16th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A

‘Let both the darnel and wheat grow together’ … may God’s people be slow to judge, even slower to condemn, and ready always to see the goodness that lies in the field of the world; may the whole Church respond to Pope Francis call to become a more humble, compassionate and merciful Church that listens to the cry of the Earth, the cry of the poor
                                  LORD WE PRAY…
                                  May Your Kingdom grow among us…

‘The Kingdom of God is like yeast in the flour’ … we pray that the yeast of peace and reconciling love might transform all hearts that believe killing brings justice, that power can bring peace; for miracles of peace in the many theatres of conflict, in Cameroon, Yemen and Syria and throughout the Middle East
                                  LORD WE PRAY…
                                  May Your Kingdom grow among us…

‘The Kingdom of God is like a tiny mustard seed that grows into a great tree’ … we pray that our parish will always be a place of welcome, affirmation and healing – a community that will always seek to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God: may seeds of faith, seeds of the Spirit grow within us so that we might respond to new challenges in the aftermath of the pandemic  

                                  LORD WE PRAY…
                                  May Your Kingdom grow among us…

‘The birds of the air came to shelter in its branches’ … Giving thanks for the gift of our sisters and brothers who seek safe sanctuary among us, we pray that our parish may be a place where the vulnerable and poor, the refugee and asylum-seeker, the addicted and despairing might find a safe place of shelter among us that they may discover the Kingdom within them: we pray especially for the work of our Foodbank and of  our Borderlands Charity

                                  LORD WE PRAY…
                                  May Your Kingdom grow among us…

‘I speak in Parables of things hidden since the foundation of the world’ … for our children and young people as they end an academic year afflicted by the lockdown that it might not harm their opportunities; as they come to new beginnings, may they be refreshed and ready to go on discovering the wonder of their world and the beauty of Christ

                                  LORD WE PRAY…
                                  May Your Kingdom grow among us…

‘Gather the wheat into my barn’ … that the sick might know they are the beloved of God, gathered into his Love: for … 
for those who have died recently: … – we remember all who grieve, and for all globally who have died of Covid 19
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time: …

                                  LORD WE PRAY…
                                  May Your Kingdom grow among us…

Mary, who allowed the Kingdom to grow in your heart, give us Christ and his Word…
                                                             HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence …

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