Faith in Action Blog
The latest news from Rosie Grimm (’10): “My cancer is growing, and I can tell it’s interfering with the use of my left arm,” she writes. As a result, she has had to leave her clinical trial, and is starting a new chemotherapy treatment. She was also hospitalized today due to severe pain, and she has insurance issues that need to be resolved. “Please pray about that and for me to have the energy to do the things I should do. At the moment I’m pretty wiped out.”
Her sister Wendy-Irene Zepeda (’99) writes:
“We’ll be praying specially for her in the Rosary Novena [from the Feast of the Assumption to the Feast of the Holy Rosary on October 7]. If you can join in, even with just a decade or an Our Father and Hail Mary, that would great. (And we’ll be praying with you for your intentions, as well. Many, many thanks for your prayers. I don’t know what we’d do without them.”
Please join us in prayer!
From Rosie’s mother, Rose Grimm (’76):
“We have just had some less than good news — Rosie’s latest scans show that the tumors in her lungs have grown slightly (although not spread anywhere else). She is not experiencing any symptoms from this, but it means that she may not be able to stay on her present clinical trial. She will be still in the trial for the next six weeks, and if there is no change for the better, we will move on to some other form of treatment.
“Could you please be praying for some good and speedy change for the better? This clinical trial has previously had some very good effects for Rosie.
Thanks so much.
Meanwhile, one of Rosie’s sisters, Wendy-Irene Zepeda (’99) has requested that friends say the following prayer to Our Lady of Lovely Surprises for Rosie:
Dear Mother Mary, God gave you the loveliest of surprises, Himself coming as man for our salvation; and through you He gave this surprise to the world. At Cana, you showed us how you love to imitate God by giving us lovely surprises through your intercession. Mother, we long for lovely surprises, especially in this matter...; please send us those which please you. Give us every helpful sweetness to draw us to Your Son. Amen.
Please keep praying. Thank you!
In December, the family of Loraine (Ivers ‘81) Hoonhout invited friends to join them in praying to Servant of God Frank Duff (founder of the Legion of Mary) for healing in Mrs. Hoonhount’s struggle with cancer. By God’s grace, those many prayers have borne good fruit! Mrs. Hoonhout writes:
“Great news. My UCLA hematologist/oncologist said that my cancer is stable, and the blood work looks good. I’m tolerating the oral chemo regimen and monthly shots regimen well. This comes after extensive testing and reversing his Feb/March 2013 prognosis of possibly a year or two. Also, I was able to dodge back surgery in December due to robotic exterior radiation.
“Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Your letters, calls, prayers, Masses, sacrifices, gifts, and outpouring of tremendous love has made this journey so much more easy. Your gift of love has drawn me closer to the Tremendous Lover, Healer, and our ultimate source of all happiness, beauty, goodness, truth and peace.”
With grateful affection,
Thanks be to God!
The College has received the following urgent prayer request from Monica (Chavez ’92) Stoutz:
Eric (’93), my husband, has just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I won’t go into details, but the cancer is advanced.… Eric and I both want God to bring great good out of our situation. Visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for widows and orphans, these things are a blessing to all in the Body of Christ.
We ask that you continue to pray for our eight children, as they learn to carry this burden. Thank you for giving them as much normalcy as possible. We have not asked for the intercession of a particular saint for a miracle. We have always had a devotion to St Joseph, but have not felt prompted by the Holy Spirit toward any holy man or woman. Should God grant us a miracle, we would accept it with gratitude and wonder and awe.
We have much to be thankful for. We know grace is supporting us now. God is so good.
Please join us in praying for Eric’s health and peace of mind, for Monica’s strength, and for the well-being of their dear children.
Prayer to Saint Joseph for Fathers
by Bl. John XXIII
Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life, your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God's Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over Him faithfully as you have done. Amen.
Encouraging news from Wendy-Irene (Grimm ‘99) Zepeda about her sister Rosie Grimm (’10):
Rosie got out of surgery about 8 p.m. The doctor was extremely pleased; they were able to remove a great deal of the tumor. When I talked with my mom, she hadn't seen Rosie yet. Thank you so, so much for all your prayers (and please don't stop as she recovers from this all-day operation). Praised be our dear Lord for His mercy (including His mercy in surrounding us with the power of your prayers!)
Please keep praying!
Wendy-Irene (Grimm ‘99) Zepeda sends in the following update about — and prayer request for — her sister Rosie Grimm (’10):
“Can I ask for increased prayers for my sister Rosie, please, including for wise discernment for her, my parents, and her doctors about the next step in her treatment? Here’s her status update: ‘I got some scans yesterday. Although my tumors are mostly reasonably stable, the big one in my neck has grown enough that it is once more impinging on my spinal cord. That’s not all that much growth, in fact. There just isn’t a lot of space inside my spine. We are going to talk to my doctors today about treatment, which may include another surgery to get the pressure off the cord. I am really grateful to my doctors for being so on top of this. They were worried about a few funny symptoms and made me get the extra scan, so we caught it early. I’m feeling fine and am not upset about this, though prayers and encouragement would be most welcome.”
Lord, hear our prayer!
The family of Loraine (Ivers ’81) Hoonhout invites all to join them in saying the following prayer to Servant of God Frank Duff (founder of the Legion of Mary). Please pray for Mrs. Hoonhout’s healing from cancer, especially and most urgently for the removal of a malignant tumor near her spinal cord.
God our Father,
You inspired Your servant, Frank Duff, with a profound insight into the mystery of Your Church, the Body of Christ, and of the place of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in this mystery.
In his immense desire to share this insight with others and in filial dependence on Mary, he formed her Legion to be a sign of her maternal love for the world and a means of enlisting all her children in the Church's evangelizing work.
We thank you, Father, for the graces conferred on him and for the benefits accruing to the Church from his courageous and shining faith.
With confidence we beg You, that through his intercession You grant the petition we lay before You for the healing of Loraine Hoonhout in her struggle with cancer.
We ask, too, that if it be in accordance with Your will, the holiness of his life may be acknowledged by the Church for the glory of your Name, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
This Friday, November 30, will mark the first anniversary of the death of Matthew Wise (’06). To pray for the repose of his soul, an alumni priest, Rev. John Tom Mellein, O.P. (’99), will offer a private Mass at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. All who are in the area are invited. The Mass will be held at 8:00 a.m. in Caldwell Chapel.
Please continue to keep Matthew, his family, and his loved ones in prayer throughout the week.
Rose (Teichert) and Dan Grimm (both ’76) have sent along a hopeful report about the health of their daughter Rosie (’10):
Rosie had scans yesterday which showed that one of the tumors in her lungs is gone, the other three have shrunk, and the bad one in her neck seems to be being attacked (as shown by inflammation) in the way we have hoped. We are so grateful, to God and to all of you who are praying. Please keep it up, and we are praying for all of you.
Venerable Fr. Solanus CaseyMichele (Grimm ’81) Loughman, a mother of 10, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She will be undergoing more tests over the next few days, and she and her husband, Pat (’78), a member of the Greater Los Angeles Board of Regents, will be weighing her options.
The Loughmans invite all to join them in seeking the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes and Venerable Fr. Solanus Casey. Please keep Michele, her family, and her doctors in your prayers!