Today’s Feastday: The Beheading of John the Baptist

Today’s Feastday is the Beheading of John the Baptist.  St John the Baptist is only one of two saints that have more than one feastday.  Do you know the other one?

The painting above was by the Italian master, Caravaggio.  Why not spend a minute or two meditating on St John the Baptist’s death?

…PS. the other saint is Saint Joseph!

Prayers of Intercession: 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Prayers of Intercession

Dear friends, let us pray with simplicity and faith for the needs of the church and the world.

  1. For our Holy Father Pope Francis who will begin his pastoral visit to Columbia in South America next Wednesday, that he may give heart to the people as they continue to struggle with the violence of the drug barons. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God.
  2. For all parents, here present that they may receive those graces which will strengthen their faith, increase their capacity to love, and strengthen them in the face of difficulties. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God.
  3. For those who are in distress because of family tensions or health difficulties and for those who have become displaced by war, by religious persecution, or by natural disasters of drought and floods. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God.
  4. For the children of our parish that they will have the unfailing support of their parents and live in safe and happy homes. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God.
  5. For all the departed, that they will be welcomed into the heavenly Father’s home. We remember today.  Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God.
  6. Let us pray to Our Lady of Paisley for Bishop Keenan:  Hail Mary….

Eternal Father, embrace our world with your unfailing love, grant us your protection and guide us in safe ways. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Prayers of Intercession: 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Prayers of Intercession

Dear friends, God’s word that we should have a care for justice and act with integrity, are as true today as they were when communicated through the prophet Isaiah.

  1. We pray for the Church, that it will always act with justice, especially in reaching out to the most vulnerable people of society. Christ, hear us. Grant this, almighty God.
  2. We pray for those who have become discouraged in their prayer, that the openness and determination of the woman in the Gospel will increase their trust and confidence in Jesus’ care of them. Christ, hear us. Grant this, almighty God.
  3. We pray for peace in every place, mindful of the threats exchanged between North Korea and the United States, the rising violence against Christians in Nigeria, the wars in Yemen and South Sudan, the chaos in Syria, and the critical political situation in Venezuela, that people will turn away from violence and negotiate for peace. Christ, hear us. Grant this, almighty God.
  4. We pray for our departed relatives, friends and parishioners, that they will share that mercy which God desires for all humankind.  We remember especially, Canon Donald MacKay, Daniel Byrne, Carlo Amadei, Daniel Boyle, Patrick Gallagher, Leonor Samson, Leo Verrico, Helen Taylor, Mrs. McKenzie, Bellana Canaedda, John Gallagher and Gertrude Allen. We remember also those who died in the mud slide in Sierra Leone and those slain by terrorists in Spain. Christ, hear us. Grant this, almighty God.
  5. Let us pray to our Lady of Paisley for Bishop Keenan:  Hail Mary….

Almighty God, you rule the world with justice and fairness. Receive our praise, and give us your blessing. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession: 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Prayers of Intercession

Dear friends, Jesus calms our fears and gives us peace. We pray for all whose lives are filled with stress, fear and anxiety.

  1. May the Church learn from Pope Francis to keep her eyes on Jesus, who alone brings us unity and peace. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God.
  2. May we, in in the Diocese of Paisley pray for vocations to the priesthood, so that the mercy of Jesus can be celebrated in the Eucharist, and his compassion be proclaimed in the preaching of his Gospel. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God.
  3. May we value and hold fast to our Christian faith which gives meaning to our lives, as at the same time we pray fervently for our brothers and sisters who endure terrible persecution and denial of rights for their faith in Jesus in the Middle East, and across Asia and Africa. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God.
  4. May our departed parishioners, relatives and friends enter the Kingdom of Heaven, remembering especially today, Joe Walters, Doreen Graham, Anne McGuigan, John Dickson, Frank McGuinness, Eric Reilly, Anne McGuire, Sheila McGeehan and Doreen Scott. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God.
  5. Let us pray to our Lady of Paisley for Bishop Keenan:  Hail Mary….

Almighty God, in the stillness of prayer you come to us and reveal your love. Show us your mercy, and grant us the fullness of your life through Jesus, your Son, who lives and reigns, forever and ever. Amen.