Monday Message, May 16, 2022

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Diocesan Annual Consent and Release forms were distributed last week. Spanish forms are now available as well.

Tomorrow we will have a Parish Leader Check In. The link is here. Our topic includes the review of the draft curriculum guidelines for Baptism, First Communion, and Reconciliation. If I get Confirmation finished, we will discuss this too.

Our friends in Danbury have asked us to invite you to an evening with Fr. Donald Calloway at St. Gregory the Great Parish. Find all the information here.

Clergy Check In is this week. Send this link to your pastor.

And, of course, People of Hope continues. To date, we have had more than 3,500 views on the webinars – live and recorded. Please continue to join us for more great speakers in these final weeks. And don’t forget to join us for the Rosary each night at 7 pm.


On Divine Mercy Sunday 2017, Bishop Caggiano launched The Face of Prayer. It was a simple idea – use the power of technology, specifically, the phone – to bring people to prayer. Participating is simple. All you have to do is text the word PRAY (not even in all caps) to the number 55778. You’ll receive a confirmation text and instructions on how to unsubscribe if you ever want to leave the movement.

The prayer arrives via text every day between three and four in the afternoon. To date, more than 17 million prayers have been shared – thousands of people receive the next each day. Do you? Do your catechists? Does your pastor?

True Story: A woman told the bishop at an event that she and her husband were having an argument. A big one. She was seriously wondering whether she could stay in the marriage. Then, her phone vibrated. It was the Face of Prayer and the prayer for the day was, “May we always be the first to forgive. Hail Mary…”

The woman said she started to cry.

“It’s hard to be mad at this man whom I love with this prayer in my hand on my phone,” she told the Bishop. “Your text literally saved my marriage.”

There are countless stories like that all across the world from people who pray with us every single day. All because of a simple idea to use technology for good.

Subscribe today. Pray with us.