Prayers of the faithful for government leaders

That our political leaders will be clearly prepared and competent to play politics properly without deforming its nature, hindering its purpose and cutting its message.

That our government leaders and legislators may be inspired by the beatitudes to serve the poor and the voiceless.

That politicians will realize very deeply that they can function well only when they are adequately grounded on the authentic nature and requirements of politics that is relating politics to its origin in God’s divine plan.

That politicians will have a firm and proper sense of priority, a good grasp of the criteria to guide them in their work.

That politicians will realize deeply that the art of politics is essentially a very moral duty.

That politicians should always promote the moral truth in public life.

That politicians should act responsibly on the basis of factual knowledge that is avoiding biases that are coming from party pressures or selfish interests.

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That the duly elected leaders and public servants of our country, the judges and those in the military and law enforcement may unite with a common purpose, dedication and commitment to achieve human development and justice for all people in the years ahead. Let us pray to the Lord.

That our government leaders may always do their duty in serving the people imbibing the justice and peace of our Heavenly Father. Let us pray to the Lord.

That our government leaders may always seek what is truly just and true and abandon social structure of corruption. Let us pray to the Lord.

That our public officials may follow the example of Jesus who came to bring God’s kingdom of justice and peace. Let us pray to the Lord.

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prayers of the faithful for government leaders

As our nation finds itself in yet another highly divisive election season, our tendency can be to draw firm lines between ourselves based on which candidates we support, and that can in turn lead to personal dislike for one another, anger towards those who lead, and eventually division.

As Christians, we are to live in a fine balance; standing for that which is true while seeking unity amongst ourselves whenever possible, standing firm in the faith while showing grace to those who do not, holding our leaders accountable while praying for their wisdom and well-being.

We are to learn from the words of Ezekiel 22:30, “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” We are to be those who stand in the gap, who lift up our nation with all it favors and faults before the throne of God, and pray that He continues to work in our midst.
 

Scriptures to Pray For Ourselves: 

1 Timothy 2:1-2 – I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

1 Peter 2:17  – Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

Romans 13:1 – Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Jeremiah 29:7Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.

2 Chronicles 7:14if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
 

Scriptures to Pray for our Leaders: 

Psalms 2:10-11 –  Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.

Proverbs 11:14 – For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.

Proverbs 21:1 – The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.

Job 12:23-25 – He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them.

Proverbs 2:1-8 – My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2) turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— 3) indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4) and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5) then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 6) For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7) He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8) for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

May we be faithful, informed and thoughtful when praying and talking to others about our politics, and as we ask for God’s wisdom and righteousness to be evident in our nation’s policies and leaders.

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Here are the Prayers of the faithful for this weekend

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Sunday 10th December 2017: The Second Sunday of Advent (Year B)

Prayer 1

The Second Sunday of Advent symbolizes Faith with the “Bethlehem Candle” reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.

In this Advent season we pray for the church throughout the world. We pray that it will be a herald of good tidings, speaking in a strong voice of your glory revealed in Jesus Christ.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for Pope Francis, for all Bishops, priests and religious. Give them wisdom and guidance to lead us; open the hearts and minds of all who hear their voices so that they may receive with gladness all that is offered to those who believe in your Son

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for all leaders that they may be prepared to be guided by you to bring equality, healing and justice to all your people.

Lord Hear US.

Prayer 4

We pray for those who suffer from anxiety, for all who are sick in mind or body, that they may know the Lord’s healing power.

Lord Hear US.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, families and friends: If we become over-busy, stressed or tired – Lord speak tenderly to us, gather us in your arms and bring us back to a place where we can rest and re-focus on the one great truth of Advent and Christmas: that you have come to us in humility and with patience so that we may see your glory and salvation in our lives.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 3rd December 2017: The First Sunday of Advent (Year B)

Prayer 1

The First Sunday of Advent symbolises Hope with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that Jesus is coming.

We pray for our Church throughout the world: that this Advent may help prepare us for when Jesus comes again.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for leaders of government and leaders in our communities that they may find instruction in the Word of the Lord and work tirelessly for that justice which is the foundation of peace.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for all people who look forward to the celebration of Christmas, that Christ’s words and values may find a place in their hearts.

Lord Hear US.

Prayer 4

We pray for all people who are poor, sick, sad or frightened: May the coming of Jesus bring them hope and peace.

Lord Hear US.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we approach this Advent season with fresh eyes, asking the Lord to help us relate His timeless Advent truths to our lives in powerful new ways.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 11th November 2017: Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Prayer 1

We pray for the Holy Catholic Church, for Francis our Pope, for all the bishops, for Fr Dan and all the religious: that we may have a spirit of readiness so that we can respond to God’s presence and invitations at any moment

Lord hear us…

Prayer 2:

We pray for the grace of fidelity: that we may faithfully follow Christ each day of our life, acting justly, loving tenderly, and walking humbly before God, and thus keep our light burning until Christ comes

Lord hear us…

Prayer 3:

We pray for the grace to live in the here and now: that we may not be consumed by the endless things that need to be done tomorrow, nor trapped by the events of yesterday and forget the gift of today

Lord hear us…

Prayer 4:

We pray for all who are grieving the death of a loved one: that God will wipe away their tears, be a sustaining presence for them, and heal the pain of separation in their hearts

Lord hear us…

Prayer 5:

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may do all that we can to prepare for the coming of God’s kingdom, by following Jesus’ teaching and treating others as we would wish to be treated.

Lord hear us…

Prayer 1

We pray together for the Church throughout the world with the prayer that Pope Francis suggests for September:

Let us pray for our parishes, that they not be simple offices, but that animated by a missionary spirit, parishes may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for world leaders: that God will give them wisdom and insight as they debate and develop policies.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for our brothers and sisters around the world: that they may all have the chance to live happy and healthy lives, in peace and safety and free from poverty.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

In this the Season of Creation we remember that in Christ you walked among us, attuned to the earth and its elements, the plants, trees and animals as well as human beings.

May we have the same sense of connection and interdependence with the whole of creation.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we will understand that when we come together to pray, to learn, to sing, or to do something together that if we invite Jesus in, then he will be with us, listening to us and guiding us to do what is right in our lives.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 10th September 2017: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Prayer 1

We are gathered here in Jesus’ name today and so we pray together for the Church throughout the world: that we may courageously help each other to become more Christian.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for world leaders: that the Holy Spirit will open their eyes to see the problems that face them and find ways to help all nations to work together for justice and to build a world of peace and hope for future generations.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for our world, especially for places where there is much suffering, that people may not be blind to the suffering of others.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

In this the Season of Creation we remember God that you showed us how to live on this earth when you were present among us in the person of Jesus. May we live out the values he embodied, especially in his appreciation of the ordinary wonders of life: the lilies of the field, the sparrows that fall, the way the wind blows.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may invite Jesus to be with us in all we do, and that we may treat all people as they would wish to be treated as we live out the commandments of God here in Thomastown.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 3rd September 2017: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Prayer 1

We pray for our Church throughout the world: that she may be a living example of God’s love for all people, especially those who are in need.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for leaders in our communities: that they may do their best to serve everyone they meet, even when it is difficult or makes them unpopular.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for all our brothers and sisters around the world: that by God’s grace, we may do all that we can to build a better world, free from poverty and filled with love.

Lord Hear US.

Prayer 4

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we may have the grace to live with the unknown and trust God is with us even when answers or new beginnings are not apparent.

Lord Hear US.

Prayer 5

We ask you to bless all teachers and students at the start of another school year, especially those in our parish in Grennan College and St Mary’s National School. We pray that all pupils will be happy and learn new and interesting things.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 28th May 2017

Prayer 1:

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all the church throughout the world: that, empowered by the Spirit, we may faithfully give witness to the Gospel and continue Christ’s mission of bringing hope and healing to those in need

Lord hear us.

Prayer 2:

We pray for all people around the world, especially those who are poor or who are finding life difficult: that they may know that Jesus is always with them and find comfort in the actions of others.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 3:

We pray for all those affected by acts of terror, especially those in Manchester; that all who are saddened by the departure of a loved one may experience peace through Christ’s abiding presence and that we may forgive and be freed of the desire for vengeance toward all who have harmed us

Lord hear us.

Prayer 4:

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that our local community will be a place of happiness, safety and joy for all.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 5:

We pray for all those participating in the Hurling and Camogie Feile as we gather in your name that we are respecting each other, supported by parents, lead by coaches, guided by officials. When we practice, give us strength. When we play, give us courage. When we win give us humility. When we lose, give us peace, in all that we do, let our lives praise you

Lord hear us.

Prayer 6:

We pray for all young people who prepare for their exams: that God will keep them safe from harm and help them to discover the many blessings that are in their lives

Lord hear us.

