrimage site in North American. We celebrated Mass in French and took time to explore this magnificent basilica. Montreal, the next day, saw us visiting the Oratory of St. Joseph and being awed by the largest domed church also in North America. Amidst the grandeur and large scale beauty of St. Anne and St. Joseph was the humble and tiny mission church of St. Francis Xavier, south of Montreal and burial site of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Spending a few hours in prayer and offering Eucharist at this site was the highlight for me. All of you were remembered in our prayer in this very peaceful and sacred place I encourage you to seek the very real peace that St. Kateri Tekakwitha can bring either in her special place in Canada or right here in Dearborn!

Of course, at every stop along the way our trip folks had to check out the gift shop! Our own gift shop managers, Barb Cataldo and Pat Urban noted the merchandise and prices and were happy to announce that no shop had an advantage over our own back home in Dearborn. Anything that could be purchased on the trip is also available or could be ordered from our shop. One unique feature that our gift shop has to offer is PRAYER. Let me explain. Folks visiting our St. Kateri shop often are there because of a specific need for something that offers hope and consolation. They are invited to mention the need and a request for prayer. Each Monday morning our over twenty helpers are emailed the first name of the person requesting prayers for the next three months. Know that you are not alone and feel free to request the spiritual support from our holy volunteers. The prayer they offer follows:

Loving God, we celebrate St. Kateri Tekakwitha, “Lily of the Mohawks,” as one of Your Son’s most faithful followers. Help us to turn away all evil and walk in her footsteps, sharing our love and concern with others. Let us revere Your mystical presence in the poor and suffering as did she. Through St. Kateri’s powerful intercession, we confidently ask You to grant us this special favor we ask for in her name ( mention the intentions). Share Your healing and peace especially with family, friends and the sick, whom we commend to Your loving care. We ask this through Your crucified and risen Son our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word, Who lives with You forever and ever. Amen.


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