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Feast of Saints Simon & Jude – 28 Oct 2017 – 34th Street Hospital Area

September 19, 2019


Mary Cole, her nine year old daughter Sinead and I attended the 8:00 AM Mass at Saint Christopher’s parish on the Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, which we immediately followed up with the sacrament of reconciliationbefore heading downtown to Children’s Hospital and HUP.  When we arrived, the weather was bright, sunny and seasonably cool, and within a few seconds of sezzztting up our stand, found a family waiting outside that looked like they needed prayer.  We rarely had more than a two minute break between encounters, and met many loving people who were anxious over the condition of their loved ones in the hospital.  Despite the sad circumstances, we were very encouraged by how open most people were to intercessory prayer, and we gave away dozens of medals and other religious materials.  Some of the stories were heartbreaking, and we ask that you remember in your prayers the following people:
  • Solomon – a premature boy in CHoP’s NICU.
  • Elizabeth – a premature girl in CHoP’s NICU.
  • Michael – a 55 year old man who likely requires spinal surgery
  • Anke – a 75 year old woman who has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia since August
  • Anthony – a teenager struggling to get better grades in school
  • Katie – a woman in HUP for heart bypass surgery
  • Sean – a 34 year old man who has been battling brain cancer for three years and has developed pneumonia from aspirating his vomit.  His parents and 22 year old sister are faithful parishioners of Holy Name Parish, and their 18 year old daughter was killed in a car crash on the night of her senior prom back in 2007.
  • Sierra – an 11 year old girl in CHoP with emotional disorders, and who thinks that God does not love her
  • Dawn – her 21 year old son DJ, born with mild cerebral palsy, has been battling sepsis for a month in the hospital and has lost motor functions on his left side as a result.
  • Aleshia – her 18 month old son John has had a second surgery to correct hypospadias.
  • John – a 51 year old man about to get a kidney transplant while also battling hepatitis
  • Adrian – a one year old boy hospitalized with severe asthma
  • Stacy – whose 11 year old son António is suffering from seizures of unknown origin
  • Cheryl – 42 year old woman who is all but brain dead following accident
  • Joseph – 12 year old boy undergoing plastic surgery following accident
  • Sal – 16 year old boy murdered last week and being buried today
  • Matteo – 8 month old premature boy still in hospital
  • Beth – whose husband recently died
  • Cotton Anderson – child with unspecified illness and hospitalized
  • Dolores – hospitalized with abdominal infection
  • Samira – 11 year old girl hospitalized for scoliosis surgery
  • Thomas – adult with cardiac problems
  • Alex – who misses his deceased grandmother Teresa Lang

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