Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Easter Sunday

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Easter Sunday

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Easter Sunday

Easter Vigil/Sunday Prayers of the Faithful 2024

That the world may know that your holy Son Jesus is not a dead hero we commemorate, but the living Lord we worship and follow, we are gathered now and in the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray:

This Easter we hold before you all those whom Christ calls to follow him: when faith is great and when faith is little; when faith is sure and when faith is weak. We pray to the Lord.

For those who are being Baptized or received into the Church this Easter. For the children of our parish who will be confirmed and receive First Eucharist in a few weeks, we pray to the Lord.

For Pope Francis and other Christian leaders following the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and living a Gospel of God’s mercy. Protect them and continue to guide them. For spiritual leaders everywhere that they may hear and follow the authentic voice of God, we pray to the Lord.

That the name of God may not be used to justify hatred, violence, or prejudice against any human person, for we are all brothers and sisters. That good people be given the courage to stand up against those preaching hatred, bigotry, fear, and discrimination, we pray to the Lord.

For those suffering unjustly, for the abused and abandoned and those living in places or homes of danger. We especially remember the people of Ukraine, Palestine, Gaza, Israel, Haiti, and other suffering places in our world. We pray to the Lord.

For the safety of our natural world, we pray. God, lead us to make the personal and social changes that will protect our Common Home, we pray to the Lord.

God, preserve us from the evil spirit’s whisperings that nothing can change. That we cannot change, That the world cannot change. For this night we celebrate the fact that you have declared that what is, is not inevitable, that change, and new life is possible and is in fact your desire. We pray to the Lord.

For our parish community and St. Brigid, our school. We are grateful for your many blessings this past year. We ask your continued gifts of life, people eager to grow in faith, and the resources we need to fulfill your dream for us. We pray to the Lord.

On this Easter day we pray for all who have died. God, tell them how much we love them and miss them. Tell them we carry their stories in our lives. At this liturgy we especially commend to you:

8:00 PM at St. Joseph:  Anna M. Hight by Maxine Hight

7:30 AM at St. Joseph: Bill Parker by Kathleen O’Connell

9:30 AM at St. Pius X: Barbara Byrne by Chris & Ellen Pirone & Family

9:30 AM at St. Joseph: Alphena Babineau by Kathleen Joyce

We pray to the Lord.

Hear these prayers. Help us to distinguish between truth and lies; help us, God of compassion, to understand where our sisters and brothers are hurting our doubting or hoping; help us to listen with great care for the good news of your love – and then to act on it. Break open our hearts and set your Spirit free. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Palm Sunday

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Palm Sunday

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Palm Sunday

Prayers of the Faithful – Palm Sunday, March 24, 2024

God, it is Palm Sunday, and we think of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, like a poor laborer. And so we pray:

We pray for those who struggle to get by because they are badly paid or unemployed, or ill or disabled, because of prejudice or abuse, or because they have had to leave their homes to seek safety elsewhere, for those whose fixed income has not kept up with rising costs. For those who struggle, we pray to the Lord.

We think of Jesus fulfilling a promise of one who brings peace. So we pray for those caught up in war or civil violence in the Ukraine, Yemen, Palestine, Gaza, Haiti and other nations labeled as “failed states” Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Chad, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. We pray for peace and that those who have it in their power to call a halt to violence and to make food and other necessities available may do that. We pray to the Lord.

We think of the crowds shouting and cheering Jesus, waving palm branches. We pray for all who are carried along by crowds or by social media or television or the internet. We pray for freedom and integrity, that in our debates about welfare, taxation, or world affairs there maybe honesty and a willingness to listen. We pray to the Lord.

We think of the rulers in Jerusalem in Jesus’ time, afraid they might lose their power. We pray for all those who today have great power as members of governments or because of their wealth or their ability to sway others by what they do or say. We pray that they use their influence for the good of all, and that we may all have the courage to use the gifts and opportunities you give us for the purposes you intend. We pray to the Lord.

We think of the disciples walking with Jesus amidst the shouts of praise, then leaving him when he was arrested. We pray for ourselves- with our struggles, our pain, our griefs, our gifts and joys – that we may know the comfort of your continual presence with us and that, despite our fears, whether things are hard or comfortable, we may continue to walk the way of the Cross. We pray to the Lord.

We pray for our divided church, for Pope Francis in his leadership and for those who, publicly or anonymously speak evil of the Pope. That all the people of our church be guided by your Holy Spirit, we pray to the Lord.

We pray that the prayers and days of this week we call “holy” may not remain routine but may truly touch our hearts with the power of your love for us. We pray to the Lord.

