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Parish Monthly Prayer August 2017
Tuesday, August 1st 2017

August Prayer

 ‘A praying parish is a growing parish ; a growing parish is a praying parish .‘ Please join us in praying for the following intentions this month.

 

  • For the Church, our Holy Father the Pope and all bishops, priests and deacons, especially our Bishop Michael, and the priests of this parish that they may continue to lead us to the safety of the fold of Christ the King and true shepherd.
  • That through the prayers of St. John Marie Vianney, humble priest and tireless confessor, the Lord may call many in our community and in our diocese to leave all things and follow Him for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.
  • That through the intercession of Mary assumed into heaven Queen of the Universe and Lady of Knock individuals and communities may grow in holiness and our country may never lose the faith to which our forefathers adhered and bequeathed to us despite persecution through the ages.
  • For the sick and dying in their own homes, in hospital and in nursing homes that they may have the comfort of the sacraments and the prayers of the community as they prepare to meet the Lord. For all carers: may they may appreciate the importance of religion in the holistic care of the sick.
  • For the Pope’s intention for August – that artists through their ingenuity may help us to discover the beauty of creation.
  • For hose who do not yet know God or his Son Jesus Christ that through our prayers they may find the pearl of great price and be prepared to buy it.

Thank You for hearing our prayers. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary , Gloria.

 

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Parish Monthly Prayer July 2017
Tuesday, June 27th 2017

‘A praying parish is a growing parish ; a growing parish is a praying parish .‘ Please join us in praying for the following intentions this month.

  • Lord Jesus, we ask the intercession of Your beloved Mother for those who find themselves burdened with the darkness of depression.  May they may feel themselves enfolded in her loving embrace and  assured of her protection.
  • We pray for parents and children on holidays and commend them to the protection of Sts Joachim and Anne that they may find joy and fun in each others’ company, grow in love and affection and make happy memories together.
  • We pray for those who govern us in Your name that they may be guided by concern for the common good and enable individuals and families to thrive in a society which respects the rights of all.
  • Lord, as we take time off from work or study may we not forget that rest for the soul is found in Your company. Lead us to spend some  quiet time each day in Your presence listening to and talking to You about the things that concern us and teaching our children to do likewise.

Thank You for hearing our prayers. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary , Gloria.

 

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Parish Prayer June 2017
Friday, June 2nd 2017

‘A praying parish is a growing parish ; a growing parish is a praying parish .‘ Please join us in praying for the following intentions this month.

  • Through the intercession of the patron of youth St. Aloysius Gonzaga, that students may remain calm and focused and obtain the grades they require for the work to which You will direct them in future.
  • The feast of Corpus Christi may give us a deeper understanding of Your immense love for us, the resolve to receive You often in Holy Communion, and the desire to spend time with You in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Through the intercession of Sts Peter & Paul and the martyrs Sts Thomas More & John Fisher we may be aware of the sufferings of fellow Christians worldwide and aid them by our prayers and sacrifices.
  • .The homeless may be accommodated in fitting homes and enjoy peace and security as is their right.
  • .Those travelling for holidays may do so safely and return rested and refreshed.

Thank You for hearing our prayers. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary , Gloria.

 

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Parish Prayer May 2017
Thursday, April 27th 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘A praying parish is a growing parish ; a growing parish is a praying parish .‘ Please join us in praying for the following intentions this month.

  • Lord God, we humbly ask that You will please bless:
  • The earth, water and seas of our country to ensure that there will always be sufficient food for all
  • The vegetation, birds and animals which You the Creator made to delight us
  • Those whom we have elected to govern us that they will have regard for Your laws
  • The people of this land, that we may live in harmony and peace with one another and the peoples of all nations
  • All the children of our country especially those of our parish who will receive their First Holy Communion this month
  • The people of Northern Ireland that the political impasse be resolved amicably and soon.

Thank You for hearing our prayer. Amen

Our Father, Hail Mary , Gloria.

 

 

 

 

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Parish Prayer April 2017
Wednesday, March 29th 2017

‘A praying parish is a growing parish; a growing parish is a praying parish’.  Please join our parish community uniting with one another in prayer this month to pray for the following intentions:

Lord, Your death set prisoners free.  Please hear our prayers for those imprisoned:

  • for the faith
  • in the distress of mental illness
  • in their own selfishness
  • at home due to illness/old age
  • in the darkness of unbelief
  • in Purgatory, especially those who have no one to pray for them

We pray for those:

  • condemned to death
  • on death row for many years
  • imprisoned for their whole lives
  • who have been unjustly imprisoned
  • prisoners who have nobody to visit them
  • who are unrepentant of their crimes
  • prisoners who are tortured and abused
  • For spouses, families and friends of prisoners everywhere

Thank You Lord for hearing our prayers .Amen

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

 

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Parish Prayer March 2017
Monday, February 27th 2017

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish

March Prayer

 ‘A praying parish is a growing parish; a growing parish is a praying parish’.  Please join our parish community uniting with one another in prayer this month to pray for the following intentions:

*That the Lord will enlighten us as to how we need to change in our relationship towards Him and towards our neighbour.

