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The parishioners of the Church of Saint Rocco are very proud of the various prayer groups and societies that exist within the parish. Some of the saints we pray to in these prayer groups can be found in our Chapel of the Saints. This is a favorite place where many of the faithful go to pray to ask for intercession with our Lord.

I parrocchiani della Chiesa di San Rocco sono molto orgogliosi dei vari gruppi di preghiera e le società che esistono all'interno della parrocchia. Alcuni dei Santi che noi preghiamo in questi gruppi di preghiera possono essere trovati nella nostra cappella dei Santi. Questo è dei posti preferiti dove molti dei fedeli andare a pregare per chiedere l'intercessione con il nostro Signore.

Our Lady of The Rosary

Our Lady of the Rosary: 5 Lists about the Blessed Virgin Mary

The 15 Promises of the Rosary as Given by Our Lady
Mary, The Mother of Jesus

Centering Prayer Group

"Be still, and know that I am God" Psalm46:10:
“Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.” -Rumi-
Excerpted from "Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening" by Cynthia Bourgeault.

"Silence is God's first language," wrote the 16th-century mystic John of the Cross.
Silence is the normal context in which contemplative prayer takes place. But there is silence and then there is silence. There is an outer silence, an outer stopping of the words and busy-ness, but there is also a much more challenging interior silence, where the inner talking stops as well.

Most of us are familiar with this first kind of silence, although we don't get enough of it in our spiritual nurture. It's the kind of silence we normally practice in retreat times and quiet days; sometimes you'll hear it described as "free silence." With a break from the usual hurly-burly of your life, you have time to draw inward and allow your mind to meander. You may pore over a scriptural verse and let your imagination and feelings carry you more deeply into it. Or you may simply put the books away and go for a walk in the woods, allowing the tranquility of the setting and the relative quieting of external pressures bring you more deeply in touch with yourself. You listen carefully to how you're feeling, what you're wishing. In this kind of work, the free association of your mind provides the key to the renewal, and silence furnishes the backdrop where this work can go on.

Are you looking to strengthen your personal relationship with God?
Centering Prayer, a method of silent prayer, might be what you are looking for.
Please join us on Saturday mornings at 10 am
in the St. Teresa of Avila room in the convent at St. Patrick’s church (2nd floor).
If this is your first time, come at 9:45 am for an introduction to the method of Centering Prayer.
Simply send an e-mail to to let us know that you are interested in learning more and plan on arriving early.
- Your Centering Prayer Friends -
Thomas Keating Centering Prayer Guidelines Intro - on youtube-

"Silence is the language of god. All else is poor translation." What does this mean?
In 1 Kings 19, Elijah experienced a great wind (verse 11), but God was not in the wind; an earthquake (verse 11), but God was not in the earthquake; a fire (verse 12), but God was not in the fire. Finally, Elijah heard, according to the NRSV, "the sound of sheer silence." We, human beings, usually carry all that inside (winds of thoughts, earthquakes of emotions, fires of passion) - you can start hearing language of God as well as of your own soul only when you "calm down". Which is not easy,...) more

Prayer Groups:
St. Theresa Society: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (history)
Our Lady of Peace Prayer Group: Our Lady of Peace (history)
1st Friday Sacred Heart Devotion: THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS (history)
Our Lady of Fatima 1st Saturday Prayer Group: Our Lady Of Fatima (history)
1,000 Hail Mary Prayer Group:
Saint Philomena Prayer group Meets Every Thursday Night At 7:30pm say the Rosary (contact Lugiui)
(in Italiano)
Divine Mercy Prayer Group: Divine Mercy Sunday 

The feast of the Divine Mercy is celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter Sunday; Lent is a perfect time to prepare ourselves for this great feast of Mercy, placing our trust in the mercy of God and especially by practicing deeds of mercy. The first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, there must also be deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Jesus. You are to show mercy to our neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to absolve yourself from it." (Diary 742).
Sorrow For Sin

"I never reject a contrite heart" (1485). "Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than would My mercy not embrace a trusting soul" (1777). "On the cross, the fountain of My mercy was opened wide by the lance for all souls — no one have I excluded! (1182).
Read More about Divine Mercy Sunday and the plenary indulgence.

