PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

Last Updated on April 12, 2024 by Editor

WEEK OF APRIL 14, 2024

Response: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For the Church. May our words and actions teach your healing love and your compassionate mercy. May we continually encourage understanding and hospitality that the world may know the promise of new life.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

Give us the grace to know you as our Risen Lord. May we experience your presence every time we break bread and share our lives with each other, and every time leaders and governments take steps to heal our world.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For all who seek happiness, wholeness and peace: the poor and the disillusioned; the sick and the searching;  the grieving and the despairing; the addicted, depressed and the broken. May their hope in you never waver and the generosity of others pour out to them.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For all who feel bound by their past, imprisoned by this physical or emotional suffering, or by grief or loss. Free them to live more fully;

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

May justice and peace flourish in every land. May immigrants be welcomed and cared for and may God hear the prayers we offer in silence …

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

WEEK OF APRIL 7, 2024

Response: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For the Church. May we embrace all who struggle with faith, those who are confused, those who believe they are too rational to believe, those who seek better direction for their lives. May we be help to open their hearts.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

May we be instruments of peace and forgiveness. Free us from doubt, anger and resentment. Give us patience with ourselves and with others.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For the grace of healing. May our wounds of body, mind and spirit enable us to be instruments to bring healing and hope to those who are hungry, poor, homeless, depressed, anxious or overwhelmed.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

May the world be flooded with faith. May prayer and discernment help us know the truth that may we deny the illusions, lies and false promises that surround us.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For our own intentions. For our beloved sick and our dying, for all who are afflicted by addiction or by grief, and for all who are in need of our prayers and support.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

WEEK OF MARCH 31, 2024

Response: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

We pray for Pope Francis and the Church. May we be radiant with the light of Christ, confident in our faith, and filled with resurrection hope and joy.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For renewed vision of who we are as Church, and as a global community. Unite us so we may we respond more fully to those who live in despair and without hope — the poor, hungry, displaced, abused and forgotten.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For an end to prejudice, war and violence. Bless all efforts to end the polarization that now exists. May we grow in deeper reverence and respect for people of every race and culture.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

May this Easter be the beginning of a new era for our world when truth and peace can blossom for all people.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

We pray for our beloved sick, dying and grieving. For the addicted, depressed and anxious. For those who have died whose memories we cherish. For loved ones who are separated from us today. For the needs we hold in our hearts and the needs of our families and friends.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

WEEK OF MARCH 24, 2024

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

Inspire Pope Francis and the entire Church. Give us renewed vision and strong direction. May Holy Week all over the world bring us a more vibrant faith.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Give us the courage to empty ourselves, to gratefully surrender our lives into God’s hands, to embrace suffering with hope and to live each day with courage.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For all who carry crosses of poverty, suffering, stress, persecution, prejudice, abuse or addiction. For all who are sick, depressed, forgotten or alone.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Guide governments to bring healing, to welcome immigrants, to reject violence and to resolve conflict peacefully. May we discover how to effectively foster reconciliation and forgiveness.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For world peace and the intentions we hold in silence. We remember today friends and family members who have died And those who are not with us for these holy days.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF MARCH 17, 2024

Scrutiny 3: Deliverance from cosmic, universal evil

God is power God is might. God will triumph over sin-
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When the dignity of humanity is threatened or destroyed.
When the thirst for power drives government officials.
When people are victimized by discrimination, deceit, or neglect.

God is power God is might. God will triumph over sin-
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When indifference answers the cry of the poor and those in need.
When people’s lives are threatened by political oppression.
When the innocent are victimized by war or terrorism.

God is power God is might. God will triumph over sin-
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Wherever prisoners are tortured and humiliated.
Wherever people are not free to practice faith.
Wherever the spirit of the powerless is stifled and crushed.

God is power God is might. God will triumph over sin-
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From the ungrateful depletion and abuse of our atmosphere.
From our failure to save energy and resources for future generations.
From our exploitation of natural wonders given freely by God.

God is power God is might. God will triumph over sin.
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That peace and love may reign in our world.
That justice and dignity may prevail in our time
That all creation may live in unity and harmony.

Prayer of Exorcism

May the power of your word
change our lives and invigorate our spirit.
Free us from any falsehood and evil
and create in us a clean heart, a renewed vision,
a deepened sense of your indwelling holiness.
Lord Jesus, in your gentle strength
set free our spirit.
Touch our minds and our hearts.
Awaken our sense of mission.
Guide us through life’s journey.
May we be signs to the world
of the great power of your unconditional love. Amen.

WEEK OF MARCH 10, 2024

Response: Receive our prayer O God.

We pray for American cardinals, bishops, clergy and religious that they would embrace the vision of Pope Francis and abandon their security and comfort in order to create a more welcoming church and to serve the poor.

We ask: Receive our prayer O God.

We pray for governments in every part of the world. May leaders work to serve their people and provide opportunity for all. May they facilitate reconciliation and peace and find ways to end injustice, prejudice and suffering.

We ask: Receive our prayer O God.

For people who seek to be strong in faith. May they find ways to nourish understanding and decide to courageously follow Christ in their lifestyles, value systems and life choices.

We ask: Receive our prayer O God.

For all who are away from the people they love — members of the military, missionaries, prisoners, captives, displaced immigrants, orphans, lost or abandoned children; people who work, study or pursue careers away from home; those placed in institutions for the sick or the aged. May they know support and love.

We ask: Receive our prayer O God.

For all who suffer in any way — the sick, dying and grieving; those who deal with mental anguish, depression, anxiety or addiction; those who suffer through war or who face injustice or persecution. May they find solace, healing and peace.

We ask: Receive our prayer O God.

For the intentions which we hold in silence …

We ask: Receive our prayer O God.

Second scrutiny: Deliverance from institutional evil

God is power God is might — God will triumph over sin.
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When we disregard the rights of children and their education.
When we refuse to help the poor, the immigrant, and the homeless.
When we degrade othe rs because of sex, race, life style or social class.

