For several years, Julie Sines, the religious education director at St. Charles Parish in Bellows Falls, Vt., has been praying for U.S. soldiers every week in the parish’s adoration chapel.
Two years ago, Sines, who is also the parish webmaster, took these prayers out of the chapel and into cyberspace with a link on the parish Web site. The “Prayers for Soldiers” page includes prayers for the troops and an alphabetical listing of more than 200 soldiers.
In a Sept. 12 story in The Vermont Catholic Tribune, Sines told reporter Cori Fugere Urban that she has received names from all over the country. She updates the list every week and as far as she knows, all the soldiers on the list are still alive. “The ones who are deployed need to be under the care of the good Lord,” said Sines, who also has kept up her weekly prayers for these men and women in the parish chapel.