Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 3, 2023 | Prayers of the Faithful

We share these Prayers of the Faithful from the weekend’s Masses for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 1-2, 2023) in hopes that they are helpful to you for your own reflections and prayer life this week.

God our Creator, we offer you our thanks for your provision of the things we need for life: food, water, shelter, clothing, safety, each other. We ask your grace that we might care for our brothers and sisters in need and in our giving, receive even more precious blessing from you. We pray:

For those who hunger, in our community and around the world, that they might be fed. For those who lack clean water. For all who work to bring immediate or long-term relief, that they might have the support, resources, and strength they need. We pray to the Lord.

For those who have great influence over the lives of others, in government, in the management of industry, finance, commerce, in the world of not-for-profit organizations, or because of their great wealth or because their words or actions are followed by many, that they may use their power for the good of all. We pray to the Lord.

For those who struggle to establish justice where people are oppressed, or to create opportunities for those who are often not invited to use their skills or share their insights, that they may see the fruit of their labor. We pray to the Lord.

For those whose communities are divided by violence or war; whose health is damaged by the pollution of their soil, water or air; whose land, livelihoods or homes are damaged or lost by the changing climate. That they may know your presence in their fear and pain and the movement of your Spirit in the disorder of the world. We pray to the Lord.

As we celebrate our national birthday this week, we pray for our country. For much of its history and many of our ancestors, it was a place offering hope, even if at times in limited ways and less perfectly than we have been taught. Let us not now close the door in fear of those who seek the same things – peace, possibility, a new life. We pray for those who are risking their lives on long and dangerous journeys to our borders and those who are often losing their lives in dangerous sea crossings. In this way may we honor the sacrifice of those who built this country. We pray to the Lord.

You have promised a prophet’s reward to those who have been people of generosity, hospitality, and justice in this life. We pray that our friends and family who have died have been such people and are now united at your table. At this liturgy we especially call upon you to bless

4:30 PM  Frank Kilkelly by John & Eileen Munroe

7:30 AM  William Kendrick by Michael & Ann (Walsh) Walp

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

5:00 PM  Berlin Castillo by Family

We pray to the Lord.

We entrust these needs and people to your care, God. You created all of us. Open our hearts and homes to the wisdom of Jesus, the generosity of St. Brigid and the example of Abraham who welcomed strangers and was blessed. Amen.

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