Holy Child Parish Tijeras, New Mexico


MARCH PRAYERS - Month of St. Joseph

America MaryPrayer to St. Joseph

Oh St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong,
so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.
Oh St. Joseph do assist me by your powerful intercession
and obtain for me from your Divine Son
all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ,
Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your Heavenly power
I may offer my Thanksgiving and Homage to the most Loving of Fathers.
Oh St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms.
I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart.
Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me,
and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen


The month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph. Pray the Novena to Saint Joseph for March 11 through March 19 – The Feast of Saint Joseph, Saint Joseph Day. The Feast Day is celebrated on Monday, March 19.

Prayer to End Abortion

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.
I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
By the resurrection of your son.
I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself never to be silent,
Never to be passive, never to be forgetful of the unborn.
I commit myself to be active in the pro-life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes a nation
With liberty and justice not just for some but for all,
Through Christ our Lord. Amen

The Pardon Prayer of Fatima

My God, I believe, I adore, I love, and I trust You.
I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not love, and do not trust You.

He knelt, bending his forehead to the ground. With a supernatural impulse we did the same, repeating the words we heard him say the prayer. After repeating this prayer three times the angel rose and said to us, "Pray in this way. The hearts of Jesus and Mary are ready to listen to you."
  - From Lucia's memoirs, composed under obedience to the Bishop

A Lenten Prayer

Lord, it feels like we are embarking
on a Lenten journey together, you and I.
The beautiful words in the today's prayer talk about
the "quiet remembrance of our need for redemption."
That feels like what I am looking for
or what you are looking for in me.
I want to remember how much I need you in my life
and how much my life needs redemption.
I want to remember it clearly and
in the background of my day today
and all through Lent.

What is the Easter Triduum?

The Easter Triduum (Latin for "three days") commemorates the essential elements of our salvation: Christ's sacrifice, his burial and his resurrection. Each "day" begins in the evening, as was the custom in biblical times.

The Triduum observance begins Holy Thursday evening with the Mass of the Lord's Supper. The liturgy's Washing of the Feet recalls Christ's - Christ's example of loving service. As a whole, the liturgy celebrates Christ's love for us made manifest in the Eucharist and in the sacrifice at Calvary.

A day of fast and abstinence from meat, Good Friday features the Adoration of the Cross in a solemn liturgy focused on Christ's death and burial. This solemnity carries through Holy Saturday on which the Church silently prepares for the Easter Vigil celebration in the evening.

Beginning with the blessing of the new fire and the light ceremony, the Easter Vigil recounts our salvation history in an extended Liturgy of the Word, culminating in baptism and/or the renewal of our baptismal promises. The Vigil culminates with the Liturgy of the Eucharist that unleashes our Easter joy for the next 50 days of the Easter season.