Prayer and Healing

This page is a growing collection of healing and prayer resources.


I. Healing Mass

Bishop Olmsted invites you to join him at Mass for survivors of abuse and their families.

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“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and I will heal their land.”

— 2 Chronicles 7:14

II. Healing and Reconciliation through Prayer

In these painful times, many in the Church — especially the lay faithful — are asking, “What can we do?” It is in times such as these that we need to cling like never before to Jesus Christ and the promises He has made to us.

To bring about real and lasting change in our Church it must begin with each of us turning to Our Lord Jesus in prayer, fasting, penance and conversion. We get nowhere without prayer.

We can use these moments of pain and suffering in our Church as opportunities to turn ever more trustingly to Our Lord Jesus. We encourage all of you to prayer, fasting and penance.  Jesus, who is Just Judge and Merciful Savior, desires to purify His Church so she can be a light to all the nations.

Prayer and fasting are powerful because they remind us that God alone is the One who saves.

  1. The traditional model of fasting is consuming only bread and water for the day.
  2. Others prefer to fast the entire day and break the fast with a normal dinner.
  3. Another method of fasting is to have two small meals (not equal to one full meal) and one larger meal (not to equal one full meal).

We got into this mess because many in the Catholic Church chose to be unfaithful to Jesus. The solution is for each of us to choose to be more faithful in this time of trial. What is needed is fidelity. Since each of us can only control ourselves, that is where we must begin. Healing Resources

Pope Francis: Pray the Rosary each day for the protection of the Church

The Holy Father has asked every Catholic around the world to pray the Holy Rosary every day during the entire Marian month of October, and thus to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other. How to Pray the Rosary

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy is a Christian devotion to the Divine Mercy, based on the Christological apparitions of Jesus reported by Saint Faustina Kowalska (1905–1938), known as "the Apostle of Mercy." Learn how to pray it.

“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”

— St. Augustine

III. Embracing the Stewardship of Anger

Right now the Church is facing grave scandals that are causing many of us to deal with these strong emotions. St. Augustine said that anger should be seen as a gift that is given to us to help us recognize something that is wrong.

Strong emotions are a call from God to recognize the Holy Spirit and the forces that work within us. As disciples of Christ, together we can surrender our anger and bring them to the Lord Jesus and His Cross — the greatest expression of His love for us.

We invite you to familiarize yourself with the information on this website and to share it with your family and friends. Together as we go forth, we pray for the merciful love of Jesus and the purification of our Church, and we encourage you to reflect on the following four points:

  • Stay In: The Church needs you. It is not an accident or a coincidence that we are here at this point in history. Be confident that Christ is leading us as His disciples, and that He is asking for us to give of ourselves.
  • Open Up: Your experiences matter. We encourage you to talk with one another to share your stories of faith and pain — whether it is with a trusted confidant, your parish priest, through social media, or through the opportunities on this website.
  • Kneel Down: Pray. We get nowhere without it. Pray for your own holiness, for the mission of the Church, and for everyone who has been wounded by a member of the Church.
  • Speak Out: Your leadership in your parish community and the wider Church is needed now more than ever. You can be a leader by working to make a positive difference in the life of the Church. We are listening, and we invite you to take advantage of the opportunities on this website to make your voices heard.