We pray for all our loved ones who have died. May they know the fullness of the Easter victory Christ has won through his faith in you, God, and in his fidelity to your call. At this liturgy we especially remember:

4:30 PM Francesca Perazzi by Jim & Mary

7:30 AM Dr. Richard C. Dillihunt by John & Judy Laplante

9:30 AM  The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

5:00 PM Joseph Delancy by John P. Foley

We pray to the Lord.

God of love, receive our prayers. Jesus the Christ entered the city as a poor man and drew the expectations of a hungry crowd. May we who are sometimes swayed by popular opinion, hold fast to the gospel of peace and justice and follow faithfully your way of compassion and solidarity with those who are poor and excluded. Amen.

These are largely from a set by David Osbourne

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Easter Sunday

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 5th Sunday of Lent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 5th Sunday of Lent

We offer these Prayers of the Faithful from the weekend Masses of March 16-17, 2024  (5th Sunday of Lent) with the added prayer that they are helpful to you in your own times of reflective prayer.

God of all, you call your people to be a new human community, showing your love for all across all boundaries that divide; you call us to stand up against injustice under your banner of sacrifice and love. For the ability to confront injustice with love and for our suffering brothers and sisters we pray.

Words can create or destroy, comfort, or devastate. As we attempt to express our needs and longings, may we use words with awareness and compassion, respecting the needs and longings of others. We pray to the Lord.

We give thanks and ask your blessing for those who sustain life: farm workers, parents and teachers, neighborly neighbors, faith groups, those who hospitably deal with immigrants and those thought of as “different”, first responders, political activists who fight for a world of justice, truth and peace, those who bear burdens and pray for the bereaved, for single parents, for those who are homeless and those treated as unwanted. For their sustaining, we pray to the Lord.

In this time of Lent, a time of reflection, help us to be accountable for the decisions we make, the clarity we lack, the costs we duck, the lifestyle we choose, the money we give to strangers and good causes. Help us to be accountable, we pray to the Lord.

Lord, we remember today those whose path to you is expressed differently from our own. We think of the great range of faiths and beliefs in the world and thank you for the multiple routes which people take in worship, prayer, and discipleship. May we always see in those of other faiths, pilgrim companions, we pray to the Lord.

Renew the church. Lead us into a living tradition that does not fear change, that repents of past wrongs and seeks to right them. Teach us the language of today, not yesterday, unglue our stuck practices that we may be a living presence of the Gospel. Help us to bring healing by our living so all of life is worship and our praise in church is a reflection of your glory. We pray to the Lord.

May the light of Christ’s resurrection be our hope.  May our loved ones already know that light. Today we pray especially for:

4:30 PM

St. Pius X

Jack Flaherty by John & Rita Griffin

7:30 AM

St. Brigid Gym

Joseph Delaney by John & Judy Laplante

9:30 AM

St. Pius X

For the People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

5:00 PM

St. Brigid Gym

Marjorie Lenois by Natalie Baltos

We pray to the Lord.
 We entrust these prayers to you, God of love.  We are your people: your hands to reach out. Your feet to walk with others. Your arms to link in solidarity, to embrace those who hurt, to love and laugh and protest. Enable us to realize that we are powerful beyond measure because we together are your Body and together can transform the world. Amen.

Prayers are largely inspired or quoted from  In the gift of this new day.  Neil Paynter

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Easter Sunday

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 4th Sunday of Lent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 4th Sunday of Lent

We share these Prayers of the Faithful from March 9-10, the 4th Sunday of Lent.  May they be helpful to you this week during your personal prayer and reflection.

We’re now starting the fourth week of our journey to closer relationship with you. Give us inspiration if we’ve hardly begun. Give us perseverance if we find ourselves growing weary of prayer, of sacrificing, of caring. For our journey to you and for all others you love we pray today.

God, you have made it clear that if we want to bring about your kingdom in this world, we can’t just sit back and interfere or close our eyes to what is going. This week help us to see, to use our energies and our caring natures this week to work for change where that is needed. We pray to the Lord.

You are a God who loves us, even when we are wrong, even when we fail. Help us to stop making you into a God of judgment and condemnation. We pray to the Lord.

The ancient prophets, women, and men could see in the events of their lives and their nation, your hand at work. Help us to see in our lives how you are inviting us and to see in the life of our communities and nations signs of the way to greater life, and signs that point to harm. We pray to the Lord.

Grant us a greater understanding of the difficult questions of life: caring for strangers and the poor, how it is drug use distorts everything, and the complex issues around gender and sexual identity. Open our hearts so that we may hear those whom we see as different. We pray to the Lord.

Most of all God, help us never to give up hope: that things can change, that each of us can change, that the injuries and wounds we carry can be healed. There is much around us that can diminish hope. Let us not be overcome by that. We pray to the Lord.

