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

Please pray …

for the family of Bob Frazier who died this past week.  He is the Uncle of Kristina Marada.

for Dennis Pelton  who is awaiting surgery at St. Luke’s. 

for PM, who is suffering with schizophrenia and severe depression and for her family

for Tammy Gasner as she continues with her chemotherapy for breast cancer

Please offer prayers of Thanksgiving…

For Tracey Markut, whose lesions from MS have all but disappeared

For Deacon Larry and Pope Francis as they celebrate another year of new life!  (Birthdays on Dec. 17th)

                                              Any thought turned to God is a prayer. St. Ignatius of Loyola


December 3, 2019

Please add to your prayers…

Rich who is no longer a candidate for heart surgery and now is in hospice care

Jessica Laine suffering with cervical cancer and now in end of life care

Chuck Sharkus , for his continued journey to full health

Jim Cinelli as he begins his journey with pancreatic cancer

For those directly affected by the shooting at Waukesha North High School, the students, faculty, parents, and police personnel,


In faith we trust that God hears our prayers, may we be able to embrace the answers God gives. Amen


November 25, 2019

Chuck Sharkus, who is out of  ICU but remains in the hospital

Rich, who is awaiting open heart surgery

For those who attended the Grieving through the Holidays workshop on Saturday 11/16

For those struggling with family issues, Judy, Ken,

All those suffering with cancer including Jim Cinelli, recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, please include his wife Lisa their 5 children ages 14 to 24

All those undergoing  testing for cancer including  Dar Klenz

Pat Simon suffering from melanoma and currently undergoing chemotherapy.  Include her husband Phil and their children as they walk this journey with Pat.

Kathy, the cousin of Mary Merz who is critically ill

Those dealing with mental health issues 

May they find strength in God, the compassion of Jesus and the courage of the Spirit as they face all that is asked of them at this time, Amen


Remember those who have died…

Silvia Hodlewsky, the daughter of John and Mary Sokup, who lost her battle with cancer  

Please include her parents, husband and two young children at this difficult time.  Services are in pending in Colorado

Jerry Morrison, who died on Saturday after a battle with cancer, for Lynn and their children as they grieve his loss

Eileen (sister of Mary Ellen Counsel), Imogene Mozer, Louis Novak, Emma Mertens, Mark Beierwaltes (nephew of Fr. Chuck)


Grace McClees died November 22, 2019.  She had been struggling with health issues for the past few years.  She is survived by her loving husband John, their children Todd, Lori and John.

Her funeral is Saturday December 7, 2019 at St. Joan of Arc.  Visitation is starts at 11:00 AM with the Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 PM.  More information is to follow.


Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them

May they rest in peace  Amen.


October 25, 2019

Please pray for…

Don Graeffe, father of Amber Prahl, who is undergoing delicate spinal surgery on October 31st.

Emma Mertens the young girl from Hartland suffering with terminal cancer

Janet Dulan recovering from shoulder replacement

the friend  of Jean Gesvain who had part of her lung removed due to cancer

Bob Hultquist as he slowly recovers from pneumonia

Sam Siewert and Brooke Peterson being married today

All those in the RCIA process including Destiny, Sam, Tony, Jeremy, Brooke and Carmen 

May God grant them all they need at this time in their lives.  Amen


 October 18, 2019

Please add…

Marlene Kelly who broke her hip.  She has had surgery and is now in rehab.

Tim Pinter and Carol Vermillion who are in Angels Grace

Bob Hultquist recovering from pneumonia 

May the healing light of Christ shine upon them. Amen

For the families of  Doris and Le Roy Ingraham, Therese Repovsh, Mike Brooks and Helen Korth who died recently.  May they know of our continued love and support as the grieve the loss of their loved ones.



October 8, 2019

In true and humble faith we place before you all those who are in need of prayer including...

Charlotte Frederick, mother of Bill who broken her shoulder last Friday and is now being readmitted to the hospital with other medical concerns,

Pat Simon, undergoing a second round of chemo for lymphoma

Nancy Ridgewall, who is home recovering from major surgeries

Rita Warren, mother of Rob, who is being transferred to assisted living due to an increase in health issues

Helen Peterson, who suffered a mild stroke and is back home

For all those in the military service, Brett Markut, Derek Fennig, Brendan Kelleher


For all those who have died Doris Ingraham, whose Mass of Christian Burial is Wednesday, October 16th  at 5:30 PM at St. Joan of Arc.  Visitation is at 4:30 PM. More information to follow.

