Rooted in Faith



One hallmark of a caring community is a praying community. In prayer, we can rejoice together with our members' prayers of thanksgiving. We can share our concern or sorrow with our members' prayers of petition in times of need or mourning. Recent requests for the community are shown below. There are two ways you can join in asking for prayers: 

OUR ONLINE PRAYER REQUEST FORM: CLICK HERE  Simply complete this form and we will add your prayer below. Only specifics you choose to share will appear. Rest assured we are one with you in prayer!

BOOK OF INTENTIONS AT WEEKEND MASS: If you would like the name of a loved one who is ill to be written in our Book of Intentions for the weekend let us know or write it in yourself when you join us for Mass.  Each weekend, our General Intercessions are read from this book.  We pray specifically at each weekend Mass for all the intentions and everyone named in our Book of Intentions.

December 11, 2018

Please pray for...

Hal, father of Holly Cerveny, who is having major surgery this morning

Phil Sherman, who will have a biopsy on Wednesday for a lung condition

Charlie S. grandson of Joanne P. who is having medical testing in Madison

For all those suffering with cancer, Arlene, Dick, Darlene, 

For all those grieving the lost of a loved one 

May their faith sustain them and our prayers bring support and may the healing light of Christ shine upon them. Amen


For all those listed in our Mass book of intentions.




December 6, 2018

Please continue praying for… 

 Arlene M. suffering  with bone cancer

Doreen S. undergoing a valve repair on Monday

Michael C. still in intensive care after suffering a stroke

Pat K. still hospitalized after a stroke

Don who is suffering with congestive heart failure

Pam M. various medical issues 

For the families and friends of all those who have died including…

Ray Novak (arrangements still pending)

Fr. Robert McIntosh S. J.

May they rejoice in the heavenly kingdom!  Amen

December 5, 2018

Please add… 

Phil Sherman who has been hospitalized with pneumonia and requires additional medical  testing.

Healing Light of Christ shine upon your servant Phil.  Amen

December 4, 2018

Please keep in your prayers those recently deceased…

The family of our 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush-reunited with his beloved Barbara and daughter Robin- a life lived in to service to humankind- a grateful nation bids him peace until we meet again.

Gerard LaPaz brother of Rosemary (Bruce) Larkin

Ray Novak, a parishioner of St. Joan of Arc,  who died in his sleep last night .  May his wife Judy and his entire family know of our loving support at this time.  Funeral arrangements are pending.


                                             A Litany of Remembering

In the rising of the sun and its going down

               WE REMEMBER THEM

In the blowing of the wind and the chill of winter

               WE REMEMBER THEM

In the opening of buds and in the warmth of summer

               WE REMEMBER THEM

In the rustling of the leaves and the beauty of autumn

               WE REMEMBER THEM

In the beginning of the year and when it ends

               WE REMEMBER THEM

When we are weary and in need of strength

               WE REMEMBER THEM

When we are lost and sick at heart

               WE REMEMBER THEM

When we have joys we yearn to share

               WE REMEMBER THEM

For all long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us

               WE REMEMBER THEM

They shall live forever in the communion of the saints, in the arms of God

               WE REMEMBER THEM!




November 30, 2018

Please pray for ...

Millie S who is entering into hospice

Mary S who has pneumonia

Arlene M. who continues to struggle with cancer

PJ who is having medical tests done today

Kaethe D. who is suffering with chronic hip pain

Molly P. age 15 having serious surgery today

All those whose names are in our parish Book of Intentions

In the stressful times; Seek God.

In the painful times: Praise God

In the terrible times: Trust God

At all all all times

Thank God...Amen


November 28, 2018

Please pray for

Hal, who suffered a stroke, he is the father of our school Principal Holly Cerveny, 

Michael C. who suffered a stroke

Carl P. who remains in hospice care

The brother of our parishioner Barb who had brain surgery

Peter diagnosed with lung cancer

Blaine S. undergoing medical testing

Sister Bea and Sister Ellen as they move to new ministry locations this coming week

All students who are preparing for their final papers/exams

Allie who has a rare progression of Parkinson’s

Laura who had hip replacement

For all those accused unjustly –may the truth set them free

For solutions to the issues we face in a manor worthy of our discipleship 

When we feel certain that the human soul is no longer at work in the world, it’s time to make sure that ours is visible to someone, somewhere.  Parker J. Palmer 

Thanks for making your souls visible to those in need.  Blessings, Ellen


November 21, 2018

Please add Dan S. who recently was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. 

