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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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September Parish Prayer 2016
Tuesday, August 30th 2016

MTLord open our lips to praise Your Holy Name through the merits of the saints whose feasts we celebrate this month.

Blessed be Mary the great Mother of God born Most Holy, and blessed be her Most Holy Name.  Pray for us Blessed Lady that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.  Mary you stood at the foot of the cross to comfort Jesus.  Mother of Sorrows pray for us and comfort us when we fail in our daily efforts to be true to our calling to follow Jesus.

 Angels of God messengers, guardians, healers and warriors pray for us, defend us from the wiles of the devil, heal us  and,  at life’s end, lead us into the presence of The Most Holy Trinity and the bliss of eternity.

St Matthew, patron of tax collectors and sinners, pray for us and especially all those entrusted with the public purse that justice may be the measure of all their transactions.

St. Pio, stigmatised priest and gifted confessor, pray for priests that they may make themselves more readily available in the Sacrament of Confession.

Sts John Chrysostom and Robert Bellarmine, pray for priests and catechists that they may worthily proclaim the word of God and draw many to holiness of life in Christ. Read on »

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Parish Prayer June 2016
Thursday, July 28th 2016

TransHoly Spirit of God, spirit of love, joy and peace, fall anew on each of us to enable us to discern the truth of our being before You the one true almighty God.  At this time of great confusion, deception and worldwide upheaval be our guiding light on the narrow road to eternal life.  Be our strength in the hour of our testing.  Be our shelter from the many assaults of the enemy and our sweet rest on the journey.  Holy Spirit, enlighten us as to our role in the drama of life which You assign to each of us and direct us how to play it.

Lord, summer holidays are for relaxation and renewal of body, mind and spirit for families and individuals.  We ask Your protection for those who travel and harmony amongst all as families enjoy time together. May holidays also be a time when families make time to pray together thanking You for Your gifts especially that of companionship.  Read on »

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Parish Prayer June 2016
Monday, May 30th 2016

bvnDear Lord, summer is here with exams for students, and the promise of holidays away from home for those who can afford them.  It is time for those who have finished studies to decide on the future – to continue studying or start work – and for others, marriage or religious vows are near: decisions to be made which will profoundly affect our lives not just for tomorrow but forever.

Holy Trinity of love help us to live our earthly lives to the best of our ability as our apprenticeship for Heaven.  Let us follow the example and enlist the help of those who have gone before us and know the way.

This month we commend to St Aloysius Gonzaga ,( a young Jesuit novice who died from plague while caring for the sick), nurses, and medical personnel who risk their lives to care for those stricken by epidemics and wounded in conflicts throughout the world.  Lord grant also that his joyful service may inspire and encourage seminarians and religious novices and those who mentor them.

May lawyers who defend those unjustly condemned to death or imprisonment have the martyr lawyer St Thomas More to direct them. Read on »

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Parish Prayer May 2016
Friday, April 29th 2016

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Most Holy Mary, Jesus’ Mother and ours, we contemplate your privileges.

Virgin of Virgins, Mary Immaculate, Mother of Christ our God, Creator, and Saviour, help us to imitate your purity of mind, heart and body .

Ark of the Covenant, refuge of sinners, merciful and powerful before God intercede for your children that we may be found worthy to enter Heaven, the house of gold.

Comforter of the afflicted, help of Christians, Queen of martyrs, pray for persecuted Christians.  Health of the sick lay your gentle hand on the sick that they may be able patiently to bear their sufferings.

Queen of Confessors, pray for priests that they may resemble Jesus in gentleness, humility, zeal and mercy.

Queen of all saints, accompany parents as they try to raise their children in the love of God and neighbour.

Queen of peace assumed into heaven, obtain for us the virtue of perseverance as we celebrate The Ascension of the Lord.  Help us and the children who will receive Jesus’ Body and Blood for the first time to do so reverently that we may experience that peace which God alone can give.

Cause of our joy, daughter of the Father, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Mother of the Son of God, help us to appreciate our Baptism into the family of God in the Most Holy Trinity and that our journey’s end is heaven.

Queen of Apostles and the most Holy Rosary. help us to share the Gospel with all those we meet.  Pray for us and for women that they be respected and esteemed as God intended.

Queen of Heaven and Earth, Lady of Fatima help us to be open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Amen

 

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Parish Prayer April 2016
Friday, March 25th 2016

Heavenly Father we have celebqwrated the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Your only Son and our Redeemer and now we present ourselves and our loved ones to You in the Name of Jesus to receive Your Divine Mercy.

Jesus, when You appeared  to Your Apostles on the eight day after Your resurrection, You breathed on them and conferred on them the power to forgive sins in Your Name.  For two thousand years now Your Church has had the unique privilege of absolving repentant sinners and restoring  them to You grace.  And in these last times you have stressed the importance of  Your Mercy as you said to St. Faustina “Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust  to My mercy and …out of Poland will come the spark that will prepare the world for My final  coming.  My Mercy excludes no one and …. is the last hope of  salvation.“  Lord You made it so easy for us by telling us that You only hide behind the priest when You came in person under the guise of the priest to hear Faustina’s confession.  Lord give us the gift of humility so that like Mary Magdalen we may experience the freedom and joy of Your Mercy.  Lord Jesus imbue Your priests with great love for and devotion to the sacrament of penance so that no sinner who sincerely wishes to return to You may go un absolved. Read on »

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March Parish Prayer
Sunday, February 28th 2016

ghjDear Jesus in this Year of Mercy we prepare to celebrate the Feast of Easter by continuing our Lenten prayer, fasting and good works. We resolve to try to practice more fervently love of God and love of neighbour by prioritising time for Mass and for our families.  Instead of being distracted by sporting events, television, computer games, shopping and entertainments, Lord, may this time be a special time of renewal in spirit for us and for our families, a time to serve God instead of Mammon.  We ask Your help dear Jesus for those families who are in difficulties of various kinds be they financial, emotional or social.  May they receive the help they need to overcome their difficulties so that all children may grow up in a healthy and peaceful environment and in homes of their own.  We especially remember families of persecuted Christians everywhere that thanks to the incessant prayer of the Church they may remain strong and faithful to the Gospel.  Have mercy dear Lord on those refugees who find themselves in no man’s land and grant that they may receive sanctuary.

Jesus, as Catechumens discern Your call and prepare for Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation at Easter, may those in our parish and elsewhere be supported in prayer by the parish community as they answer Your call to “Come follow Me.”   This month we especially ask the intercession of St Patrick patron of Ireland to protect the seed of faith which he fostered with great love and zeal so that future generations of children may not be deprived of the opportunity to lean about You Jesus, living and True God, our Redeemer. Read on »

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February Prayer
Saturday, February 6th 2016

Lord Our God, Creator of all that exists, we thank You for the wonders of creation and for all Your gifts to us.  We pray Your blessing on us and on all creation.  Help us to reverence, use wisely, and protect the earth You have given to us to sustain us, until by Your grace and mercy, we reach our permanent home in Heaven.

Lord, as we recall and celebrate the wonderful occasion of your Presentation in the Temple at Jerusalem, we ask that You enlighten our minds as You did those of Simeon and Anna to recognise You as the one and only Saviour of the world.  We ask that Mary, Your Mother and ours, hold us in the safety of her arms as she held you on that day so that we may never lose the gift of faith bestowed on us by Your grace.

As Lent approaches help us to resolve to put forth buds through good resolutions.  Lord , during Lent we willingly allow ourselves to be pruned by You to encourage us to produce the shoots from which will grow the fruits of virtue which You desire of us if we are to remain united to You, the True Vine.

We plead with You also for those of our loved ones and acquaintances whose shoots may have withered in the harshness of winter or been choked by thorns, and who desperately need Your special care.  In this we enlist the help of Your mother Mary, Blessed Michael the Archangel, all the choirs of angels, and of the saints whose feasts we celebrate this month. May Lent in this Year of Your Divine Mercy be a special time of grace for all.

ghjkMary, Our Mother, you appeared at Lourdes in 1858 and, since then, your motherly intercession has brought relief to souls sick and suffering from a myriad of mental, physical and spiritual ills.  Intercede for us that we may prioritise our need for right relationship with Jesus your Son, before all else, mindful of His admonition “Seek Ye first the kingdom of God and all else will be added unto you.“  Immaculate Mary, Virgin and Mother, ark of the covenant, who, though a human being like us in all things but sin, were privileged to conceive, give birth to, nurse, and care for the Son of God, pray for us now from heaven where you reign as Queen.  Mary, trusting child of God, blessed because you believed the promise made to you by the Lord would be fulfilled, pray for us that we too may have firm faith in the promises made to us by Jesus and be made worthy to attain them. Read on »

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