Seven Days of Prayer

As Father Joe Yokum enters his final days of preparation for his new position as  Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, we invite you to join us in prayer for seven  days on his behalf. The seven days will begin on July 7 at 7 pm with a Holy Hour  in the Church Nave. Let us come together before the Blessed Sacrament to pray  for our new Shepherd and his intentions. Over the course of the subsequent six  days, we encourage you to find time during your day to continue praying with  your family wherever you are able. Daily prayers for priests can be found below. The seven days will conclude on July 13,  the date of Father Joe’s arrival.

Wednesday, July 7

St. Therese of Lisieux’s prayer for Priests

O Jesus, eternal Priest,
keep your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,
where none may touch them.
Keep unstained their anointed hands,
which daily touch Your Sacred Body.
Keep unsullied their lips,
daily purpled with your Precious Blood.
Keep pure and unearthly their hearts,
sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.
Let Your holy Jove surround them and
shield them from the world’s contagion.
Bless their labors with abundant fruit and
may the souls to whom they minister
be their joy and consolation here and in heaven their beautiful and everlasting crown.

St. John Vianney’s Prayer for Priests

God, please give to your Church today
many more priests after your own heart.
May they be worthy representatives of Christ the Good Shepherd.
May they wholeheartedly devote themselves to prayer and penance;
be examples of humility and poverty;
shining models of holiness;
tireless and powerful preachers of the Word of God;
zealous dispensers of your grace in the sacraments.
May their loving devotion to your Son Jesus in the Eucharist
and to Mary his Mother be the twin fountains of fruitfulness for their ministry.

Thursday, July 8

St. Pope John Paul II’s Prayer for Priests to Our Blessed Mother

Mother of Jesus Christ and Mother of priests,
Accept this title which we bestow on you to celebrate your
motherhood and to contemplate with you the priesthood
of your Son and of your sons,
O holy Mother of God.
Mother of Christ,
to the Messiah Priest you gave a body of flesh
through the anointing of the Holy Spirit
for the salvation of the poor and the contrite of heart;
guard priests in your heart and in the Church,
0 Mother of the Savior.
Mother of Faith,
you accompanied to the Temple the Son of Man,
the fulfillment of the promises given to the fathers;
give to the Father for his glory the priests of your Son,
0 Ark of the Covenant.
Mother of the Church,
with the disciples in the Upper Room
you prayed to the Spirit for the new People and their shepherds;
obtain for the Order of Presbyters a fullness of gifts,
O Queen of the Apostles.
Mother of Jesus Christ,
you were with Him at the beginning of His fife and of His mission,
you sought the Master among the crowd,
you stood beside Him when he was lifted up from the earth
consumed as the one eternal sacrifice,
and you had John close by you, your son;
accept from the beginning those who have been called,
protect their growth, accompany your sons in their life and in their ministry,
O Mother of Priests.

Friday, July 9

St. Teresa of Calcutta’s Prayer for Priests

Mary, Mother of Jesus, throw your mantle of purity over our priests.
Protect them, guide them, and keep them in your heart.
Be a Mother to them, especially in times of discouragement and
loneliness.
Love them and keep them belonging completely to Jesus.
Like Jesus, they, too, are your sons, so keep their hearts pure and
virginal.
Keep their minds filled with Jesus, and put Jesus always on their lips, s
o that he is the one they offer to sinner and to all they meet.
Mary, Mother of Jesus, be their Mother,
loving them and bringing them joy.
Take special care of sick and dying priests, and the ones most
tempted.
Remember how they spent their youth and old age,
their entire lives serving and giving all to Jesus.
Mary, bless them and keep a special place for them in your heart.
Give them a piece of your heart, so beautiful and pure and
immaculate,
so full of love and humility, so that they, too, can grow in the likeness of Christ.
Dear Mary, make them humble like you, and holy like Jesus.

Saturday, July 10

Fr. Benedict’s Prayer for Priests

Lord Jesus Christ, eternal High Priest,
You offered yourself to the Father on the altar of the Cross
and through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
gave Your priestly people a share in Your redeeming sacrifice.
Hear our prayer for the sanctification of our priests.
Grant that all who are ordained to the ministerial priesthood
may be ever more conformed to You, the Divine Master.
May they preach the Gospel with pure heart and clear conscience.
Let them be shepherds according to Your own Heart,
single-minded in service to You and to the Church
and shining examples of a holy, simple and joyful life.
Through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Your Mother and ours,
draw all priests and the flocks entrusted to their care
to the fullness of eternal life where you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

