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Back in November of last year, we issued a clarion call to pray for marriages and families. We encouraged you to organize a prayer ministry at your local parish in support of this challenge.

Our home parish, Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, Michigan is doing just that. In his homily for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, Pastor Fr. John Riccardo reflects on events from the past year and proposes that parishioners continue to set aside Wednesdays as days of fasting and prayer for marriages, families, priests and religious.

The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful. (Jas 5:16 NABRE)

As Fr. Riccardo says, “There is extraordinary power when we do things together.” The future of the world and the church depends on strong, healthy and holy families. Please join us in this spiritual battle.