Saint Michael the Archangel Society

Triduum Mass: Prayers first; then Mass. During the feast of Saint Michael.
Santo Michele Arcangleo: Novena e Missa Per La Feasta Di San Michele (italiano) (pdf file)
For more Information, outings, etc call the Parish office. 676-2482

Saint Gerard Society

Triduum Mass: Prayers first; then Mass. During the feast of Saint Gerard.
For more Information, outings, etc call the Parish office. 676-2482

Madonna De Setteporte Society

Triduum Mass: Prayers first; then Mass. During the feast of Saint Gerard.
For more Information, outings, etc call the Parish office. 676-2482

Saint John The Baptist Society

Triduum Mass: Prayers first; then Mass. During the feast of Saint Gerard.
For more Information, outings, etc call the Parish office. 676-2482


Join us and become a member of Mother Mary’s Legion, our meetings are on the second Saturday of the month@ 10:30a.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Rocco’s All are Welcome!

Padre Pio:

Mass Every 3'ed Friday Of the Month:
Eucharistic Adoration At 7:00pm,
Prayers At 7:30pm,
Mass 8:00pm

"Pray, Hope & Don't Worry" : Padre Pio & His Friends from Long island (acrobat pdf file)
Padre Pio Life Story
The Life of Padre Pio,  (a Chronology).
Padre Pio Words of Faith (
from the website)
Close encounters with Padre Pio in the Confessional
Padre Pio's Sacred Heart Novena (the via rosa devotions website)
Saint Padre Pio Novena nine day novena (
click to view/download the acrobate pdf file)
The Padre Pio Sacred Heart Novena website

Padre Pio's Sacrad Heart Novena

Sacred Heart Devotion: Padre_Pio_novena (sacred devotions website)


“Through the study of books one seeks God; by meditation one finds Him.”

“The life of a Christian is nothing but a perpetual struggle against self; there is no flowering of the soul to the beauty of its perfection except at the price of pain.”

“Whoever does not meditate is like someone who never looks in the mirror before going out, doesn’t bother to see if he’s today, and may go out dirty without knowing it. The person who meditates and turns his mind to God, who is the mirror of his soul, seeks to know his fault, tries to correct them, moderates his impulses, and puts his conscience in order.”


Mass for the Beatification of Padre Pio photos and links, in the 2014 photo gallery.

Preghiere e Novena A SAN GIOVANNI BATTISTA (italiano)
                clicca per visualizzare / stampare il file pdf Acrobat (click to view/print The acrobat pdf file

Novena To The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Novena To Saint Gerard

Novenae Preghiere Per La Festa De San Michele Arcanglo (italiano)

NovenaTo Saint Terese Of Lisieux

Novena to Saint Rita (National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia)

Index of Devotions Rosaries and Chaplets

Prayer of the Holy Father Benedict XVI to the Infant Jesus of Prague

For more Novenas and Prayers ... view Prayers page and The History & Culture page

