FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR C

The Church’s deepest call is to love without limit: we pray for the renewal of the Church and an end to the scourge of clericalism … we pray especially for our Chief Shepherd, Pope Francis, our own Bishop Declan and the whole College of Bishops: with humility and love may they guide us wisely, compassionately and courageously

               [reader:]              LORD YOU CALL US…
[response:]        YOUR WILL BE DONE…

The World’s call is to be human,  and to protect the life and well-being of every person:  that all races and nations will struggle for peace rather than struggle in war: for the peoples of the Middle East, Yemen and South Sudan and the world’s many theatres of conflict

                             LORD YOU CALL US…

Our Parish Community’s call is to embrace Jesus’ challenge to be the Shepherd for the people of the Inner City, a place of welcome for all without exception: may we gather the poor and broken into healing and hope, and the excluded into belonging; following the Shepherd may we reach out to all and inviting them to the Table of the Lord

                             LORD YOU CALL US…

Some are called to ordained ministry or the religious life:  for the students of our Diocese studying for the priesthood in seminaries, especially Henry as he journeys among us here at St Nicks; for those studying for the permanent diaconate in their own parishes;  for our young women and men that they might welcome God’s call to serve with their whole lives in ordained Ministry and Religious Life; for the Church that we might be open to new forms of ordained ministry as the Spirit calls and shapes in our age and for our world

                             LORD YOU CALL US…

All of us are equally called through Baptism and Confirmation to holiness and to ministry:  for our young people and children that they might grow in a sense of vocation, especially those preparing for First Eucharist; for those called to the single life or to Christian marriage may give themselves faithfully to their particular vocation: may we all answer the call to be shepherds one to another, serving the Kingdom and the Gospel, with love for one another and our world;

                             LORD YOU CALL US…

We are all called to life and wholeness:  for those afflicted with hunger and malnutrition, with mental turmoil and disability, for the housebound of our parish, and also for ….
for all who have died recently, especially …. and all who have died of famine or war;
for those whose anniversaries occur at this time:

                              LORD YOU CALL US…

Let us ask Mary, who uttered her ‘Yes’ to God’s Call,  to pray that each will embrace our vocation more profoundly…

                              HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence for unknown needs…

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