Tuesday, June 23, 2020

St Paul...A Heart Gripped by the Love of Christ & Souls

NOTE: Our guest author this week is Sr. Jackie Jean-Marie Gitonga, FSP, who is the National Director of the Association of Pauline Cooperators (APC). If you would like to receive Sr. Jackie's regular newsletter of inspiration and information for lay Paulines, please email her at jgitonga@paulinemedia.com and ask to be added to her mailing list. 

Dearest Members of our Pauline Cooperator Family, 

+Praised be Jesus!

How are you doing? I hope you are finding your strength and consolation in the many graces that the Lord is pouring upon us in these days during the month of our father St Paul. Happy Feast of the Sacred Heart! Happy Feast of the Immaculate Heart! And soon to be...Happy Feast of our father St Paul! We have a lot to be grateful for. As St Paul tells us, what is it that we have not already received? Let us count our blessings even in the midst of the trials we face during the pandemic. Let us offer these gifts back to God in thanksgiving and trust, asking Him to heal our hearts, our families, our nation and our world. 


Novena to St Paul the Apostle: June 21 to 29
Pauline Family Feast Day: June 30

You can pause at 4.50 for the reading and then resume for Responsory and Magnificat. 

O St. Paul the Apostle, preacher of truth and doctor of the gentiles, intercede for us to God.

After that, Saul began to harass the Church. He entered house after house, dragged men and women out and threw them into jail. Antiphon.

“Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Sir,” he asked. The voice answered, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting.” Antiphon.

For he who worked through Peter as his apostle among the Jews had been at work in me for the gentiles, and they recognized the favor bestowed on me. Antiphon. 

With my many more labors and imprisonments, with far worse beatings and frequent brushes with death. Antiphon. 

And so I willingly boast of my weaknesses instead, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Antiphon. 

But by God’s favor I am what I am. This favor of his to me has not proved fruitless. Antiphon. 

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on a merited crown awaits me; on that day the Lord, just judge that he is will award it to me. Antiphon. 

Daily Readings for the Novena to St Paul

V. You are a vessel of election, O St. Paul the Apostle.
R. Preacher of truth to the whole world.

Antiphon for the Magnificat:
Our Father and apostle, St. Paul, you are preacher of truth and doctor of the gentiles. Intercede for us to God who chose you.


Sing along with the sisters, "Proclaim the Greatness of God" >>>

Proclaim the greatness of God, rejoice in God my Savior,
Rejoice in God my Savior

For He has favored His lowly one and all shall call me blessed
The Almighty has done great things for me and holy is His Name.

He favors those who fear His name in every generation
He has shown the might and strength of His arm and scattered the proud of heart.

He has cast the mighty from their thrones and lifted up the lowly
He has filled the hungry with all good gifts and sent the rich away.

He has helped His servant Israel remembering His mercy
He promised his mercy to Abraham and his children forever more.

Antiphon for the Magnificat:
Our Father and apostle, St. Paul, you are preacher of truth and doctor of the gentiles. Intercede for us to God who chose you.

Let us pray. 
Lord God, You appointed Paul your apostle to preach the good news of salvation. Fill the entire world with the faith He carried to so many peoples and nations. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

You can be assured of my daily prayers for you as you will be in those of my sisters during these days of grace for all of us in the Pauline Family. Do not hesitate to ask for that particular grace you need to become more like Christ. We can confidently come to our spiritual father, St Paul, whose heart is truly the heart of Christ and will see to our every need as his beloved children. God bless you!

In Jesus Master, 
Sr. Jackie Jean-Marie Gitonga, FSP
National Director of Pauline Cooperators
Great Resources for Prayer and Reflection
Just Mercy (2019) is Streaming Free for the Month of June!

This film tells the true story of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx), known as Johnny D, who was wrongfully convicted of murdering a young white woman in Monroeville, Alabama, and sentenced to death even though there was overwhelming evidence of his innocence. A young Harvard Law graduate, Bryan Stevenson (Michael B. Jordan) moves to Alabama to begin the Equal Justice Initiative dedicated to offer good legal representation to those who are wrongfully convicted or too poor to afford legal guidance through the complexities of the justice system. The evil of racism rears its ugly head as Stevenson perseveres in saving Johnny D's life and the lives of many other African-American males unjustly put on death row. This film points out the flaws in our legal system and the need for judicial reform.

