Intercessory Prayer 

 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." 
                                                                                                      Ephesians 6:10-18 

THE POWER OF PRAYER

As Knights, we recognize the power of prayer, and the admontion of Jesus and the apostles to pray for one another. We pledge our support and prayers for the leaders of our Church, for our loved ones, and for our fellow Knights and their loved ones.  We pledge to include one another always in prayer, but especially in times of sickness and suffering, and the time of death.  
Bible Quotes on Intercession

Prayer for Our Pastors and Pastoral Teams​​

Let's be direct about it, when the Evil One wants to do the most damage, he goes after the shepherds of the flock.  Being involved in pastoral leadership today, as it has always been, is an extremely difficult and dangerous task. Our leaders are subject to the same temptations and weaknesses that we all are, but with much greater consequences. It is imperative that we prayer for them often, that they may be guided, strengthened, and protected in their work.
A ​Prayer for Our Church Leaders

​Lord Jesus Christ, 
watch over those who are

leaders in your Church.

Keep them faithful to their vocation 
and to the proclamation of your message. 
Teach them to recognize and interpret the signs of the times.


Strengthen them with the gifts of the Spirit, and help them

to serve their subjects, 
especially the poor and lowly.


Give them a vivid sense

of your presence in the world
and a knowledge of how

to show it to others. 

Amen.
SACRED HEART PASTORAL TEAM​​

Fr. Richard Cavellier
Deacon Jack Parent
Mr. Michael Merlo
John Welch
JoAnne Eaton
Nancy Piotrowski
Carol Bissa
ST. THOMAS MORE PASTORAL TEAM​​

Monsignor Thomas G. Rice
Deacon Michael Stach
Deacon Christopher Stark
Brian Foos
Josylin Mateus
Lois Sokolowski
Sandi Gardner
Patrick O’Brien
FOR OUR OTHER PARISHES

Besides our Hosting Parish and our Round Table Parish, we realize that we have Knights in Council 8659 that come from other area parishes. Though not listed here, we also pray for the spiritual welfare of their priests and pastoral teams. 
The Knights promise our prayers for you!

The Knights of Council 8659 promise to carry your special intentions for the well-being of your loved ones in prayer, especailly for the sick and deceased. Due to concerns for privacy, we do not publish the names here that are on our prayer list. We do, however, want to know of your specific intentions. Please go to the link below to request to add someone to our prayer list. That list of people on our list is shared at our monthly Council meeting, so that all Knights can be aware of your intention and can carry that in their personal prayer throughout the month. Contact us!

Prayer for Our Sick​​

A ​Prayer for the Sick

Father of goodness and love, hear our prayers for the sick members of our community, especially ______and for all who are in need.

Amid mental and physical suffering may they find consolation in your healing presence.
Show your mercy as you close wounds, cure illness, make broken bodies whole and free downcast spirits.

May ________. and all the sick, find lasting health and deliverance, and so join us in thanking you for all your gifts.

We ask this through the Lord Jesus who healed those who believed.
Amen. 

Prayer for Our Deceased​​

A ​Prayer for the Deceased

​God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for  _________, for my family, relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may  _________ , and all the departed, rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.

Amen. 

Request to add someone ​​
on one of the prayer lists
(or to have someone
removed from the list). 
Contact Us

But is it right to pray for the dead?

Many non-Catholics will tell you the answer is no - that once someone dies, their fate is sealed, to go to heaven or hell, by the life they lived on earth. There is, of course, some truth to that. How we live our lives on earth certainly matters. The degree to which that we have lived in accordance with God's commandment, and of Christ's commandments to love God and to love our neighbor as our self, and have followed the truth according to the dictates of our conscience, will determine our eternal life - to live eternally with God or eternally separated from God.  But as Catholics, following the words found in Scripture and ancient tradition of the Church, we also believe in Purgatory - that 'place' for those who, as the Catechism states "die in God's grace and friendship, but (are) still imperfectly purified." For those we offer our sacrafices and prayers. As the the Book of Maccabees states, “Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead that they might be delivered from their sin.”  (Macc. 12:46)
More from the Catechism

Request a Mass Intention for Your Loved One

As Catholics, we believe there is no more powerful prayer for our loved ones who have died than the Mass. Through a Mass said for the intention of their eternal rest, we believe that all the graces of Christ's saving sacrafice on the cross, is applied to the eternal rest of our loved one - that their time in Purgtatory and the purification of their soul, is lessened, allowing them to experience the bliss of eternal life with God.

Call your parish now to request a Mass intention!
Sacred Heart Parish:  248-852-4170 
Office Hours: 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

St. Thomas More Parish: 248.647.2222  
Office Hours: 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM - Monday through Friday