Sunday 21st May 2017, 6th Sunday of Easter

Prayer 1

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis and all Church leaders that it may be a living example of God’s love for all people, especially those who are in need.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for all who are finishing their college exams or awaiting results: that God may help their faith to mature and inspire them to use their gifts for the good of others

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for a new spirit in our personal interactions: that we may speak with reverence and gentleness to one another, recognising that we have become sisters and brothers in Christ

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

We pray for wisdom to care for the earth: that God will give us insight and courage as we seek to preserve God’s gifts of water, land, and climate for the good of those who come after us

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may love God with all our hearts and be inspired to reach out in love to others.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 14th May 2017, 5th Sunday of Easter (RTE 1 Extra Radio Mass)

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, our bishops, priests and religious and for those who serve the Church as deacons, that they may be good servants of God’s people.

Lord, hear us.

Prayer 2

In this our year of celebration of the 150th Anniversary of our parish church we thank God today for all who have ministered and those who will minister in our church. May their efforts continue to bear much fruit in our parish and further afield.

Lord, hear us.

Prayer 3

We pray for all who work in the caring professions, that they may be concerned for the spirit as well as the body.

Lord, hear us.

Prayer 4

We pray for those who are anxious in the face of sickness and suffering, that the Lord’s words may console them.

Lord, hear us.

Prayer 5

We pray for all who have exams around this time, that the Spirit may remind them of all they have learned.

Lord, hear us.

Prayer 6

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may understand that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, the one in whom we can place all our trust.

Lord, hear us.

Sunday 7th May 2017, 4th Sunday of Easter

Prayer 1

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, all Church leaders that they may faithfully follow the Good Shepherd in laying down their lives and ambitions for the good of all of God’s children

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We ask God our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit to guide Pope Francis as he discerns who will serve us as the next Bishop of Ossory.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for the all the boys and girl from 2nd class who made their First Holy Communion yesterday.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

For students who are taking final examinations: that they may recall all that they have learned this term and that God will help them clearly express it and use it in their lives

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may use our gifts and talents to be the best people we can be and for the good of all.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 30th April 2017, 3rd Sunday of Easter

Prayer 1

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, all Church leaders and for all people whose jobs are teaching others about God’s love. May they be patient and faithful in their teaching.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for all world leaders. May they may make it possible for their people to live Jesus’ love freely.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for all people who are travelling this weekend. May they reach their destinations safely, and act lovingly in all they do.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

We pray for those who are sick in mind, body or spirit that they might find comport in your love. We also pray for anyone in our parish community who is unable to be here because they are sick.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we may look for you in all people. And be inspired to treat each other with respect, sharing generously and reaching out to help those who are in need.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 23rd April 2017, 2nd Sunday of Easter

Prayer 1

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all Church leaders; that they will experience continued grace and strength as they announce to the world that Christ is alive.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for those who, like Thomas, do not yet believe, that they may see Jesus through our words and actions of faith and charity.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray that all our leaders and officials will always work together for the good of all sections of the community with wisdom, humility and justice.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

We pray for all people who are sad, lonely, frightened, sick or troubled, especially those in our parish: that they may find hope in the darkest times and know that they are never alone.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, family and friends: fill us with your Spirit and strengthen our faith, so that we may not doubt your love for us. Give us courage to spread your peace throughout the world.

Lord Hear Us.

Easter Sunday 2017

Prayer 1:

We pray for the Holy Father, Pope Francis, that, like Saint Peter, he may continue to lead the Church in witnessing to the joyful truth of the Resurrection.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 2:

We pray for all who have dedicated their lives to God, that they may always walk in the light of Christ and confidently live as sons and daughters of God.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 3:

We pray for world leaders: that they may be inspired to work together to make the changes that are needed so that all people may live in peace and safety.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 4:

We pray for newly baptised: that they may faithfully follow Jesus and keep the light of Christ burning in their lives.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 5:

We pray for all who are in need or who find themselves walking in darkness; that they may encounter the Risen Lord and be filled with hope as they struggle to change their lives for the better.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 6:

We pray for all gathered in prayer today and for all in our parish: that we may share the joy and hope of Easter and continue to grow in God’s light and bring God’s presence to all in our lives.

Lord hear us.

Easter Vigil 2017

Prayer 1:

We pray for the Church: that we will continue to be instruments of Christ’s light for all who have lived in darkness, of hope for all who know pain and suffering, and of love for all who have been rejected.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 2:

We pray for all the newly baptised in our parish: that they may be faithful disciples of Jesus, bearers of the light of Christ in their lives, and witnesses to Christ in their words and deeds.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 3:

We pray for all who are living the Paschal Mystery: that they may find strength and hope in the dying and rising of Christ as they face the death of dreams, relationships or opportunities.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 4:

We pray for all our families and friends and all in this parish: that renewed through word and sacrament, we may be strong in faith, confident in hope, and abounding with love for God.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 5:

We pray for all who are grieving the death of a loved one, especially in our own parish: that they may find hope and peace in Christ who is the resurrection and life for all who believe.

Lord hear us

Good Friday 2017

Prayer 1:

We pray for the church of God on this Good Friday that all who are disciples of Jesus will be given the grace and strength they need to walk in the way of the cross speaking words of love and truth.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 2:

We pray for God’s world on this Good Friday that the dying Jesus on the cross and the living Jesus of resurrection will draw all people to himself, the source of eternal reconciliation and salvation.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 3:

We pray for the communities in which we live, work and worship that bonds of love within families and between friends will be healed where they are broken and strengthened where they are weak.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 4:

We pray for all those who are experiencing their own Good Friday darkness that all who suffer pain of body or mind will be held by the hands of Jesus which bear the marks of his pain and the promise of restoration and resurrection.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 5:

We pray for those who in their suffering have no faith to support them, and any of those whose once-vibrant faith seems to be ebbing away under stress.

Lord hear us.

Holy Thursday 2017

Prayer 1:

On the night he was betrayed, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. We commit ourselves to follow his example of love and service.

Lord, hear us.

Prayer 2:

On this night, Jesus prayed for his disciples to be one and so together we pray for the unity of the Church.

Lord, hear us.

Prayer 3:

On this night, Jesus commanded his disciples to love, but suffered rejection himself. We pray for the rejected and unloved.

Lord, hear us.

Prayer 4:

On this night, Jesus prayed for those who were to believe through the message of the disciples and so we pray for the mission of the Church.

Lord, hear us.

Prayer 5:

On this night, Jesus gave us the Eucharist.

We pray for our Eucharistic Ministers, and those preparing to receive his body and blood.

Lord, hear us.

Prayer 6:

We pray for all gathered here on this Holy Thursday: that through the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, we may grow in love and give fuller witness to Jesus who is always with us.

Lord, hear us

Sunday 9th April 2017, Palm Sunday:

Prayer 1

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all Church leaders; and for our community; on Palm Sunday;

That we may open our hearts so that we may welcome Jesus in others and bring us together to make the world a fairer place.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for world leaders: that they may be inspired by Jesus’ example to care for all people, especially those who are poor

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

During this time of Lent we pray for reconciliation. We also pray that we may look for Jesus within others and treat them as we would wish to be treated.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

For those who are sick, especially in our families and our parish, that the healing power of the Lord of Life may be theirs.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we may welcome all people with respect and love as Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 2nd April 2017, 5th Sunday of Lent:

Prayer 1

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all Church leaders; during this season of Lent and for our community;

that God’s love will guide us as we walk with all who have experienced loss and wait with them in their pain as they hope for healing and a new beginning.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We ask God our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit to guide Pope Francis as he discerns who will serve us as the next Bishop of Ossory.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for world leaders: that the Holy Spirit will inspire them to do all that they can so that all people can live life to the full.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

For those who are sick, especially in our families and our parish, that the healing power of the Lord of Life may be theirs.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we might share your love and hope with others around the world so that all your children may live the life you want for them.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 26th March 2017, 4th Sunday of Lent:

Prayer 1

God, you gave new sight to the blind man and the gift of faith ….. …..

So we pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all Church leaders; and for all in our community during this season of Lent; that their behaviour is modelled on Jesus’ self-giving love.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for world leaders: that the Holy Spirit will open their eyes to see the problems that face them and find ways to help all people, especially those who are poor.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for our world, especially for places where there is much suffering, that people may not be blind to the suffering of others.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

On Mother’s Day we pray for all mothers and all who take a mother’s role, especially those in our own parish. Fill every mother with love and wisdom, forgiveness and endurance, patience and joy.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

God of power and glory, we give thanks to you for the wonderful gift of sight. We pray for our parish, families and friends: that you may open our eyes to the good things in this world and help us also to see when things are wrong and what we can do to change them.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 19th March 2017, 3rd Sunday of Lent:

Prayer 1

Jesus shows us that we should respect all people, even if they are different to us. ….. ….

so we pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, all Church leaders, and all in our community; that we may follow Jesus’ example and be welcoming and respectful to all, reaching out especially to those who are living in poverty.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

During this season of Lent, we pray for those who are baptised, for those who are preparing to be baptised and for all in our community; that we will hear your word and your will for us.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for one another, that prayer, fasting and the act of giving of Lent may bring forth a new springtime of faith in our lives.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

We pray for those who are sick in mind, body or spirit that they might find comport in your love.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we may see past what is different about other people and love them for who they are. Help us to share with others and to live in peace so that all your people can live free from poverty, hunger and fear.