God is power God is might — God will triumph over sin.
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When we ignore the wisdom and the dignity of the elderly.
When we deny medical care or insurance to the needy.
When we silence our prophets and our visionaries.

God is power God is might — God will triumph over sin.
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From the prostitution of people and principles.
From the enslavement and abuse of children and adults.
From injustice in the Church and in enterprise.
From all types of domestic violence and domestic terrorism.

God is power God is might — God will triumph over sin.
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From the power of false news, propaganda and pornography.
From mismanagement and greed in enterprise and industry.
 From government corruption, deceit, manipulation and the abuse of time.

God is power God is might — God will triumph over sin.
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From mistreatment in prisons, old age homes and institutions for the marginalized.
From the cult of Satan and the exaltation of evil.
From the refusal to grow in our faith.
From our denial of the holiness of others.

God is power God is might — God will triumph over sin.
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Prayer of Exorcism

May the power of your word change our lives and invigorate our spirit. Free us from any falsehood and evil. Create in us a clean heart, a renewed vision, a deeper sense of your indwelling holiness.

Lord Jesus, in your gentle strength set free our spirit. Touch our minds and our hearts. Awaken our sense of mission.

Guide us through life’s journey. May we be signs to the world of the great power of your unconditional love.

Amen

WEEK OF MARCH 3, 2024

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

Strengthen Pope Francis as he tries to cleanse the temple of the Church from abuse, greed, politics and materialism.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Free our world from political corruption, tyranny and injustice. Help us to reform the temple of our world into a place of compassion, concern and civility toward all.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For children, adolescents and adults who are addicted to social media and who suffer from cyberbullying, poor self-images and destructive relationships.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Bless the war-torn parts of our world where people die daily from hunger and violence, and where people suffer from displacement or lack what they need to survive.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For those preparing for the Easter sacraments. For those whose faith needs to be strengthened. For those who lack hope and suffer in depression. Bless the sick, the dying and grieving. May this time of Lent bring healing, consolation and peace.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the needs we hold in our silence …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

First scrutiny: Deliverance from personal evil

When we fail to seek forgiveness or proclaim faith.
When greed and selfishness divide us.
When hatred and fear enslave us.

God is power; God is might. God will triumph over sin.
Kyrie Eleison / Christe Eleison / Deliver Us O God

Wherever we ignore the needs of others.
Wherever we have built walls of division.
Wherever we have shown arrogance or prejudice.

God is power; God is might. God will triumph over sin.
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From the lure of wealth, power, and glory.
From our desires to manipulate and exploit.
From our need to stay in control.
When we desire to hold revenge.
When we hesitate to forgive.
When we injure by our words and gossip.

God is power; God is might. God will triumph over sin.
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From our impatience, anger and deceit.
From our mistrust, conceit and pride.
From our addictions, self-pity and envy.
God is power; God is might. God will triumph over sin.
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Prayer of Exorcism

May the power of your word change my life and invigorate my spirit.
Free me from falsehood and evil.
Create in me a clean heart, a renewed vision,
a deeper sense of your indwelling holiness.
Lord Jesus, in your gentle strength
Set free my spirit,
Touch my mind and my heart,
Awaken my sense of mission.
Guide me through my life’s journey.
May I be a sign to the world
of the great power of your unconditional love. Amen.

WEEK OF FEB. 25, 2024

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Enlighten the Church. Open our hearts and minds to know your truth, to find direction during these times of division and pandemic, and to rediscover holiness within us and within all creation.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Soften the hearts of every national leader that they may work together to confront the devastation that faces all people and to share a common morality that respects the dignity of every person.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Liberate us to feel your constant presence in our struggles as well as our joys. May we follow your direction and deny ourselves and our egos that we may know the joy of our blessedness.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Lead us to find ways to end the suffering of those who struggle with hunger, disease and addiction. Help us to find ways to end violence, war, terrorism, injustice and aggression.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For peace in our lives. May all who are sick, dying or grieving know your loving presence. We pray for our own personal needs and for the needs of others we hold in silence …

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF FEB. 18, 2024

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For your Church. May your Spirit lead us to live the Gospel more fully, to be a sign to the world of your deep love for all, to herald justice and peace, and to be faithful to the truth.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the grace to resist temptation. Open our minds and hearts to recognize our shortcomings and to rely on our inner holiness. Strengthen us to renounce earthly attractions, politics, greed, addictions and falsehoods.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For all humanity. May we respect your Covenant with all living creatures by striving toward greater stewardship of our air, land, water and resources given for our good and for the sustenance of future generations.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Comfort and empower all who live with pain and anxiety: the poor, the homeless, the immigrant, the captive, those who suffer from illness or addiction, all who are trapped in fear and loneliness, all who confront death or struggle through grief.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Bring us through this desert time of Lent. Renew our spirits and strengthen our faith. May the coming of springtime bring healing and renewal, and may this time of Lent bring us closer to you.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For all the people and intentions we bring to mind in our silence …

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF FEB. 11, 2024

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the Church. May we be signs of your love and care to all, especially those who are marginalized or outcast, those who doubt their own value, and all who need their dignity restored.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For unity and civility within government and within the human family.Inspire a spirit of cooperation among all people that we may restore the common good, and promote non-violence, justice and peace.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For all who work in health care and medical research. Guide their efforts to fight disease and to promote life. Inspire us to trust medical discoveries sp that those who are compromised may find healing.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For all who carry physical, mental, emotional or economic wounds. For those who suffer because of addiction, depression, anxiety or grief. Lead them to wholeness and give them hope.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Strengthen our relationships. Stir our compassionate concern and assistance toward all who are alone or isolated.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For any other personal intentions we hold in silence — for the sick, the dying and all who are in pain …

