July 14 – Feast Day of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
During this year’s annual Saint Kateri’s Feast Day Celebration and Native American Weekend, at our St. Kateri National Shrine and Historic Site ministry (Fonda, NY), Our Lady of the Angels Province friar and former Shrine Director & Chaplain, Fr. Mark Steed, OFM Conv. (at right) was welcomed with great joy as he celebrated Masses with the pilgrims to the shrine and was presented with the Sarah Hassenplug Award.
The weekend also included the Traditional Purification Rite and Solemn Blessing with the relic of Saint Kateri, Prayer and Healing circle with Deacon Ron Boyer and Terry Steele, Mass with Our Lady of the Angels Province Vicar Provincial, Fr. Michael Heine, OFM Conv. (at left), Solemn Offering and Burning of Prayer Petitions, and the honoring of Fran Knowlton who during his life dedicated so much of his free time to Kateri Shrine.
Photos taken from the Saint Kateri National Shrine and Historic Site Facebook Page.
Please visit them for more photos from this and many other beautiful events at the Shrine.
You will also find more information on this special ministry of our province.
St. Kateri Prayer
Kateri, favored child and Lily of the Mohawks,
I come to seek your intercession in my present need: (mention it here).
I admire the virtures which adorned your soul:
love of God and neighbor, humility, obedience,
patience, purity and the spirit of sacrifice.
Help me to imitate your example in my state of life.
Through the goodness and mercy of God,
Who has blessed you with so many graces
which led you to the true faith and to a high degree of holiness,
pray to God for me and help me.
Obtain for me a very fervent devotion to the Holy Eucharist
so that I may love Holy Mass as you did
and receive Holy Communion as often as I can.
Teach me also to be devoted to my crucified Savior as you were,
that I may cheerfully bear my daily crosses for love of Him
Who suffered so much for love of me.
Most of all I beg you to pray for me that I may avoid sin,
lead a holy life and save my soul. Amen.
In thanksgiving to God for the graces bestowed upon Kateri:
one Our Father, Hail Mary and three Glory Be’s.
Kateri, Lily of the Mohawks, pray for me.