Father Parker Support Fund

Campaign Created by: Holy Cross Parishioners
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The funds from this campaign will be received by James Parker.

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Goal : $150,000

Raised : $126,056

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SEPTEMBER UPDATE:  Father Parker has still not received an assignment from Bishop Malloy.  Nor has he been given any explanation for having been cancelled this way.  His canon lawyers have submitted his case to the Vicar for the Clergy and he hopes to receive a response within the next two months.  Please continue to assist Father during this time of being in limbo. 

UPDATE: The Bishop has still not canonically removed Father as Pastor of the Holy Cross parish and continues to not give him a new assignment. Father was not going to leave his post at Holy Cross until it was official that he was no longer Pastor, but the Bishop and his office sent his staff threatening letters if they did not cut Father off immediately.  Rather than place his staff at risk, Father willingly left the rectory.  He is now in what is called "Limbo."  Though the Diocese lacks priests and has assigned some priests to pastor two or more parishes alone, the Bishop spitefully keeps many priests sidelined, just like he is now doing to Father Parker.  We have raised the goal in order to support Father in his fight against this continued abuse and persecution by his Bishop.  Please help Father with prayers and whatever financial help you can provide. And remember: God will never be outdone in charity and generosity!

NOTE:  In light of the statement just issued by the Bishop, we are raising the goal to $100,000 and stepping up our efforts to help Father on every front.  


Our good and faithful priest - truly the most devout and holy priest most of us have ever met - is being abandoned by our bishop.  In just two weeks, he must find a place to live as the bishop has told him he may not live in any diocesan rectory.  He is joining the ranks of so many other faithful and devout priests all across the country who are being shown the door by their bishops.  At this point, we can only speculate as to the cause, as the bishop has not explained his course of action.  But anyone who has ever known Fr. Parker knows that he loves God and our Faith above all things.  He fills up churches wherever he goes!  While bishops all across America are focused on not offending Caesar, Fr. Parker is focused on not offending God. Please help Father make this transition to whatever it is God is now calling him.  God bless you!  And truly, He will never be outdone in charity and generosity!  

UPDATES

RALLY IN CHICAGO SEPT 10
September 6, 2021
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The Coaltion for Canceled Priests is holding an UNCANCEL THE FAITHFUL RALLY in Chicago on Sept 10, in front of Card. Cupich's resdience.  Come hear Fr. Altman and others speak in defense of all the Catholic Faithful who are being canceled by our bishops and cardinals!  More info here:  https://www.canceledpriests.org 

Join Fr. Parker in becoming a member of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Fatima
September 2, 2021
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The Confraternity is a world-wide family of Catholics who are dedicated to bringing about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as soon as possible and are dedicated to spending the rest of their lives living out the call of Our Lady of Fatima and in doing penance for poor sinners and reparation to Her Immaculate Heart. 

It is growing like wildfire all over the world and is an answer to the times that we are currently living in where Russia’s errors are spreading. 

 

Please pray to Saint Therese for Father!
August 5, 2021
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Father Parker has been praying special prayers to St. Therese of Lisieux, known as The Little Flower, asking for her intercession in his case, as well as in the cases of all the other priests who have also been so unjustly cancelled by their bishops.  He asks that we join our prayers to his, asking her to intercede especially for him, for Reverend Monsignor Knox, Vicar for the Clergy, and for Reverend Monsignor Glenn Nelson, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, and all the others who have a role in resolving his case.  St. Therese of Lisieux - please intercede for our good priests!  
 

Read Father Parker's Biography!
July 9, 2021
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In response to requests, Father has composed a short biography:  


I was born at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, IL. God blessed me with Catholic parents who practiced the Faith. One of my earliest memories is my mom caring me up to the communion rail as she received Holy Communion. The Church and the sacraments filled me with wonder from the earliest age. I was one of four children, and we grew up praying the family rosary in the evening, adding the Chaplet of Divine Mercy during the holy season of Lent. My parents put all of their children through Catholic grade school, high school, and college. While at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, the good Lord in His Providence introduced me to Fr. John Hardon, S.J., through his books, and I met Fr. Michael Cepon. Both priests profoundly affected me by their dedication to living their vocation as priests of God.

