Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
We share these Prayers of the Faithful from the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Oct 28-29, 2023) with the fervent hope that you find them helpful this week in your own reflection.
God of all creation, the word of the prophets and the word of Jesus has always been that justice and charity require us to care for one another, particularly those among us most vulnerable and in need. Open our hearts to embrace your wisdom and make it our own. Today we pray:
For one another in this time of violence in Maine, for those who have been killed and wounded – and their families – and for first responders. We pray, as Jesus asked us to do, for the person who has acted in this way. And, we pray for courageous and enlightened leadership that will deal both with the serious problem of the number and types of guns so readily available and the needs of so many of our citizens who are ill, disturbed, and cast adrift. We pray to the Lord.
For the aliens, the widows and orphans, those burdened by addictions among us, for our innocent brothers and sisters suffering in Gaza and other places of fear, violence and oppression in our world. We pray to the Lord
For our Jewish brothers and sisters here in Maine, around our country and the world, for their safety and that they know our care for them. Give us the courage to confront Semitic speech or actions when we come upon them, we pray to the Lord.
For other men, women and children who face discrimination, hostility or harmful indifference from others because of who they are, their past or their life condition, we pray to the Lord.
For an experience of God’s grace in our hearts or that brought to us by the words or actions of someone around us, an experience of grace that will let us know, God, that you love each of us personally, that we are lovable. We pray to the Lord.
That the meetings of the Synod, now ending its first session in Rome, will help bring healing to your Church. May we continue to seek the guidance of the Spirit in our life as a community of faith. We pray to the Lord.
We ask your blessing welcome, God, for our loved ones and for those who mourn. At this liturgy we remember:
4:30 PM David Wallace by Don Stokes
7:30 AM David Wallace by Bob & Vicki Napolitano
9:30 AM Peter Kelly by Ellen & Chris Pirone and Family
5:00 PM The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
We pray to the Lord.
Receive these prayers, God, and those of our hearts. Help us to follow Jesus’s words that we love one another, love you, and love ourselves as you love us. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.