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Parish Prayer September 2015
Saturday, August 29th 2015


Lord Jesus, the summer has passed so quickly and it is time for students to start or to return to school or college.  At the beginning of this new academic year we ask Your blessing on all students and their teachers that, through mutual respect and consistent work, young people may be enabled to reach their full potential whilst enjoying life and growing in maturity and grace.   Lord may no young person feel excluded in the school community.  Heavenly Father as You provided for the Holy Family; hear the prayers of parents who find this time a great financial burden and in Your kindness ease their anxiety. St. Vincent de Paul pray for them and inspire those who can afford to do so to support those in need.

Jesus, as we remember Your mother Mary’s birth, her name day and her sorrows this month, we ask that You send her and the Archangel Michael to rescue those fleeing war and persecution throughout the world.  We place medical and other aid workers under the care of the Syrian physicians Sts. Cosmas and Damian and ask Your blessing on their efforts.  Lord change the hearts of those who would exclude refugees and turn their backs on them from ‘hearts of stone to hearts of flesh.’  Help them to realise that need will never overtake those who welcome the stranger with the open arms of love.

Lord Jesus, we venerate Your Holy Cross and remember Your holy companion and martyr St, Matthew.  With him and St. Pio, whose whole life was the experience of Your crucifixion, we ask that You give us a real appreciation of the love with which You love us despite our sins and the firm purpose to amend our lives and love our neighbour.

With Pope Francis we ask that young people be provided with education and employment opportunities suitable to their needs, and that catechists be true witnesses to the faith they teach by living upright lives.

Lord Jesus, lord of the harvest, thank You for the food You provide for us through the farmers who grow the crops and tend the animals.  Bless them, grant them fair weather, a good harvest and a just reward for their work.

Angels of God ,appointed to guard us, protect all of us on this island of Ireland from sectarianism and from all dangers to soul and body. Amen





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