Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
We offer these Prayers of the Faithful from the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Feb 4-5, 2023) with the hope that they are helpful to you in your own reflections and prayers this week.
God of the Hebrew prophets, of Jesus, of all creation, this week you invite us to be not only hearers of the word but to be “doers” of the word, to share our gifts and lives in making your dream of justice, mercy, welcome and forgiveness alive and real in our world.
Help us to be confident in the gifts you have given each of us and our community. Inspire us to recognize the gifts in our neighbors, friends, people sitting in the same pew with us. We pray that we may not be held back by false humility, but may have the courage to use what you have given us for the good of others, we pray to the Lord.
We pray that your church acknowledge its failings, and hear the voice of the Spirit speaking in people’s hearts and in the signs of the times in today’s world. We pray to the Lord.
That public officials will prioritize feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and will show the way to removing false accusations and hateful speech from the life of our nation and communities, we pray to the Lord.
That our Congress may act in wisdom and courage in responding to the problems we face and that people who have been given much in terms of wealth and power be willing to give their fair share so that all may live better lives, especially those with the least resources among us. We pray to the Lord.
Bless Pope Francis and all who raise their voices to affirm the human dignity of all people, particularly those who are made not welcome by some in our society and church: refugees, people living in poverty, the LGBTQ community, individuals who are divorced and separated in our church. We pray to the Lord.
For our neighbors who are poor and homeless, those struggling with drugs here in Maine, especially those who are dying in our communities. We pray to the Lord.
May the light of God shine brightly on our loved ones and all who have died. At this liturgy we especially remember:
4:30 PM For Both Living & Deceased Alumni of Boston College
7:30 AM Rev. Calvin Goodwin, FSSP by Mary Campbell
9:30 AM Bartley T. Mulkern by John & Rita Griffin
5:00 PM For The People of the Parish both Living & Deceased
We pray to the Lord.
God of all people, Jesus calls us to love and share and to shine for him. Sometimes we flicker, sometimes our light gets blown out. When this happens, come, through friends and strangers, come and love us. Re-light our candle, our flame, our hope, our love and joy. We make these and all the prayers we hold in our hearts in the name of Jesus our Lord.