Cooperators Unite Zoom Conference Meetings are Changing!

Beginning July 2020, meetings will be on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm (Eastern Time)

We hope that you will continue to join us for "Cooperators Unite" Video Conference meetings on those Wednesdays as we share, pray together to strengthen one another in our Pauline journey especially in these difficult times.

Pauline Cooperator News 

Cooperator Website Profiles Still Needed!

We are continuing to update our Pauline Cooperator website with "testimonies" of Promised Pauline Cooperators.  Your story as a Pauline Cooperator is important! So many people are attracted to become Pauline Cooperators through the witness of your life and seeing how the Lord has been at work there.... 

Christine Dufresne, APC (Boston, MA)
Christine Dufresne, APC at crdufresne@comcast.net and Patti Anderson, APC at patti0301@yahoo.com will be contacting you by email with a brief set of questions and request for a profile picture.

I hope you will generously consider providing your information to them so that many more can see the Pauline life radiating in you and join our Pauline family way of holiness!

Patti Anderson, APC (St Louis, MO)
Pauline Cooperator Teams

We are still looking for volunteers to be part of our Pauline Cooperator Teams. We have five teams that take care of different aspects of our Pauline life: 

- Formation Team
- Membership Team
- Media and Marketing Team
- Finances and Funding Team
- Archives and History Team

Please pray about it and sign up below. Get ready for an adventure with and in Christ our Way, Truth and Life!

Catching up on the Pauline Family
Daughters of St Paul from Around the World
2020 Course of Preparation for Perpetual Profession
Welcome back to the USA, Sr Khristina Galema, FSP! Sr Khristina is one of our sisters in the USA English speaking Canada Province who has been in Italy with her co-novices (18 in total from 8 countries) for the past 11 or so months preparing for their final vows. Please keep Sr Khristina in your prayers as she now prepares for her final celebration to becoming a Daughter of St Paul forever! Details to be communicated later. If you would like to reach out to Sr Khristina and assure her of your prayers and spiritual offerings in these days, please contact her at kgalema@paulinemedia.com. Thank you for your prayers for vocations. O Jesus Eternal Shepherd of our Souls, send good laborers into your harvest!
Eternal Rest, Theresa (Martin) Osthoff, HFI

Theresa (Martin) Osthoff, 71, of Berlin Center and a member of the Holy Family Institute, died unexpectedly Saturday evening at her residence. She was born in Youngstown, OH, trained as a psychiatric nurse and worked in different facilities for many years. Theresa was an avid runner, loved and showed Arabian horses, and enjoyed traveling, especially to visit family. More information about Theresa can be found here >>>

Eternal rest grant unto Theresa O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace, Amen!
An Evangelization Ministry by the Dangond Family, HFI

Fernando Dangond and Monica Lacouture are Holy Family Institute members who started this great initiative in memory of their beloved daughter, Christina Dangond

BUILD THE FAITH INC creation was inspired by the faith in God of Christina Dangond Lacouture, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer on December 12, 2012 at the age of 6 years. During her long fight against cancer, Christina gave us a beautiful testimony of strength, courage and an unbreakable faith in God. She taught us that it is indeed possible to live through the most difficult situations in life with a beautiful smile and a profound confidence in Jesus, always saying “Jesus I trust in you.” Read more 

Sr. Jackie Jean-Marie Gitonga, FSP was born and raised in Kenya, Africa. She discovered her calling to religious life during her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She joined the Daughters of St Paul in 2009 and after her first profession of religious vows, she was involved with Pauline Cooperator formation and traveled extensively to make the Word of God available through faith formation, media and vocation talks, movies and retreats in schools, parishes, conferences as well as different social media platforms. She professed her final vows in May 2019 and is currently serving as the National Director of the Pauline Cooperators in New Orleans, Louisiana. She enjoys traveling, songwriting, creative writing, cooking, hiking, dancing, biking and sharing faith and life with people of all walks of life. She can be reached at: jgitonga@paulinemedia.com.

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