"Wherever two or three are gathered in My name”
In 1981, their friend Jeff Sullivan was diagnosed with cancer. He was 41 years old, strong, healthy, an ex-college football player and he looked like he could overcome all obstacles. His wife Martha shared responsibility for God’s gift of their six children, ranging in age from 8 to 18 years. When Jeff's friend Bob Lee heard of Jeff’s illness, he pondered the question: What could he do to save his friend from this killer called cancer? He approached several of Jeff’s other friends individually and asked if they would pray with him for Jeff’s recovery. He said to them, “The prayer must be on a consistent basis, in a group, and at a time when the many demands of the world would not interfere.”
That group of men--some passed on now, others having joined-- have been meeting every Saturday at 7:00 am since 1981, more than 3 decades. Every week, they meet in each others' homes and pray any way that is comfortable for them.
The format of the hour-long prayer session uses the guidelines below.
- The opening and closing are consistent: Start by inviting the Holy Spirit into the group, and end with a plea to God’s Mother Mary to remember those for whom they pray.
- The focus is on God’s Will; with a pleading for compassion.
- Prayers of petition are the most prevalent (members tend to ask help for people with problems) but prayers of Thanksgiving, Praise and Adoration are also part of the format.
- The men are looking for inner peace.
- The men are seeking God’s Grace, one day at a time.
- After each person has presented their request for prayers, the host for the day decides the format for the rest of time, which can include Bible reading, Spiritual writings, Religious articles, Liturgy of the Hours, Meditation music, Rosary or a combination.
- The group meets to pray, not discuss. It is not political or cause-oriented. Catholic action and causes are left for another time.
- One of the founders of the group was persistent in his prayer for priests, religious, and vocations, and although he died a few years ago, his petitions are never forgotten and are always mentioned by someone in the group.
- Others have prayed for particular individuals or situations consistently since we began meeting; recognizing that God’s will be done, but none-the-less they continue to petition.
- Although Bob, Jeff, and others have since died, the Group still goes on.
We invite you to come pray with us on Saturday mornings. There is no obligation and no expectations.
To find out more, email Joe (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 508-668-1661