While in college I began to read a number of great Catholic books on the spiritual life. St. Therese’s autobiography, “Story of a Soul,” had a great impact on me along with Carol Houselander’s, “Reed of God.” I graduated with a business degree and worked in the family printing business for 4 years before entering seminary in 1995. A few years before entering seminary I began meeting Fr. John Hardon, through Catholic Views – Channel 54 television station in Mokena, IL, where I volunteered two nights per week for two years. I would later spend a summer with the Servant of God in Detroit, Michigan as a seminarian.

Since the time of my First Holy Communion, I felt a calling to the priesthood. The more rosaries I prayed the clearer it became that God wanted me to be a priest. It was an early morning of March of 1995, when the Lord clearly spoke to my heart and said that now is the time to apply for seminary. The voice was not audible, but it was very real. I immediately started the process.

I began seminary the Fall of 1995 and finished my Master of Divinity at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland the spring of 2003. I was then ordained a priest on May 17, 2003, by Bishop Thomas Doran at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rockford, IL. I received a very special grace at this time. I was given an absolute certainty that God created me from all eternity to be a priest and I was fulfilling the vocation for which HE destined me. This was a tremendous and consoling grace that has stayed with me ever since.

My first assignment was Holy Cross Parish in Batavia for three years as a parochial vicar. I then began an assignment at St. Mary’s in East Dubuque that would last for 7 years, one year as an administrator and six years as the pastor. I was then assigned as pastor at St. Mary’s in Dekalb for one year before returning to Holy Cross in Batavia as the pastor on July 1, 2014.

At each assignment I was ‘officially’ installed as the pastor by the diocese on the Solemnity of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven which is celebrated on August 15th. The new pastor submits dates to the diocese for his installation Mass. This was intentional on my part because I wanted to honor the Holy Mother of God by entrusting myself and the parish to her loving care. She leads and guides us!

Father Parker's Prayer for you
July 5, 2021
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Father Parker has offered up this prayer for you:

"May God bless you abundantly for your prayers and support.  And may the Blessed Virgin Mary intercede for you and your family!"

Watch the Voice and Join the Resistance!
June 28, 2021
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Church Militant has been there for Fr. Parker from the beginning of his persecution!  They covered the initial rallies, they gave video proof of the Bishop's lie about what happened in the Sacristy, and they covered the Fundraiser.  They continue to follow the plight of Father Parker.  Please watch Michael Voris' The Voice video and then join the Resistance so that they and we can continue the fight for Fr. Parker and all the other persecuted priests!  (First link below: The Voice Vortex video; second link to join The Resistance!

https://www.churchmilitant.com/video/episode/vortex-the-voice

https://www.cmresistance.com

 

Watch the Voice and Join the Resistance!
June 28, 2021
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Church Militant has been there for Fr. Parker from the beginning of his persecution!  They covered the initial rallies, they gave video proof of the Bishop's lie about what happened in the Sacristy, and they covered the Fundraiser.  They continue to follow the plight of Father Parker.  Please watch Michael Voris' The Voice video and then join the Resistance so that they and we can continue the fight for Fr. Parker and all the other persecuted priests!

https://www.churchmilitant.com/video/episode/vortex-the-voice

https://www.cmresistance.com

 

Livestreamed tongiht: FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR FATHER PARKER
June 24, 2021
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STORM ROME WITH A 1,000 LETTERS!
June 23, 2021
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The We Stand with Fr. Parker Support Team has initiated a new campaign called Storm Rome with a 1,000 Letters:

"We're going to flood the Rome Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops with handwritten letters supporting Fr. Parker and asking for intervention into the problems Bishop Malloy has brought upon the Diocese of Rockford. Our goal is to send 1,000 or more letters to Rome by August 1. It might sound like a lot of work, but Our Lady's Blue Army can do it!

We need volunteer "captains" (from anywhere in the world!) to help us organize this unique campaign. Please sign-up if you're willing to get 25 people to handwrite individual letters. We will provide sample content, guidance and pay the postage fees, if necessary."  GO HERE TO SIGN UP:


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054ca4a62aa57-write2rome  

Pray the Rosary and Night Prayers with Father LIVE on his YOUTUBE channel!
June 19, 2021
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-tCP-BbDX0 

PRAY THE ROSARY WITH FATHER TONIGHT
June 18, 2021
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Please tune in tonight at 8pm CST to pray the Rosary live with Fr. Parker on his YouTube channel! Go to standwithfrparker.org for the link.

standwithfrparker.org 
 

LifeSiteNews: "US bishop tries to oust yet another faithful priest in what appears to be a pattern
June 12, 2021
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Read the full story at LifeSiteNews!