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF FEB. 4, 2024

 Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the Church. Make us instruments of hope and healing that we may relieve the suffering and pain of those burdened with illness, addiction, injury or frailty.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For those who struggle with each passing day. All who flee from war or violence; those who have no food, homes or opportunity; those forced to live without basic necessities; all who are scared and alone.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For missionaries, volunteers and government workers who serve others in places where there is crime, violence or poverty. May they bring hope to all who live in fear.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Touch all who experience brokenness or incompleteness. Restore them to fullness in their health and relationships. Give them a sense of direction for their lives.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For everyone we remember in our silence. Those who grieve the loss of loved ones. Those who face death, and for intentions that we hold in our silence …

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF JAN. 28, 2024

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the Church in her diversity — people of every race and culture, rich, poor, healthy, compromised, celibate, single, married or widowed. May we all know that you are the source of our life and hope.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For modern prophets you raise within our midst — those who whisper their fears and those who shout their protests. May they awaken new insight for renewal in the Church and in the world.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For our Congress and for all who exercise authority in any way. May they use their power to free and heal others, to build community and restore dignity, to develop the common good and empower all people.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For all who are bound by evil. May your Spirit release those who held captive by addiction, greed, vengeance, depression, anxiety and selfishness.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

May governments all over the world hear the needs of the powerless and the marginalized and prioritize legislation to help them.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the intentions we hold in our hearts. For those who are afraid, sick, dying or grieving. Lord, hear the prayers that we hold in silence …

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF JAN. 21, 2024

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Strengthen Pope Francis and the Church. May our faith be stronger than our institution, actively affirming God’s Holy Word and making us the Living Body of Christ.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

May we embrace a spirit of repentance. Help us leave complacency, abandon our prejudices, and become instruments of healing.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For a spirit of holy detachment. May we understand all our relationships and possessions as gifts and blessings from you.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

May world leaders find ways to heal division and polarity; break the cycles of hatred, anger and violence; and move all people toward harmony and peace.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Sustain all who are afraid or alone; those who are grieving loss; those held by addiction, anger, depression or anxiety; those who seek a new beginning, opportunity or direction. Break our unhealthy patterns that have not been wholesome or productive.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For our personal needs, for the sick and the dying. And for the intentions we hold in silence …

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF JAN. 14, 2024

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For Pope Francis and the Church all over the world. May we welcome others into our community by our loving deeds and our truthful words.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For young people seeking direction. May they recognize the invitations of God’s Spirit and use their gifts and talents in loving service to others.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Heal the wounds of our human family. Dismantle our hatred, prejudice, racism and fear. Inspire us to be people of openness, peace and justice. Lead our nation toward unity.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For Christian unity. May all Christians work together to confront evil and injustice.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Bring healing and peace to all who suffer — those who are sick or dying, those who flee from their native land in fear, those who struggle amid war and violence, those who grieve the loss of family and friends.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For our own needs. For people suffering alienation, addiction, depression or loneliness. For those who are frustrated and cannot find direction. For all who are in need our prayer and compassion. And for the needs we hold in our silence …

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF JAN. 7, 2024

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

Bless the Church with wisdom and understanding. Give us a mature faith. May those who are hurt, angry or abused find healing. May those who feel inferior or afraid find welcome. May our young and those searching have their spiritual hungers fed.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Bless world leaders with honesty and compassion that we may stop hateful violence caused by prejudice. We pray for an end to racial intolerance and anti-Semitism. May we embrace with truth that all people are part of God’s family.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

May this be a year of blessing and grace for the needy. May the poor find dignity, the hungry be fed, the hurting be strengthened, the angry find forgiveness. May migrants and refugees be welcomed, respected and allowed to establish new lives for their families. May medical research move closer to providing stronger trends in health and disease prevention.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Bless Father Jim and our parish family. May this be a year of grace and growth for us. May our faith deepen and shape us. May our journey together be directed by vision and dreams. We pray for blessings upon all members of our parish family and all who worship here from other faiths or cultures.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Sustain all who are in need — the sick and dying; those experiencing grief, depression and addiction. And for all who need our prayer …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF DEC. 31, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer O God.

For the family of the universal Church. Unite us in faith and purpose. Inspire Pope Francis. Protect his leadership so that together we may find ways to remove the burdens of the poor and the persecuted;

We ask: Receive our prayer O God.

Inspire mothers to love their children unselfishly and to guide them in ways of truth and holiness. Inspire fathers to lead their children wisely toward maturity and wholeness. May all children discover their dignity as children of God.

We ask: Receive our prayer O God.

Heal the many divisions that exist in marriages and families. May patience, honesty and forgiveness may give way to nurturing and sustaining love.

We ask: Receive our prayer O God.

In thanksgiving for all who support and sustain family life — those who are single, widowed, childless, ordained or professed religious.

We ask: Receive our prayer O God.

For families separated by war, disaster and immigration. For prisoners and those held in refugee camps. For families wounded by divorce or addiction, and for all destroyed by prejudice or victimized by the arrogance of others.

We ask: Receive our prayer O God.

For blessings on the fragile young and the fragile old. For healing of orphans and anyone alienated from family. May our beloved sick, dying and grieving know compassion. And may our deceased family members rest in God’s love.

We ask: Receive our prayer O God.

