St. Apollinaris Catholic Church • 3700 Lassen Street • Napa, CA 94558 • (707)257-2555

Prayer

Year of Grace

"What is grace, you might well ask, especially in this Year of Grace.  But actually grace is not about something; it is not like a divine drug that is injected into us or a heavenly blood transfusion.  Rather it is about Someone.  That Someone is the living loving God-Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Grace is God dwelling in us, and we, in the process, growing ever more God-like in our understanding, in our love and compassion for each other and for the world..."  - Anne Hunt

BECOME MORE PRAYERFUL THIS YEAR.  Parish events and courses are scheduled throughout the year.  View on Formed.org the 6 part video series entitled "Prayer:  Finding Intimacy with God" - 6 weekly video sessions introducing Lectio Divina, opening our hearts to reading the Word, reflecting, responding and contemplating. To access this program, please register with Formed.org to receive access to these materials. 

1 minute video describing the Lectio Prayer Program

 

The Grace of Persistent Prayer

"...[I]f we are persistent in prayer, God will give us what we ask for.  But experience tells us that prayer doesn't always work that way...Why?  Because there are other graces associated with persistence besides getting what we ask for.  For one thing, persistence in prayer reminds us of our intrinsic incompleteness.  It also keeps us in touch with our deepest needs and desires - like love, faith, justice, forgiveness, mercy...But God's help sometimes comes in forms that surpass our pleadings.  We plead for an end and receive the strength to endure.  We beg for stability and receive the grace to change.  We ask for more time and receive the gift of eternal life."                ~Sr. Melannie Svoboda

 

Parish Prayer

Father in Heaven, we come before you as beloved members of the Body of Christ.

We are grateful for the abundant blessings you have bestowed on our parish and we praise you for the movement of your grace in the lives of our parishioners.

We humbly ask for your guidance as we seek to know and do your will, to worship you as you desire to be adored, to care for our fellow parishioners in their spiritual and physical needs, to provide a parish school and religious education program which authentically transmit the Catholic faith and lead the children to your Son, and to bring the person of Jesus to the wider community in word and deed, especially in the form of vocations.

Heal us of our pride so that we may accept your Word.

Heal us of our disobedience so that we may be good stewards of the Gospel.

Fill us with your Spirit to embolden our faith, hope, and charity.

Fill our priests, deacons, and religious with courage and comfort.

Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Apollinaris, grant us the Mercy for which we thirst and the grace to be true imitators of Christ.

Amen.

 

Rosary Group

The Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy are the focus of this group which meets each Monday evening at 7 pm.

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