*For those of our family members who have strayed from the straight and narrow path that with the support of our prayers and the prompting of their Guardian Angels they may rediscover the right road.

*For those members of our community who have not come to church for a very long time or who may come irregularly that they may hear the call of the Good Shepherd and  return to experience the joy of His forgiveness.

*For those in our community addicted to drink, drugs, gambling or antisocial behaviour that they may feel welcome here and supported in their efforts to become free of their addiction.

*For our catechumens that the example of our

community and the support of our prayers may give them courage to commit to Christ.

Thank You Lord for hearing our prayers .Amen

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

 

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Parish Prayer February 2017
Tuesday, January 31st 2017

‘A praying parish is a growing parish; a growing parish is a praying parish’.  Please join our parish community uniting with one another in prayer this month to pray for the following intentions:

For the parents, godparents and families of those who will be baptised into our parish community that they will be faithful to the promises they make to raise their children in the faith they profess.

For all adults preparing for baptism.  Help us inspire and encourage them during these months of preparation through our prayer and example of Christian living.

For all babies who will be baptised that they will always be faithful to the grace of their Baptism.

Help us fully appreciate the privilege of belonging to the family of God and strive more earnestly to support one another in our efforts to stay true to Jesus our Saviour.

Bless grandparents as they watch their children and grandchildren grow in your love.

Thank You Lord for having chosen us from all eternity to be members of Your Family.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

 

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Parish Prayer January 2017
Tuesday, January 3rd 2017

567The old year has passed and the new has begun.  It is full of promise and the unknown.  God’s plans for us are great and full of surprises.  All we have to do is to listen in the silence of our hearts to what He wants to tell us.  Jesus told the disciples “As for the Pharisees—do what they tell you but do not do what they do”.  In other words, we are to be examples of living faith to all whom we meet.  At our Confirmation we received the commission to go out to the whole world with Jesus’ message.  This commission is not reserved to priests, religious and missionaries.  It is addressed to all.  Do you commemorate and celebrate your baptism and confirmation days?  Why not do so this year.

 Lord, thank you for the past year with its joys, sorrows, successes and failures.  The new year means a new start.  No matter how difficult last year was, I submit myself to Your loving care, and, trusting in Your mercy, begin again striving to stay on the narrow path which leads to eternal life.  Jesus, I resolve to live day by day; to honour and love You our God then to love my neighbour.  Help me to be faithful to daily prayer, weekly Mass and regular confession; to be patient, kind, generous with my time and talents, and charitable in speaking of others.  Help me to provide for my family, to be caring, gentle and thoughtful to my spouse; to cherish, direct and guide my children, to look out for my elderly relatives and neighbours and to live peaceably with all.  When needed, help me to humbly and gratefully accept the help of others.  Lord I wish to bring the good news of salvation to those I meet.  Help me to know You better by reading the scriptures weekly and to share my faith when the opportunity arises.  Instead of frittering away time on computers and phones help me to pursue healthy alternatives with my family and friends and contribute to building up the Christian community in the process.  Thank You for the priests who guide us and give their lives for us.

May the saints whose feasts we celebrate this month guide and protect us and our country. Amen

 

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Parish Prayer November 2016
Sunday, November 6th 2016

cvbMany religions honour, or even pray , to the ancestors but The Catholic Church is unique, even amongst Christians, in that it devotes the month of November to prayer for the Holy Souls — souls who must undergo a purification process in the next life before entering Heaven.  The Holy Souls are completely dependent on our prayers.  St. (Padre) Pio  remarked on the number of Holy Souls who attended his Masses!  Others ,such as Maria Simma , offered prayers and Masses for them and received many graces and favours in return. Now is the time to help those who cannot help themselves ! All we have to do is to  go to Confession , attend Mass and receive Holy Communion and pray for them and The Holy Father.  This opens the door to Heaven for them.  Also throughout November we can visit a cemetery daily and pray for them—our parents, family members, relatives, friends and neighbours. One day we will need prayers too ! Read on »

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Parish Prayer October 2016
Friday, September 30th 2016

Patron for October – Our Lady of The Most Holy Rosary

olrThis Feast was instituted by Pope Pius V in 1570 in thanksgiving for the deliverance of the Christians from the Turks at the Battle of  Lepanto.  The victory is commemorated in the prayer to Our Lady Help of Christians in the Litany of Loreto.  In 1716 Pope Clement XI decreed it a universal feast.  The Rosary is said to have been given to St Dominic by Our Lady.  It is both a vocal and contemplative based on the mysteries of redemption and is easily prayed by everyone including children.  October is the month of the Holy Rosary so we might resolve to say it daily, teach it to the children, learn the Mysteries of Light added by Pope St John Paul II, read the encyclicals and Papal documents on the Rosary, and recite the Litany of Our Lady.  Some  intentions for which we might pray—peace between East and West, relief for those cursed by war, protection for our country from disaster and war, the return of sinners to Christ in Confession and conversion of those who do not know Jesus.  If we are in the habit of praying five decades we might try to say the fifteen mysteries as Our Lady desires.  The Rosary is the chain which binds the dragon ( Satan ) Rev: 20:1-2.
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