Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 6th Sunday of Easter

May 6, 2024 | Prayers of the Faithful

These Prayers of the Faithful 6th Sunday of Easter (May 4-5, 2024) are shared for further reflection and prayer throughout the week ahead.

Loving God, your Son has called us to be the church, to celebrate your presence in our world, to live with respect for creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim the resurrection. We ask your Spirit that we might do these things and we pray:

We pray for Bishop-elect Ruggieri who will be ordained this week. Bless him with the gifts of vision and courage and wisdom that he might lead us in your Spirit, and the gift of compassion that he may care for the Church in Maine. We pray to the Lord.

We pray for members of our Parish Pastoral Council and Finance Council that they lead and guide our parish into greater life, service and welcome. We pray, now, for candidates to serve on the Pastoral Council. We pray to the Lord.

Our readings speak of the early church widening its doors of welcome. Help us, as Pope Francis urges, to “widen our tent” so that all will feel welcome in our parish and church, especially those who have been made to feel unwelcome in the past. We pray to the Lord.

Too often we think of our religion as about avoiding sin or obeying rules. Help us to experience the friendship that Jesus desires for us. We pray to the Lord.

Many of us fear for the future of our country and its system of governance. Grant us courageous public servants and wise judges to ensure that our nation based on the rule of law continues and that every person’s dignity is held sacred. We pray to the Lord.

May our loved ones know the fullness of what is promised in Scripture, a life in your presence, God. At this liturgy we especially remember:

4:30 PM Kathryn Nee by Mary & Jesse Senore

7:30 AM The People of the Parish, both Living & Deceased

9:30 AM Harold & Jo Ann by Cheryl Smith

5:00 PM Harry Fullerton by Joseph Russo

We pray to the Lord.

God, we entrust these people and needs to your care. You give seed to the Sower and grain to the reaper, provide what we need to produce a rich harvest of faith, love, justice and joy for the good of the earth and all its people. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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