Monday, July 20, 2020

Pray for America

I think most of us would agree that the United States is in desperate need of prayer.

Please consider the prayers on our Recommended Devotions page, in particular The Litany for America.

God bless you for your faithfulness.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

New Member!

On Saturday Morning, June 20, 2020, St. Louis Bertrand Fraternity of the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic received Gloria Hunt as a novice.  

Due to social distancing guidelines, there were few members besides Gloria's family present, but we rejoice at her joining our family!

Fraternity President Dick Fitzgerald officiated

Formation Director Nancy Coleman witnesses
Gloria signing the reception record book.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Life in the Days of COVID-19

This is a trying time for many.

While we can hope and pray for science to arrive at a solution - vaccine and treatment - the states of our souls are more important by far. This biological crisis will pass, but for those who don't look after the state of the soul, the repercussions could be eternal.

Never forget our Lord's words to Solomon, 3000 years ago, at the dedication of the First Temple.

When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. - 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

It is up to each of us, as Christians, to follow that command.

A good place to start is the prayers we've assembled.
But, it's only a starting point!!

Read Scripture.
Read the Church Fathers.

Amend your lives.

You eternity may depend on it

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Catholic Worship during the Corona Virus Shutdown

by Reader Lou Pizzuti, OP

Many Dioceses in the United States have celebrated the public celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and temporarily closed Adoration Chapels.  This is done as a precautionary measure to avoid having parishioners exposed to the Corona Virus.

How do we, as Catholics, deal with this?

1. EWTN has a daily Mass celebration broadcast.  Watch it.
2. Some Dioceses are following suit.  Bishop Lucia of Syracuse will podcast a daily private mass on the diocesan website, and will upload the Sunday Mass to the diocesan Youtube Channel.

When you do watch a Mass on TV, you obviously cannot receive our Lord in the Eucharist.
You can, however, make a Act of Spiritual Communion.

3. You can pray the Divine Office, or, as it's known in some Eastern Catholic circles, The Divine Praises.  The Western office can be found at

4. If Adoration is not available, you can pray with icons. As St. Basil the Great teaches us, the honor paid the image passes to the prototype.  If you don't have any icons, downloading one from the web will do.  Just avoid anything from Monastery Icons.

5. You can pray the psalms, you can read more scripture, you can read the Church Fathers and Doctors of the Church, not for logical analysis, but as a conversation between you and the Holy Spirit.

Yes, this can be a difficult time for the Catholic, but, remember, it's Lent. We have to learn to sacrifice, and turn that sacrifice into spiritual growth.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Call to prayer

In light of the Corona Virus pandemic and the upcoming election,

Please join us in prayer, every day between now and the election, in praying

1. The Seven Penitential Psalms
2. The Litany of the Saints
3. The Litany of the Dominican Saints and Blesseds
4. The Litany of the Holy Cross

1. That those elected would serve our Lord in leading our nation to Him.
2. That we,  individually and as a nation,  would humble ourselves, pray,  seek his face,  and turn from our wicked ways - believing that He would hear from heaven, heal our land, and forgive our sin (2 Chronicles 7:14).

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary...
And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary...

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.


 Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection,
implored thy help or sought thy intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins my Mother;
to thee do I come,
before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of thy Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy clemency hear and answer me.

Pope Francis Prayer 
“O Mary, you shine continuously along our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
“We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the Cross were near to the pain of Jesus, keeping your faith firm.
“You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need, and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that, as at Cana of Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this moment of trial.
“Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us, He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and took up our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
“We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.”