You have promised that through Jesus even death has been defeated. We now entrust our loved ones to you and that promise. Today we are especially remembering:

4:30 PM Joanne Amy Costa by Jim & Mary Allen

7:30 AM  The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

9:30 AM Gina Caminiti by April Jones DeCourcey Family

5:00 PM Katherine & Sidney Noel by the Family

We pray to the Lord.

You are a God who gives us unlimited chances. We thank you for your patience and understanding and ask you to encourage our potential. Release and realize all the promise within us so we can make our lives healthy and wholesome and hope to make the living of others more fully complete. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Easter Sunday

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Sunday of Lent

We share these Prayers of the Faithful from the 3rd Sunday of Lent (March 2-3, 2024) for your prayerful reflection throughout the week ahead.

The ashes have fallen from our faces, but let our hearts turn ever more to you, God. Lead us beyond religious habit or duty to a desire for your love in our lives. In hope we pray.

For Pope Francis and other leaders in our world speaking your words of peace, of solidarity with those who suffer, words of your mercy and your sorrow at the suffering we inflect upon one another. We pray to the Lord.

For the United Nations and other international organizations working to promote peace, feed the hungry, provide clean water, and respond to the injustice and oppression that are facts of life for so many. We pray to the Lord.

Preserve us from the fear that makes us want to build walls around us and distrust others. Give us insight to see the structures of injustice by which we profit, and grace to cherish all people, knowing that we all live within your love. We pray to the Lord.

God, you have given us rules that are meant to guide us into ways of caring for one another. You have made us into the Church, which is Christ’s body in the world, each of us a part. Open our hearts to your love found when we love others and the power of your Spirit when we live as church. Let us not be content merely with an outward observance that can blind us to what you are really offering us. We pray to the Lord.

For those preparing to be baptized this Easter and for all of us that the blessing of our baptism be renewed, we pray to the Lord.

For the women, men and children whose lives here have ended. May they be flourishing in your presence and in union with others. At this liturgy we especially are praying for

4:30 PM Charlotte Perillo by Don Stokes
7:30 AM Dr. Richard C. Dillihunt by John & Judy Laplante
9:30 AM The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
5:00 PM Richard Kress by Mary, Lynne and Phillis Sullivan

We pray to the Lord

We need to know that You are real, we need to know that Christ can feel, to touch and love and heal, so let the Gospel come alive in actions plain to see, in imitation of the One whose love extends to each of us. Amen.

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Easter Sunday

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 2nd Sunday in Lent

Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 2nd Sunday in Lent

We share this week’s Prayers of the Faithful from the 2nd Sunday of Lent (Feb 24-25, 2024) as a tool for your personal prayer and reflection throughout the week ahead.

Our Lenten journey can lead us into times of question. When, like Peter, James and John, we struggle to see the way, help us to feel your comfort with us, to know our worth in the world, to hear your voice leading us each day. In that hope we pray to the Lord.

We believe that Jesus was God, that he became human, healed the sick, talked to children, made friends with sinners, called us to be a community committed to one another and offering a welcome to everyone. Help us to trust his call and walk his way, especially when others call us wrong or foolish. We pray to the Lord.

God, you hear all sorts of prayers. In your love, those who think themselves important will be welcomed and humbled; those who face the truth about themselves will be welcomed and helped. Help us to come to you and trust that we shall receive what we most need. We do not earn your love. You ask only that we accept that love. We pray to the Lord.

Some of us here, and maybe all of us at one time or another, are asked to make great sacrifices in our lives, sacrifices for those we love, sacrifices for what we know is right. Help us to know your peace at these times, a peace which knows we are doing the right thing, no matter how difficult. We pray to the Lord.

We ask your blessing for our sick friends, relatives and neighbors. Help us to be strong support for them. We ask your blessing for the sick around the world, often without hope of any medical attention. Be with them and change the minds of the powerful so that no one is without care. We pray to the Lord.

God, our Bishops have said that the Gospel mandate to “welcome the stranger” requires Catholics to care for and stand with newcomers, authorized and unauthorized, including unaccompanied immigrant children, refugees and asylum-seekers, those unnecessarily detained, and victims of human trafficking. Give us the courage, wisdom, and voices to fix our broken immigration system in ways that provide refuge for people and families fleeing persecution and violence; and policies to address the root causes of migration. We pray to the Lord.

Bless and welcome our loved ones into eternal life. At this liturgy we especially remember:

4:30 PM James W. Schultz by his wife Sandra Schultz

7:30 AM The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased

9:30 AM Sandra Quine by Rose Carter

5:00 PM Barbara Vitallo by Pauline Pinkos

We pray to the Lord.

God, let us accompany Jesus in this time of Lent. If we have grown soft, cushioning our lives with excuses, expose us to the toughness of your way. If we have grown lazy awaken us to the truth of your way, if we have grown comfortable, helps us to experience the challenge of your way, for it is the way that leads to life. We make all our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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