Lord Hear Us.

Friday 17th March, St. Patrick’s Day, 2017

Prayer 1

We pray for our holy father, Pope Francis; for the leaders of the Church in Ireland; and for our priests and all the religious in our community; that they may have the courage and wisdom of Saint Patrick.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray that the civic leaders of Ireland may bear witness to the Christian values of honesty, generosity and compassion.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray that Christ, who guided Saint Patrick through the struggles of slavery and poverty, may be with the Irish people as they face hardship in their everyday life. We pray that peace and friendship may grow among Irish people of all faiths.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

We pray for those who have left our shores in search of new beginnings, may they know your presence as you journey with them.

We give thanks for the benefits of new technologies that allow us to communicate better across the miles and that give us the freedom to travel more frequently to spend time with those we love.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

For those who come to Ireland, may they find a welcome place to celebrate their unique culture. May our celebration of St. Patrick’s life remind us of the blessing and graces that a migrant can bring to our shores.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 6

St Patrick’s Day reminds us to pray for the newest members of our own community in Thomastown, that they may receive a true welcome, in our schools, in our work places and in our homes.

Lord Hear Us

Sunday 12th March 2017, 2nd Sunday of Lent:

Prayer 1

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, church leaders, and for all in our community during this season of Lent as we let God’s love shine through us; that the Spirit will deepen our identity as daughters and sons of God and help us to faithfully live as disciples each day.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for world leaders: that they may be guided by the light of God’s love to make wise decisions for the good of all people.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for a deeper respect for the world which God created: that we may recognise the land, water and air as God’s gifts to all the human family and be good stewards of them.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

We pray for all the second class pupils in our parish who made their First Confession last Tuesday. Following God’s example, we pray that we will always be kind and forgiving

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we may take the time to listen to what God asks of us and act to make the world a fairer place for all people.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 5th March 2017, 1st Sunday of Lent:

Prayer 1

As Jesus brings us the Good News of God’s Kingdom, we bring our needs to him.

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all Church leaders; during this season of Lent and for our community;

that we may follow Jesus’ example of forgiveness, love and welcome to all people, especially those who are finding life difficult.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We ask God our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit to guide Pope Francis as he discerns who will serve us as the next Bishop of Ossory.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

As Sister Nuala, a member of the Franciscan Missionaries, joins us this weekend, we pray for missionaries who give testimony to God’s word and love.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

We pray for all who must fast every day; that our fasting may make us more aware of them and our hearts more generous towards them

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that by following Jesus’ way of doing the right thing, we may make a difference to our own lives and so help to make the world a fairer place for everyone

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 26th January 2017, 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time:

Prayer 1:

We pray for all Christians: that we may be good stewards of the Gospel message and bring the light of Christ to all who are caught in darkness.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 2:

We pray for the grace to trust: that we may rely upon God as we encounter life’s challenges and draw strength from our faith in God.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 3:

We pray for the Church: that we may seek the reign of God and be open to all the gifts that God provides for us.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 4:

We pray for all who are working for peace: that God will guide them in their efforts to bring an end to suffering and violence across the world.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 5:

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that our local community will be a place of happiness, safety and joy for all.

Lord hear us.

Sunday 19th January 2017, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time:

Prayer 1:

We pray for leaders in Christian churches, that they may be examples of how to live lives that are pleasing to God.

Lord hear us

Prayer 2:

We pray for the gift of courage: that God will enlighten us to make decisions based on Gospel values and inspire us to put them into practice.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 3:

We pray for those who are preparing for marriage and married couples here today and everywhere: that their lives will be an example to the world of unity, fidelity & love.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 4:

We pray for those struggling at this time: that God will inspire them with wisdom to recognise and courage to follow the gospel in their lives.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 5:

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that God will help us to speak and live the truth in every area of our lives.

Lord hear us.

Sunday 5th January 2017, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time:

Prayer 1:

We pray for the Church: that we may be a light to our world and that our words and deeds may be instruments of healing and transformation for our society.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 2:

We pray for courage: that we may bravely bring the insights and challenges from the Gospel into our lives and parish.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 3:

We pray for all who reach out to the poor and those in need: that they may see the face of Christ in those whom they serve and never grow weary in offering love and compassion.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 4:

We pray for world leaders: that they continue to search for ways to heal ancient wounds and find ways of promoting peace and justice for all.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 5:

We pray for greater care for our environment: that we may grow in our respect for the earth as God’s gift to us and work to preserve it for future generations.

Lord hear us.

Sunday 29th January 2017, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time:

Prayer 1

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all the church throughout the world: that we may be transformed by God’s Spirit and embrace the reversal of self justification in our society by walking humbly and finding our strength in Christ.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for world leaders: that they may work to bring about a world that is like Jesus’ teachings, a world which is fair and where everyone has enough to live.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for all people who are sad, hungry, poor or in danger: that through our actions they may be blessed on earth as well as in heaven and have hope for a better future.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

We pray that we may see you and choose as you would, a new bishop of faith and godliness. Send your Holy Spirit among us.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we may work together with others to follow Jesus’ word, bringing comfort to those who are sad and helping make sure all people have enough to eat.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 8th January 2017

Prayer 1

We pray for world leaders: that like the wise men, they may be guided by God to do what is right.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer2

For the gift of selfless sharing: that we may confidently do deeds of charity and compassion and so bring God’s light into the lives of all who are in need

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for people around the world who are poor: that they may receive the gift of hope and be able to change their lives for the better.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

For all who have dreams: that the Spirit of God will empower them to seek and search for the ways to fulfill and follow their dreams

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we may listen to God’s word and all share our gifts with others.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 1st January 2017 (Solemnity of Mary the Holy Mother of God)

Prayer 1

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis and the Church throughout the world: that it may continue to follow Jesus’ example of respect and love for all people.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for the Church: that we may be like Mary, treasuring God’s words and deeds in our hearts and drawing wisdom from them for our daily lives.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for children, who are poor: that they may make their stories heard and have hope for the future.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

Father as we begin this New Year, help us to be more like your Son Jesus, and treat all members of our global family with respect and love.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may see that all people are equally important, no matter whether they are rich or poor, and treat all people with respect and love.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 25th December 2016 (Christmas Day, Cycle C)

1. We pray that we, the Church, may joyfully proclaim the birth of Jesus our Saviour. We pray that, under the guidance of Pope Francis, we can see a rebirth in our Church and that the Holy Spirit will lead our bishops, clergy and laity in the way of love, truth, generosity, justice and care of the poor.

Lord hear us

2. We pray for all who are away from home during this Christmas season: that God’s strengthening love will fill their hearts with peace, and reunite them with loved ones in the New Year.

Lord hear us

3. We pray for peace throughout the whole world and that this Christmas we may all see more clearly that peace comes not through violence, bitterness and hatred but through love, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Lord hear us

4. We pray for the hungry, the sick and the homeless, and all whose loneliness and isolation is more intense at Christmas time, that the light of Christ may brighten their lives

Lord hear us

5. We pray for our community and families, that Christ may find the same warm welcome from us as he received from Mary and Joseph and the shepherds on the first Christmas, and that this celebration of his birth will bring a new light to our lives

Lord hear us

Sunday 18th December 2016 (4th Sunday of Advent, Cycle C).

We pray for our priests and all those called to serve Christ in his Church; that they may always respond to his calling, and abandon themselves to his guidance and protection.

Lord hear us

2. We pray that each of us, like Mary in our Gospel, may always rush to the side of those that are poor or in some form of trouble, and give willing assistance to meet their material and spiritual needs.

Lord hear us

3. We pray for all who hold positions of authority throughout our world; that they may be filled with integrity and a sense of responsibility towards those who depend on them, and that they may be strengthened to stand firm in what is right, even if it is unpopular.

Lord hear us

4. We pray for all those affected by ongoing war and conflict and especially the thousands of innocent people in Aleppo in Syria; that they may be moved to a place of safety and peace as soon as possible.

Lord hear us

5. We pray for our parish, our friends and our family, both locally and around the world: that we may be honest and gentle with each other, forgive each other, love one another and treat each other as we would wish to be treated.