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Saint Padre Pio -preghiera per ottoenere la Glorificazione di Padre Pio-
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Most glorious Prince of the Heavenly Armies, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in our battle against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. (Ephes. VI, 12).
Come to the assistance of men whom God has created to His likeness and whom he has redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil.
Holy Church venerates thee as her guardian and protector; to thee the Lord has entrusted the souls of the redeemed to be led into heaven.
Pray, therefore, the God of Peace to crush Satan beneath our feet, that he may no longer retain men captive and do injury to the Church.
Offer our prayers to the Most high, that without delay they may draw His mercy down upon us; “take hold of the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan”, bind him and cast him into the bottomless pit “so that he may no longer seduce the nations”. (Apoc. XX, 2
Più glorioso Principe delle milizie celesti, San Michele Arcangelo, difendici nella nostra battaglia contro i principati e le potestà, contro i dominatori di questo mondo di tenebra, contro gli spiriti del male che abitano nelle alture. (Efesini VI, 12).
Vieni in aiuto degli uomini che Dio ha creato a sua somiglianza e che ha redento a caro prezzo dalla tirannia del demonio.
La santa Chiesa ti venera come suo custode e protettore, a te il Signore ha affidato le anime dei redenti per essere portato in cielo.
Pregate, dunque, il Dio della Pace a schiacciare Satana sotto i nostri piedi, che egli non può più tenere schiavi gli uomini e fare danni alla Chiesa.
Offrire le nostre preghiere all'Altissimo, che senza indugio si possono disegnare la sua misericordia verso di noi, "prendere in mano il dragone, il serpente antico, che è il diavolo e Satana", lo legano e lo gettò nel pozzo senza fondo "così che egli non può più sedurre le nazioni ". (Ap. XX, 2)



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Preghiere e Novena A SAN GIOVANNI BATTISTA (italiano)

1) O glorioso S. Giovanni Battista, che fra i nati di donna fosti il
profeta più grande: benché santificato sin dal seno materno, tu vorresti ritirarti nel deserto per
dedicarti alla preghiere ed alla penitenza. Ottienici dal Signore il distacco da ogni ideale
terreno per avviarci verso il raccoglimento del dialogo con Dio e
la mortificazione delle passioni. GLORIA AL PADRE...

2) O zelantissimo precursore di Gesù che pur senza operare alcun miracolo attirasti a te le folle
per prepararle ad accogliere il Messia e ad ascoltare le sue parole di vita eterna, ottienici la
docilità alle ispirazioni del Signore in modo che con la testimonianza della nostra vita possiamo
condurre le anime a Dio, quelle soprattutto che hanno più bisogno della sua misericordia. GLORIA AL

3) O martire invitto che per la fedeltà alla Legge di Dio e per la santità del matrimonio ti
opponesti agli esempi di vita dissoluta a costo della libertà e della vita, ottienici da Dio una
volontà forte e generosa affinché, vincendo ogni umano timore, osserviamo la Legge di Dio,
professiamo apertamente la fede e seguiamo gli insegnamenti del Maestro Divino e della sua santa

O Padre, che hai mandato San Giovanni Battista a preparare a Cristo Signore un popolo
ben disposto, allieta la tua Chiesa con l'abbondanza dei doni dello Spirito, e guidala sulla via
della salvezza e della pace. Per Cristo nostro

Litanie di San Giovanni Battista

Signore pietà
Cristo pietà
Signore pietà
Cristo ascoltaci
Cristo esaudiscici

Padre Celeste Dio abbi pietà di noi
Figlio Redentore del mondo Dio
Spirito Santo Dio
Santa Trinità un solo Dio
Santa Maria prega per noi
S. Giovanni Battista, precursore del Signore
S. Giovanni inclito nel tuo stesso nome
S. Giovanni fin dal seno materno ricco di grazia
S. Giovanni nunzio di gaudio per i popoli
S. Giovanni nato tra prodigi di grazia
S. Giovanni benedetto dalla Madre di Dio
S. Giovanni cresciuto mirabilmente nel deserto
S. Giovanni voce che prepara le vie del Signore
S. Giovanni instancabile predicatore della conversione
S. Giovanni istitutore del battesimo di penitenza
S. Giovanni testimone della SS. ma Trinità
S. Giovanni che additi alle folle l’Agnello di Dio
S. Giovanni che rendi testimonianza alla Luce che è Cristo
S. Giovanni che battezzi Gesù nel Giordano
S. Giovanni che doni a Gesù i tuoi discepoli amico dello Sposo celeste
S. Giovanni specchio della penitenza
S. Giovanni prodigio di umiltà
S. Giovanni amante della povertà
S. Giovanni giglio di perfetta castità
S. Giovanni vindice della divina legge
S. Giovanni lucerna ardente e luminosa
S. Giovanni il più grande dei nati di donna
S. Giovanni il più eccelso dei profeti
S. Giovanni splendore dei martiri
S. Giovanni esemplare dei monaci
S. Giovanni sostegno dei confessori
S. Giovanni maestro degli evangelizzatori
S. Giovanni modello delle anime consacrate
S. Giovanni sollievo degli afflitti e dei carcerati
S. Giovanni luce per chi soffre le tenebre dell’anima
S. Giovanni fiducia per chi ti invoca
S. Giovanni flagello dei demoni
S. Giovanni conforto per chi muore
S. Giovanni tutela per tutta la Chiesa
Agnello di Dio che togli i peccati del mondo, perdonaci o Signore Agnello di Dio che togli i
peccati del mondo, esaudiscici,
o Signore Agnello di Dio che togli i peccati del mondo, abbi pietà di noi.

