On the same weekend that the 2016 Pilgrimage of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe Relic will be stopping at our pastoral ministry of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr (Chicopee, MA), Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Pastor and Rector of the Basilica, Fr. Joseph Benicewicz, OFM Conv., the friars, staff and parishioners will also welcome the members of the Korean War Veterans Association. They will attend the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 26th, as a group before going onto the Korean War Memorial on Front Street. The parish is pleased to welcome the Korean Veterans in conjunction with the Relic Tour, in commemoration of the beginning of the Korean War on June 25, 1950. The parish will also take time at the 10:00 a.m. Mass to celebrate the 60th Wedding Anniversary of parishioners Frank & Angela Kozikowski, as Frank is also Korean veteran.
Prayer for Veterans
Help us, dear God, to see Your face in every Veteran we encounter.
Guide us as we imagine new ways to support Veterans and their families.
Bring healing and peace to all who have been wounded
physically, mentally and spiritually during wartime.
Help us bring Your saving grace to heal the invisible wounds of war.
We ask this in Jesus’ Holy Name.
Prayer for All Who Serve or Have Served
God of peace, we pray for those who have served our nation
and have laid down their lives to protect and defend our freedom.
We pray for those who have fought, whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war,
whose nights are haunted by memories too painful for the light of day.
We pray for those who serve us now, especially for those in harm’s way.
Shield them from danger and bring them home.
Turn the hearts and minds of our leaders and our enemies
to the work of justice and a harvest of peace.
Spare the poor, Lord, spare the poor!
May the peace You left us, the peace You gave us,
be the peace that sustains, the peace that saves us.
Christ Jesus, hear us!
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer!