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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.

Dear St. Joseph spouse of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, patron of families and of workers, hear our prayer for all families that they may have the means to live with dignity the life God wants.  May all children be loved, cherished and respected and in these days of unprecedented attacks on family life may spouses be helped by thy prayers to remain faithful to their marriage vows.

Lord, as the Triduum of Easter approaches, may we acknowledge You as the true Messiah as we greet You joyfully with palms on Passion Sunday.  Thereafter, having confessed our sins and obtained Your pardon in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, may we partake of Your Body and Blood on Holy Thursday with profound respect and humility deep faith and ardent love.

May Good Friday be a day of deeper appreciation by us of the meaning of your passion and death.  May we take full advantage of the graces available to us in the Hour of Great Mercy in which You died and which holds special significance for us in this Year of Divine Mercy. Lord grant that many souls will return to You because of the fervent prayer of Your Church.  Mary, Mother of Mercy , pray for us your children that we may remain faithful to Jesus.  Mary, Co-Redemptrix, console us in our sufferings as you consoled Jesus.

Lord may we celebrate with great joy Your resurrection  on Easter Sunday. As we recall the great works You did for Your Chosen People help us to remember that none of us belongs to Your flock except for the grace of Your choice.  Thank You for that blessing.  Lord at Your ascension You said to your apostles “ I go to prepare a place for you.  “May each of us who celebrate this Easter festival follow You to that place.

Glory be to The Father and to The Son and to The Holy Spirit. Amen

 

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