Pope Francis: Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone

In a recent TED talk delivered directly from the Vatican, Pope Francis tells us:

A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you. Let us help each other, all together, to remember that the ‘other’ is not a statistic, or a number. We all need each other.

The length of the video is 17 minutes and well worth a watch. Remember to put on the subtitles!

Intercessions: Third Sunday of Easter

Prayers of Intercession

The journey of the disciples to Emmaus with Jesus, unfolds for us the mystery of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

 

  1. We pray for Pope Francis, that his affirmation of the faith of Catholics, his solidarity with the Coptic Christians, will promote peace and respect. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God.
  2. We pray for Christians who carry the burden of persecution and denial of freedom of religion in so many parts of the world, that their courage will strengthen our faith. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God.
  3. We pray for those who do difficult and dangerous work, that we will not take them for granted, but give thanks for the work they do. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God.
  4. We pray for the frail aged, sick and the dying, that they will receive respectful and sensitive care, have their rights protected, and receive the physical, emotional and spiritual support which they need. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God.
  5. We pray for those who have died, especially, Mario Jaconelli, Isobel Bradley, Alexander Yevtushenko, Sadie Clarke and Rita Cairns. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God.
  6. Let us pray to our Lady of Paisley for Bishop Keenan:  Hail Mary….

Heavenly Father, through your Son, Jesus Christ, you feed us even now with Bread from Heaven. May we receive the Risen Jesus with praise and devotion for he lives and reigns, forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

St Joseph the Worker Novena

Today is the first day of May and the feast day of St Joseph the Worker.  St Joseph was a carpenter by trade and has always been known as the patron saint of workers.

The St Joseph the Worker Novena (a nine-day prayer) is especially helpful for those who have exams this month in school, college and university.  If you know anyone who is going through this very stressful period, why not say this very short novena prayer once a day over the next nine days for them and their families?

Novena

O God, the Creator of all things, You have laid the law of labour upon the human race. Grant, we beseech You, that by the example and protection of St. Joseph we may perform the work You command and attain to the reward that You promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Intercessions: 2nd Sunday of Easter

Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray now for the Church and the world with concern for those in need.

  1. May Pope Francis, making a pastoral visit to Cairo in Egypt next weekend, be protected from harm, affirm the faith of Christians who face persecution, and strengthen respect between Christians and Muslims. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God
  2. May we remain faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to charity with one another, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God
  3. May the faith of those newly received into the Catholic Church grow ever stronger with the encouragement of our prayers and example and the warmth of our friendship. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God
  4. May the escalating tension between North Korea, Syria and the United  States of America, be eased by greater diplomacy and a stepping away from aggressive language and threats. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God
  5. We pray for those who have died recently, especially, Lily Burke, Mary Canning, Margaret Lockhart, Maureen Wilson and Joe Hughes. Let us pray to the Lord. Grant this, almighty God
  6. Let us pray to our Lady of Paisley for Bishop Keenan:  Hail Mary….

Father we acclaim Jesus as our Lord and God, giving thanks for every blessing given to us through him, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.  Amen.