Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) July 12th, 2020

  1. May the words of truth take root in our hearts and grow to rich maturity. May we hear the Father’s will for us and act upon it; may we take seriously our responsibility to encourage and nurture one another in faith at every age and every stage.

  2. May every act of selfless giving and every search for truth be richly blessed and rewarded; May assumptions be disturbed, leading many to ponder more deeply the spiritual dimension of their lives. May the word of God reach all who are ready to receive it, and let us set no boundaries here as to who they might be.

  3. May the heavenly Father make our homes places of love and growth, welcoming to all who visit them, and accepting and forgiving to all who are nurtured there. May he help us through the quarrels and heartaches and remind us to honour one another as his cherished ones.

  4. May all whose bodies, souls or minds are aching know the comforting and strengthening power of companionship with the Lord and the healing work of his love. May we be more ready to support and befriend one another through the difficult times, in the name and love of the God we worship.

  5. We pray for all who are making the journey through physical death, as they put down earthly things and wake to the presence of the Father. May he bring us all to share with them his life in all its fullness.

Published on: 11-07-2020

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) July 5th, 2020

  1. We pray that the Church may always be open to receive the Father’s love; may we be swept clear of pomposity, complacency or self-righteousness; may we come humbly and simply into his presence and wait on him, knowing our dependence on him, and rejoicing in it.

  2. We pray for all world leaders and their governments; for the strength of authority comes not through force and domination but through co-operation and mutual respect; we pray for greater consideration of the needs of one another and of our planet, and a desire to right past wrongs and injustices.

  3. We pray for a growing maturity in our thinking and our loving that enables us to be childlike; we pray for healing from all the damage that prevents us from growing up; we pray that our children in this church may be helped to grow strong, and we give thanks for all we learn from them.

  4. We pray for all who cry out for rest and relief, all who are carrying terrible burdens that weigh them down, all whose poverty denies them the chance of healing, all whose wealth denies them the chance of knowing their need of the Father’s love.

  5. We pray for those who die unprepared to meet the Lord, and for all who have died recently, both those well known to us and those dying unknown and unnoticed all over the world.

Published on: 04-07-2020

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 28th, 2020

  1. Wherever Christians are ridiculed or persecuted for their faith, we ask for courage and inner strength; wherever we are called to witnesses, we ask for grace to communicate love. Wherever love for the Lord has grown cold we ask him to fan the flames again.

  2. Wherever the human spirit is ground down by oppression, and wherever our silence allows injustice and corruption to flourish, we ask for deeper compassion and commitment; we ask for our kingdoms to become God’s kingdoms, and the desires of his heart to be ours.

  3. Whenever families are struggling to stay together, and wherever there are ongoing arguments and family feuds, we ask for tranquillity and harmony. Wherever children are unwanted and unloved, neglected or in danger, we ask the Lord for his protection and help.

  4. Wherever bodies, minds or spirits are wracked with pain, or too weak or exhausted to pray, we ask the bathing love of God’s presence, and practical caring of hands working in his name. Wherever there are doubts and the battle is strong, we ask for his empowering and clear guidance.

  5. Wherever the dying are anxious and afraid, we ask for peace; wherever the faithful have passed from this life into eternity, we commend them to unchanging and everlasting love of the Father.

Published on: 27-06-2020

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 21st, 2020

  1. The focus of our love and worship is Jesus Christ, who alone is the Lord and who has made us and rescued us. May we not return to the slavery of sin but live in freedom, serving him with joy, in thankfulness for all he has done for us.

  2. Though the world may often reject him, God our Father never fails to believe in us all and love us with tenderness. We pray for all areas of conflict, deceit, mismanagement and greed, and for all who are drawn into the chaos of evil.

  3. Our daily lives provide such rich ground for acts of loving kindness, self-discipline and courage. May the Lord remind us of the opportunities, and strengthen us to use them.

  4. We give thanks for all who lovingly look after those in nursing homes, hospitals, nurseries and prisons, and we pray for all who need such care and rely on others’ help.

  5. We call to mind those who have recently died and thank the Lord for each act of goodness in their lives. May he have mercy on them and forgive their failings, so that they may share the joy of heaven for ever.

Published on: 20-06-2020

Corpus Christi – June 14th, 2020

  1. We pray for all who celebrate the Eucharistic mysteries, all who administer the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ, and all who receive it, day by day, week by week and year by year. Through the loving nature of this feeding may we all grow in holiness and bring Christ’s life to all we meet.

  2. We pray that all who know their hunger and thirst for real feeding may find the spiritual nourishment they crave, and receive new and satisfying life through Christ our Lord. We pray that the world may know God’s love for it.

  3. We pray for the spiritual feeding of our families, and our parish family, through word and sacrament; may we daily draw closer to the God who loves us, and our lives become increasingly filled with his life as we feed on him.

  4. We pray for those who, through frailty or illness, receive the sacrament in their homes or in the hospital; for all who are malnourished or starving, whether physically, emotionally or spiritually.

