The coronavirus has brought sickness, fear and isolation to people in communities throughout this diocese.
LeAnn Korsmeyer, diocesan director of parish and charitable services, is urging pastors, parish life collaborators and deacons to arrange for the spiritual adoption of people who are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In these times of suffering, Christ calls out to us through the Scriptures to ‘bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ,’” she stated.
She advised parish leaders to contact people who are directly affected by the pandemic and seek permission to have people pray for them by name, asking for help and healing.
The names of those who agree to be prayed for should be sent to Mrs. Korsmeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only first names of those affected by the virus will be shared.
At the same time, any individuals or prayer groups that would like to spiritually adopt an individual or family within the diocese who has been affected by the coronavirus should contact Erin Boeckmann at email@example.com.
The following is a good prayer to offer for them:
“Especially, Lord, we lift up _____. May s(he) feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses. Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation as they receive treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.”