A primary purpose of the Shepherds of Christ movement is to distribute this newsletter to priests and to begin prayer chapters praying for the priests throughout the world in all their needs and praying for the renewal of the church and the world. A coequal purpose is to provide a spiritual way of life for people interested in the spiritual life.
"Shepherds of Christ" Newsletter
Published for the first time in July, 1994, this newsletter marked the beginning of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. The English and Spanish newsletter goes to approximately 75,000 priests and 8,500 religious. Internationally, over 245 bishops and 4 cardinals have requested it for their diocese. Funds are needed to help us distribute the newsletter to 190 foreign countries in the world.
There are very many books that are available.
(1) Shepherds of Christ (was mailed approximately six times a year during Father Carter's life - 1994 to the year 2000 - the circulation has reach 75,000 priests. Father Carter has instructed us how to handle the Newsletter after his death).
(2) Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus (mailed to all volunteers who pledge to spend two one-hour sessions in front of the Blessed Sacrament each week).
Shepherds of Christ Associates Prayer Manual. To date over 1,000,000 of these books are in print and/or in the hands of Associate prayer chapter members worldwide. Steps are being taken to translate the handbook contents into 12 languages.
Shepherds of Christ Associates Large-Print Prayer Manual. Distributed at rest homes and to any individuals with sight impairment.
Shepherds of Christ Associates Large-Print Holy Spirit Novena.
Miscellaneous booklets, brochures, pamphlets, song sheets, forms and flyers.
Prayer chapters are all over the world praying for the priests, the Church and the world.
They use the Shepherds of Christ Prayer Manual.
Many groups meet daily at 6:20 and pray united as a body, the Holy Spirit Novena, the Shepherds of Christ Prayers, and the rosary. These groups are formed all over the world. Groups of associates can meet as frequently as daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly, but they are encouraged to do so as often as they feel they are reasonably able.
Junior Shepherds of Christ associates pray for the priests, the Church and the world. Many meet at 6:20 on Sunday evening.
There are so many audio and video tapes available, many recorded by Father Carter himself.
The Shepherds of Christ Newsletter is currently being translated into Spanish, French and Portuguese. The prayers the people pray in prayer chapters were given by Fr. Edward Carter S.J. They can be found in the Shepherds of Christ Associates prayer manual which is enclosed and in this newsletter. They have been translated into Spanish, French, and Portuguese. All these prayers have the Imprimatur. Prayer manuals are available free of charge. Newsletters and tapes of Father Carter delivering the newsletter are available free of charge.
The English and Spanish newsletter goes to approximately 75,000 priests and 8,500 religious. Internationally, over 245 bishops and 4 cardinals have requested it for their diocese. Funds are needed to help us distribute the newsletter to 190 foreign countries in the world.
Jesus is calling special apostles to join a new division of the Shepherds of Christ Movement. Here is a message from Jesus given to Father Carter:
My beloved priest-companion, I am requesting that a new prayer movement be started under the direction of Shepherds of Christ Ministries. I am asking for volunteers who are willing to pray before the Blessed Sacrament for one hour, twice-weekly. Members of the Shepherds of Christ prayer chapters, as well as others, are to be invited to join this movement.
These apostles are to pray for the intentions I am giving you. For part of the hour they are to use the prayers of the Shepherds of Christ Associates Handbook. They may spend the rest of the hour as they so choose.
I will use this new prayer movement within My Shepherds of Christ Ministries in a powerful way to help in the renewal of My Church and the world. I will give great graces to those who join this movement. The name, Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, is to be given to this movement.
I am inviting My beloved Rita Ring to be coordinator for this activity.
I pour out the great love of My Sacred Heart to all. I am Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the flock.
This is indeed a special calling for us to unite in one heart with His Eucharistic Heart and pray for the following intentions:
- For the spread of the devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary culminating in the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
- For the Pope.
- For all bishops of the world.
- For all priests.
- For all sisters and brothers in the religious life.
- For all members of the Shepherds of Christ Movement, and for the spread of this movement to the world.
- For all members of the Catholic Church.
- For all members of the human family.
- For all souls in purgatory.
http://www.sofc.org the E-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of Shepherds of Christ Associates, their friends and other volunteers regularly visit nursing homes for prayer and song. There is a special Nursing Home program. There are many videos including a video of the Mass celebrated for Nursing Home residents. There are videos of Benediction, the Exposed Eucharist, Rosary Meditations, the Story of the Crucifix, the Shepherds of Christ Prayers. There are many audio tapes available. There are special materials in large print, including a very simple morning offering and consecration card. Nursing Home residents are encouraged to offer their lives as a prayer to the Father to help bring down grace for the priests, the Church and the world.
We have a school rosary program. We supply hand-made rosaries to all schools requesting them (over 100,000 a year). The offer has initially been made to all Catholic schools in the United States. All school rosary materials have the imprimatur and have been discerned by Father Carter. The rosary aves are very short meditations for all 15 mysteries on an 8½ by 11 sheet. These are available in 4 languages with the imprimatur, including the consecration cards, short morning offering card, and prayer to the Holy Spirit. Scapulars are usually available upon request. We have rosary makers that supply these rosaries. Many come from the rosary factory in the Virgin Mary building and from Jasper, Indiana. Other are from all over the United States. Rosary Makers obtain kits and send finished rosaries to the Florida Rosary Factory in the Virgin Mary building or to China, Indiana. Also available is a large book of Rosary Meditations for Parents and Children with the imprimatur. This includes the messages Mary gave at Fatima.
Rosaries for families and others
There are many books of rosary meditations. There are coloring books of rosary meditations. There are Nursing Home books for rosary meditations.
Many very fervent prisoners have joined the Shepherds of Christ prayer groups praying for the priests, the Church and the world. Some deacons hold the Communion service and then the prayers of the Shepherds of Christ are recited with the rosary. It is very powerful. They use the Shepherds of Christ materials they are permitted to use.