Celebrate the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena with an Octave of Prayer

April 29 – The Feast of St. Catherine of Siena 
Loving and Faithful God, we praise your glory in the graced life of St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican, virgin and Doctor of the Church. As she spoke fearlessly to heads of the Church and the State, may we also be unafraid to speak God’s peace boldly to those in power. St. Catherine of Siena is a patroness of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Through her merits and her intercession, we pray that we may attain her wisdom, her generosity of spirit, and her longing always to be closer to Christ. We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
St Catherine of Siena, pray for us.

 

April 30
Loving and Faithful God, we praise your glory in the justice-seeking life of St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican, virgin and Doctor of the Church. She helped bring unity in her home country of Italy and spoke peace to nations at war. We ask you Lord through her merits and intercession to hear our prayer.  As Catherine is the patron of Europe, we pray for peace on that continent, and especially for the people of Ukraine. We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
St Catherine of Siena, pray for us.

 

 

May 1
Loving and Faithful God, we praise your glory in the compassionate life of St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican, virgin and Doctor of the Church. Help us to serve as she did, offering our hands and our hearts to the needy of our day just as St. Catherine cared for those ill from the plague of her time.  As the patron of nurses, we ask for St. Catherine’s intercession for those who care for the sick, the wounded, and the dying. May they find strength, hope and peace to sustain them in this holy, compassionate work. We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
St Catherine of Siena, pray for us.

 

 

May 2
Loving and Faithful God, we praise your glory in the passionate life of the admirable St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican, virgin, and Doctor of the Church. St. Catherine was said to have been praying in the middle of a terrible fire. By God’s grace, she escaped the danger of the flames. St. Catherine is the patron saint of fire prevention.  Lord of Love, through her intercession, set our hearts afire as we pray for our earth and work to preserve and honor the gift you have given us in our own essence and that of creation around us. We ask for her prayers for those suffering from the many fires caused by climate change. We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
St Catherine of Siena, pray for us.

 

 

May 3
Loving and Faithful God, we praise your glory in the merciful life of the St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican, virgin, and Doctor of the Church. St. Catherine was one of 25 children born to her mother. She nursed many women who suffered from miscarriage or illness during their pregnancies and prayed for the soul of every lost child. Lord of Life we join with Catherine in prayer for families who suffer the pain of miscarriage and grieve the loss oF children.  May their souls find peace, and may they find union with their lost children in the kingdom of Heaven. We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
St Catherine of Siena, pray for us.

 

 

 

May 4

Loving and Faithful God, we praise your glory in the devoted life of the St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican, virgin, and Doctor of the Church.  Catherine’s parents sought to have her marry, but she persisted in her desire to serve God as the first Dominican Associate member. Grant us the strength to respond to the Spirit’s call in our lives and to persist on our vocations to serve God and God’s people. Lord of Mission, through Catherine’s intercession hear our prayer. St. Catherine is the patroness of those who suffer resistance to what they embrace. We pray for all those who suffer oppression and violence because of their belief. We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
St Catherine of Siena, pray for us.

 

May 5
Loving and Faithful God, we praise your glory in the dedicated life of the St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican, virgin and Doctor of the Church. Help us, like St. Catherine, to pass with pure heart and spirit through the chaos and confusion this world so often presents.  Help us to remain faithful in our relationship with You and to always discern our next thought/decision/act in the light of your presence and unconditional love. As the patroness of those struggling with temptation, we ask for St. Catherine’s prayers. May we faithfully follow our vocations to consecrated religious life, single life, or to the sacrament of marriage, and find strength and fortitude as we discern and respond to our call from the God of Love. We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
St Catherine of Siena, pray for us.

 

 


May 6
Loving and Faithful God, we praise your glory in the hope-filled and unifying life of the St. Catherine of Siena, Dominican, virgin, and Doctor of the Church. In troubled times within the Church. She used the power of the pen and the power of prayer to counteract strife, to unite the faithful and Church leadership, and to restore the Papacy to Rome. Lord of All,  as Catherine worked to heal divisions within the Church, let us also be ministers of Peace within the Church of today. As we take part in the Synod of the Church, let us, with the entire People of God, discern together how to move forward on the path towards being a more synodal Church in the long-term. We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Concluding Prayer
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be
St Catherine of Siena, pray for us.

 

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