Lord hear us

Sunday 4th December 2016 (2nd Sunday of Advent, Cycle C).

We pray for the Church, and for all those especially chosen by Christ to “prepare a way for the Lord” in their hearts and in the hearts of His people. We pray for Pope Francis and look forward to welcoming him to Ireland in 2018.

Lord hear us

We pray for all Christians during this Advent season: that we do not get consumed by greed and materialism, but strive to promote honest and loving relationships.

Lord hear us

We pray for all those who are poor, hungry or homeless at this time of year and for the care givers and organisations that do their best to look after them. We pray that God will protect and shelter them and inspire the charity of others.

Lord hear us

We pray for our government and political leaders: that they may be inspired by the words of the prophets to govern with wisdom and to promote justice, mercy and peace.

Lord hear us

We pray that the sick and the lonely may enjoy the consolation of the presence and love of their family, friends, and the wider Christian community.

Lord hear us

Sunday 27th November 2016 (1st Sunday of Advent, Cycle C).

Prayer 1

We pray for the Holy Catholic Church, for Francis our Pope, for all the bishops, for Fr Dan and all the religious in this Advent season: that it may continue to follow the example of Jesus and work to make the world a fairer place

Lord hear us….

Prayer 2

We pray for all who await God’s blessings, particularly for those who are pregnant, for those who are separated from family or homeland, for members of our serving forces waiting to return home, and for those who are facing death: that God’s comforting and strengthening love will sustain them

Lord hear us….

Prayer 3

We pray for all who are working for peace, particularly in Syria, and Iraq: that God will guide and inspire their work and open new doors for peace and cooperation

Lord hear us….

Prayer 4

We pray for all children: that they may recognise all the blessings that are theirs and that their hearts may not be lost in the things that they want to get

Lord hear us….

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, family and friends, for a spirit of readiness; that God will awaken us from inattention and slothfulness so that we can be vigilant in our words and deeds, and prepared for Christ’s advent into our lives each day

Lord hear us….

Sunday 13th November 2016 (34th Sunday of the Year, Cycle C)

Prayer 1

We pray for the Holy Catholic Church, for Francis our Pope, for all the bishops, for Fr Dan and all the religious; that they may be both effective leaders and wise shepherds of God’s people

Lord hear us….

Prayer 2

We pray for the leaders of our nation: that they may be guided by God’s wisdom in promoting the well-being of all members of society, in protecting the powerless, and in promoting justice and life for all

Lord hear us….

Prayer 3

For all who struggle with life’s demands, particularly the poor, the homebound, and those with mental illness: that God will sustain them and touch the hearts of many to be compassionate friends

Lord hear us….

Prayer 4

We pray for a transformation of our hearts: that through the Cross of Christ, our understandings of power, success, and glory may be changed and that we may place ourselves more fully in the service of God

Lord hear us….

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may remember that God is with us in the hardest times and help and serve each other when things are difficult.

Lord hear us….

Sunday 06th November 2016 (33rd Sunday of the Year, Cycle C)

Prayer 1

We pray for the Holy Catholic Church, for Francis our Pope, for all the bishops, for Fr Dan and all the religious; that we may offer faithful witness to God’s abiding care for us and live always as the Children of God.

Lord hear us…

Prayer 2:

We pray for our brothers and sisters in every country: that they may know that they are not forgotten as we do our best to help our neighbours around the world.

Lord hear us…

Prayer 3:

We pray for courage to face the future: confident that God makes all things work together, we may approach the future, with both its joy and sorrows, aware that God is always with us and desires to give us fullness of life

Lord hear us…

Prayer 4:

We pray for all who are grieving the death of a loved one: that they may know God’s comforting and healing presence.

Lord hear us…

Prayer 5:

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may support each other in all things, especially when life is difficult and we cannot see the light. May we give each other hope.

Lord hear us…

Sunday 6th November 2016 (32nd Sunday of the Year, Cycle C)

We pray for the Holy Catholic Church, for Francis, for all bishops, priests, and all the religious; that with God’s help they might always be wise and generous in leading others to live as God’s holy people.

Lord Hear Us

We pray for the leaders of the nations, that they would seek first the Kingdom of God, and fill the world with the peace and justice of Christ for the common good.

Lord Hear Us

We pray for those who are sick or suffering in any way, and those who are near dying, may they be comforted with the love of Christ.

Lord Hear Us

We pray for those who have died before their time, through accidents or suicide, that their loss may remind us of the sacredness of life.

For all those who have died, especially family and friends of those in our parish, that the light of Christ would shine upon them.

Lord Hear Us

We pray for the forgotten souls, especially members of our parish, that they may always have the benefit of prayers offered here.

We pray that in thanksgiving for all of our departed friends, family, and community members, and the many ways in which they touched the lives of everyone around them; may their memory always live on.

Lord Hear Us

Sunday 30th October 2016 (31st Sunday of the Year, Cycle C)

We pray for the Church: that we may extend God’s love to all who are on the fringes of society, invite them to come and find acceptance and friendship in our community.

Lord hear us

We pray for one another: that God will bring to fulfillment in us every good purpose and every virtue that God has planted deep within us.

Lord hear us

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we may be moved to care for creation, so everyone can enjoy God’s gifts.

Lord hear us

We pray for the people of Syria: that God will break the cycle of violence, guide the food and medicine to those who need it, and protect the innocent from harm

Lord hear us.

We pray for the ability to forgive especially within our own families, that we may show ourselves as God’s children forgiving those who have wronged us and reaching out to them with concern and kindness

Lord hear us.

Sunday 23rd October 2016 (30th Sunday of the Year, Cycle C)

Prayer 1

We pray for the Church, that we may recognise our need for God and resist relying upon our own efforts to justify ourselves.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for all who are recovering from storms, floods or wildfires: that God will give them courage and guide them to the assistance which they need.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for a spirit of gratitude: that we may recognise all our gifts, possessions and opportunities as gifts from God and place each of them in the service of God

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

We pray for all who are in need; for the poor, the homeless, and those on the margins of society: that God will open our eyes and hearts to their needs and their presence in our communities.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for ourselves that we may show greater respect for each member of our family and love and cherish each person.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 16th October 2016 (29th Sunday of the Year, Cycle C)

Prayer 1

We pray for our Church leaders, that they may recognise the gifts and talents of others and harness them for the good of the community.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for those whose crops have failed and whose harvest comes only after a struggle with the elements, that they may be filled with hope.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

For those who process our food, transport it and serve it for us, that they may know their role in God’s plan for the world.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

We pray for people who suffer from hunger and thirst, that those with plenty to eat and drink may never fail to share.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for all families, that they may reap the fruits of the care and concern they show in the home.

And we also pray for ourselves, that we may be blessed with a spirit of wonder and gratitude for the beauty all around us and a sense of responsibility for it.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 6

We ask you God, to bless Fr Mark as he moves to St Patrick’s Parish in Kilkenny.

Bless him and his priestly work in his new parish and keep him close in your love.

We give thanks to God, for the rich harvest of Fr Mark’s ministry to the all in our parish and for the many ways in which he helped all of us to come to know you.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 9th October 2016 (28th Sunday of the Year, Cycle C)

Prayer 1

We pray for the Church that we may offer praise and thanks to God for all the blessings and gifts which we receive each day.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for all who are ill, particularly those with long term diseases that they may know the renewing and comforting touch of God.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for all who are excluded and marginalized by society that they may experience welcome and acceptance by the Christian community

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

We pray that we may see each person as a child of God and never be prejudiced because of race, religious background, education, or social standing.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer

We pray for families that God will help family members to care for one another, show kindness to each other and be loving in our words and thoughts and actions.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 2nd October 2016 (27th Sunday of the Year, Cycle C)

Prayer 1

We pray for openness, that the Spirit will give us a vision of God’s hopes for us and the courage to nurture and live them.

Lord hear us

Prayer 2

We pray for all who are searching for meaning and value in their life, that they may experience God’s gentle invitations and recognize the goodness which God has in mind for them.

Lord hear us

Prayer 3

We pray for our diocese that is awaiting a new bishop, that God will inspire the selection process and send a new shepherd that will build up the church and effectively proclaim the Gospel.

Lord hear us

Prayer 4

We pray for all who suffer for their faith, particularly those living in oppressive societies: that they may know God’s presence in their suffering and be renewed in spirit

Lord hear us.

Prayer 5

We pray for peace in our families, in our wider community and parish life and within all our homes.

Lord hear us.

