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Sunday 17th October 2021

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Today, in every diocese of the Church, there begins a period of preparation for the next Synod of Bishops in 2023, with the invitation for the whole Church to “encounter, listen and discern.”

1.             We pray for Pope Francis who calls the Church into a new experience of Church when we “look others in the eye and listen to what they say”, so that we will “walk on the same road together” with Jesus.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer. 

2.             We pray that we will seek healing from the Church’s failings and sins, and for Catholics alienated by past experiences, a new hope to believe.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer

3.             We pray that we will learn how to turn away from ambition in the Church, and set our minds on being servants of one another after the example of Jesus.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer

4.             We pray on this International Day for the Elimination of Poverty that as this condition has increased because of the Covid pandemic, those with more than sufficient will embrace this year’s theme: “Building Forward Together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet”

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer. 

5.             We pray on this International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day for parents who have lost a child through miscarriage, as still born, or in infancy, that they may know the consoling comfort of God.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer. 

6.             We pray for (local and personal intentions)

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer 

7.             We pray that infants who have died in the womb and in infancy will be embraced by the tenderness of God, and for our departed relatives, friends and parishioners, that they will come to the throne of grace and receive the fulness of mercy.

Lord, hear us.

Lord, hear our prayer

Almighty God, let your mercy be upon us and our world, so that your justice and right becomes our help and shield. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Monday 18th October 2021

St Luke, evangelist

Today we honour St Luke the Evangelist who gave to the Church a Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles through which we come to know Jesus Christ and his life-giving Spirit.

1.    May the writings of St Luke continue to nourish the hearts of Christ’s faithful, for they are God’s word to us.

Lord, hear us. 

2.    May those who honour St Luke as patron: doctors and members of the medical profession, artists, craft-persons, lace makers, notaries and butchers, that all will be guided by the Holy Spirit in all that they do.

Lord, hear us. 

3.     May the spirit of cooperation between St Luke and St Paul as they preached the gospel, be alive in the Church today as we have now embarked of six months preparation in every diocese, leading to the Synod of Bishops in 2023.

Lord, hear us. 

4.    May we find in St Luke’s insight into Jesus’ love of the poor, inspiration to take this Anti-Poverty Week seriously and advocate for income support above the poverty line and social housing for the needy.

Lord, hear us. 

5.    May all the sick be sustained at this time, and those impacted by the pandemic, whose lives have become much more difficult, receive all the care and support which they need.

Lord, hear us. 

Gracious God, may those who tell the Good News to others do so with deep faith and compassionate love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Tuesday 19th October 2021

Sts John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues and companions

St Paul of the Cross

 St Paul has reminded us of the good news that divine grace has come to us through Christ as an abundant free gift.

1.             That while sin has entered our world, may we be confident that Christ’s divine grace is more powerful, as he is the source of our salvation.

Lord, hear us. 

2.             That we may live each and every day in a spirit of readiness, waiting for the return of Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Master.

Lord, hear us. 

3.       May the Holy Spirit penetrate the hearts of terrorists converting them from violence to cooperation, from hatred to love, from war to peace.

Lord, hear us. 

4        May the Martyrs of Canada, six French Jesuit priests and two lay men, who spent their energy in spreading the Gospel among the Indian tribes, and who endured most horrific martyrdoms, intercede for the Church and people of Canada, and for all Christians today who face persecution.

Lord, hear us. 

5.       May the devotion of St Paul of the Cross to the sufferings and sacrifice of Jesus continue to make holy the Passionist Fathers, Brothers and Sisters.

Lord, hear us.         

Heavenly God, in you mercy and faithfulness meet, justice and peace embrace. Bless our world with these gifts. Through Christ our Lord Amen.


Wednesday 20th October 2021

Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 

We pray that we may have the grace to always serve Jesus, our Master.

1.    That each one of us will turn away from our own sins and be renewed in the grace of Christ.

Lord, hear us. 