WEEK OF DEC. 24, 2023

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For Pope Francis and the Church. May our efforts know your grace and favor as we courageously cooperate with your Spirit to lead our world toward harmony and peace.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Give us listening hearts to hear your voice and follow your will in these times of darkness, division and pain. Help us live compassionately and sensitively that we may be channels of healing for our world.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Bless pregnant women and families with children. May they know your presence and strength. May all children shine with the promise of your love, and remind us of your tender blessings.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the lonely, infirm, homebound and addicted. For those in hospitals, nursing homes, prisons or other institutions. Comfort all who grieve or struggle in any way. Fill their emptiness with hope and energy.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Hold in safety who travel during this season. May those who are separated from their loved ones find ways to communicate and celebrate the days ahead. Bless our parish community and Father Jim. And hear the intentions we hold in silence …

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF DEC. 17, 2023

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For Pope Francis and the universal Church. May we find ways to be channels of joy, to ease the heavy burdens of others and to be instruments of hope.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Fill us with deep joy that we may understand the gifts of our relationships, the blessings of our faith and the promises that the future holds.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Touch the hearts of all who are held captive in prison, by addiction, with disease, depression or anxiety. Open doors of  healing and freedom for them.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Bring forth a new springtime of justice and peace in every land. May government officials, legislators and policy makers advocate for the needs of the poor and those in need.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the sick, the dying and the grieving. For the lonely and the abandoned. For those who find the pressures of this season difficult to bear.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the prayers we offer in silence …

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF DEC. 10, 1023

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the Church. Give us energy to inspire conversion, strength to encourage peace and justice, and courage to live in deeper holiness.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

During this Advent season, may this time of waiting inspire Christians all over the world to listen, heal and act with tenderness and compassion.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For all who are experiencing loneliness at this time. Help them find ways to accept with understanding or to embrace a new vision and possibility for their lives.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For an easing of tensions among nations in conflict. May they find effective methods of strong communication that lead toward deeper resolutions. Give courage to people who are willing to embrace change so that everyone may live in peace.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the blessings of this season upon the sick, the addicted, the dying and the grieving. Bless all who face these days with sadness, suffering or anxiety. Help us to end prejudice, violence and bloodshed.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the prayers we offer in silence …

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF DEC. 3, 2023

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the Church. May this season of Advent help us find ways to be light for the world, to bring unity and healing within and among nations, and to promote peace.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For a greater awareness among world leaders of how governments can work to encourage the common good; to eradicate prejudice, violence, poverty and injustice; and to know the power of humility and patience.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For any who have wandered away from God’s invitation to intimacy. For those who are afraid and suffering. May the memories and beauty of this season restore hope and lead them closer to God’s constant love and warmth.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For all who spend time waiting in hope — expectant parents, the unemployed, hospital and nursing home patients, prisoners, immigrants, refugees, the addicted and terminally ill; anyone who lives in constant expectation or anxiety. May their waiting be blessed with joy and possibility.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the prayers we offer in our silence … We remember our beloved sick, dying and grieving.

WEEK OF NOV. 26, 2023

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For Pope Francis, and all who lead within the Church. May they shepherd our world with compassion and love, that all may know the joy of welcoming the lost, healing the injured, and caring for the abused.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the grace to live in the Spirit of Jesus. That all may be treated with dignity and respect. May we be willing to give to those in need and to those who depend upon our care.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

May every world leader comprehend the depth of human suffering in our world. May they work together to find effective ways to bring peace where there is violence and division.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For those facing difficulty, depression or anxiety. For those confronting addiction, grief or loneliness. May they find the support, courage and hope they need.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

During this season of thanksgiving and celebration, may we find reasons to be grateful for the many blessings of our lives.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the prayers we offer in silence … We remember especially our beloved sick and dying.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF NOV. 19, 2023

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the Church. May we be good stewards of the many gifts you entrust to us. May they bring direction to our planet and uplift humanity with its sacred dignity

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For freedom from our fears and trials — the polarization of politics and people, selfishness, violence, injustice and greed. Give us the grace of courage, confidence and discernment.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

In thanksgiving for our many blessings. May we be inspired by the wisdom of the aged and the innocence of youth. May we be open to allowing them to influence and shape our decisions.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Strengthen the spirits of all who suffer — immigrants, prisoners, victims, children who are lost or abused; those who are addicted, sick, dying and grieving. Open pathways of comfort and healing for anyone who experiences anxiety.
We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the intentions that we hold within our hearts …

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF NOV. 12, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

For Pope Francis and the Church. Together, may we have wisdom and insight that we may find ways to strengthen the marginalized and the frightened, lighting the way for Christ to shine in every life.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the gift of understanding. May government leaders and newly elected officials face issues with honestly, work for unity, justice and the common good.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For all who wait — those struggling through illness or facing surgery; orphans, prisoners, lovers and friends who are separated; people seeking employment opportunities; the aged and the lonely. May they know the hope, strength and comfort of God’s love.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For those who have died. Family members, friends, immigrants, victims of war, missionaries, public servants and members of the military. May they know the eternal light of God’s peace.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the needs we place before God in our silence … We remember those who are alone, the sick, grieving, addicted, challenged or victimized.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF NOV. 5, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the Church as we discern our role in the world. May we allow our hearts to be formed by Christ, our Teacher. And may we walk together in directions inspired by God’s Spirit.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For all who exercise authority and leadership. May they be models of service and compassion, using their gifts to bring forth peace and understanding.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the gift of discernment. May we live our lives according to God’s Word, becoming more perfect disciples of Jesus in our outreach to immigrants, the poor and the hungry.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For places in our world torn by war and violence. May hope abound.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For those bound by addiction, sickness, depression or grief. May they find new pathways for living.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For our parish deceased. May they rest in God’s peace. And for the needs we place before God in our silence …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF OCT. 29, 2023

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For Pope Francis and the Church all over the world. May we encourage all people to show a genuine love and gracious concern for others, especially to those who are marginalized by society.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For a deeper spirit of compassion in our country and in the world. May we feel the pain of others, understand their need and reach out to all who suffer in any way with a continuous love that is rooted in faith and hope.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For a deeper respect and stewardship for all of God’s creation. May we be resourceful with the gifts of our environment. May we grant dignity to all children, teens and adults.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the growth of peace in our world. For a strong and unified concern for people who try to survive through war, prejudice and injustice. May world leaders reform their nations with decency, morality, compassion and a commitment to peace.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the needs of our bishop and diocese. For our beloved sick, dying and grieving. For the lonely, isolated, addicted and all who are afraid. For all who are deprived of the basic necessities of life.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For what we ask in our silence …

