Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph
We share these Prayers of the Faithful for your quiet reflection and prayer this week. It is the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Dec 30-31, 2023,
Joseph, Mary and Jesus were well acquainted with risk and struggle: a birth that exposed them to danger, the need to flee from Herod’s violence, and the ordinary lives of poor people of the time. Yet, God, you were with them. Be with us in our ordinary and extraordinary struggles. Be with those for whom we pray today.
We pray for all families – those with bonds of blood, those who have come together by choice and intention, all shapes and sizes, those seeking to live lives of committed love, we pray to the Lord.
We remember that Jesus did not always agree with his parents and that his parents worried about him. We pray for love and justice in family relationships…for homes that are safe places for questions, and laughter and tears. We pray to the Lord.
Matthew tells us Jesus fled to Egypt as a refugee. We pray for all refugees, all who are fleeing their homelands in fear, who have left behind people they love and everything that is familiar to them, for all who are rejected, all for whom there is no home, no welcome, those who are outcasts in today’s world through hunger, poverty, oppression, and bigotry. We pray to the Lord.
We pray for this church and this neighborhood. Help us to remember that we are all members of your family. Help us to welcome all who come among us, knowing that in showing love and respect to any member of your family, we are showing it to you. We pray to the Lord.
We pray in gratitude for all who have worked hard to make our Christmas celebrations – in our parish, in our families, in our communities. Bless, too, all those unknown acts of kindness and generosity that have been made these days in honor of the birth of Jesus. We pray to the Lord.
We pray for those who are sick, or in need, or in any kind of trouble. We remember friends and family members who have died. Tell them how much we love them and miss them. At this liturgy we especially remember:
4:30 Marjorie Lenois by Natalie Baltos
7:30 Julie Leary by Ray and Mary DiDonato
9:30 Rene Gauthier by her daughter Jeannine & Family
We pray to the Lord.
God you love us. We (all of us) are your family. Help us to love you, and to live in wonder and justice all our days. We make these prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.