Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time
For this 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (January 13 & 14), we share these Prayers of the Faithful trusting that you may find them a helpful resource for further reflection and prayer this week.
Giver of life and strength and hope, when the winds rage and the rain pours, damaging this world with persistent force, guide us into wisdom and help us hear you, always reaching out to us. Trusting in your love we pray:
On this Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend, we pray that our multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-faithed society be able to welcome all of our members and, in justice, act to right the wrongs of discrimination and violence that some of our members have faced in the past or are even facing now. We pray to the Lord.
In this week, every year since 1908, Christians have prayed for Unity within the Christian family. We pray again, now, for unity in the face of splits within the churches themselves. We also ask you, God, to help us to recognize opportunities when we can reach out to people in other churches and grow in mutual understanding and cooperation. We pray to the Lord.
Listening God, bless all those who have no one left to talk to, who are afraid friends will reject them, families will disown them, and those whom they love will leave them. Bless them with the confidence that no matter what, that you love and accept them. Never leave them feeling ashamed, poor, or alone. We pray to the Lord.
Bless each of us in those moments when worries or fears keep us awake at night. Help us to find a way to heal broken relationships or to live in peace if healing cannot be. May we know that when those difficult times come, you are with us. We pray to the Lord.
May this year bring real peace in places of war and violence; clarity and truth in the troubled councils of our government and a sense of hope in each of us. Help us to hear and respond to your invitations to live in ways that will make our world a better place. We pray to the Lord.
God, you promise more than we have yet known. We entrust our deceased loved ones into your care, with the hope that eternal life has become a reality for them. At this liturgy we remember:
4:30 PM Peter M. Foley by Elizabeth & Michael Walsh
7:30 AM Dr. Richard C. Dillihunt byTim & Ann Marie Bolduc & Family
9:30 AM Karen Dyer by Dorothy Jones & Families
5:00 PM The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
We pray to the Lord.
May your circle of mercy and care be present this day and your will for all creation bring us into your light, even as we are held by your great love throughout time. Feed us today with the gifts of your goodness and bathe us in your mercy. Help us to turn from all that leads us from your way and save us from all that destroys life. Amen.