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McCook parish looking forward to Mass for healing

By Lesa Tines

McCOOK (SNR) – Father Christopher Barak will celebrate a Mass with Prayers for Healing at St. Patrick Church in McCook at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16.

Each celebration of the Holy Mass is a good time to bring concerns to God. During a Mass with Prayers for Healing, the focus is on offering a special intention to God to heal the physical, emotional and spiritual struggles of His people. Father Barak said when people come together with an intention to pray for, there is a powerful working of the Holy Spirit.

He also said that the concerns people have for their health can take on many forms. The Mass is offered for a wide variety of people including those suffering from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and others. Those suffering from anxiety, depression, OCD, or those struggling in their relationships with God or others are also invited to attend.

Confession will be offered before Mass. Asking for and giving forgiveness will assist in the healing process, according to Father Barak.

A Mass with Prayers for Healing is conducted in the same way as other Masses. Father Barak said he likes to have really good music to begin the liturgy. He said music is a good way to help people open up to God. After the homily, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is offered. The Oil of the Sick, blessed by the bishop at the Chrism Mass on Monday of Holy Week each year, is used to anoint the forehead and palms. Prayers are said over the person with the laying on of hands. After Communion, extra time is set aside to spend in prayer. Following the Mass, there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Father Barak pointed out that during Jesus’ time on the earth, He walked among the people, healing those in need. Followers would fight crowds just to touch his cloak to find relief from what was ailing them.

After Exposition, the priest will carry the monstrance through the church, bringing Jesus as close to his people as possible. The evening will conclude with Benediction.

Father Barak has asked that prayer and fasting (barring medical necessity) be conducted prior to the Mass. He said the sacrifice of others will increase the powerful prayer of the Mass.

“When we are weak, God takes control,” he said.

With the help of Father Barak, prayer team leader Brenda Miller of St. James Parish in Trenton compiled a few suggestions for those wishing to pray and fast.

First, she said, participants should pray the rosary daily for the Mass with Prayers for Healing, and, nine days before the Mass (March 7), begin the Novena to the Sacred Heart (see below).

She then suggested fasting (abstaining from both food and liquids) from 6 a.m. to noon March 7-11 and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 12-15.

Father Gary Brethour, pastor of St. Patrick Church, said he is looking forward to the event.

“A lot of people have shared with me how these Masses have brought them assistance, either spiritual or physical,” he said.
He added that he is pleased to have Father Barak visit McCook to conduct that Mass, emphasizing that all are invited to attend.
For more information, contact Father Brethour at 308-345-4546.

Editor's Note: A Mass with Prayers for Healing will also be held March 15 in John XXIII Diocesan Center, 37th & Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered at 1 p.m. until Mass begins. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed at 1:30 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. with the Anointing of the Sick.  Eucharistic Exposition and healing prayer will be held after the Mass.

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
I.  O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I Say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of …(here name your request) Our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father…. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.” “Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of…( here name your request) our Father….Hail Mary….Glory Be to the Father…Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust In you.

III.O my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away. “ Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of…(here name your request) Our Father….Hail Mary…. Glory Be to the Father…. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.

Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add, “St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.”
-- St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

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