November 11, 2013

Fr. Gallen: November 11 Update

Update from Ireland: November 11, 2013

My brothers and sisters at Christ the Redeemer:

Wanted to continue to update you this morning in regards these special days with Fr. Gallen.

First: an update from Ireland. No major news from overseas today. Fr. Gallen remains in the hospital. His family is with him. Here is selected text from an email sent to us yesterday from Josephine (Fr. Gallen's sister): "John had a lot of visitors over the weekend. He was happy to see all his nieces and nephews, but was exhausted when everybody left." ... "After everyone left, John talked about the Rosary and tried leading us through the prayers." ... "He remains a bit weak and in some pain."

Fr. Gallen and his family remain at the hospital with him. The team of doctors are consulting today as to how to best proceed. A family meeting is planned to discuss the conversation of consulting of physicians. We will update you with any appropriate information from the family's conversation with the doctors.

And ... of course ... let's keep praying everyday at 3:00 PM. It seems as if well over 1,500 of us here in Thibodaux are now praying at the hour of Divine Mercy! Keep it up! Again, 3:00 PM is affectionately known as "The Hour of Divine Mercy". As Christ who is our Redeemer died at 3:00 PM, the 3:00 PM hour has long been regarded as a sacred time each day. Therefore, I would like everyone of us to pause everyday at 3:00 PM and pray (1) an Our Father, (2) a Hail Mary, and (3) a Glory be to the Father. These three simple prayers all prayed at the same hour, will bind us as a parish family and petition God to bestow graces upon our beloved Fr. Gallen. Set your alarm. Fix your phone. Leave a sticky note on your computer. Do whatever it takes. All us ... no matter where we are ... let's pause every day ... starting today ... and pray for Fr. Gallen ... everyday at 3:00 PM.

Great seeing y'all this weekend!

Again, as we know more we'll share more. We're all in this together ... let's keep praying ...

Fr. Mark