Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Prayers of the Faithful are posted here each week, reflecting the intentions from the previous weekend. In this case, these prayers are from the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug 6-7, 2022. May they be helpful to you in your personal prayers this week, perhaps serving as points of reflection.
Another week begins. Lord God, help us to escape the bondage of busyness and routine to find those moments when your time and our time come together and we can grow in our awareness of you and of your purposes. As we open our hearts to you, we bring these concerns.
It is hot this summer. Bless those who suffer because of the heat, those where it is really hot and where there is not enough water, or too much water in floods – all this caused or made worse by human mis-use of the earth. Inspire us to change our own habits and embrace the larger changes needed that things will not get much worse. We pray to the Lord.
Help us gather around Christ and his mission of reconciliation, mercy, welcome and justice for all people. Help us to see how this is important for our own spiritual health; bless and guide Pope Francis and all our faith leaders. We pray to the Lord.
Increase our patience with one another, with the ordinary frustrations of life: road construction and traffic delays, even our impatience with our own selves. We pray to the Lord.
For those who have received bad news recently: a medical test or the troubles of a loved one, a broken relationship. We pray to the Lord.
For those times when any of us can become discouraged or even grow cynical because of the failures of others or what are or seem to be injustices in the way things work. Let us, with the psalmist, trust in God’s loving care and the promise that “goodness is stronger than evil”. We pray to the Lord.
That those who have walked among us and gone before us will know the truth of the love of God and the promise of life beyond this life. At this liturgy we especially commend:
4:30 PM Mary Litcher
7:30 AM For the deceased members of the Lorello-Villacci-DeSarno-Valente Families
9:30 Christine Heskett
5 PM For the people of the parish. Living and deceased
We pray to the Lord.
We bring you these needs and also our joy at the summer harvests of blueberries and corn, fruit and fresh vegetables. God of the first fruits, let you rain dance on us, your sun shine on us, and your love and justice grow in us until we bring the fruits of our lives to your harvest.