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-bishop-tries-to-oust-yet-another-faithful-priest-in-what-appears-to-be-a-pattern?utm_source=featured&utm_campaign=standard
 

New StandwithFrParker.Org website
June 11, 2021
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Keep up with the latest news, events, and discussions concerning Fr. Parker at this new website:

StandwithFrParker.org 

 

Fr. Altman speaking at June 24th fundraiser for Fr. Parker: "BREAKING THE SILENCE"
June 11, 2021
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Check out this new organization: COALITION FOR CANCELED PRIESTS and a fundraiser they are running for Fr. Parker on June 24. BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!

https://canceledpriests.org
 

Let's Expand our Reach!
June 7, 2021
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Our campaign to assist Father has been spread out all over Facebook!  It has helped us reach 57%+ of our goal.  This week - let's go further!  Start a Twitter account, or if you already have one, share this link -  givesendgo.com/FatherParkerSupportFund - every where you can all across Twitter!  Let's reach as many people as we can!  Share the link especially to every Catholic Twitter account you can identify!   We can't tell you how many people have been contacting us to say:  "That happened to our priest, too!!"  Lay Catholics have been kept in the dark.  But we are beginning to see the Light!  Let's help all our fellow Lay Catholics take the Red Pill!

Father's YouTube channel exceeds 1,000 subscribers in just one day!
June 7, 2021
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Father Parker's new YouTube channel has now surpassed 1,000 subscribers!  This means he'll be able to continue livestreaming his daily prayers: the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3 pm CT, and his Rosary Holy Hour every evening at 8 pm CT.  It's a wonderful gift to be able to join Father in these prayers every day.  Thanks be to God!  You can check out his channel, and his recent Thank you and God bless you video, here:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILZQ8qD-wek  

Please subscribe to Fr. Parker's YOUTUBE channel
June 5, 2021
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Father has started a YOUTUBE channel!  He needs 1,000 subscribers to be able to start livestreaming so please subscribe and send the link to eveyrone you know and ask them to subscribe as well. Check it out at the link below!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxhigw5FiER5iMHd4JLYkVg 

Praise be to God!
May 31, 2021
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We have reached 100% of our original goal!! Thank you everyone!!  But, we can't stop now.  Father has still not received a new assignment and we still have received no word from the Bishop explaining his course of action.  We learned from the Church Militant report that our bishop has removed other more traditional priests since he came here and they have all been in Limbo ever since!  Can you imagine what it would mean to Father Parker to never be able to pastor a flock again!? The very thought is unimaginable. Lawyers are not cheap, even Canonical ones. Please continue to spread the word and hit the "Share button" and copy the URL and send it to everyone you know.  Father still needs our help!!  And God will bless you abundantly for sharing your gifts with him.  God bless you!

Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with Father Parker
May 30, 2021
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Father prays the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3 p.m. and everyone is invited to join him as he livestreams it.  If you missed it today, you can still tune in by going to this link:

https://www.facebook.com/roxanne.malley/videos/10219343351957769

Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet with Fr. Parker!
May 30, 2021
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Father invites everyone to join him for the Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3 p.m. - livestreamed.  If you missed today's Chaplet, you can still pray it with Father at this link:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=569817544405334&ref=notif&notif_id=1622384904048932&notif_t=live_video_explicit 

Father's Evening Rosary and Prayers are live right now
May 30, 2021
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Father Parker livestreams a Holy Hour every night at 8 p.m. CT - and you can tune in here:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=850818079117349&ref=notif&notif_id=1622292860934190&notif_t=live_video_explicit  

Did you see the Church Militant Report on Father Parker?
May 29, 2021
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Check it out...

https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/prairie-state-priest-homeless 
 

THANK YOU & a QUICK REQUEST!
May 29, 2021
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We have now reached 62% of our original goal in just two days!  Thank you everyone!  We now have a quick request to make of you.  First, check out the three Actions in the Top Right Corner of this site:  GIVE NOW, SHARE NOW, and PRAY NOW.  We have lots of Gives and Prayers and that's just wonderful!!  Second, and here's the request, please go up and hit the SHARE button!  It will then give you the option to SHARE this site with everyone you know, via email, or Twitter, or Facebook, and even some other options as well.  Please consider sharing your awareness of Father's plight and giving others the chance to help as well.  Thank you so much and God bless!!