Sunday 25th September 2016 (26th Sunday of the Year, Cycle C)

Prayer 1

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, our church leaders and all in our Church; that we come to a deeper understanding and ownership of our gifts and weakness; and stand with all our sisters and brothers on the journey of faith.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for the gift of peace: that God will guide and inspire all who are working to end war, terrorism, and violence in our cities, between religious and ethnic groups, and amongst nations

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray your blessing on all who are sick, particularly for those in our parish, our family and friends.

May all who care for the sick be signs of your love and care for your people.

Lord Hear US.

Prayer 4

We pray for all young people who are preparing to receive their first communion during this school year: that they may grow in their knowledge and love of God.

We especially think of our own second class pupils who this weekend embark on ‘The Do this is Memory’ programme here in this church, together with our priests Fr. Dan and Fr. Mark, their teachers Mrs Moore and Mr. Reade, and their families.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

Loving God, every one of us is special and loved by you.

We pray for our family, friends and all in our parish, that you will help us to treat each other as we would like to be treated; and that we may be moved to share what we have with others.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 18th September 2016 (25th Sunday of the Year, Cycle C)

Prayer 1

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and for the Church throughout the world: that the church may always put God’s love for the world first and humbly serve God in all that it does

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for all governments and leaders: that God will guide them in promoting the common good, equality for all people, and care for those in need.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray that God will give us the courage and energy to pursue our goals, develop our abilities, and recognise and live the deepest desires which God has placed in our hearts

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

We pray for all who are sick, particularly those in our own parish, give them comfort and strength.

We pray for your blessing on all who care for the sick. May they be signs of your love and care for your people. May they bring joy and hope to the people they care for.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may share what we have fairly and that we may make sure that God is central to everything we do and create.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 11th September 2016 (24th Sunday of the Year, Cycle C)

Prayer 1

We pray for the Church: that we may realise the length and depth of God’s love for us and lovingly respond with words and deeds of mercy and compassion.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

As today we mark the 15th anniversary of the 9 – 11 terrorist attacks in America, we pray for your grace to penetrate all hearts with the wisdom, grace and peace of the Holy Spirit.

Lord Hear Us

Prayer 3

We pray for the grace of repentance: that we may recognise our wrongs and commit to personal change.

Lord Hear Us

Prayer 4

We pray for the grace to forgive: that the love of God will free our hearts to forgive all who have injured us.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may be loving and forgiving towards all people, including ourselves and those in our own families.

Lord Hear Us

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 4th September 2016 (23rd Sunday of the Year, Cycle C)

Prayer 1

We pray for our Church; that it may be a sign of true discipleship to the whole world.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for leaders in our communities: that they may be do their best to serve everyone they meet, even when it is difficult or makes them unpopular

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we may be disciples together and support each other in all that life gives us.

Lord Hear US.

Prayer 4

We pray for the Hawe Family in Cavan. We hold in our hearts their families, friends and schools. Bring them consolation and comfort. Surround them with our prayers for strength.

Lord Hear US.

Prayer 5

We pray, at the start of another new school year, that all pupils will be happy and learn new and interesting things. We ask you to bless all teachers and students, especially those who are new to their school.

Lord, bless the efforts of all who are back to school; especially those in our parish in Grennan College and St Mary’s National School.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 6

We pray for all the hurlers lining out for both the minor and senior All Ireland Finals this weekend.

For all the teams, we pray for safe play, a fair playing field and good fortune.

We thank you for the talents given to each player.

We pray that all those attending the matches, especially from our own parish, travel safely and enjoy their day.

Lord Hear Us.

Summer Break

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 29th May 2016 (Corpus Christi, Cycle C)

Prayer 1

Dear Lord

We pray for our holy father, Pope Francis; for our Bishop Seamus, for our priests Fr Dan and Fr Mark; and for all who share the Bread of Life around the world that they may encourage all people to gather together in peace and unity.

Lord here us….

Prayer 2

Dear Lord

We pray that the Church may speak out against poverty and hunger and help all people, here and abroad, to get the food that they need.

Lord here us….

Prayer 3

Dear Lord

We pray for world leaders: that they may share food and resources more fairly so that all people may have enough.

Lord here us….

Prayer 4

Dear Lord

We pray for the vulnerable, that you will have to others to depend on and to trust for help.

Lord here us….

Prayer 5

Dear Lord

We pray for our families, schools and parishes: that we may not take more than we need and that we may share food and resources fairly with each other.

Lord here us….

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 15th May 2016 (Pentecost, Cycle C)

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 15th May 2016

Dear Lord,

We pray for everyone who does not have a home: that they may find ways to rebuild their lives and be supported in doing this.

Lord, hear us…

Dear Lord,

We pray for our parish, our family and our friends: that we may be filled with the Holy Spirit and shine for all to see.

Lord, hear us…

Dear Lord,

We pray for the Church: that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide Pope Francis and all the bishops.

Lord, hear us…

Dear Lord,

We pray for all those who receive sacraments this year: that the Holy Spirit will help them to grow in grace and faith.

Lord, hear us…

Dear Lord,

We pray for those in elected office: that they will accept God’s wisdom and insight as they develop policies and budgets wisely, so that those most in need will be helped.

Lord, hear us…

Dear Lord,

We pray for the future of the Church: that through the power of the Holy Spirit, all men and women will be led to their true vocations in Christ.

Lord, hear us…

Dear Lord,

We pray for all those doing state exams this year: that the Holy Spirit will help them in their preparations.

Lord, hear us…

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 24th April 2016 (5th Sunday of Easter, Cycle C)

We pray for the men, women and children who died during 1916 and throughout the troubled journey of our island’s history. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha

Lord hear us

We pray for the people of Ireland from all traditions, at home and abroad.  We long to sing a new song of compassion, inclusion and engagement in a spirit of true freedom.

Lord hear us

We pray for our leaders at this time, that they may offer strong and wise leadership and that they will be guided by our Lord in their decision making.

Lord hear us.

We pray for all who work the land and sea that God will protect them, and that we will all learn to cherish these bountiful gifts we have been given.

Lord hear us.

We pray for everyone that is suffering at this time, we pray in a special way for those who feel they have no voice and are not being heard,

Lord hear us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 17th April 2016 (4th Sunday of Easter, Cycle C)

We pray for the grace to share our gifts, that we may place our gifts at the service of others for God’s glory even if they are not accepted.

Lord hear us

We pray for the Church, that we may hear the voice of Christ and follow Jesus to fuller life and loving service.

Lord hear us

We pray for all who have shepherded us, particularly parents, priest, and teachers, that God will continue to work through them and lead us to wholeness.

Lord hear us

We pray for all who are unemployed, that God will guide them to new opportunities and help them to fully use their gifts and talents.

Lord hear us.

We pray for a healing in families, that God will heal all wounds and let us live together in peace and love.

Lord hear us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 10th April 2016 (3rd Sunday of Easter, Cycle C).

We pray for the Church and its members, especially the newly baptized, that their faith and love will be strong.

Lord hear us

We pray that in this Year of Mercy we will actively seek ways to sow Gods love and kindness in our homes and communities.

Lord hear us

We pray for all the suffering people in the world, that God will keep them in his love and mercy.

Lord hear us

We pray for the Pope and all the Clergy, that they will guide us with patience and love.

Lord hear us.

We pray for all the lonely and neglected in our community, that God will fill their hearts with his love.

Lord hear us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 3rd April 2016, (Divine Mercy Sunday, 2nd Sunday of Easter, Cycle C).

We pray for the Church, that we may bring the light of Christ into the dark corners of our society and a message of hope to all who are struggling.

Lord hear us

We pray for all children, that they may grow to their fullest potential and celebrate God’s love for them each day.

Lord hear us

We pray for all who are confused or doubting their faith, that they may experience the Risen Lord and discover the truth through His love.

Lord hear us

We pray for all who are away from home this Easter, particularly missionaries and members of the military, that God will protect them, guide them in their service and bring them home safely.

Lord hear us.

We pray for all who are in need, for the poor, the homeless, the homebound, that they may encounter the Risen Lord who brings hope and healing

Lord hear us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 27th March 2016, Easter Sunday (Cycle C)

Prayer 1:

We pray for our Holy Father Pope Francis, our priests Fr. Dan and Fr. Mark and for all who administer in the Church: that we may always walk in the light of Christ and confidently live as sons and daughters of God.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 2:

We pray for all the human family: that Christ’s victory over death may bring hope and healing to all who are weighed down by poverty, disease, injustice and fear.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 3:

We pray for all who are in need, for the poor, the homeless, the homebound, and those who are ill: that they may encounter the Risen Lord who brings hope and healing.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 4:

We pray for all who find themselves walking in darkness: that the Risen Lord will bring light and hope to their hearts.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 5:

We pray for all gathered in prayer today and especially for all in our parish: that we may continue to grow in God’s light and bring God’s presence to all in our lives.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 6

We pray for those who lost their lives in Buncrana.

