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    Little Sisters of the Poor - march 23 Supreme Court Hearing

    On March 23, 2016 the Little Sisters of the Poor will present their oral arguments in the Zubik v Burwell case at the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. The hearing regards the HHS mandate and whether religious nonprofit organizations will be forced to act contrary to their conscience and the principles of religious freedom by providing insurance coverage for contraception and abortifacients to their employees. A final decision involving the outcome of the hearing will be rendered at the conclusion of the U.S. Supreme Court's current session.

    This decision will ultimately affect religious nonprofits across the country, including Priests for Life, Geneva College, the East Texas Baptist University and numerous others.


    As the novena comes to a close, we would like to remind you that it's not too late to pray with Bishop Loverde for the Little Sisters of the Poor.

    Bishop Loverde desires that all members of the diocese join him in observing the First Fridays devotion from April until June, when the U.S Supreme Court's current session ends and a decision will be rendered.

    Participation in the First Fridays should include:

    • Participation in Mass
    • Some form of penance
    • Intercessory prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

    the Novena 

    Bishop Paul S. Loverde invites all members of the Arlington Diocese to pray a novena with him from March 14 through March 22, the day before the hearing. 

    The bishop recommends that the novena include some of the following elements:

    • Personal and/or communal prayer
    • Participation in Mass for the duration of the Novena
    • Some form of penance (such as fasting)
    • The use of one or both of the following prayers (which can be found at the bottom of this page):
      1. A prayer to Saint Joseph (March being the month of his patronage to the Universal Church and the family)
      2. The diocesan prayer for the conversion of hearts to protect religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the sanctity of marriage


    Novena to St. Joseph

    O Glorious St. Joseph, whose power it is to render possible things which are impossible, come to my aid in the present difficulty and distress.

    Take the impossible and difficult affair which I recommend to you under your special care and protection that it may have a fitting resolution.

    O Glorious St. Joseph, let it not be said that we have invoked thee in vain. Since thou art so powerful with Jesus and Mary, show that thy goodness equals thy power.


    Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

    O Sacred Heart of Jesus, we come before you to entrust our prayers and petitions for our Church, nation and families.

    We pray for the conversion of hearts to protect religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the sanctity of marriage.

    We beg for your mercy and forgiveness for ways we have turned from your love, and pray in reparation for those sins committed against life and freedom.

    We pray that our hearts be united to yours in order that all mankind may come together to worship and adore you in unity rooted in love and mercy.

    We do this through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother, Mary Immaculate; St. Joseph, Guardian of the Church; St. Thomas More and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, our diocesan patrons; and all the angels and saints.


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