  5. We pray for those who have died, that in mercy they may be brought into the eternal joy of heaven.

Published on: 13-06-2020

Trinity Sunday June 7th, 2020

  1. We bring before the Lord the needs of the Church, in its weakness and its potential; that he may revive and refresh us, teach and direct us, inspire all who preach, teach and gossip the good news, and uphold all who suffer for their faith in any way.
  1. We bring before the Lord the particular problems of our age and our culture; that he may renew in us a commitment to community and mutual trust, and give a sense of value to all who despise others and themselves. May he protect the vulnerable and sensitise the hearts of all who have become anaesthetised by images of violence.
  1. We bring before the Lord the nurturing of our children and young people, in homes and parenting, schools and teaching, in expectations, pressures and dangers, in the hopes and possibilities for good.
  1. We bring before the Lord the hungry and malnourished, the greedy and complacent; those who are ill and those who care for them; the unhappy and those who comfort them; all who are undergoing surgery or painful treatment, and all who have no one to turn to.
  1. We bring before the Lord those who have died in faith and will now see him face to face; those for whom death speaks of fear or annihilation, and those who are unprepared.

Published on: 06-06-2020

Pentecost (A) May 31, 2020

  1. For a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the people of God all over the world, and in all worship traditions. For the readiness to be changed and made new; for a softening of the ground of our hearts to receive without fear.

  2. For all the peoples of the earth to know and honour God’s Holy name. For the healing of the nations and a new thirst for righteousness and purity at every level and in every aspect of society. For a dissatisfaction with the pursuit of pleasure and all that distracts us from our true calling.

  3. For the grace and power to live out our faith in the real and challenging world, among those we meet and eat with, whose lives we share, without compromising that calling to be the Body of Christ, living God’s integrity and purity, forgiveness and love.

  4. For those whose lives feel empty or cheated, or filled with pain, or worry or guilt. For all whose hopes and dreams are in tatters; all who are in any way imprisoned.

  5. For those who walk the dark journey of death and all who have come through it into God’s presence; for mourners distressed by regrets or angry with God at their loss.

Published on: 28-05-2020

The Ascension of the The Lord (A) May 24, 2020

  1. As we celebrate this festival of Jesus’ entry into heaven as Saviour and Lord, we pray for unity in the Church and reconciliation and renewed vision.

  2. As we recall the shout of praise in heaven as the Lamb of God appears, we pray for all who are hailed as heroes and given great honour on earth; for all who worship anyone or anything other than the true God.

  3. We pray for all farewells and homecomings among our families and in our community, and for all who have lost touch with loved ones and long for reunion.

  4. We pray for those who are full of tears, and cannot imagine being happy again; we pray for the hardened and callous, whose inner hurts have never yet been healed. We pray for wholeness and comfort and new life.

  5. We commend to the Father’s eternal love those we remember who have died, and we pray too for those who miss their physical presence.

Published on: 22-05-2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter (A) May 17, 2020

  1. We pray that the Church may be alive with the risen life of the Lord, refreshed and revived by the breath of the Spirit, purified and refined like gold and silver, so that we truly offer the possibility of saving love to the searching world.

  2. We pray that in all meetings and conferences where important decisions are taken, hearts may be turned to honour what is just and true, compassionate and constructive. We pray that in all areas where there is corruption, deceit or distrust, consciences may be sensitised afresh to know what is right and strive towards it.

  3. We pray for the streets and places of work we represent. May they be places where the truth of the Lord’s being is proclaimed daily by the way we live and handle the everyday situations, through his leading. May our words and actions speak of his faithful love, graciousness and purity.

  4. We pray for all who feel out of their depth, all who are drowning in their pain, sorrow or guilt. May the Lord of life set them free and save them, support them to a place of safety and fix their feet on the solid rock of his love.

  5. We pray for those who have died; may they now see the Lord of life as he really is. We ask for mercy and forgiveness, and commend them to his keeping for ever.

Published on: 15-05-2020

Fifth Sunday of Easter (A) May 10, 2020

  1. Through the power of his Spirit, may the Living God build us up into a spiritual temple where he is glorified day after day, in all our praise and worship, and in our love for one another.

  2. May our consciences be sharpened to sense the direction of the Living God; may he protect us from all that draws us away from him. May he guide our leaders in the way of truth and in the values which are build on him.

  3. May the Way which Jesus shows us be the Way we live out our daily lives around the table, in the daylight and the dark, in the misunderstandings, the tensions and the rush, in the eye contact, the conversations and the growing.

  4. We lay before the Living God those who are traveling through a time of pain or anguish, tragedy or conflict which is hard to bear. We stand alongside them in their suffering, and ask that the Lord give them his transforming, healing love.

  5. We remember those who have died and pray for them now. May the Lord lead them out of their pain into the light of eternity, and keep us all in the Way that leads us to share that everlasting life.

Published on: 07-05-2020