We also pray for the grieving family, that they may find strength and consolation in their faith, and in the love and support of their community.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 7

We pray for all who died in Brussels and for those who are suffering in any way as a result of the bombings; may they be filled with God’s healing, hope, and renewal for their lives.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Thursday 24th March 2016, Holy Thursday (Cycle C)

Prayer 1:

We pray for our Holy Father Pope Francis, our priests Fr. Dan and Fr. Mark and for all who administer in the Church: that they may remain faithful to Christ’s command of brotherly love and service to all.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 2:

We pray for those whose lives are dedicated to the service of others; that they will be given the strength and grace necessary for their work.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 3:

We pray for the poor and suffering, particularly for Christians who are ill – treated: that God will strengthen their faith, renew their courage, and make strong their witness to the Gospel.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 4:

We pray for those who have nothing to eat and for those who feel forgotten: that God will fill their emptiness, give them physical rest, renewal of spirit, and peace of mind and heart.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 5:

We pray for all gathered here on this Holy Thursday: that through the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, we may grow in love and give fuller witness to Jesus who is always with us.

Lord hear us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 20th March 2016, Palm Sunday (Cycle C)

Prayer 1

We pray for our holy father, Pope Francis, for our Bishop Seamus and all in our church; that we may celebrate these holy days with deep faith.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for our leaders. May they always seek to be fair and grant them your protection to lead our country with honesty and integrity.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for sick people, and for our friends in hospitals or nursing homes, that God may be close to them.  We also pray for those who care for them.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

During this time of Lent we pray for reconciliation.  We also pray that we may look for Jesus within others and treat them as we would wish to be treated.

Lord Hear US.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may welcome all people with respect and love, as Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem.

Lord Hear Us

Prayers of the Faithful for Thursday 17th March 2016, St Patrick’s Day

Prayer 1

We pray for our holy father, Pope Francis; for the leaders of the Church in Ireland including our Bishop, Séamus; and for our priests and all the religious in our community; that they may have the courage and wisdom of Saint Patrick.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray that the civic leaders of Ireland may bear witness to the Christian values of honesty, generosity and compassion.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray that Christ, who guided Saint Patrick through the struggles of slavery and poverty, may be with the Irish people as they face hardship in their everyday life. We pray that peace and friendship may grow among Irish people of all faiths.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

We pray for those who have left our shores in search of new beginnings, may they know your presence as you journey with them.

We give thanks for the benefits of new technologies that allow us to communicate better across the miles and that give us the freedom to travel more frequently to spend time with those we love.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

For those who come to Ireland, may they find a welcome place to celebrate their unique culture. May our celebration of St. Patrick’s life remind us of the blessing and graces that a migrant can bring to our shores.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 6

We pray for the newest members of our own community in Thomastown, that they may receive a true welcome, in our schools, in our work places and in our homes.

Lord Hear Us

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 13th March 2016, 5th Sunday of Lent (Cycle C)

Prayer 1

We pray for our holy father, Pope Francis; for our Bishop, Séamus, for our priests, and for all in our community; that we may follow Jesus’ example and show understanding, forgiveness and mercy to all people.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for all who are involved in leadership in our country, that they will treat all people with respect and fairness, so that everyone has an equal chance in life.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for the growth of peace in our world: that God will guide those working to renew their nations, and establish new structures of government, as they confront challenges and resistance.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

We pray for one another, that prayer, fasting and the act of giving of Lent may bring forth a new springtime of faith in our lives.

For those who face powerful temptations, we pray that the spirit of God will give them the strength to resist these temptations.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may always try our best to do what is right, so that the world becomes a fairer place for all to live in.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 6th March 2016, 4th Sunday of Lent (Cycle C)

Prayer 1

We pray during this season of Lent for our holy father, Pope Francis; for our Bishop, Séamus; for all our religious, and for our community;

that we may follow Jesus’ example of forgiveness, love and welcome to all people, especially those who are finding life difficult.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 2

We pray for our new government, and for the leaders of all nations, that they would govern wisely and fairly.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 3

We pray for all who suffer poverty or injustice: that God will heal their pain and that they may find love and support in this community.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayer 4

We pray for all people who are far away from home: that they may find a place of safety and welcome

Lord Hear Us

Prayer 5

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may be welcoming and forgiving of each other.

Lord Hear Us

Prayer 6.

We pray for all mothers and all who take a mother’s role, especially those in our own parish

Lord Hear Us

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 28th February 2016, 3rd Sunday of Lent (Cycle C)

Prayer 1:

We pray for the Church; that we may grow in our awareness of our dignity as temples of the Holy Spirit.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 2:

We pray for the grace to serve God; that we recognise ourselves as servants of God, honouring God’s name by our words and deeds, and never attempting to use God for our benefit.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 3:

We pray for our priests and all who teach God’s word, that they may proclaim the need for repentance and ongoing conversion.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 4:

We pray that God, who always hears the cry of His people who are being oppressed, may enable us to hear those cries and to save the poor, the vulnerable, and the unborn.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 5:

We pray for those who are making their confirmation, that God will guide them into God’s love and help them unite more deeply with their pariah community.

Lord hear us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 21st February 2016, 2nd Sunday of Lent (Cycle C)

Prayer 1:

We pray for our parish, family and friends: that we may take the time to listen to what God asks of us and act to make the world a fairer place for all people.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 2:

We pray for the Church; that we may listen deeply to Jesus so that our lives may show God’s glory on earth.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 3:

We pray for all who are ill at this time; that God will touch their bodies and spirits with a healing love.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 4:

We pray for those who are preparing to receive their First Holy Communion and Confirmation; that they may experience the power of God’s love and grow to love and serve God.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 5:

We pray for all who are homeless at this time; that they may find shelter and protection in their time of need.

Lord hear us. 

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 14th February 2016, 1st Sunday of Lent (Cycle C)

Prayer 1:

We pray for our community of faith: that through our Lenten journey we may renew our baptismal promise and become more faithful Christians through our words and actions.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 2:

We pray for the Church: that we may be faithful to our identity as children of God and remain determined in seeking to do God’s will.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 3:

We pray for the gift of listening: that we may be open to the Word of God and allow our hearts to be transformed.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 4:

We pray for all who hunger each day, particularly children: that our hearts may be open to sharing with all who are in need during this Lenten season.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 5:

We pray for those who are preparing for marriage and married couples: that they may rejoice with one another in moments of strength and be compassionate towards one another in moments of weakness.

Lord hear us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 7th February 2016, 5th Sunday of the Year (Cycle C)

Prayer 1:

We pray for peace, that God will turn every heart from violence and lead us along the road of peace and justice.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 2:

We pray for God’s wisdom and healing: that God will bring healing and relief to all who are suffering in the world.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 3:

We pray for our earth, that we may find the glory of God through the earth and be good stewards of all its resources.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 4:

We pray for the growth of faith, that the dying and rising of Christ may be the foundation of our lives and inspire all our words, deeds and desires.

Lord hear us.

Prayer 5:

We pray for the Church, that we may allow Jesus to draw our attention away from our fear and limits and open us to all the possibilities that flow from God’s invitation.

Lord hear us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday  24th January 2016, 3rd Sunday of the Year (Cycle C).

Inspire all those who lead and serve in this church and help them to always know your guidance and direction.

Lord, hear us.

Help us to be understanding and forgiving of all those we encounter.

Lord, hear us.

Show us how always to help one another, to offer love, care and support.

Lord, hear us.

Guide all those who are called to lead and advocate in the world and inspire them to carry love and peace with them always.

Lord, hear us.

Inspire our leaders, teachers, doctors, social workers and counsellors to be bringers of hope in all situations.

Lord, hear us.

Comfort those who live with grief, and embrace those in pain and physical suffering so they will feel you close to them.

Lord, hear us.

Watch over all those who feel isolated and alone. Calm their fears and lead them into peace and freedom.

Lord, hear us.


Prayers of the Faithful, 5th January 2016

1. Father, as we begin this New Year, open our hearts and minds to the many blessings you offer, and give us joy in following your Son Jesus Christ, who is Lord forever and ever.

Lord, hear us.

2. We remember in our prayers today all those who have been so badly affected by the bad weather conditions in our parish and in our country and we pray that our communities will care for all vulnerable people at this time.

Lord, hear us.

3. We pray that governments throughout the world act promptly to control climate change and that all the people of the world may care for our common home on this planet.

Lord, hear us.

4. We pray for all the leaders in the world: that they may listen to their people, rule fairly and do all that they can to bring peace to our world.

Lord, hear us.

5. We pray for all members of our global family: that we may all know peace, love, joy, and generosity in our lives and that we may all have hope for a future free from poverty and war.

Lord, hear us.

