1st Eucharist Novena for our Teens

The youth of CtK are receiving the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation at one of two Masses. The English Mass is Saturday, May 6, and the Spanish Mass is Friday, May 12. Choose to pray one or both novenas for all those in the final days of preparation.

Day One: Fri. April 27 // Thurs. May 3
Jesus, you love our youth very much. You saved them from sin and death by dying on the cross and rising. Through baptism they became God’s children. In nine days, You will come to them in communion. Fill them with thanksgiving for this great gift. Let our prayers help prepare them to receive You.

Day Two: Sat. Apr. 28 // Fri. May 4
Jesus, You died for our sins. We remember this in the Eucharist. In eight days, our youth will receive the sacred bread and wine of communion. This is Your Body and Blood that You gave for us. Keep them free from sin and full of grace. Amen.

Day Three: Sun. Apr. 29 // Sat. May 5
Jesus, by Your death and rising You won everlasting life for us. In seven days, our youth will receive You, the risen Lord, in the Eucharist. Let them always live for You so that someday they may be happy with You forever in heaven. Amen.

Day Four: Mon. April 30 // Sun. May 6
Jesus, in the Eucharist, You nourish the divine life we received in baptism. In six days, our youth will receive You for the first time in holy communion. Help them to grow in love of You so that they may live as true children of God. Amen.

Day Five: Tues. May 1 // Mon. May 7
Jesus, in communion You come closer to us than anyone can ever be. As our food and drink You become one with us. In five days, our youth will welcome you in their hearts. May they come to love You more and more each day. Amen.

Day Six: Wed. May 2 // Tues. May 8
Jesus, You want all your followers to be united in love. Through the Eucharist You bind us all together in friendship and love. In four days, our youth will be more closely joined to the Church through holy communion. Give them the grace to be active members of the Church. Amen.

Day Seven: Thurs. May 3 // Wed. May 9
Jesus, our youth were initiated into your church at baptism. They are looking forward to further initiation through the Eucharist. In three days, they will receive the sacraments of Communion and Confirmation. Make them good Catholic-Christians, full of faith and love. Amen.

Day Eight: Fri. May 6 // Thurs. May 10
Jesus, in the Eucharist you make us more like you. In two days, You will come to our youth in communion. Enable them to be persons of kindness, compassion, wisdom and courage that You were. Increase their faith, hope and love. Amen.

Day Nine: Sat. May 5 // Fri. May 11
Jesus, tomorrow is a great day of joy! Our youth will receive You in holy communion for the first time. They will know how much You love us. Bless them and make them strong, loving Christians. May they always long to receive you in the Blessed Sacrament. May they always appreciate all You have done for us. Amen.

Not Enough. #Luke1fortynine

The Almighty has done great things for Mary. “He who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is His name.”   (Luke 1: 49 RM)

The above verse is from the Magnificat, Mary’s hymn of praise to God when she visited Elizabeth. Jesus did not honor Mary during her earthly life and at times seemed even to ignore her.  Mary’s life here below may be described as ordinary and even insignificant.  Mary was probably known to a handful of disciples and her relatives.  Then one day she died and then the cult of Mary burst on the world like  a nuclear force.

Consider a few of what happened after Mary died:

#1.   Basilicas, Cathedrals, Churches, Universities, Institutes sprout up all over the world in her name.

#2.  Prayers and intercessions began simultaneously everywhere in her name.

#3.  The Holy Rosary believed to be a gift from God to the Church began to be used as a popular devotion  around AD 1000 and rapidly spread everywhere.  Today probably some  20 Billion Hail Marys are said round the clock all over the world every day.

#4.  The Person and Work of Jesus Christ (Christology) becomes illuminated when seen through the mystery of Mary.  New doctrines and dogmas were defined to honor Mary.

Some people ask:  Don’t you honor Mary too much?  Her children rush to answer without hesitation:  NOT ENOUGH for the Mother of our God and Savior. Is our God a faithful God?

Remember:  the best is yet to come for you.  God has reserved the best wine to the last.  (Cf John 2: 9)

“He who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is His name.”   (Luke 1: 49 RM)

A Novena of Preparation for Retreat

Please join the youth ministry team and our Envelop Mission Partners as we pray for all the participants of the Diocese of Phoenix Multi-Parish retreat this coming weekend, February 24-26, 2017.  And, to especially pray for all of the teens and chaperones attending from Christ the King.

We’ve prepared an Our Lady Undoer of Knots novena to be prayed everyday from Saturday, February 18 through Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Novena Prayer (Sat., Feb. 18 —Sun., Feb. 26, 2017)
Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon us and see the snarl of knots that exist in our lives.
Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of His children, I entrust into your hands the ribbons of the adults & teens attending the Diocesan Multi-Parish retreat.  No one, not even the evil one himself, can take the ribbons away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Holy Mary, you untie with a motherly heart the knots of our life, we ask you to receive into your hands,
especially, the knots which are binding our teens Kevin, Dominic, Andres, Ashley, Alondra, Lupita, Ximena, Fatima, Adriana, Reyna, & Alyson; and our adults
Felipe, Grace, Rosa and Deepa.
Our Lady, through your grace, intercession, & example, deliver them from all evil and untie the knots that prevent them from being united with God. So that being free from these knots, they may find Him in all things, have their hearts placed in Him, and serve Him always. Amen.