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Fr. Mike Depcik’s "Renewal Prayer for the Deaf Catholic Church"

March 20, 2009

Fr Michael Depcik, an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales now living in Chicago, was our Deaf pastor during his ministry in the Diocese of Lansing. His website, Fr. MD’s Kitchen Table, is a spiritual treasure for Deaf Catholics and anyone else who knows some American Sign Language.

Recently, Fr. Mike asked Catholics to join him in praying, especially on Fridays, for the Deaf Catholic Church. After a short Introduction video as to why he thinks that special prayers are needed for the Deaf Catholic community, Fr. Mike sets out in ASL a simple, very short, but beautiful prayer for our Deaf Catholic brothers and sisters. Below is my translation of that prayer.

Please consider accepting Fr. Mike’s request to join him in praying for a renewal and a deepening of Christ’s Gospel in the hearts of the Deaf community! Thanks!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Father, we ask You, please look with love on us in your Deaf Catholic Church.

We pray for our bishops, our spiritual leaders. Bless them, and give them the strength and wisdom to lead us. Help them to see, and to understand, and to support us in our needs.

We pray for our priests, deacons, religious men and women, and lay persons who serve Deaf Catholic people. Inspire them, and help them in turn to make Deaf Catholics eager to know You, and to love You, and to serve You and your Deaf Catholic Church.

We pray for Catholic brothers and sisters after their baptism, that You send your Holy Spirit upon them and touch their hearts and inspire them to want to pray and to keep receiving the sacraments and to serve other people.

Your young people, Lord, who have received baptism in your Catholic Church, must grow up in a world that is filled with confusion. Please help them to understand that the ways of the world do not lead to Life, and that so much better is your way that leads to Life. So please, touch their hearts and lead to embrace your love, and bring them back to you Church. Help them to pray, and to want to receive the sacraments, and to serve other people in your Church.

Holy Spirit, come upon us and transform us! We pray this though Christ our Lord.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us! Amen.

Update, 22 March 2009: Fr. MD has provided me the English text of a slightly longer version of the same the prayer.

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