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF OCT. 22, 2O23

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the Church all over the world. May people in every country find ways to respond and react to the politics and policies of their governments from a Christian perspective.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the grace of discernment. May we understand the many motives in our hearts and respond to those that draw us closer to each other and away from fear.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For all who are searching for deeper meaning. For the un-churched and for those who do not believe in God. May the Gospel come to them with power and freedom.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For government officials. May they use their offices not to promote themselves but rather to advance justice, end violence and work for the well-being of all people.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For all who suffer from abuse or violence. For those facing illness or death. For those struggling with depression, addiction or grief. May they know God’s faithful love.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the prayers we offer in silence … May Christ be the center of our lives.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF OCT. 15, 2023

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the Church. May we choose to participate in all of God’s invitations, living fully with dedication and commitment, responding to the needs of the world with faith and care and accepting responsibility for the welfare of all others.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For government leaders throughout the world. May they open their hearts to the service of the poor and to promoting justice, equality and peace in all lands.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For all who struggle through hunger, fear, violence or war. For the poor, for immigrants, for the homeless. May we find ways to extend help and care.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For a greater respect for human life. For children who are neglected or abused. For people victimized by prejudice or racism. For all who are marginalized by society or social media. For the addicted, the aged and the terminally ill. Bring healing and hope.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For all who are struggling with sickness, paranoia or fear. For those who are lonely and those who grieve. May they know the support of others.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

We pray for Bishop Lucia and for our diocese, and for all the needs we hold in silence …

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF OCT. 8, 2023

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer. 

For leaders in the Church and the world. May they work together to produce a rich, fruitful harvest of justice, compassion, peace and care in the vineyard God gives us.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer. 

For all who suffer rejection or violence. For those who are depressed, suicidal or addicted. Heal their wounds; give them hope and courage.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer. 

For a deeper spirit of gratitude for your many gifts. May we recognize in each other all that is truthful, honorable, pure, gracious and lovely.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer. 

Instill in us a greater respect for human life from the womb to the tomb. May we learn how to care more deeply for all human life. Hear the cries of the poor, the homeless and the starving. Welcome immigrant families and children,

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer. 

For a deeper commitment to stewardship on our planet. May we find ways to secure the Earth, her resources and our climate for our children and future generations.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer. 

For all in special need. For those who suffer from anxiety or illness. And those who struggle with dying or grief. And for the needs we bring to our silent prayer …

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer. 

WEEK OF OCT. 1, 2023

Response: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Give the grace of true conversion to the Church that we may address the needs of our world with determination and action. May we be a beacon that leads the lost to Christ.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Correct our self-righteous attitudes. Free us from the need to control, from pride and selfishness. May we learn to serve others with love and humility;

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For those who have turned away from virtue. Heal their spirits. Draw them toward a deeper recognition of how they hurt themselves and others.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

Help us find the truth when lies prevail all around us. Inspire world leaders and media to be truthful so that all people may be advised correctly, and make responsible decisions for the common good.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For the lonely and the alone. For the addicted and the sick. For immigrant families  and for all those who seek refuge from war and turmoil. Help us O God.

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

For our daily needs. For the poor and the forgotten. For the dying and those who grieve. Hold them closely, O God, and hear the prayers we hold in silence …

We ask: Lord, hear your people’s prayer.

WEEK OF SEPT. 24, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the Church in every nation. May we promote deeper justice where all are honored, where every need is understood and granted without judgment and with compassion.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For all who seek God’s presence in their lives — the grieving, the depressed, the lonely and the addicted. For those who seek direction and inspiration. May we be channels of God’s Spirit for them.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Free us from the sins of jealousy and envy. Help us appreciate the blessings of others, rejoice in their success and grant all people their sacred dignity.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For blessings upon prisoners. For those who suffer injustice or prejudice. For political captives and victims of war and violence. For immigrants who seek refuge, and for all who wish to be heard through peaceful protest.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For all who have lost faith or hope. May they know God’s loving embrace. For those who face illness or death, for anyone experiencing conflict in relationships, and for the intentions we hold in silence …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF SEPT. 17, 2O23

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the grace to forgive those who have wronged us — within families, at the workplace or in the church. May our hearts be open to forgive as God forgives us.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For a deepening awareness of how much God loves us. May the boundless forgiveness of God  inspire us to act with love and understanding as we search for ways to support and sustain each other.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

May we bring an end to the cycle of hatred in our country and in our world. Open our minds and hearts to the voices of protest against prejudice and racism, to the cries of all who hunger or long for safety, to the suffering of those who struggle through violence and war. May we be channels of love, justice and peace.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For all who struggle with guilt or non-acceptance. For those who are lonely, depressed or afraid. Help us find pathways to healing.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For victims of natural disaster, the addicted and the abused, the sick and the terminally ill,  the dying and the grieving, those who struggle to forgive, and those who struggle to seek pardon.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the prayers we hold in the silence of our hearts …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF SEPT. 10, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the Church. May we be reconcilers and peacemakers, extending ourselves in passionate care and empathy to the alienated, the unloved and the wounded — offering hope to those who are overwhelmed.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the grace of “tough love.” May we provide truthful direction to people who are hurting themselves or others. May we be open to those who confront us with honesty and strong enough to mend our ways.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

May we have the courage to forgive those who have hurt us and the strength to rebuild relationships. Keep us aware of the many unconscious ways we promote racism and exercise prejudice. Open our minds and our hearts.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For all who suffer through violence, war and natural disaster. For all who are sick, dying or grieving. For all who are addicted, depressed or afraid. Give them hope, healing and peace.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the intentions we hold deep in our silence …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF SEPT. 3, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

For Pope Francis and the Church. Strengthen us in mind, heart and spirit that we may follow Christ with faith and conviction. May Christian values hold our world together.

We ask: Receiver our prayer, O God.