And Michael Brooks, who died Sunday October 6, 2019.  Funeral arrangements are pending. May they rest in peace.


September 24, 2019 

“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4

Grief is the natural response when we lose someone whom we  love.  It is a journey that takes as long as it takes.  Some say we never get over the loss, we just learn to live with it. We also say that not even death breaks that bond of love we shared with that person because it is our lived experience. 

Let us remember all those who are marking an anniversary of death, a birthday,  a wedding anniversary, or any special occasion we shared with a loved one who has died, Including Lynn Bauer, whose husband Frank died 29 years ago on September29th. 

Grief takes many forms and happens when ae lose something or someone of great importance.

Sometimes we grieve over lost relationships, we remember all those who are experiencing the heartbreak of divorce, separation and estrangment.

Sometimes we grieve the loss of other significant parts of our lives, our homes that provided warmth and shelter including the Daniel Hartzell family.

Sometimes we grieve over the loss of our pets, who reflect that unconditional love of God covered in fur, including the owners of Riley, who was their faithful companion for 15 years.

Sometimes we grieve the loss of a job and now live with the uncertainty of unemployment.

Sometimes we simply grieve for all that was, could have been and should have been done differently. 

May our prayers help provide the strength and the courage needed this day and all days to those who are grieving in any way.  Amen


September 19, 2019

Please pray for…

Josephine K. Gary L., who are now in hospice care

The intentions of the Felician Sisters

Barb, who was in a serious accident


For the families of those who have died…

Jodi Kliebel, daughter of Caryl and Fred Orlando-a Celebration of Life was held last week

Remy Jay Niedfeldt, the newborn son of Lexi and Jef, his Mass of Christian Burial was yesterday 9/18

Theresa Parker, mother of Rolland and Janis (new Youth Minister) Parker. Her Mass of Christian Burial was today.

Doris Ingrahm, mother of Karen Podoll, funeral arrangements are pending 

May the Angles come to meet them and bring them home.  Amen


September 4, 20129

Please add to your prayers…

  Dick Gardner a member of St. Joan of Arc who suffered a stroke and is undergoing vascular surgery at St. Luke’s 

We continue to pray for…

  the entire  Neidfeldt family as they deal with the tragic diagnosis of their unborn child.  They continue to strive to ensure the best outcome for baby and mom. 

  All those in the path of Hurricane Dorian 

May God grant them all they need in this time of trial and distress. Amen


Please pray for the family of Richard Mueller.  Richard is a member of St. Joan of Arc who passed away on Sunday September 1st. He and his wife just celebrated 61 years of marriage.              

He is survived by 4 children, 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and many other family and friends.  His funeral arrangements are as follows.  Visitation scheduled for  Friday, September 6 from 3-7 PM at the Harder Funeral Home in Brookfield.  On Saturday September 7th there is visitation at St. Joan of Arc at 10:00 followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM.  Please keep his family and friends in prayer.  Please see the Life Notices on the app for further information.


May his soul and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen  


 AUGUST 17, 2019

Please add…

All those who serve in the military especially those who are deployed, including Derek Fennig, and Brett Markut

All those who are in need of prayer as they face mental health issues, surgery and medical testing.

 Lord hear our Prayer!

AUGUST 13, 2019

Please add to your list:

Jodi, who is critically ill with leukemia and recently found out no more can be done for her medically and for her family.

Joan Hartgarten, who was anointed on Sunday;

Helen Korth, whose health is failing

M.N. undergoing test for possible cancer diagnosis;

Linda, thanksgiving for continued improvement.  

May they know the presence of God through our prayers and support. Amen


AUGUST 1, 2019

Dee B , Nancy, Michael D.,  as they undergo medical testing

Arlene Moyle, who is in the hospital after falling and contines to fight bone cancer

Tom Tiefenthaler hospitalized with an infection

Matt and Florence both suffering from cancer

Nick age 37 to your prayers, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.

