HAVE YOUR LOVED ONES LEFT THE CATHOLIC FAITH? HAVE YOU WONDERED WHAT YOU CAN DO?
PRAY THEM HOME!
The Saint Monica Ministry is a devotion promoting prayer for the return to the Catholic faith of family members and friends. The ministry has taken Saint Monica, mother of Saint Augustine (a wayward son), as their patroness, guide, model and intercessor. Saint Monica committed 30 years of prayers, sacrifices, efforts and tears to the conversion of her son, Augustine. We pray to her that she will bring our request to Almighty God, with the same fervor and persistence with which she prayed for her son. The ministry meets on the second Saturday of each month at 7:30 am at Christ the King Church. Rosary and novena prayers are followed by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Contact Annie Lackey at 785-554-7875 or email
or Lois Pfeifer at 785-862-8311 or email
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Saint Monica Ministry
The purpose of the Ministry is twofold ---to pray confidently for the return to Catholic unity of all those who have abandoned it; and to provide prayerful support for those who have experienced a loved one's departure from the faith.
Membership is limited to Catholics. Especially those Catholics who have a family member or friend who has either left the Catholic Church or who has simply abandoned the practice of the Catholic Faith.
Members are encouraged to live the Catholic Faith by:
1. Regularly attending Mass on Sunday's and Holy Days of Obligation.
2. Regularly receive the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion.
3. Live a life of prayer by participating in daily Mass when possible;
pray the Rosary; Recite daily The Prayer to St. Monica.
4. Attend the St. Monica Mass and Devotion held on the 2nd Saturday
of each month at 7:30 AM.
5. Set an example, by living an authentic Christian life. Make your
friends and family members want what you have, by making your
Faith more appealing to them. Let them recognize something in
you, such as "joy"; "peace"; "love"; "healing"; and "contentment".
These are the things we all long for in life. Let them know, you
have found them in the Catholic Church.
Brief Synopsis of the Life of Saint Monica
St. Monica was a devout Catholic mother who lived in the 4th Century in Roman ruled North Africa. Her eldest son, Augustine was blessed with a quick mind and great intellect with a promising career ahead of him. But by the age of 19, the grieving mother finds her son living a dissolute and scandalous life. He takes to living in sin with a woman and turns against the faith of his youth. The family is torn apart. St. Monica is left in tears to pray for the highly unlikely return of her son. For years she prayed, fasted, and wept for Augustine in hopes he would turn away from his evil life. Her constant prayers were answered years later when her son came under the influence of Saint Ambrose. Augustine marveled at the teachings of Saint Ambrose and eventually returned to the Church. In fact he became a bishop, founder of a religious order, a Saint, and Doctor of the Church. Saint Monica is a model of patience. Her long years of prayer, coupled with a strong, well-disciplined character, led to the conversion of her wayward son. We pray to her so she might intercede for us, that God hear our plea for the return of our loved ones to the Catholic faith.