Another lovely testimonial received!
May 29, 2021
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Father James Parker is the holiest man I know. Through his leadership by word, and more importantly by example, he has made me a better husband and father. By his counsel, my wife and I were able to repair a longstanding divide in our marriage. His witness of devotion to the Blessed Mother and Her most holy rosary convinced me of the dire need to pray a daily rosary. Everything he does is oriented to saving souls through our Lord Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother. 

- Luke, parishioner

Parishioner shares letter written to Bishop
May 29, 2021
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We received this lovely letter from a parishioner, one she sent to the Bishop a while back to express her gratitude for Father Parker:

I am writing to tell you how grateful I am Father James Parker was sent to Holy Cross Church in Batavia. When Father Parker arrived to Holy Cross we were a hurting parish. I remember one of our first meetings with him he asked what we thought our parish needed most. We answered HEALING. He listened to our concerns and has worked tirelessly ever since to bring the Love and Mercy of Our Lord to the parishioners of Holy Cross. His love for the Holy Eucharist and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is so abundant that our parish started to flourish again. The many Masses he celebrated, countless hours of Confession he has heard, blessings he bestowed, the Consecrations, Rosaries and Chaplets he lead has brought a broken parish healing. When he started the St. Padre Pio Healing Service there were very few people who attended. As time went on more and more people started to attend. Before COVID there would be 150-200 people regularly attending. I have never seen him shy away from hosting large retreats/missions that would bring hundreds and hundreds of people to Holy Cross. His dedication and love for his parishioners, the people of Batavia and beyond is apparent from the Holy Hour he leads almost every evening on the internet. We are so grateful that our holy pastor takes the time and effort every evening to lead us in prayer. He always goes above and beyond to serve the Body of Christ.
Laurene, parishioner

Video of the Rosary Rally
May 28, 2021
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Check out this video of the Rosary Rally.  Hundreds showed up within just hours of learning about Father's plight - yet another testimony to how much he is loved!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O9FuvQTRpU  

Read the many testimonials coming in about Father!
May 28, 2021
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People from all over the country are sending in stories of their experience with Father Parker.  Read their stories here:

"Fr. Parker's indefatigable zeal for souls and unceasing apostolic labors have left a deep impression upon my heart. I hope to imitate his example when I am ordained a priest."
-Bryan, seminarian

"Father Parker has influenced my life deeper than any other priest, and I am extremely grateful to have him as my pastor. Father has made me a better husband, father, and Knight."
-Kevin, Grand Knight

"During my five years as leader of the Catholic side of the 40 Days For Life campaign in Aurora, IL, we contacted over 150 pastors and Fr. Parker was the only pastor to do all four of our suggestions to maximize parish participation in this powerful campaign to end the greatest evil of our times: he showed the 40 Days for Life promo video at all Masses; personally preached a powerful, pro-life homily; asked parishioners to sign up using cards in the pews (much like when asking us to pledge money to the Diocesan Appeal); and he personally led an hour of prayer outside of the abortion facility during the 40-day, community-wide vigil. Nearly 200 parishioners signed up, whereas most churches have the same 15-20 people sign up every year. Furthermore, He is the best confessor I have ever had. He doesn’t just absolve sins but thoughtfully advises me on ways to conquer my vices and grow in holiness. He often gives me penances related to my specific struggles such as to meditate on a particular Bible verse, read a certain book, or entry from St. Faustina’s Diary. Fr. Parker should be re-assigned as pastor of the largest parish in the diocese so that he can bring the greatest number of souls to Christ and our Blessed Mother!"
-Katherine, Church Outreach Coordinator 2015-2019, 40 Days for Life Aurora

"Father Parker is a very special priest and holy man who has made an extreme impact on the spiritual life of our family, including our five young children. He has performed anointing of the sick on me, administered first holy communion to our oldest daughter, and baptized two of our sons, as well as heard numerous confessions and given our family invaluable spiritual guidance and counsel over the years. His counsel, his reverence for the Holy Eucharist, and the manner in which he performs sacraments, with great love and devotion to Our Lord and Our Lady, have led to a dramatic increase in both our prayer life and our faith, hope, and trust in God through our family's crosses. His love for the saints and the sacraments and the care which he has shown our family in always finding time to meet with us has left a profound impact on all of our souls."
-Katrina

