We appreciate the opportunity to share with you that The Church has two patron saints for hunters, St. Hubert and St. Eustace, and no disconnect between living The Faith and hunting responsibly.
Prayer Request for the intercession of St. Hubert for a Holy Hunt
St. Hubert teaches us that holiness and hunting need not be mutually exclusive. Pray these prayers as a 9-day novena to sanctify the SAFA Dove Hunt asking for the intercession of St. Hubert to have virtuous and holy hunt.
Novena prayers in honor of St. Hubert, patron saint of hunters – for faithful & successful SAFA Dove Hunt Aug. 30 – Sept. 7
Prayer to be an honorable hunter
By the grace of God may we always honor, thank and adore the Lord God Who created the animals and saw that each species was good. Let us love the God Who made humans in His own image and likeness and set them over the whole world, to have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth (Gen 1:26). By our honorable conduct as hunters let us give a good example and teach new hunters principles of honor, so that each new generation can show respect for God, other hunters and the animals, and enjoy the dignity of the hunt.
Prayer to hunt for souls, like St. Hubert
Lord, you spoke to St. Hubert and converted him to You during a stag hunt. You changed him into a hunter of souls, yet You continued to use his skills as a hunter to open minds to your Gospel. I ask that You make us into a hunter of souls above all other hunting activities. May we look for the opportunities to speak of You and Your salvation. Let the hunting pavilion itself be a place that uplifts the soul. May our time alone be an opportunity to pray and listen to You. May all the actions of the rest of our lives be a constant hunt for You, for the opportunities You give us to evangelize, and to target the souls most in need of Your love.
Prayer for a faithful and successful SAFA Dove Hunt that will be much fruit that will last
St. Hubert we ask you to intercede for SAFA and all of its Dove Hunt participants and vendors to desire to pursue The Truth, never stopping, to grow in our knowledge of and love for Jesus Christ, to turn our lives into occasions of loving You and serving Your Church consistently, simply, cunningly and effectively, to profess Your Word in charity and to proclaim Your Truth with holy boldness at all times so we can share the Good News of Salvation for Your greater glory and honor and the good of all Your people.
St. Hubert help us to preserve intact the treasure of our Faith and pray for us to have a passion and strength similar to yours to hunt for souls and combat the enemies of the Catholic name inside and outside of The Church and for this special intention of helping SAFA faithfully persevere in its mission to protect, defend and promote the family in the public square putting good intentions into good actions glorifying You and spreading Your Good News that would bear fruit that will last (Jn 15:16).
St. Hubert help us to rebuild a culture of life, marriage, family and responsibility that will help our public officials be empowered and desire to fulfill their duty to protect life, liberty, freedom of speech, religion, hunting and conscience and acknowledge the true nature of marriage and the family, to protect and foster them, to safeguard public morality, and promote domestic prosperity in the City of St Anthony and throughout Bexar County and the State of Texas so that each person can pursue actual happiness through the peace and joy of Your Son.
We ask this though the intercession of St. Hubert, St. Eustace, St. Anthony, Ven. Anthony Margil, St. Josemaria Escriva, St. Joseph and Our Lady of Guadalupe in the name of Jesus Christ and through Him. Amen.
Pray the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be.
Here’s some last food for thought items:
The doves are so plentiful that they can destroy farmers’ crops and many die every year as they migrate long distances. The population has actually grown with an increase of hunting in Texas.
Clay pigeons while very fun to shoot, are considered bad for the environment due to their lead content.
Thank you for your concern and being bold enough to inquire about the Dove Hunt!