Signore, Padre santo, noi ti glorifichiamo perché nella tua bontà hai colmato San Giovanni Battista
dei doni del tuo santo Spirito, esaltandolo in mezzo al tuo popolo, come modello di vita cristiana
ed ambasciatore dei fedeli presso la tua misericordia. Per sua intercessione ti chiediamo di
rendere ferma la nostra fede, salda la speranza e ardente la carità.

Concedi al tuo popolo, Signore, la salute del corpo e la consolazione dello Spirito, la difesa nei
pericoli, la sicurezza nel lavoro, il sollievo nel dolore, la serenità nella famiglia, la pace e la
concordia nella comunità e nel mondo intero. Accogli i voti e le preghiere che, in unione con san
Giovanni Battista, nostro patrono, oggi ti presentiamo con fiducia filiale.
Per Cristo nostro Signore. T. Amen


Saint John The Baptist
The Story of St. John the Baptist St. John the Baptist has a birthday on June 24: one of the oldest feasts in the liturgy and, aside from the birthdays of Our Lord and His Mother — and Pentecost, if you will, t he only saint's birthday to be celebrated. All the others were born with original sin on their souls; so the day of their death, or their particular heroism, or the founding of their Order, is celebrated. How St. John came to be born without original sin on his soul is a story almost everyone knows, but fewer realize that there is mention of him seven centuries before in the prophecy of Isaias.
Isaias, the children must be reminded, is the prophet whose words are so prominent in the Advent liturgy, foretelling the coming of Christ. For example, he says something that they recognize immediately: "Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel" (7:14). His words are also used in all four Gospels to describe St. John the Baptist; in fact, St. John says them about himself: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord" (40:3).

John the Baptist was the son of Zachary, a priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, and Elizabeth, a kinswoman of Mary who visited her. He was probably born at Ain-Karim southwest of Jerusalem after the Angel Gabriel had told Zachary that his wife would bear a child even though she was an old woman. He lived as a hermit in the desert of Judea until about A.D. 27. When he was thirty, he began to preach on the banks of the Jordan against the evils of the times and called men to penance and baptism "for the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand". He attracted large crowds, and when Christ came to him, John recognized Him as the Messiah and baptized Him, saying, "It is I who need baptism from You". When Christ left to preach in Galilee, John continued preaching in the Jordan valley. Fearful of his great power with the people, Herod Antipas, Tetrarch of Perea and Galilee, had him arrested and imprisoned at Machaerus Fortress on the Dead Sea when John denounced his adultrous and incestuous marriage with Herodias, wife of his half brother Philip. John was beheaded at the request of Salome, daughter of Herodias, who asked for his head at the instigation of her mother. John inspired many of his followers to follow Christ when he designated Him "the Lamb of God," among them Andrew and John, who came to know Christ through John's preaching. John is presented in the New Testament as the last of the Old Testament prophets and the precursor of the Messiah. His feast day is June 24th and the feast for his beheading is August 29th.
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