Give us hearts of compassion that we may understand the needs of those who are devastated, homeless, addicted or depressed. May we extend welcome and support to those who seek safety, help and encouragement.

We ask: Receiver our prayer, O God.

For an end to war, violence, racism and prejudice. May we grow to understand the dignity of all human life.

We ask: Receiver our prayer, O God.

For administrators, teachers and students in colleges, high schools and elementary schools. May wisdom and clarity guide their decisions. May safety be upheld and may this be a year of growth and discernment for them.

We ask: Receiver our prayer, O God.

For our nation and for its workers. May our citizens honor those who labor. May our workplaces bring dignity and meaning to our lives and help restore the common good.

We ask: Receiver our prayer, O God.

Renew the hearts of all who are discouraged — the sick, dying or grieving. And for the needs we hold in our silence …

We ask: Receiver our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF AUG. 27, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

For Pope Francis, successor to St. Peter. May his vision be guided by God’s Spirit to promote love and unity in the Church and in the world.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For all who exercise authority in religion, society or government. May they use their power to promote justice, to end all forms of violence and hatred, and to advance the common good.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For college students, teachers and administrators beginning a new academic year. May this be a time of safety for them.  May their growth be filled with wise decisions and good choices.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For peace in our world. May leaders of nations have the courage to seek what is good for the poor and the forgotten. For an end to all racism, prejudice and war. For a deeper respect for the dignity of all life. May all countries open their hearts and borders to those who seek safety and refuge.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

 For all who are addicted, depressed or lonely. For the needs of the sick, the dying and the grieving. May hope prevail.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For our personal needs, and for the needs of those we call to mind in our silence …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF AUG. 20, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the Church. May we be signs of God’s mercy, welcome and compassion to all who have been maligned, hurt or abused. Strengthen our efforts to end prejudice, injustice, the rejection of immigrants and all violence.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the governments of every nation. May they provide intelligent and wise leadership that the poor and marginalized may have hope. May all people grow in empathy and compassion.  

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Free us from every bias, from our impulse to condemn others. Open our hearts to the blessings others offer us.Bless our efforts to create a peaceful world.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For all who live in fear. For people who are alone or afraid. For those who have become disabled physically or psychologically. For victims of addiction or depression. May they find hope and opportunity.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Strengthen our faith Make us persistent in our desire for healing. Bless our beloved sick, dying and grieving. And hear the prayers we hold in silence …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF AUG. 13, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the Church all over the world. May we trust God during our times of growth and suffering, know Divine Presence in the storm we encounter and find security in our faith.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For a deeper trust that God’s hand is always shaping our world, calling us to find ways to end injustice and racism, alleviate hunger and oppression, cease all types of violence against creation and God’s children, and to discover the blessings of peace.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

May we find ways to surrender our own anxieties and fears, to depend on the strength of our faith, and to confidently place all within God’s hands.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Strengthen all who are separated from their loved ones — members of the military, missionaries, prisoners, immigrants who leave their homes and loved ones, all who struggle with loneliness.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For those who endure poverty, starvation and disease. May leaders of government bring compassion and safety to all who live in fear and need.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For all who experience violence or abuse. For those who suffer through illness, addiction or grief. And for the needs we place before God in our silence …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF AUG. 6, 2023

Please respond: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the Church. Transform us by listening to Your Word and by sharing in the Eucharist so we can radiate your glory throughout our lives.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God

For the world leaders. May the health and welfare of all people be sustained and all efforts toward peace may be renewed, supported and accomplished.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God

For all who lack self-esteem who doubt their worth or who live in paranoia or fear. May they find affirmation and know their value and dignity as people created in God’s divine image.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God

For all who suffer because of poverty, injustice, violence or war. For people bound by illness, grief or addiction. May help and healing be made available to them.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God

For the prayers we offer in silence …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God

WEEK OF JULY 30, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

For Pope Francis and the Church. Give us wisdom to perceive God’s Kingdom and to find ways to uncover the treasures you offer us.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For all who are searching search for fullness. For all who wander without direction. For all who separate themselves from God’s mercy and love. Bring them home, open up possibilities that they may find meaning for their lives.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the grace to surrender, the strength to endure transition, and the openness to receive what you offer us.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For parents, teachers, political leaders and judges. May they make decisions with wisdom and understanding, guiding those in their care with compassion.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Strengthen all who suffer in our world — immigrants; victims of prejudice; the war-torn, those who are poor, powerless, addicted, sick, dying or grieving.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the intentions our hearts hold in silence …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF JULY 23, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the Church. May we allow God’s power and wisdom to work in our minds and our hearts that we may bring forth a rich harvest of justice and kindness in our world.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the grace of patience.May we learn to defer judgment, become reflective and prayerful and await insight from God that we may make better choices in our daily living;

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

May we be a leaven of compassion and hospitality in our society, opening our minds and our hearts to those who have been disregarded, cut off, judged and condemned.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For healing within the church, our nation and our world. For an end to poverty, war and racism, injustice, political manipulation and world hunger that all people may grow in blessing.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For all who are sick, dying and grieving. For those who are addicted, alone or afraid; and for the intentions we hold in our silence …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF JULY 16, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the Church. May we spread seeds of hope and joy with great generosity and abandon that more people may know God’s compassion and love.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For a greater respect for the Earth. May we strive to keep our air, land and water clean so that all may be able to live, breathe and grow.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

May we courageously share our faith and its traditions with the young and with those who are un-churched. And may our efforts plant seeds within them for the foundation of a solid faith.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

May God’s love and healing sustain all who are sick, afraid, addicted or grieving. May the dying know the comfort of God’s peace.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

As we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel this week, may this be a time of prayer and memories for us. We are thankful for the great legacy of faith given to us by our ancestors, priests and nuns who served us, and all who still work and contribute to sustain our parish family.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the prayers we offer in silence. We remember the needs of our country and the world, for healing in our struggles with violence, racism, war and immigration.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF JULY 9, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

Inspire Pope Francis, Bishop Lucia and all church leadership with vision, that all people may know the gentle love, compassion and forgiveness of Jesus.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Hold those who are burdened by life — the sick and dying, all who struggle with finances and job loss, anyone dealing with trauma or addiction. Bring healing, hope and renewal.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

May we embrace the grace to be childlike, surrendering our attempts to control others through manipulation, power or status.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

We pray for a deeper consciousness of the damage caused by systemic racism and the unwelcoming of immigrants seeking refuge. May we be humble and open disciples of Jesus.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the gift of peace. Transform those filled with anger, jealousy and judgment. Comfort the grieving, and hear the prayers we hold closely in our hearts …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF JULY 2, 2023

Response: Lord, receive our prayer.