Fr. Mike Bertram from the Milwaukee Archdiocese who was seriously injured in an out of state car accident

July 2019

Please pray for

Tori a young wife and mother with stage IV Hodgkin’s disease

Dee who continues to undergo testing before a diagnosis can be made

Florence (Tootsie) sister of Millie who they suspect has some type of cancer

S. Pauline recovering from a fall

For the healing of a someone who wants to remain anonymous

 For all those adversley affected by the extreme heat.

Prayers of thanksgiving…

For the safe delivery via C-section  of Penelope Lucy, born 7 weeks early.  She is the daughter of our newest parishioners the Andekian family.  Mom and baby doing well!!

For my safe return home from my travels to Eastern Europe 

We give thanks to our God who is always with us in times of joy , happiness, peace but also in times when we experience trouble, illness and all kinds of challenges!

June 30, 2019

Please pray for… 

A young man in serious condition.  He has a heart blockage and is in congestive heart failure complicated by a congenital heart defect that was just diagnosed. Currently, he is too weak for any procedures to be done.  Please include  his son and family in your prayer.

For J. Scherrer who was just diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer.  For her children Tim, Rick and Deb.

For all those who lost their lives by violence during the month of June. 

May God surround them with love. Amen

June 11, 2019-update

Please pray for …

Dan Murphy (endangered adult alert is being broadcast so I am using his full name) missing from family home in the Town of Lisbon since  Sunday.

Frank Z. Mary Hultquist recovering from knee replacement surgery

Jean Morales having a brain tumor removed next week

CS suffering with stage 4 cancer 

May they and all those in need feel God’s presence and our prayers of support.  Amen

Please add the Olla Family to your prayers.  They are the family where the 5 boys were injured in an automobile accident two weeks ago.  One son,Valentin, has died from his injuries.  Another remains in critical condition but seems to be slowly improving. Many people in the parish know the family.  Those of us in ministry know Debbie Olla, who is the great aunt to the boys and the Young Adult Minister at St. Dominic Parish in Brookfield.


They are family of strong faith and our prayers will support them in the difficult days, weeks, and years ahead of them.


June 2019

Please add to your prayers ….

Words of  thanksgiving for  Chris for prayers answered, baby Gabriel, Dick and Dolores 63rd anniversary, Albert and Charlotte’s 61st anniversary:

All of our parishioners, their families and friends in need of God’s comfort and sympathy including the  Goecks, Jim, Annette, Howard and Jim:

All in need of God’s merciful will and total healing including: Jenni K.


All God’ children who are 

  • facing surgery including David, Steve, and Heronda, ,
  • healing from surgery including Sue, Molly, and Nita,
  • recovering from accidents including Frank, Howard,
  • suffering chronic on- going medical conditions including Bob, Don, Terri, Nancy, Helen, Suzanne, and Jean,
  • in pain including Sam, Marge, Nathan, and Alda,
  • suffering from cancer including Betsy, Sherri and Julie,
  • undergoing medical testing including, Cindy,
  • in need of recovery from addictions, depression and mental illnesses,
  • overcome by relationship wounds, and for all  


May they know the presence of God, the healing of Jesus and the comfort of the Holy Spirit through our prayers.  Amen


Tuesday, April 30

Please pray for…

All those having surgery this week, Robin J., Dick R., Cheryl C., may all those responsible for their care use their God given gifts and skills well.

All those in hospitals including Norb K., and for their families and caretakers

All those who are at the end stages of life Carl P., Arlene M.,

All those who have died Tina Sevenz, Robert Stone and Jerry Leif.-May they see thier Lord and Savior face to face. Amen


Good Friday April 19, 2019

On this Good Friday, we add to our prayer list those who have entered into the suffering of Christ in a profound sense… 

Jerry L. , end stage heart failure and is now in hospice care,

Kathy L. who is having two cardiac procedures

CK, who has MS and recently found out she has a new lesion on her brain

Larry D. recently diagnosed with lung cancer and is having surgery on Monday followed by chemo therapy

Sylvia who has metastatic cancer involving her gall bladder and liver 

May they feel the presence of Christ Jesus as we remember his life, death, and resurrection this Triduum and  Easter Season.  We hold in our hearts their families who walk with them. Amen.


