Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 2nd Sunday of Advent

We offer these Prayers of the Faithful for the Second Sunday in Advent (Dec 3-4, 2022) and share them here for reflection throughout the week. It was particularly moving this week to hear from the hearts of those who voiced the names of those for whom they wished for the Assembly to pray.  

In this Advent season of waiting, we can be too impatient, rushing around, preparing for Christmas. Today we seek to hear your word, in Christ and in the women and men who are prophets in our world today. We pray:

Inspire our church and our parish this Advent and Christmas to make special effort to express the love of God seen in the birth of Jesus by what we say, what we do, and how we welcome friends and strangers among us. We pray to the Lord.

For all the sick, especially those with long-term illnesses, and those with Alzheimer’s and other memory loss diseases  – and for care-givers at home and in health care facilities. If you wish to say the first names of the sick you wish to pray for, we pause a moment now for anyone to do that… We pray to the Lord.

For those who are afraid in the world today: afraid of the violence around them, afraid of the cold this winter because they are homelessness or unable to heat their homes, afraid because of health concerns, for all who live in fear, we pray to the Lord.

For parents who have many demands on their time and resources; that they make wise decisions and are able to nurture their children and teach them the ways of Jesus. We pray to the Lord.

For victims of human trafficking, for women in Afghanistan where girls are not allowed to go to school, for our other brothers and sisters who are being treated as less than human by governments, businesses and other organizations around the world, may they be set free and we not forget them. We pray to the Lord.

For all who have died. May the promises of eternal life be theirs now. At this liturgy we especially remember:
4:30 PM Thomas Williams by Joe Williams & Family
7:30 AM Shawn Ingalls by Mom & Family
9:30 AM Deceased Members of the O’Brien Family by the Family
5:00 PM For the People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
We pray to the Lord.

Lord God, we offer you the prayers we have spoken and those we hold in our hearts. We bless you for the prophets, men, women and children who have spoken and speak today your word which can challenge us and console us. We make these prayers through Christ who is our priest, our prophet and our King.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – First Sunday of Advent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – First Sunday of Advent

Welcome to Advent!  We share these Prayers of the Faithful for the 1st Sunday of Advent (Nov 26-27, 2022) for your own prayerful reflection throughout the week.  Lord, hear our prayers.

As we begin this holy season of Advent, we place our confidence in God’s act of love in coming to live among us as one of us. We pray for the gift of hope for ourselves and those we bring before God today. We pray:

For those caught up in wars around the world; soldiers, refugees, and those who hold fast to the reasons for the fighting. We pray to the Lord.

For the homeless, the cold, those struggling to keep a hold of who they are. We pray for those who have a family or homes they could enter but know they are not welcome or safe there. We pray to the Lord.

For those people struggling in relationships, especially at this time when the cracks are kept just below the surface. We pray to the Lord.

For those this Advent and Christmas who may be visiting family in the area, those who for reasons maybe unknown to themselves come to church this year, those who may hope that our parish will be a place of welcome and safety that they have not found before now, we pray that we reach out to them, from the altar and from every seat, say hello to them, welcome them to Christ’s community here. We pray to the Lord.

For the victims of violence in our country, particularly those targeted because of their race, religion or sexual identity. And we pray that public figures – and all of us -put aside hateful speech, for it has caused the deaths of innocent people. We pray to the Lord.

For each of us, that our hearts and minds be touched and changed by the Advent gifts of hope, and the promise of the closeness of a God who loves us. We pray to the Lord.

For all our deceased loved ones, and those who knew little love in this life, that they all be enfolded in your light and joy. At this liturgy we especially commend:
4:30 PM William & Michael Jennings by the Jennings Family
7:30 AM Maud (Mitiz) Rumo by The Family
9:30 AM For the People of the Parish, Living and Deceased
5 PM Leon Moreland by Dottie Alward
We pray to the Lord.

Into the mess of this world, a fragile child will come – yelling in the night for his mother, needing milk and clean linen. We pin our hopes on you, little baby, our God. In this birth our God is with us and our hope is reborn.

Advent Hope and Healing

Advent Hope and Healing

Advent Hope and Healing

During this season of Advent, our readings at Mass are particularly beautiful expressions of hope and expectation. The imagery is that of light overcoming darkness.  This is not meant to be a remembering of ancient history, but our prayer and reading is intended to awaken hope in our own lives and an awareness of the interplay of darkness and light in our world today and in our personal experiences.

One often-overlooked source of help and blessing is the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

This sacrament is not about judgement or punishment. It is God’s desire to bring healing and renewal to our lives, to lift burdens from our hearts. Give some thought to making Reconciliation a part of your Advent season this year. Praying with one of our parish priests, who also understands the struggles we can all face (priests do, too!) can be a source of comfort and wisdom.