For the grace of openness. May prophetic leadership within the Church uncover ways to understand, nourish and celebrate our faith with vibrancy and joy.

We ask: Lord, receive our prayer.

For the grace of hospitality. As a church and as a nation, may we welcome immigrants and refugees and receive them with generous love.

We ask: Lord, receive our prayer.

For the grace of surrender. May we be willing to surrender all that impedes us from following Christ more closely — power, pride, or possessions.

We ask: Lord, receive our prayer.

For the grace of blessing on our nation and our world. May God guide us to eradicate all forms of systemic racism,  prejudice, violence and addiction, and to heal suffering throughout the world.

We ask: Lord, receive our prayer.

For the grace of compassion. May we tenderly care for those who are sick and those who grieve. May we hold those who have died in our hearts, our memories and our prayer. And may God hear the intentions we offer in silence …

We ask: Lord, receive our prayer.

WEEK OF JUNE 25, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

For Pope Francis and the Church. May we continue to bring hope to the world with the confident assurance of God’s abiding love — now and always.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For national and world leaders. For bishops and church leadership. Open their hearts and minds to those who speak with faith and vision.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For confidence. May we speak the truth that the Spirit has planted within us, unafraid of rejection or ridicule.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For an end to systemic racism and prejudice. May we recognize and embrace the dignity of each individual as brother and sister, and child of God.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For blessings upon Father Jim who assumes his new role as pastor of two faith communities. May he be blest with discernment and affimation.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For our personal needs. For patience in our trials. For all who suffer with addiction, sickness and grief. May those who face death know God’s peace.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF JUNE 18, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

May the church welcome all who are lost, misguided or abandoned into God’s all-embracing love.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

May leaders and nations work harder to uphold the dignity of all people, making inroads to end violence, war, discrimination, hunger, poverty and injustice.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Let us pray for Pope Francis, whose vision embraces the entire world. Let us pray that he be accorded respect and honor that his voice can breathe life into the church and bring healing to all parts of the world.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

May the sick, addicted, dying and grieving know God’s tenderness through the care of those who love and support them.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For our fathers, living and deceased. For grandfathers, stepfathers, godfathers and all men who devote energy and strength toward the direction, care and welfare of others.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the prayers we offer silently …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF JUNE 11, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the Church. Inspire us to live as a Eucharistic people, giving ourselves generously to serve others so that all may have a fuller life.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For our pastor, Father Jim, all priests and bishops, and for all who exercise priestly ministry. Renew their vision and strengthen them and draw them closer to your people.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the hungry and the poor of our world. For immigrants seeking refuge, safety and peace. Open our hearts to find ways to sustain their lives and to work for justice.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the gift of peace in our world. Heal our divisions. Enlighten our dialogue to encourage unity nad to end all forms of violence, greed and prejudice.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Bring comfort and healing to those who suffer through illness, addiction and grief. Bring understanding and peace to the dying. Hear the prayers we hold in silence …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF JUNE 4, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the Church. May we proclaim your great love and be signs of your creative, healing and life-giving energy in the world.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the world. May we appreciate and delight in your gift of nature, behold your handiwork in all created people and things, and give positive energy to conserve creation’s beauty for our children and their future.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O G od.

For our human family. Kindle deep within us a desire for truth. Help us renew and heal broken relationships and strengthen our commitment to non-violence.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Heal the sick, the addicted and the grieving. Comfort the dying. Sustain all who suffer because of hunger, poverty or violence. Bring peace to people who are alienated, afraid and alone. Open hearts to welcome and shelter immigrants and refugees.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For the intentions we make in our silence …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

WEEK OF MAY 28, 2023

Response: Come to us, Spirit of God.

Spirit of Unity and Forgiveness: Destroy the divisions that separate our human family wherever we are broken — in the church, the nation or the world. Help us work and live together in harmony.

We ask: Come to us, Spirit of God.

Spirit of Love and Discernment: Help us place our time, energy and gifts at the service of others, Carrying their burdens and honoring God’s presence in all people.

We ask: Come to us, Spirit of God.

Spirit of Truth and Reverence: Encourage a more profound study and discovery of our tradition, of wisdom, the arts and science that we may fully embrace the wonder of life.

We ask: Come to us, Spirit of God.

Spirit of Hope and Healing: Renew all who are overwhelmed by their struggles — those who are discourage, in pain or grief.Gi ve them reasons to believe.

We ask: Come to us, Spirit of God.

Spirit of Justice and Peace: Uplift the needy, abused and exploited; those who are oppressed or victimized by addiction, poverty or war. Offer them new beginnings and grace their lives.

We ask: Come to us, Spirit of God.

For the prayers we offer in silence …

We ask: Come to us, Spirit of God.

