Prayerful Concerns of Our Parish Community – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
We share these Prayers of the Faithful from the weekend, which was the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sept 10-11, 2023) so that they might be helpful to you this week for further reflection.
God, your Son Jesus calls us to be a people, and you keep us through hard questions with no easy answers, through failing where we hoped to succeed and making an impact when we thought we were useless, through disagreements and conflicts with one another, you call us through the patience and encouragement and the love of others, you call is in the Holy Spirit. In that Spirit we now pray.
Jesus commanded us to love one another. Sometimes we fail in that. In today’s Gospel Jesus gives us wisdom in what to do when conflicts arise. Help us to listen to one another, help us to set people free from what binds them. Help us to recognize that you are present whenever two or three of us are gathered in your name. We pray to the Lord
For those people with whom we are at odds, and people who are bearing the pain of hurtful words or actions. For healing and reconciliation, we pray to the Lord.
Lord this week we are inviting our people to “be with us” and look at the good things being done in your name in this parish. We invite them to see how they are part of this goodness and in what ways you are calling them in the months and years ahead. Bless the gifts we are to one another. Bless the skills, love and resources that are given to your works here. We pray to the Lord.
For our homeless brothers and sisters. Neither encampments nor the removal of encampments is your answer to this reality. Help us to seek and find your way to care for these people. We pray to the Lord.
Today we place in your hands our family members, friends and those known only to you, who are living with chronic and disabling diseases, for their families and all who care for them. We pray to the Lord
For college and university students, now returned to campus and to their studies. Guide this year in ways of goodness. Be present in times of challenge. May our student neighbors know we welcome them and desire to accompany them on their journeys. We pray to the Lord.
For all our loved ones who have died. At this liturgy we especially remember:
4:30 PM Janet Shannon by Maureen
7:30 AM Raymond Thibodeau, Sr. by Jean & Family
9:30 AM Marcus DeSanctis by the Millers
5:00 PM All the Parishioners both Living & Deceased
We pray to the Lord.
We set these people and needs before you today. God. There will be more needs and more people. Open to us the beauty of the earth so that we may become its servants. Open us to the wonder of life that we may recognize an angel at every corner. Open to us the storehouse of your grace and we will be made new for Jesus’ sake. Amen.