Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
We share these Prayers of the Faithful from the weekend’s Masses on the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Nov 11-12, 2023). We hope they are helpful in your own reflections and prayers this week.
God, the Scriptures this week call us to welcome and seek Wisdom, the presence of your Holy Spirit in our lives. We pray:
St. Ignatius says that to make good decisions, we must try to be free from personal preferences, societal expectations, fear of poverty and loneliness, desire for fame and honor, and anything else that stands in the way of the choice that will best serve God and bring us true happiness. Grant us this gift of making good decisions, we pray to the Lord.
This is Veterans’ Day weekend. When the First World War ended 105 years ago, people really believed that all the suffering they endured would truly make us renounce war and work for peace. God, we still pray for that desire. We pray for all who have lost their lives, or their physical or mental health through military service and war. We pray for those dying and suffering today. We pray to the Lord.
That we do not stop trying to make a difference because of the evil spirit’s whisper that “nothing you can do will make a difference.” Help us to see and be led by the truth that what we do does matter. We pray to the Lord.
For those elected or reelected to office this past week. That they lead their communities in ways of goodness, compassion, and justice, we pray to the Lord. For all of us, that we see that our responsibility does not end with casting a ballot, we pray to the Lord.
For the sick in our families and parish, for the residents and staff of health-care facilities, for people bringing friendship and the Eucharist to our shut-ins. For those joining us in our online community, we pray to the Lord.
For our loved ones, family, friends, and neighbors who have died. We especially remember those whose names are on our altars or in our books of remembrance this month. Today in this liturgy we commend to God:
4:30 PM Lew Richards by His Wife Louise & Girls
7:30 AM The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
9:30 AM Barbara Goodwin by her Husband & Family
5:00 PM Michael Hoglund by Bob & Vicki Napolitano
We pray to the Lord.
God, we place these needs, and those we hold in our hearts, into your heart. With St. Paul we pray, give us spiritual wisdom and insight so that we might grow in our knowledge of God. We ask that our hearts will be flooded with light so that we can understand the confident hope the Lord has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. Amen.