Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Msgr. John Donoghue, R.I.P.

Msgr. John Donoghue, about whom you have read in this space, passed away on January 5th, the Feast of St. John Neumann, who was a hero of his. His vigil will be Sunday, January 11th at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mark's on Northview and Milwaukee in Boise, and his funeral will be Monday the 12th at 11:00 a.m., also at St. Mark's.

Prayer to St. John Neumann

O Saint John Neumann, your ardent desire of bringing all souls to Christ impelled you to leave home and country; teach us to live worthily in the spirit of our Baptism which makes us all children of the one Heavenly Father and brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, the first-born of the family of God.

Obtain for us that complete dedication in the service of the needy, the weak, the afflicted and the abandoned which so characterized your life. Help us to walk perseveringly in the difficult and, at times, painful paths of duty, strengthened by the Body and Blood of our Redeemer and under the watchful protection of Mary our Mother.

May death still find us on the sure road to our Father's House with the light of living Faith in our hearts. Amen.

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