April 5, 2019

Please add  to your prayers

               David Giese who is having brain surgery next week and for his family who is walking this journey with him

Continue praying for

               Arlene M., Bob A., Bob C and all who continue to suffer with cancer

               Joan H. and Doreen S. and all  who are continuing to recover from various health issues 

 A personal thanksgiving for all who supported me with prayer during my recent illness.  I am getting better each day and hope to have some answers from all the testing by next week.  I know the power of prayer for I felt sustained by yours when I was at my lowest point.   My heart overflows with gratitude for each one of you.


Ellen Heitman, Pastoral Associate

St. Joan of Arc Parish

Director of RCIA, Adult Ed. and Baptismal Prep.

For the cluster of St. Joan of Arc and

St. Catherine of Alexandria

God ask only this-to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God. Micah 6:8


March 14, 2019

Please add to your prayers…

Mary H. who had a knee replacement this morning

Joan H. who is in rehab recovering from a hip repair

Bob A. , Bob C., Arlene M. and all those who are suffering from cancer.

Mary B. who is in the dying process


For the family of Marge Brunner, who lost her 38 year old granddaughter Stephanie (mother of 2 young children) due to a heart attack.

May our loving God welcome Stephanie into the heavenly kingdom and may her family know of God’s presence at this difficult time through our loving support. Amen

February 28, 2019

Please pray for …

Natalie, a young girl experiencing  serious emotional issues and for her parents

Sam recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and for his family and caregivers

Tom undergoing a medical procedure and his medical team

Doreen S. who remains in the hospital and for her family and caregivers

All those in need prayer for any  reason…

May God bless them with all they need during this difficult time.  May they feel God’s presence through our prayerful support. Amen 


February 24, 2019

Please add to your prayers…

Ian Michael, newborn grandson of Connie Curley, who suffered a stroke during birth. He is stable and there is hope for a complete recovery

Mary H. who will have a knee replacement this Friday.

Doreen Schaefer who is hospitalized for an undiagnosed medical issue 

May the healing light of Christ shine upon them and may they know the presence of God through our prayerful support. Amen


February 13, 2019

Please add…

Larry S. who suffered a broken ankle and shoulder from a fall on the ice

Sr. Toby who had her shoulder replaced due to a fall on the ice

For all those who have been injured during this ice and snowy time of winter

Arlene M. who will have surgery tomorrow  and who continues to suffer greatly from bone cancer

For all those dealing with cancer issues-Dar K. Tammy G. Bob A. Bob C. 

Tory K. who is suffering with lupus and is hospitalized

Loving God, we pray that you will comfort all those suffering and lend skill to the hands of the physicians and other health providers who provide the medical care. Give our brothers and sisters confidence in the power of your grace, that even when they are afraid, they may trust in you.  May they feel the love and support of those who pray for them each day. Amen.


February 24,2019


Please add to your prayers…

Ian Michael, newborn grandson of Connie Curley, who suffered a stroke during birth. He is stable and there is hope for a complete recovery

Mary H. who will have a knee replacement this Friday.

Doreen Schaefer who is hospitalized for an undiagnosed medical issue


May the healing light of Christ shine upon them and may they know the presence of God through our prayerful support. Amen


Ellen Heitman, Pastoral Associate

St. Joan of Arc Parish

Director of RCIA, Adult Ed. and Baptismal Prep.

For the cluster of St. Joan of Arc and

St. Catherine of Alexandria

God ask only this-to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God. Micah 6:8


February 7, 2019

Please prayer for...

Gary O. who suffered a cardiac arrest this morning

JMM and all who struggle with alcohol and or drug addiction and abuse

Jamie Mills who was involved in a tragic car accident in Thailand

Tammy Gassner diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer

Sandy F. a mother of a parishioner who is suffering after a serious stroke 

We place these needs and the needs of all our brothers and sisters in the hands of God.  In faith we trust God hears and answers our prayers.  May they have the strength and courage to endure what is asked of them and may the healing light of Christ Jesus be upon them.  Amen 

With profound sadness we pray for Jim and his three children as the grieve the loss of their wife and mother, who died by suicide.  May they know the love of God as they move through a difficult grieving process. Amen



February 3, 2019

Please pray for …

 Rose P. taken to the emergency room with chest pains,

Arlene R., Bob A., Arlene M., and all those suffering with cancer 

Prayers of Thanksgiving for the successful surgery of Robin Johnson's mother-she is doing well and in now in rehabilitation 

Please remember the families  of ...

