St. John The Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Newark NJ

10th anniversary of the Mothers in Prayer

On October 14th The Mothers in Prayer celebrated the 10th anniversary of their founding at St. John’s Church, which is under the care of the Redemptorist Fathers. The main celebrant of the Pontifical Liturgy was Bishop Andriy Rabiy, the apostolic administrator of the Philadelphia Archeparchy, who shared his thoughts about God's Word with the parishioners. Following the solemn Liturgy the parishioners gathered in the church hall for a dinner which included a brief program dedicated to this celebration. The presence of Bishop Andriy, the Shepherd of this local church, greatly enriched the celebration.
Some brief information about the “Mothers of Prayer” community:
The Mother’s in Prayer Movement started in England in 1995 when two grandmothers, Veronica and her sister in law Sandra decided to pray for their children in a special way. While they prayed they realized that Jesus wants all mothers to entrust their children under His care, to pass along their maternal pain to Him so that he could send his blessings on their children. The Mother’s in Prayer Movement spread all over the world.
In the spring of 2008, with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Stefan Soroka and Bishop Paul Chomnitsky, such a community was also founded at St. John’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Newark. These bishops dedicated this newly formed community to Blessed Martyr Mykolay Charnetsky whose relics are held in this Church. The mothers gather for common prayer every first Friday of the month. They pray for their children and grandchildren and for children who have no relatives and have no one to pray for them. Common prayer brings them closer to God, and what’s more, God draws near to them and their relatives, for their faith opens the way for them to their Creator. At the end of each prayer session on First Friday they take part in a Divine Liturgy where they pray for the above mentioned intentions.