"In July of 2020, my 91 year old father in law, a lifelong devout Catholic, daily mass attendee, and extremely generous contributor to his Parish and all Catholic charities, was dying from a stroke while in Hospice. When we contacted his parish for last rights, they refused our request, so my husband contacted our own Parish in Naperville Illinois who ignored our calls as well. Desperate for someone to administer the sacraments to this devout man, we contacted Father Parker. Without hesitation, even though we were not members of his Parish, he sent his associate to administer the sacraments. There was no discussion of whether or not we belonged to his Parish and no discussion of his busy schedule or the risk to him. He saw the need and he filled it immediately, allowing my father in law to die in the peace of Christ. I cannot even begin to communicate the gratitude that I have to Father Parker and staff for their ministry to my Father in Law and my family. Father Parker is a true Shepard and understands that there is nothing more important than the salvation of souls."
-Ann

"In some of my darkest trials Father Parker has supported my family and I spiritually, consequently, my marriage is stronger and I will never be able to thank or repay him for his reverence, leadership, and how he has changed our children's lives. His relentless confidence, devotion and encouragement has brought us closer to Jesus and Mary. Not to mention his smile and positive personality is contagious!"
-Lesa

"I am a practicing catholic and attend daily mass. I love the Catholic Church. I have been exposed to and have gotten to know several priests. Father Parker is by far the best priest I know. He loves Jesus and His Church, the Blessed Mother and his flock. He works harder than anyone I know and does it all with love and joy. He inspires me and I am a better catholic man because of him."
-Jeff

"Fr. Parker has taught my family and I through his Christlike meekness and humility. He has taught us Mercy, both to give it and receive it. He is just. He makes his entire flock feel loved and supported without wavering in the faith and truths of the doctrine and tradition of the church. He prays the holy Mass like it is his first Mass and his last Mass. His faith in the Will of God, not only in word but in action in the daily tasks at the parish, did not go without being seen. His faith and trust are contagious! Fr. Parker’s love for the Will of God and council to seek the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary inspired us to grow our family from six to seven to eight. We are forever grateful to your Fiat, Fr. Parker!"
-Matt and Stephanie

"Fr. Parker has given 110%, leading me to a closer walk with Jesus during a most difficult time, the Pandemic. His online daily Mass, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and nightly Holy Hour/Rosary have helped me to stay focused on prayer. I feel so blessed and couldn’t wish for a better shepherd. He is the best of the best and just a beautiful priest, spiritual leader and Pastor.
Very few times in my 70+ years have I found such a holy priest, one who is not afraid to speak against the current culture and all its sinfulness."
-Sally

"Fr. Parker is an incredible Spiritual Father. As this world pulls us away from the Spiritual Life, he has helped ground me in truth and prayer. His homilies are often filled with the courageous lives and spirituality of the Saints. Through Father's love of St. Faustina, God's Mercy has grown in my heart in ways that help me love courageously, persevere, and strive toward Sainthood. These graces (despite my faults) also flow to my husband and six children. His words have often struck the depths of my heart and given me hope; to keep going and keep praying. Father's love for the Holy Eucharist, Rosary, and Divine Mercy Chaplet flow through him. He gives so selflessly and draws our minds and hearts toward heaven. He is such a humble priest, always giving credit to Jesus and our Blessed Mother."
-Julie

"We have known Fr. Parker since his first Mass was prayed at Holy Cross Parish as a newly ordained Priest. He is a most dedicated Priest and it seems God multiplies his time and energy as he does so much for his parish and is always available to stop and talk and give a blessing. We moved to another state 3 years ago but we still have gained from his leadership during the Coronavirus upheaval. His daily Mass/DivineMercy/Night Prayer and his overflowing joy (and smile) gave us a sense of peace and helped our faith to grow even in the difficult times. Fr. Parker is an amazing and gifted Priest who will always have our love and prayers. He will lead us again through this difficult time through his example and through what we have learned from him. God bless Fr. Parker and may our Blessed Mother, St. Joseph and St. Michael intercede for him and protect him always."
-Jim & Karen

 

Add more prayers here!
May 28, 2021
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Father is so well-loved that others have also set up a separate "Go Pray for Me" page.  Let's storm Heaven with prayers for Fr. Parker that stretch across the entire Internet!  

https://goprayforme.com/campaign/prayers-fr-jim-parker?fbclid=IwAR0NbzjCzbzRQf6YdwFGy-5kIL1BN8ed4riIDV2rxgUBVheaP3R-mDKMafI#.YK5XzfM-I2w.facebook 

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