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

Feb 26, 2024 | Prayers of the Faithful

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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