WEEK OF MAY 21, 2O23

Response: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For the grace of discipleship. May the Church be formed and reformed through prayer, hope and steadfast attention to God’s word.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For all who suffer and for all who wait. Give them patience to endure their struggles. For those who confront illness and disease. For cancer survivors and all who know the power of waiting with hope.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For all who face the future with fear or apprehension. Grant them courage and peace to remain faithful and strong.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

Inspire us to pray with thanksgiving confident that our prayer will bring us peace and that we can become a blessing to others.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For peace, and a de-escalation of tension in our world. Inspire world and local leaders to seek peaceful resolutions nd to act in wisdom and in truth.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

And for the needs we hold in silence … We remember all who are sick, dying, addicted or grieving.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

WEEK OF MAY 14, 2023

Response: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For the Church. May your Spirit help us reimagine how to proclaim the Gospel today and how to reshape our communities and our worship with safety, prayerfulness and celebration.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For the world. May we recognize your presence in the beauty of creation, in the choices we make to care for our Earth, in the relationships we build and nurture.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

May we have a more loving spirit with others — thinking, speaking and acting with gentle reverence — embracing the sacredness of every person and our enemies with kindness.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

Inspire world leaders and government workers to act justly, to promote goodness, and to speak in truth. Grant them insight to help restore and preserve peace.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

We pray in thanksgiving for the gift of our mothers and for all those who have shown us a mother’s love. We remember our deceased mothers. May all who nurtured us so lovingly know our love and find blessing with God.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For our beloved sick, dying and grieving. For those who are addicted, afraid or overwhelmed. And for the personal needs we hold in silence …

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

WEEK OF MAY 7, 2023

Response: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For the Church. May we be “living stones” working together to provide a cornerstone of faith and hope for our ever-changing world.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For all who suffer — the poor, hungry, war torn and forgotten; Immigrants and those who homeless; those who are prisoners of addiction and all who are afraid. May we find ways to provide healing and hope.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For all who graduate from colleges over these weeks. Open pathways and opportunities for them during their time of searching for new life.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

Inspire vision in the decisions of world leaders that all people may willingly share in the gifts of our earth

And live more fully with love and peace…we ask:

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For the intentions that we hold in silence … For those who are sick, addicted or dealing with grief.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

WEEK OF APRIL 30, 2023

Response: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For the Church and all who minister. May we lead, inspire others to develop and celebrate our faith.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For the grace of openness. May we walk on pathways of gentleness and forgiveness supporting others with kindness and love.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For national and world leaders. Give them the heart of a shepherd. May they lead with wisdom and discernment, caring tenderly for those entrusted to them, especially the poor and the marginalized.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For all who work to restore life and bring healing. For medical personnel, counselors, social workers and chaplains. Strengthen their dedication and expertise.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For all who are ill or broken in spirit. For those who are alone or in nursing homes. For all who suffer with pain or addiction. Bring them hope and healing.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For our parish first communion class as they celebrate the beauty of Eucharist this weekend. May they be blest with steadfast faith.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For the intentions that remain in the silence of our hearts.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

WEEK OF APRIL 23, 2023

Response: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For the Church. Open our eyes to your constant presence in our lives. Walk with us and help us find the direction we seek.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For the world. Bring life, healing, and hope to all in need. Bring clarity to our confusion. Inspire leaders with discernment and wisdom. May all people grow in sensitivity and openness.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For those who journey — missionaries, immigrants, members of the military. Protect and lead them in safety.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

Nurture a longing within us for the Eucharist. A love for our parish community, a commitment to celebrate our faith together, a peace that comes from our sharing.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For the sick, the dying. The grieving, depressed, lonely and addicted. Grant them hope and peace. And for what we ask in silence …

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

WEEK OF APRIL 16, 2023

Response: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For the Church. May we embrace those who struggle with faith, those who are confused, those who believe they are too rational for faith, those who cannot find direction for their lives. May we be channels for them to open their hearts.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For our world. May we be better instruments of peace and forgiveness, reconciling enemies, conquering prejudice and abandoning judgment so we can rediscover the power of love.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

Bring hope and healing to all who are in need — the poor, the homeless, the homebound and the immigrant; those who suffer because of illness, loneliness or isolation; those held captive by fear. May all know the miracle of your grace.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

Free those bound by sin, addiction or despair. May they find new freedom, love and mercy.

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

For all who grieve, and for the prayers we hold in our silence …

We ask: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

WEEK OF APRIL 9, 2023

Response: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

We pray for Pope Francis and the Church. May our journey together be touched by the radiant light of Christ, inspired by our confident faith and filled with resurrection joy.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For a renewed vision of who we are within the Church and in the world. May the suffering of our world fill and unite us with empathy and compassion. May we bring hope to those who live in despair — the poor, the hungry, those displaced by war, the abused, the persecuted and the forgotten.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For an end to all prejudice, persecution and violence. May all people grow in reverence toward others, honoring the gifts of every race, creed and culture, and working together to bring peace everywhere.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

May Easter inspire a new era — where truth opens the way to peace, where welcome is offered at every border, where listening bridges divisions, where love and understanding fill all emptiness.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

For the many needs we hold in our hearts … for those who are sick, addicted, dying and grieving. For our beloved deceased whose memories we cherish. And for loved ones separated from us today.

We ask: Risen Lord, receive our prayer.

WEEK OF APRIL 2, 2023

Response: Receive our prayer, O God.

Inspire Pope Francis and the entire Church. Give us renewed vision and strong direction. May the experiences of Holy Week all over the world inspire optimism, goodness, generosity and caring.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

Give us the courage to empty ourselves, to gratefully surrender our lives into God’s hands, to give up anxieties and worries, and to embrace suffering with understanding.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For all who carry the crosses of life — the poor, hungry and homelests; hose who are lonely, who experience stress and conflict; the persecuted, unjustly accused, abused, forgotten, sick or addicted.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

May governments and people of every nation welcome immigrants, reject violence, resolve conflict peacefully, seek answers to the climate crisis, and discover ways to foster truth, reconciliation and healing.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For peace and an end to violence in every corner of our world. May the sacred events we recall this week inspire our world and fill us with hope.

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.

For all the prayers we hold in silence …

We ask: Receive our prayer, O God.