Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
We share these Prayers of the Faithful from the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sept 30-Oct 1) for your reflection throughout the week. We hope that you find them helpful.
God our creator, the hearts you give us are capable of great acts of love and devotion, but also of dishonesty and evil. Bless us with the guidance of your Spirit, for ourselves and those for whom we pray.
We pray that our parish and the wider Church reflect the heart of Jesus made visible in words and acts of compassion, care, and gentleness, and welcome, we pray to the Lord.
For the members of the Church Synod, now gathered in prayer in Rome, that their hearts and minds be inspired by the Spirit and lead your church in the ways you desire for us to go, we pray to the Lord.
For ourselves, when we find our hearts are confused or divided or feeling that you are absent from us. For times when we are in pain because others have hurt us, we pray to the Lord.
For those whose lives are made harder by mental or spiritual illnesses. Be close to them, God, and those who care for them. We pray to the Lord.
Jesus speaks today of a person changing his mind and turning toward the good. Grant that we may change when that is needed and that we may allow others to change and accept them, we pray to the Lord.
Jesus’ faithfulness and trust in you, God, has opened the doors to eternal life. We pray for our loved ones that they have been welcomed through those doors. At this liturgy we especially call to mind:
4:30 PM Sr. Janice Murphy, R.S.M. by Tim Murphy & Dan Murphy
7:30 AM David Wallace by Paul & Maryann Pendleton
9:30 AM Elizabeth & Joseph Holzhamer by Frank Paul
5:00 PM The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
We pray to the Lord.
God of love we entrust to you these prayers and our hearts today. Help us to remain with the Risen Christ always, to be close with all the strength of our hearts, to take up joyfully the mission you entrust to us and that is to continue your presence and spread the news of Jesus’ resurrection.
(adapted from a prayer by Carolo Maria Martini, SJ)