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'Prayers For Life' group gathers outside nursing home to pray for residents and staff

June 17, 2020

Members of the Prayers For Life apostolate gathered on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 14th, in the parking outside of the outside of the Courtyard Nursing Home with images of Our Lady of America and the Divine Mercy to pray the Rosary as part of an effort to lift the spirits of those staying at nursing homes under strict quarantine.

Roses, Rosaries, and miraculous medals were presented to 125 residents of the nursing home where more than sixty residents have passed away since the Coronavirus outbreak.

Decorated cars lined up in the parking lot of the Courtyard nursing home

Cars with patriotic decor were parked and signs with hopeful messages were held up for residents to see, and participants described residents as very receptive and appreciative, “looking at the windows and waving”.

The group was joined by Father Paul Sullivan, pastor the St. Francis & St. Joseph Collaborative, who lead the Rosary.

Participants brought several religious images including a statue of Our Lady of America

The idea came out of an awareness of the spiritual needs of the residents of nursing homes for “prayers and presence.”

Participants prayed in clear view of residents so they could be more present to them.

One participant of the event, Julie, remarked that while she were praying, “the sky way a beautiful shade of blue. It seemed that Mary was happy with our efforts and was smiling. Also, since we were there around 3pm, which is a shift change, we were able to see the staff members arriving and departing and spread some joy and peace to them also.”