2.    That those who are gifted with riches and security may realize, through this annual Anti-Poverty Week, that they have a serious obligation to come to the aid of the poor.

Lord, hear us. 

3.    That when Christ comes to us in death, our hearts may be ready, full of love and faith and devotion.

Lord, hear us. 

4.    That the continuing work of the Fifth Plenary Council will continue with energy and commitment, widening the opening of the Tent of the Church to receive all without discrimination.

Lord, hear us. 

5.    That in this Anti-Poverty Week that governments will look at the situation of the chronic poor, and put into action policies which will restore hope as it affirms their dignity and make secure their future.

Lord, hear us.   

Gracious God, protect us from danger, and help us to live for you. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Thursday 21st October 2021

(St Hilarion)

Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 

While we call Jesus the Prince of Peace he reminds us that his presence in the world continues to cause division.

1.             For families which experience conflict and tension because of different religious beliefs, that Jesus will heal the divisions, and make respect possible again.

Lord, hear us. 

2.             For a right attitude to religious faith, so that we do not condemn others or discriminate against them because their faith is different from ours.

Lord, hear us. 

3.             For Christians in Egypt, Libya and Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Myanmar, Syria, Iraq, China, Vietnam and Philippines, who are suffering so much for their faith, that they may feel great support from the prayers of people around the world.

Lord, hear us. 

4.             For the Church, rapidly diminishing in the Holy Land and across the Middle East, that the remaining faithful may continue to give witness to the love of Jesus and receive our constant support.

Lord, hear us. 

5.             For each other, that turning away from being enslaved to sin, we will gladly be slaves of Christ Jesus.

Lord, hear us. 

6.             For the Church among the Palestinians, especially in Gaza, where St Hilarion was born, and in Egypt where he was educated, and in Cyprus where be died, that the faith will be strengthened and flourish.

Lord, hear us. 

Lord God, the earth is full of your goodness, renew us in your love and receive our praise and thanksgiving. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Friday 22nd October 2021

St John Paul II, pope

Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 

The Second Vatican Council, true to Jesus, taught us to be ready to read the signs of the times.

1.             We pray for the Church, that understanding the times in which we live, she will, through this Mission Month, receive new energy to proclaim Jesus and his compassion with fidelity.

Lord, hear us. 

2.             We pray for family life, which is often criticized and shown a lack of respect in the press and on television, through entertainment and on social media, that the Church will be a firm advocate to its beauty and so encourage its goodness.

Lord, hear us. 

3.             We pray for each other, that we may be sensitive to this present moment, and in our families and neighborhoods, show the love of Christ by the way we speak and act.

Lord, hear us. 

4.             We pray that when we face Christ in death we will find him a judge full of mercy.

Lord, hear us. 

5        We pray on this memorial of St John Paul II for the universal Church, that as he traveled the globe giving witness to Jesus, so today all Catholics we gather around his successor, Pope Francis, with prayer and loyalty.

Lord, hear us. 

Heavenly Lord, the earth and all it contains belongs to you, and through Jesus your Son we have received the blessing of faith. We seek your face through Him, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.


Saturday 23rd October 2021

St John Capistrani

29th Week in Ordinary Time 

Jesus calls on us to repent, and so we pray for that spirit for ourselves and all who need God’s grace.

1        That our hearts may be temples of the Spirit, and our words and actions be led by the Spirit, so that we always live for Christ.

Lord, hear us. 

3.       That the needs of asylum seekers and refugees may be more effectively met by our Australian Government, especially in the area of their mental health.

Lord, hear us. 

4        That there may be freedom of religion across the Middle East, in North Africa and in Asia.

Lord, hear us. 

    5.   That St John Capistrano, who promoted devotion to the Name of Jesus,

will intercede for military chaplains who have been placed under his patronage.

Lord, hear us. 

5         That Mary, Mother of the Church, will through her prayers draw us closer to her Son, Jesus and to one another.

Lord, hear us. 

Lord God let the message of your Son find a place in our hearts so that we may repent of our sins and live in your grace. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.