As always, the Sacrament is available on Saturday afternoons from 3:00-3:30 at St. Pius X, or by appointment with one of our priests. During Advent, we also will be celebrating this sacrament at the following special times during the week of December 12th:

Monday, December 12th, 6:30-7:30 PM, a priest will be available at St. Pius X Church to celebrate the sacrament.
Wednesday, December 14th, Advent Service of Healing and Reconciliation, 7 PM at St. Pius X Church, with multiple priests available to celebrate the sacrament.
Thursday, December 15th, the sacrament will be celebrated following the 9 AM Mass (9:30 – 10:00 or as long as needed.)

Please join us.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Solemnity of Christ the King

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Solemnity of Christ the King

We hope you find these Prayers of the Faithful from the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Nov 19-20, 2022), as helpful reflection prompts for your reflection and personal prayer time.

On this feast of Christ our King, remind us that those Jesus called blessed are the ones who feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, befriend those in trouble and care for those in pain. May our prayers be an expression of this care and compassion. May they lead us to greater care and compassion. We pray:

For all the hurting and wounded in our world, for Jews and Gentiles, friends and strangers, disciples and enemies, for people like us, for each one of us, we pray to the Lord. 

That leaders of churches and nations lead us in ways of justice and peace, mercy and wisdom, we pray to the Lord.

For those who live with AIDS and HIV, those whose mental health struggles make this holiday time difficult or lonely, for those with other long-term illnesses, we pray to the Lord.

As we celebrate God’s dream for the world we pray that swords will be turned into pruning hooks, that peace, and clean water and enough food be available so no one starve. These are all possible. Set your fire under us that we work to make them not only possible but present, we pray to the Lord.

That we may never give in to the doubt that the little we can do does not matter. Each act of kindness, of charity, of justice, each word of forgiveness or love is of infinite worth. Help us to know this and live it, we pray to the Lord.

At Thanksgiving Day this week let us remember the blessings of our lives and in that remembering be inspired to share our blessings with others. Bless those who will be alone or far from family and loved ones, we pray to the Lord.

May all who have died be joined to the Risen Christ in the fullness of life. At this liturgy we especially remember those whose names have been placed at our altar and:
4:30 PM William & Michael Jennings 
7:30 AM  Maud (Mitizi) Rumo 
9:30 PM For the People of the Parish, living and deceased
5 PM  Leon Moreland by Dottie Alward
We pray to the Lord.

Eternal God, you desire to reconcile all things in your beloved Son, who has called us as his friends and companions. Help us to live the truth of his kingship so that we might share the lot of the saints in light.


A Break from the Busy

A Break from the Busy

A Break from the Busy

The signs that the season is changing are all around us. I had to scrape my car windows for the first time this morning. People are talking about the first snowfall of the season. The TV ads have changed from politics to Christmas. But what season are we entering? In the secular world, we have already entered the Christmas season with an emphasis on gift giving, parties, and connections with family and friends. We all know that this makes the month between Thanksgiving and December 25th a busy and hectic time. This secular Christmas time ends on December 25.

In the Catholic world, we are entering the season of Advent. This coming Sunday, we celebrate the feast of Christ the King – the last Sunday of the Liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent bringing in the next year. Descriptions of the Advent season often include words like “expectant waiting,” “reflective preparation,” and “solemn.” In ancient times, the Advent season lasted 40-days, much like Lent. In the Catholic Christian world, the Christmas season begins on December 24 and ends on January 6th with the feast of the Epiphany (the 12 days of Christmas that we will sing about between now and December 24!).

Our Lady of Hope, Cheverus High School, and the Ignatian Partnership of Maine are offering a way to make space for the reflective, preparatory aspects of Advent without completely forgoing the fun and connections found in the secular Christmas season. We don’t want to give you more to do in this time – to make a busy season even busier. Instead, we want to give you a 15-minute break from the busy each day – a time to stop and reflect on the Gospel readings of the day as the Church prepares for the coming of Christ. We will introduce two styles of prayer important in Ignatian Spirituality – Ignatian Contemplation and Lectio Divina.

In addition, we are inviting you to share the journey with others through two sessions of small group faith sharing. We invite you to integrate the prayer experience into your life by meeting with a spiritual director twice. These times will serve as a small introduction to these practices for those who have not done them before and an opportunity to deepen the experience for those familiar with these practices.

We hope you will register and join us for an orientation session on Monday November 28th, at 7 PM on Zoom. To get started, you’ll find the registration here at this link.

Brian Conley, SJ

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