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Christ the King bidding prayers, 11th Sunday of the year (17 June 2018)

The Celebrant will introduce and also conclude the prayer. The reader should pause for several moments between the intercession and its response. Leave about 20 seconds for quiet prayer.There is no response after this – move straight to the Hail Mary.

 

CELEBRANT:Brothers and sisters, Pope Francis assures us that “intercessory prayer is an expression of our fraternal concern for others, since we are able to embrace their lives, their deepest troubles and their loftiest dreams”.  Let us ask the Lord to intercede for us.

 

READER:The response is: Hear our prayer.

 

READER: Let us ask the Lord for the grace not to hesitate when the Spirit calls us to take a step forward. Let us ask for the apostolic courage to share the Gospel with others and to stop trying to make our Christian life a museum of memories. In every situation, may the Holy Spirit cause us to contemplate history in the light of the risen Jesus. In this way, the Church will not stand still, but constantly welcome the Lord’s surprises. ……. (PAUSE)……In Your mercy Lord…..Hear our prayer.

 

READER: We pray forthe members of parliament as they debate our country’s future. May they always consider the needs of the poor and powerless..….. (PAUSE) ……In Your mercy Lord …Hear our prayer.

 

READER: Let us pray for those who lost their lives in the eruption in Guatemala May their families receive the comfort and aid they need to overcome this tragedy in their lives...… (PAUSE)……In Your mercy Lord … Hear our prayer.

 

READER: Let us pray for Faye Johnson and James Evans who are to be married here next Saturday, 23rdJune. May their love for each other remain steadfast and strong in good times and in bad……… (PAUSE)……In Your mercy Lord …Hear our prayer.

 

READER: We remember Brian Gowan of this parish who died recently. We pray that his family and friends will be consoled and that he will granted eternal restin the light of heaven……… (PAUSE)……In Your mercy Lord …Hear our prayer.

READER:Let us consider our needs and those of the our community ….. (Long Pause)…. Let us ask the intercession of our Lady: Hail Mary..

After a short pause the Celebrant will conclude the prayer.

 

CELEBRANT: Lord, You have been with us throughout our lives and know our every need. Listen then to our prayers through Christ Jesus, amen.

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A very special Sunday

Sunday 1 July is special for us in our 3 Churches as the by-the-Father will celebrate his first Mass (see notice on page 2). However, it’s also special across our diocese as it is an “Adoremus Sunday”. Taking its name from the National Eucharistic Congress in September, this is a chance to invite a friend to “come and see” the Church at its most important – the Mass. This is a simple and perhaps unthreatening way of sharing our faith -something that we are often very reticent about in Britain, for various reasons, many historical.

There are two stages to this plan.

  1. This Sunday you are invited to take an invitation card. Over the next few days think and pray about who you should give it to. Fill in the details about which Mass you will invite them to (the card is for them, not for you!) and make the invitation in your best friendly style…
  2. Then on 1 July accompany your “guest” to Mass and help make it an inviting and inspiring experience. Now this actually applies to all of us. A special booklet for our guests will be given out, and we can all contribute to the three “H”s – excellent hymn singing (all of us), excellent hospitality (all of us), excellent homilies (well I suppose that’s restricted to just a few of us)

Thinking of hospitality – each congregation should think about how to interpret that – and in any case, do it better than usual. If your Mass already has tea ‘n’ biscuits, up the odds to something a bit better. If your Mass usually does nothing regarding hospitality – think about what you can do to make people welcome on 1 July – and maybe more frequently afterwards! Put your thinking caps on and let’s do something!

There are 100 cards per church – let’s bring in 300 people to the heart of our parish life. Take a card, choose a guest, give them the card, bring them along.

Let’s all make them feel welcome on 1 July – and leave the rest to the Lord!

Fr Matthew

Christ the King bidding prayers, 10 June 2018 (10th Sunday in Ordinary time)

 

Priest –  Having just celebrated the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is a symbol of Jesus’ eternal and compassionate love for each of us, it is withconfidence that we make our petitions  to His and our Heavenly Father.

 

Reader – The response to our petitions is–Heavenly Father hear our prayer.

 

There is so much conflict in the world today affecting the lives of millions of ordinary people, –  we pray that the efforts to bring an end to conflict will meet with success……pause….

With the support of your Divine Son Jesus, we pray………….response………….

 

We pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life so that the Church may extend its influence and increase the number of faithful Christians………pause….With the support of your Divine Son Jesus, we pray……..response……….

 

We pray for the repose of the souls of those recently deceased, in particular Kenvin John Harrison, whose funeral is next Friday, and the many people who perished in the volcanic eruption in Guatemala, also for all who are bereaved or have lost everything………pause …….With the support of your Divine Son, Jesus, we pray ………….response

 

 

We pray for all who are ill, infirm or disabled in any way that they may feel the healing comfortof God and receive compassionate care…….pause…….With the support of your Divine Son Jesus, we pray……response……..

 

In a few moments of quiet let us pray to our Heavenly Father for our own needs…………..longer pause…….

 

Mary is the mother of Jesus and our mother whose Immaculate Heart is celebrated this weekend and we ask for her support in our prayers as we say……..Hail Mary

 

Priest – We make all our prayers to you our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus your son and our brother…..Amen