St. Faustina’s Prayer for Priests

Heavenly Father, grant that our priests be strengthened and healed by the power of the Eucharist they celebrate.
May the Word they proclaim give them courage and wisdom.
We pray that all those whom they seek to serve
May see in them the love and care of Jesus,
Our Eternal High Priest, who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.
Mary, Mother of the Church, look tenderly upon your sons, our
priests. St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us all.
O my Jesus, I beg You on behalf of the whole Church:
Grant it love and the light of Your Spirit
and give power to the words of priests
so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance
and return to You, O Lord.
Lord, give us holy priests;
You Yourself maintain them in holiness.
O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil’s snares which are continually being set for the souls of priests.
May the power of Your mercy, O Lord,
shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of
priests,
for You can do all things.

Sunday, July 11

Prayer of St. Therese of the Child Jesus

O Jesus, I pray for your faithful and fervent priests;
for your unfaithful and tepid priests;
for your priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields;
for your tempted priests;
for your lonely and desolate priests; for your young priests;
for your dying priests; for the souls of your priests in purgatory.
But above all, I recommend to you the priests dearest to me:
the priest who baptized me;
the priests who absolved me from my sins;
the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me your Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed me;
all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way (especially Father Yokum).
0 Jesus, keep them all close to your heart,
and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity.

Prayer for Priests

Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests.
Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.
Help our priests to be strong in their vocation.
Set their souls on fire with love for your people.
Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.
Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel.
Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.
Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.

Monday, July 12

Prayer by Pope Benedict XVI

Lord Jesus Christ, eternal High Priest,
you offered yourself to the Father on the altar of the cross
and through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit
gave your priestly people a share in your redeeming sacrifice.
Hear our prayer for the sanctification of our priests.
Grant that all who are ordained to the ministerial priesthood
may be ever more conformed to you, the Divine Master.
May they preach the Gospel with pure heart and clear conscience.
Let them be shepherds according to your own heart,
single-minded in service to you and to the Church,
and shining examples of a holy, simple, and joyful life.
Through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, your Mother and ours,
draw all priests and the flocks entrusted to their care
to the fullness of eternal life where you live and reign
with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Tuesday, July 13

Prayer by St. Teresa of Kolkata

Mary, Mother of Jesus,
throw your mantle of purity over our priests.
Protect them, guide them, and keep them in your heart.
Be a Mother to them, especially in times of discouragement and loneliness.
Love them and keep them belonging completely to Jesus.
Like Jesus, they, too, are your sons, so keep their hearts pure and virginal.
Keep their minds filled with Jesus, and put Jesus always on their lips,
so that he is the one they offer to sinner and to all they meet.
Mary, Mother of Jesus, be their Mother, loving them and bringing them joy.
Take special care of sick and dying priests, and the ones most tempted.
Remember how they spent their youth and old age, their entire lives serving and giving all to Jesus.
Mary, bless them and keep a special place for them in your heart.
Give them a piece of your heart, so beautiful and pure and immaculate,
so full of love and humility, so that they, too, can grow in the likeness of Christ. Dear Mary, make them humble like you, and holy like Jesus.

Prayer by St. Faustina

O my Jesus, I beg you on behalf of the whole Church:
Grant it love and the light of your Spirit, and give power to the words of priests so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to you, O Lord.
Lord, give us holy priests; you yourself maintain them in holiness.
O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil’s traps and snares which are
continually being set for the souls of priests.

May the power of your mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests, for you can do all things.

Bishop’s Annual Appeal

Due to the generosity of just 171 parishioners, Our Lady has reached its Diocesan Bishop’s Annual Appeal goal of $150,157 and is now receiving your generous donations to the BAA/OLA with 100% coming back to the Parish! Typically all donations to the parish are taxed by the Diocese at 6% but now that the parish has reached its BAA goal, all donations to the BAA come directly back to the Parish without the Diocesan fee.

These donations contribute to the Our Lady Appeal, which provides funding to assist in updating and maintaining the Church, School, Preschool, and all aspects of the Parish. While the past year has been difficult for some, many have continued to be blessed. Please take a moment to reflect on how you may also be a part of supporting Our Lady, no matter how large or small the amount. Please feel free to reach out to Theresa in the Parish Office at 614-875-3322 with questions or you can make your pledge at Columbus Catholic Giving.