6. We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we may be filled with the Holy Spirit, serve others who are in need and share love as Jesus taught us.

Lord, hear us.

7. We remember in silence our own personal intentions and the intentions of those who have asked for our prayers.

Lord, hear us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 3rd January 2016, 2nd Sunday of Christmas

The Wise Men gave their gifts to a helpless infant in poor surroundings. Teach us, Lord, to recognise that Christ may be found in poor and unlikely places.

Lord ,hear us.

We pray for those of us who are finding life difficult. May they find our parish a source of support and help.

Lord, hear us.

Pope Francis has said: ‘Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor.’ Help us in this task.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, you intend your creation for all, not just a few. Help us to follow our stewardship responsibly, with a special care for those in need.

Lord, hear us.

We pray for the coming of God’s Kingdom of Justice and Peace; and that our efforts may not hinder, but rather hasten its coming. Lord, hear us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Friday 1st January

We pray for all the leaders in the world: that they may be moved not to think of their own power and wealth but to rule wisely and do what is right for all their people.

Lord, hear us,

We pray for our churches: that they may shine like the star, leading people to Jesus, and spread God’s message of justice, peace and love.

Lord, hear us.

We pray for those people throughout the world who are undertaking long journeys, or who are in need of guidance: that they may find their way to a place of safety, welcome and peace.

Lord, hear us.

We pray for our parish, our family and friends: that we may always be open to following God in our lives, in both our actions and our words.

Lord, hear us.

We pray that all children may be cared for in love which reflects the love of the Father for the Son, and of Mary and Joseph for Jesus born among us.

Lord, hear us.

We pray that peace may reign in our hearts, our homes, our community, our country and our world.

Lord, hear us.

We pray for those who have died: that they now may join the elect, with Mary, the Mother of God and all the saints.

Lord, hear us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 27th December 2015, Feast of the Holy Family

1. We pray for the family of the Church: that we may move forward together in 2016 in unity and love, and in the true spirit of the gospel.

Lord hear us

2. We pray for the support of family life in the structures of our society: that political and economic decisions will always be made with the needs of the family in mind.

Lord hear us

3. We pray for parents, grandparents, guardians, foster-parents and all who look after our families at this time of year, and a special prayer for those who look after families in care.

Lord hear us

4. We pray for all those who suffer in family life: that healing and hope may be God’s gift to them in the New Year.

Lord hear us

5. We pray that, like the Holy Family of Nazareth, we may appreciate those with whom we live, and treasure the virtues of harmony and peace.

Lord hear us

Prayers of the Faithful for Friday 25th  December 2015, Christmas Day

1. We pray that we, the Church, may joyfully proclaim the birth of Jesus our Saviour.  May the devotion of the shepherds, the adoration of the angels, and the love of the Holy Family inspire our worship today and in the coming year.

Lord hear us

2. We pray for all who are away from home during this Christmas season: that God’s strengthening love will fill their hearts with peace, and reunite them with loved ones in the New Year.

Lord hear us

3. We pray for all our children: that the hope that fills their hearts in this joyful season may become firmly planted and sustain them throughout life’s journey.

Lord hear us

4. We pray for all those who will not enjoy Christmas this season, for whom life is a struggle for survival as a result of poverty, famine, disease, war, or the greed of others.  We pray, too, for those striving to rebuild their lives after the devastation of natural disasters and of terrorism: that with the help, concern and generosity of others they will experience less troubled times in the future.

Lord hear us

5. We pray for the sick, and for those suffering in anyway. We pray for the doctors, nurses and carers who take care of the sick and dying with dedication and love.  May you bless their work, especially at Christmas time.

Lord hear us

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 20th December 2015, Fourth Sunday of Advent

1. We pray for all the leaders of the Church, and especially for our local priests Fr. Dan and Fr. Mark: that they may lead and guide church communities with wisdom and compassion.

Lord hear us

2. We pray for all parents around the world: that they may be able to give their children a safe, warm and loving home and encourage them to fulfil their dreams.

Lord hear us

3. We pray for all babies and children throughout the world: that they may live happy and healthy lives and have hope for a future free from poverty.

Lord hear us

4. We pray that the poor, the lonely, and the neglected will experience God’s love during this joyful season through the kindness of others.

Lord hear us

5. We pray for our parish, our friends and our family, both locally and around the world: that we may be honest and gentle with each other, forgive each other, love one another and treat each other as we would wish to be treated.

Lord hear us

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 13th December 2015, Third Sunday of Advent

1. We pray for our Church in this Holy Year of Mercy, and reflect on the prayer of Pope Francis: that with renewed enthusiasm, it may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

Lord hear us

2. We pray for all Christians around the world: that during this Advent season we heed the words of John the Baptist, and become more conscious of sharing with, and caring for, those in need.

Lord hear us

3. We pray for all the children who have been baptised in our parish this year: that their faith will continue strengthen as they go through life’s journey. May your Spirit work and live in them, and may they always receive the fullness of your grace.

Lord hear us

4. We pray for the wisdom and understanding of our leaders: that God will inspire the leaders of all nations with insights to promote peace, understanding, and justice so that all may live in safety and freedom.

Lord hear us

5. We pray for those who bear the anxious and uncertain burden of serious illness, and for those who share their suffering, for carers at home and in hospital; that all may know the gentle and caring touch of Christ.

Lord hear us

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 5th December 2015, Second Sunday of Advent

Prayers of the Faithful – 2nd Sunday of Advent (6/12/2015)

1. We pray for the Church, the Body of Christ: that we will continue to spread the Good News, and that we constantly prepare for the Day of Christ by acting justly, loving tenderly, and walking humbly with God and with one another.

Lord hear us

2. We pray for all Christians during this Advent season: that we do not get consumed by greed and materialism, but strive to promote honest and loving relationships.

Lord hear us

3. For those who are suffering from illness, poverty, and deep loneliness, and especially those who are homeless in our towns and cities. We pray that God will protect and shelter them, and inspire them with a new vision for their lives.

Lord hear us

4. We pray for all our leaders in the world of politics: that in these very troubling times they will govern with great wisdom and a sense of justice. We pray that they recognise that violence and retaliation are not the ways of God, and that they will find other peaceful ways to reach compromise and agreement.

Lord hear us

5. We pray for all in our community, especially in our schools, clubs and volunteer groups: that each person will look with dignity and respect upon themselves and those around them.

Lord hear us

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 29th November 2015, First Sunday of Advent

1. We pray for our Church in this Advent season: that it may continue to follow the example of Jesus and work to make the world a fairer place.

Lord Hear Us

2. We pray for all the leaders in the world: that God may give them the wisdom to treat their people with fairness, compassion and justice.

Lord Hear Us

3. We pray for people living in poverty around the world: that they may have the chance to speak out about what is important to them and be listened to.

Lord Hear Us

4. We pray for all those struggling with addiction in our Parish: that the Lord will give them the courage and strength to overcome their dependency.

Lord Hear Us

5. We pray for our community, family and friends: that we may treat others as we would wish to be treated and always be ready to welcome Jesus into our lives.

Lord Hear Us

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 22nd November 2015, 34th Sunday of the year, Cycle B

1. We pray for Pope Francis, our Clergy and all who guide us in our Faith; that they will have the wisdom and courage to preach the peace of Christ’s Gospel with their lives.

Lord Hear Us

2. We pray that leaders of countries throughout the world will govern justly and wisely, and strive for true peace.

Lord Hear Us

3. We pray for all the victims of the Paris terror attacks; for those who have died and their families, and for the injured and all who are caring for them.

Lord Hear Us

4. We pray that Christ the King will draw all men and women to the truth of their vocations by listening to his voice in prayer and then actively following His call to the praise of His Glory.

Lord Hear Us

5. We pray for our Parish, families and friends: that we may listen to each other and to Jesus, and do all that we can to change our lives for the

better.

Lord Hear Us

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 15th November 2015, 33rd Sunday of the year, Cycle B

1. We pray for Pope Francis, that the leadership which he is giving to the Church will help us to become a more humble, poorer and merciful Church.

Lord Hear Us

2. We pray for our leaders and the leaders of all countries. May they make wise choices and develop policies that will promote the greater good of all.

Lord Hear Us

3. We pray for all people who are finding life difficult because of poverty or illness; that they may find comfort in the love and support of others, and hope for a better future.

Lord Hear Us

4. We pray for the children and families in our Parish who are beginning the “You shall be my witnesses” programme, that they may grow in the love of God and each other through the sacrament of Confirmation.

Lord Hear Us

5. We pray for our local community: that through God’s grace we may be good neighbours to each other and to the whole of creation, restoring and caring for all that God has made.

Lord Hear Us

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 8th November 2015, 32nd Sunday of the year, Cycle B

1. We pray for the Church throughout the world: that it may be a true example of Christ’s love and generosity to all people.