 Doreen (Dee) Heintskill, who died Friday at the age of 99.  Funeral arrangement are for Thursday, February 7, 2019 at St. Catherine of Alexandria.  Visitation begins at 10:00 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1100 am. 

Dorothy Prindiville, who died January 30, 2019 at the age of 99.  Funeral arrangements are for Saturday, February 9, 2019 at St. Catherine of Alexandria.  Visitation begins at 10:30 am followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1100 am.. 

Complete obituaries are not yet available.  Links for the obituaries will be placed on website under “Life Notices” when they are published.


February 1, 2019

I just received a message from a dear colleague and friend asking for prayers for the family of Jake Verschoor who died by suicide at the age of 21 on Monday, January 28, 2019.   Please keep his parents, brother and all who know and love Jake in your prayers.  May the angels of God bring him to his Creator where he is embraced with eternal life.  Amen

January 31, 2019


 Please prayer for …

Tory and Claudia K sisters in their twenties facing life threatening illnesses

Mary H. preparing for knee replacement surgery

Arlene M., and all those dealing with cancer

Dee H. and all those in hospice care

Those who are homeless or without adequate shelter in this extreme cold we are experiencing

 May they experience God’s healing presence through our efforts and intercessory prayers. 

For the family of Rita Belisle, who died January 27, 2019. Visitation begins at 3 at St. Catherine’s followed by a Mass of Christian Burial on  Friday, February 1st.  Please keep her family and friends in prayer.  May she now be admitted to the Company of Saints for all of eternity.  Amen

January  27, 2019

Please pray for…

Patrick Kelly who has suffered another stroke

Carol S. mother of Robin Johnson who is having surgery on Thursday

ECH who is in the hospital with health issues

All those who generously donate organs so others can live including Kathy R.’s friend who donating a kidney -prayers for all involved to have a successful transplant

All those who continue to serve the Lord as missionaries in Thailand (Fr. Chuck’s community) Bill Lincoln serving in Guatemala, and the son  of Richard and Kris Heinrich who is serving in Columbia along with his wife and children.


The family of Evan Daniel Larew; he is the infant son of Janelle and Robbie, baby brother of Ian and Miles  and grandson of Diane and Don Silkey of St. Catherine’s.  Evan returned to the arms of his loving God after 8 days of life on earth.  His  Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, January 26 at St. Catherine of Alexandria. Please keep the family in prayer as they grieve the loss of their precious child.

January 22, 2019

Please add …

Betty, the sister Karen Cerny, who is being evaluated for hospice care.

Dee Heintskill, mother of Kris Heinrich and grandmother of  Meg Emrath, who is in the dying process.

Debbie Singer, who underwent surgery for cancer, last week

For all those who are in need and requesting help for basic  items such as food, shelter, gas etc.

For safe travels as the snow storm approaches especially for those who will be sleeping tonight under bridges and overpasses as they have nowhere else to go

 For Sue Binion and her family at the recent  loss of her brother Robert.

For Lynn Morrison at the loss of her brother Peter VanVleet.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen

January 17, 2019

On Jan 17, 2019, at 4:19 PM, ELLEN HEITMAN <[email protected]> wrote:

We pray for …

All those who are having surgical procedures including Craig K., Chuck N.,

All those suffering with cancer and/or the effects radiation or chemotherapy including Arlene M., Dar K.,

All those who are in health crises Lee P., Carl P., Michael R.,  Jeanne L .,

All those who are expecting children, for those adopting children and for those wanting to have children including all the families in our Elizabeth Ministry

All our college age students preparing for their next semester

All those who are in the dying process including Lynn M.’s brother

All those who have died including Arnie B. a dear friend of Fr. Mike

All those who are in need of prayer


For our Pastor, Fr. Michael Strachota who celebrates his birthday tomorrow.  Wishing him health, joy and peace in his new year of life!  Thank him for all he does to make our parishes what the are-we are truly blessed!!


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