Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
We share this week’s Prayers of the Faithful, which is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan 21-22, 2023 trusting that they will be helpful in your own prayer life and reflection.
Today St. Paul urges us to be united in the same mind and same purpose and to put aside rivalries. We pray:
In this week of prayer for Christian unity, God, help us see clearly the divisions in our churches and to be willing to engage in honest dialogue with those whose ideas and traditions differ from our own. Help us to seek out and find ways our local churches can work together and share our resources with those in need, we pray to the Lord.
For enough courage, wisdom and compassion to enable us to heal the divisions that are harming both our own Catholic Church and our nation, we pray to the Lord.
For those whose faces and stories we have seen on the news this week: for those who live in places of fear and war, for those who are homeless and for those whose decisions affect the lives of nations, we pray to the Lord.
For healing and honesty where there are divisions and hurt within our families, we pray to the Lord
For courage to follow Jesus’ call to love with radical hospitality, to live a different way, to be able to see him wherever we go, we pray to the Lord.
For our brothers and sisters in California and other places of extreme, dangerous and damaging weather, for safety, and blessings on those who are suffering and those who have died. We pray to the Lord.
For fulfillment of all the promises of eternal life for all who have died, our loved ones, and particularly those we remember in our liturgy today:
4:30 PM Bernard Deschanes by his wife Yvette.
7:30 AM For The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
9:30 AM Aline Ruch Frank by The Williams Family
5:00 PM John Hogan and Mary Lou Bivens by Lynn and Judy Bivens
We pray to the Lord
We entrust to your care today these prayers and those we hold in our hearts. We acknowledge that we love the familiar, the church ways and places we have long known, but you call us through our baptism and the Eucharist to step to a future to which Christ is leading us. Give us the grace and will to follow you into this future. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.