Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
We share these Prayers of the Faithful from the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 22-23, 2023) with you for your further reflection this week.
God, we can be attracted and distracted by what is flashy and bigger than life. We are often impatient for results and impatient with ourselves. You are a God of patience. You notice the small and insignificant. We pray you to grant us to see as you see.
We pray for those among us who we can easily overlook, or choose not to see: the homeless, the poor, the quiet ones, we pray to the Lord.
For our church, that we follow Pope Francis’ urging and not take as “just the way it is” that migrants too often die on their journeys to new life, that many in our world lack food, fresh water, safety, we pray to the Lord.
For ourselves when our self-confidence is at an all-time low, our faith has shrunk to a small flickering candle, when we feel that the good we long to do we get all wrong and the mistakes we regret come to haunt us. We pray to the Lord.
For those who mourn , grant them your comfort; For those who suffer because they stand up for right things, be with them in their witness. We pray to the Lord.
For those who are merciful in their dealings with others, come to them and show them your mercy. Show us how we may be numbered among the merciful, we pray to the Lord.
For those who have lived their lives. Grant them what they may have lacked in this life, forgive their failings, and bring them close to you. At this liturgy we remember:
4:30 PM Deceased Members of Julie & Rosaire Dostie’s Family
7:30 AM The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
9:30 AM Frank & Bernice Paul by Frank Paul
5:00 PM William Kendrick by Donata (Walsh) & Robert Nelson
We pray to the Lord.
We offer these prayers, and we ask for trust and patience. It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
Help us to know and be at peace with the fact that the kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is your work.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for your grace to enter and do the rest. Amen.