I received the following from one of our Prayer Network Team members with the words  “read this before Thanksgiving” .  I did and so  I thought I would share this with all of you. Blessings, Ellen


                              A professor of philosophy walked into her lecture hall with a glass of water in hand. The hall was filled with antsy students who were eager to finish up class before heading home for Thanksgiving break. As she wound her way through the aisles, the professor raised the glass of water where everyone could see it; most of the students anticipated the predictable "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this water?"

The students all went completely silent for a moment as they started thinking it through, then began calling out answers ranging from eight to 20 ounces. One astute student asked, "Does the glass matter?"

The professor replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter; it depends on how long I hold the glass filled with water. If I hold it all up for a minute or two, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, my arm will probably start to ache. If I continue to hold it for a day, my arm will go numb and feel paralyzed. The weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "The stress and worries that you carry around in life are like that glass of water. Think on them for a minute or so and nothing happens... keep thinking about them for a bit longer, and they begin to hurt. And, if you think about them and hold them up all day long, you will feel paralyzed—incapable of doing anything."

Remember to put the glass down.

Thanksgiving is a time of both letting go and picking up. Each year we have the opportunity to let go of past misunderstandings and mistakes. We also have the opportunity to find clarity and practice gratefulness. The longer we focus on what is truly important, the more we feel relief at putting down our glass of worries and finding joy in today.

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!



November 20, 2018

With Thanksgiving Day  nearly upon us, let us pause and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives.

My deepest thanks for being a part of the Prayer Network –your prayers truly are a blessing to all who need them

 Please pray for…

Pam M. undergoing tests and medical procedures,

P.K. age 60 who suffered a stroke November 12th –he is out of ICU but has a long road to recovery ahead

Dick R. who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma

Doreen S. who is undergoing treatment for cardiac issues

Carl P.  suffering with complications of old age and is in hospice care

For all those who attended the Grieving through the Holidays session and for all who are grieving the loss of a loved one


May God grant them the strength needed to walk their journey and may the healing light of Christ shine upon them and all those in need. Amen



November 1, 2018

Happy All Saints Day-you are living saints for the way you care for those in need through your prayers on their behalf.  May God continue to bless each of you! 

Please pray for…

Peter suffering with lung cancer

Dar recently diagnosed with breast cancer the second time

Dick who has been undergoing medical tests for a serious health condition

Fran who suffers with COPD 

We remember the family and friends of those who have died…

The 11 members of the Tree of Life Synagogue

Jack Kujawa-a senior at MUHS who died by suicide this past weekend

Audrey Kuhlenbeck- mother of Craig and Susan who died Oct. 26

The 144 that will die today from the opioid epidemic


The cluster faith community announces the death of… 

Walter Kleinschmidt member of SJOA  died suddenly on Oct.22 at the age of 81.  His funeral is Wednesday, November 7 at SJOA.  Visitation starting at 3pm followed by   Mass of Christian Burial at 4pm.  Please keep his wife Agnes and their children in prayer 

Molly Conway of SCA died suddenly on October 28 at the age of 73.  Her funeral is Thursday, November 15 at SCA. Visitation at 9:00 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am.  Please keep her husband John and their children in prayer. 

May all those who have died be welcomed into the Communion of Saints!  Amen


October 5, 2018

Prayers of thanksgiving for Charlotte F. who is doing very well after her stroke- 

For Judy S., Suzy, Dick R. Kathy Z. and all those in need of prayer due to health issues..

For those who will die from drug overdoses and  by acts of violence. 

We remember those who have died Kim Johnson (brother of Lee) Ron Butkus (former SJOA parishioner).  May their souls and souls of al the departed rest in peace. Amen


September 25, 2018

You O Lord are our hope and our refuge, may your presence give all those in need the strength for the journey they are taking. 

Please add…

Charlotte who suffered a stroke

Sarah in need of understanding and support

Stephan who attempted suicide for the second time

Pat who is requesting prayer for her intentions

September 21,2018

Deacon Larry as he now enters into the rehab phase of his recovery

Charlotte F. who fell and sustained several serious injuries

Joyce C. who fell and sustained several injuries but no broken bones

Mary G and Arlene M. Bob A. and all those who are suffering from cancer

Matt M. suffering with questionable symptoms as to origin

Dorothy who has a lingering infection causing mobility issues

Janet N. and her special intentions

Maria, Jowett, Alice and Darlan who are experiencing serious family issues

For all those affected by the hurricane and subsequent flooding in the Carolina’s and surrounding areas including CH’s grandson and his family 

In faith O Lord we trust in your hearing our prayers and in your providence answering them.  Amen


Ellen Heitman

Pastoral Associate