Parishioner Profile: Makenna Freeman | Seeds

By Eric Brooks

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…’” (Mt 28:18 – 19)

“’Hear then the parable of the sower… As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the word and understand it; he indeed bears fruit, and yield, in one case a hundredfold…” (Mt 13:18, 23)

Makenna Freeman is a recent graduate of Bishop Ready High School and a former student at Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s school. It was at our parochial school and as a member of the larger OLPH community that Makenna had the foundation of her faith laid. She was “encouraged to let me know Jesus” and the seeds of her personal faith journey were sown. During her 6th and 7th grades Makenna first began to “know the person of Jesus” and was given more opportunities to develop her faith through retreats, summer camps, and other activities.

She progressed through the Sacraments of Initiation, and by the time Makenna was nearing Confirmation she was “really excited.” In fact, she remembers telling a friend how much she was looking forward to “marrying my faith.” At Bishop Ready Makenna found continuing to develop her faith was more challenging as there were fewer structured opportunities. As a result, a dozen students including Makenna formed a prayer group, giving up free time during their lunches because “we wanted to be with Jesus.”

Makenna also speaks very highly of the Life Teen group here at Our Lady, “They are amazing!” During times at Bishop Ready when she found her own faith faltering, she knew she could return every week and be part of that community. They offered support, accountability, and a shared group of teens who are as passionate about their own faith as Makenna is of hers. All these experiences through high school continued to lay the seeds of Makenna’s personal faith.

With graduation nearing, Makenna knew that she wanted to spend “a year with Jesus” before continuing her academic studies. She explored several different missionary groups including the National Evangelization Teams (NET), a Catholic organization based out of Minnesota. Makenna first became aware of NET when they conducted spiritual retreats for the Our Lady middle school students. As she describes it, “I always cry at Adoration [of the Blessed Sacrament]” but at the time was not aware of why she became so emotional. During one of those NET retreats further seeds were planted as Makenna realized that during Adoration she was “getting to know Jesus in a personal way.”

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door. I will come in to him and eat with him, and he will eat with me.” (Rev 3:20) Makenna was making the conscious decision to “open the door” and invite Christ into her life.

Her senior year Makenna applied to NET and was accepted, but still was unsure if this was the best fit for her. That spring NET was conducting another retreat at Our Lady of Perpetual Help school and Makenna’s mother, Julie Freeman the OLPH school principal, agreed to host the team members at their home for the night. Makenna was immediately struck by “how on fire they are in their faith and how intentional.” Makenna discussed her application with those team members and their response was immediately “you have to do this.”

Having previously interviewed Julie Freeman I am struck by how both mother and daughter, at different times, were facing important decisions in their lives. They were both completely unsure of accepting the opportunities being offered and Jesus worked through others in their lives saying the exact same thing, “you have to do this.”

Makenna decided to accept the NET position and will be travelling to Minnesota this August to attend several weeks of training. Following that she will be assigned to a team of approximately ten missionaries and then for the next nine months will be living out of a van. Each team is assigned a route and they travel from school to school conducting retreats for primarily middle school students. The average age of “Netters” is 18 to 24 and this allows them to interact with more easily with and understand the middle schoolers at their retreats. With her own seeds now bearing fruit, Makenna’s goal for the next year will be to sow new seeds in these young people.

She is most looking forward to the community of the team. Just as with her high school prayer group and Our Lady’s Life Teen Makenna wants to be surrounded by peers who are just as passionate in their faith as she is with her own. Conversely, she has been warned that life of a NET missionary is physically grueling and Makenna is not particularly a morning person. The teams wake early, travel long hours in their vans, and sleep on couches and sleeping bags. All the while they are expected to be enthusiastic and compassionate with the kids at their retreats. Makenna does hope the routine instills in her some discipline and consistency.

Following her time with NET Makenna is considering attending an art college, perhaps the local Columbus College of Art & Design. She enjoys drawing in ink and painting and is actually running a “little art camp” out of her parents’ home this summer. However, Makenna also knows she will soon be spending a year entirely with Jesus and will use that opportunity for contemplation and prayer on her future. She is also learning to play the piano and loves watching movies with her family.

Makenna describes to me a concept she would like to embody, being a Woman of Valor in reference to Proverbs 31. When her alarm clock soon goes off at 7:00am (regardless of not being a morning person) Makenna wants to get up and dedicate her day to work, charity, and evangelization with NET. To dedicate herself to strength, dignity, and wisdom. “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is in vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.” (Prov 31:30 – 31)

NET does rely on donations to help fund its 170 yearly missionaries and Makenna is deeply thankful for the generosity our parish has already shown her.

If you feel called to partner with Makenna and can help support the mission here.

  1. Pledge monthly or make a one time donation
  2. Find “I’d like to partner with”, scroll to Makenna Freeman
  3. Put in your info, be sure to put in your email to stay updated on the journey!