Lord Hear Us

2. We pray for world leaders: that God may grant them wisdom to make just decisions which

respect the earth and all that lives in it, especially those who are poorest and most vulnerable.

Lord Hear Us

3. We pray for all who experience anxiety or who are filled with worry, that the peace of God may

fill their minds and hearts.

Lord Hear Us

4. We pray for those who are poor or oppressed, that by our prayers and actions they may

experience freedom, justice and peace.

Lord Hear Us

5. We pray for our Parish, family and friends: that we may take care of the earth we have been

given so every seed may grow fruit and all people have what they need to live.

Lord Hear Us

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 1st November 2015, Feast of All Saints, Cycle B

1. We pray for the Church throughout the world; that it may show God’s love for all in the world, spreading peace, speaking out for what is right and bringing comfort to those in need.

Lord hear us

2. We pray for all affected by the earthquake in Afghanistan and for those working to provide aid; ease their burdens and fill them with hope and peace.

Lord hear us

3. We pray for all people, that they may find comfort when they are sad, strength to stand up for what they believe in and mercy, peace and love for one another in their hearts.

Lord hear us

4. We pray that all who are sick or suffering may be restored to health and wholeness according to God’s will.

Lord hear us

5. We pray for our parish, family and friends, that we may be inspired by the example of the Saints and of all those who have followed Jesus in their lives, to do all that we can to live as God wants us to.

Lord hear us

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 25th October 2015, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

We pray for a listening and sensitive heart: that we may never ignore or try to silence those who cry out for assistance.

Lord hear us

We pray for all who help others grow in faith, particularly parents, teachers, and priests, that God will bless their efforts as they strive to nurture the seeds of faith that God has planted.

Lord hear us

We pray for the Church: that we may call out to Christ for our needs and courageously follow Jesus on the way of life.

Lord hear us

We pray for those who are cut off from community by illness or weakness: that we will reach out to them, be a connection for them to others and help their voice to be heard.

Lord hear us.

We pray for all who have been bullied or tormented by others: that they will hear Jesus invitation and bring their burdens to him.

Lord hear us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 18th October 2015, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

We pray for the grace to bear troubles and that God will strengthen us in the face of trial and hardship.

Lord hear us

We pray for all leaders of the Church that they may follow God in tending to the needy and marginalised.

Lord hear us

We pray for all who serve on the missions, that God will help them to proclaim the Good News and console them in times of loneliness and discouragement.

Lord hear us

We pray for all that are working for peace, that God will inspire and strengthen them to continue to offer options for peace even when few seem to listen.

Lord hear us.

We pray for all who have been touched by violence that God will heal their pain, free their hearts from fear and help them to experience God’s presence today.

Lord hear us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 11th October 2015, Twenty-eight Sunday in Ordinary Time

We pray for peace that God will guide the leaders of nations to use dialogue in resolving disputes.

Lord hear us

We pray for refugees that God will open new pathways for them to find homes and become integrated into new communities.

Lord hear us

We pray for the Church, that we may experience God looking upon us with love and respond to what God asks of us today.

Lord hear us

We pray for the Synod of Bishops that the Spirit will guide their work and inspire them to new ways of supporting and encouraging family life.

Lord hear us.

We pray for all in our parish who are grieving, that God will comfort them, heal their pain and give them hope.

Lord hear us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 4th October 2015, Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

We pray for all people who are poor in our world: that God may give them hope and love.  May we listen to our sisters and brothers and protect the environment, which is our home.

Lord hear us

We pray for migrants and refugees to our country, that they may be welcomed with justice and care.

Lord hear us

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we may be moved to care for creation, so everyone can enjoy God’s gifts.

Lord hear us

We pray for our Leaders in the Church, especially Pope Francis, that the Spirit will inspire them towards building unity.

Lord hear us.

We pray for all children in our parish who are starting preparation for First Holy Communion, may they open their hearts to Gods love.

Lord hear us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 27th September 2015, Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, The Newly Baptised Mass

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all Church leaders; including our own Bishop Seamus, and all the religious working in our parish; that they may continue to be bright lights shining with your love and peace.

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for all those attending the National Eucharistic Congress this weekend at Knock that God may help everyone to work together to fan the flame of Christ’s light in each parish, and enable all to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community.

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for all those who work for peace in our world: that God may give them the courage and strength to carry on.

Lord Hear US.

We pray your blessing on all who are sick, particularly for those in our parish, our family and friends.

May all who care for the sick be signs of your love and care for your people.

Lord Hear Us.

This weekend in our parish we are praying in a special way for all those baptised over the last year. We pray that they will be faithful followers and witnesses to your gospel.

We pray that the lives of their parents and godparents are examples of faith to inspire these children.

We pray for the renewal of the grace of our baptism in each one of us.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 20th September:  Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all Church leaders; and all the religious working in our parish; that they will show us by their example that all people are important, because they are loved by God.

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for all the world’s leaders: that they may see the importance of all their people, especially children, and make decisions based on what is best for everyone.

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for refugees of war and violence and all those who seek safety in Europe: that they receive the welcome and support they need.

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for all young people who are preparing to receive their first communion during this school year: that they may grow in their knowledge and love of God.

We especially think of our own second class pupils who last Wednesday agreed to embark on ‘The Do this is Memory’ programme here in this church, together with our priests Fr. Dan and Fr. Mark, their teachers Mrs Moore and Mr. Read, and their families.

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we may welcome all people, no matter who they are, and do all that we can to help others to move forwards with hope and in peace.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 13th September: Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all Church leaders; including our own Bishop Seamus, and our priests Fr Dan & Fr Mark, and all the religious working in our parish; that they may effectively lead us to a deeper knowledge and love of God.

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for all the world’s leaders: that they may have the courage to make decisions that are best for all people, even when it is difficult.

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for refugees of war and violence: that God will protect them from danger, help them to find places of safety, and touch the hearts of many to assist them.

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for those who are sick in hospital and at home, especially those in our parish; that they may have peace and health of body, mind and soul.

We also pray for all who care for them.

Lord Hear US.

We pray for all in our community, especially our parish schools, St Mary’s National School and Grennan College; that each person looks with dignity and respect upon themselves and those around them.

We pray that all in our parish may be true followers of Jesus, reaching out to help people who are poor, sick, lonely or frightened.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayers of the Faithful for Sunday 6th September 2015

We pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and all Church leaders; including our own Bishop Seamus, and our priests Fr Dan & Fr Mark, and all the religious working in our parish; that all in the church may be a voice of truth, speaking out against things that are wrong and standing up for what is right.

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for all who are sick, particularly those in our own parish, give them comfort and strength.

We pray for your blessing on all who care for the sick, within their homes, and in hospitals.

May they be signs of your love and care for your people.

May they bring joy and hope to the people they care for.

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for our parish, families and friends: that we may listen to others and speak out when we know that something is wrong, so all people have the chance to live a happy and healthy life, free from poverty

Lord Hear US.

We pray, at the start of another new school year, that all pupils will be happy and learn new and interesting things. We ask you to bless all teachers and students, especially those who are new to their school.

Lord, bless the efforts of all who are back to school; especially those in our parish in Grennan College and St Mary’s National School.

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for all the hurlers lining out for both the minor and senior All Ireland Finals this weekend.

For all the teams, we pray for safe play, a fair playing field and good fortune.

We thank you for the talents given to each player.

We pray that all those attending the matches, especially from our own parish, travel safely and enjoy their day.

Lord Hear Us.

Prayers of the Faithful 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time B, Sunday June 14, 2015

We pray for our holy father, Pope Francis; and our Bishop, Seamus; and our priests Fr. Dan & Fr. Mark,

and for all in the Church: that the seed of faith planted in the heart of each believer may continue to grow.

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for a deeper love and appreciation for God’s Word: that the Word of God will nourish and enrich us as we strive to be true disciples of Jesus.

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for peace: that God will touch hearts and give leaders courage to work to end violence, promote the dignity of each person and protect the weak and innocent

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for the grace of reflection, especially for all in our parish; that God will help us to look honestly at our lives and recognise where we need God’s help and where we are called to be bold in sharing our gifts.

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for the tender shoots in our midst, for the young, for those new to the faith, for newly married couples, and for those beginning their ministry or profession: that God will give them abundant growth and guide them to maturity of faith and love.

We also pray for the sick, especially those in our parish; that God will bring healing and strength to their bodies and peace to their minds

Lord Hear Us.

We pray for all children, especially those in our parish and those who are doing exams; that they may have a safe and restful summer.

Lord Hear Us.

Sunday 7th June: 10th Sunday in ordinary time, celebrating Corpus Christi

We pray for our holy father, Pope Franci

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