Twenty-Third Sunday of Year B

Jesus yearns for all his people to ‘be opened’ … may the People of God be open to the new challenges of God in our present age – to proclaim the Gospel in new ways and to heal the world of its many wounds

                               [Reader]              LORD WE PRAY …
                               [response]         OPEN US TO YOUR LOVE…

St James challenges us to be open to the poorest … may the wealthy nations of the world bring hope of dignity and justice to the poorest of our world who one day will judge the rich world in the presence of God

                               [Reader]              LORD WE PRAY …
                               [response]         OPEN US TO YOUR LOVE…

St James challenges us to be open to the poorest … may the wealthy nations of the world bring hope of dignity and justice to the poorest of our world who one day will judge the rich world in the presence of God

                               [Reader]              LORD WE PRAY …
                               [response]         OPEN US TO YOUR LOVE…

Isaiah shares a vision of the destructive desert one day flowing with creative water … we pray for miracles of peace transform the deserts of war and terror, especially in the Middle East – may the hearts of leaders and people of all faiths and none be opened to the Peace of Christ

                               [Reader]              LORD WE PRAY …
                               [response]         OPEN US TO YOUR LOVE…

Jesus healed the deaf and dumb man and the Good News was proclaimed – may all who are deaf to the cries of 60 million refugees and blind to their pain, be opened to hear and see; may our tongues be loosened to proclaim compassion and humanity and so give voice to the poor and excluded

                               [Reader]              LORD WE PRAY …
                               [response]         OPEN US TO YOUR LOVE…

May our children and young people who have returned to school and college this past week be opened to their own limitless possibilities – may their teachers and lecturers draw from them their creativity and knowledge that they might grow – that our world might mature

                               [Reader]              LORD WE PRAY …
                               [response]         OPEN US TO YOUR LOVE…

May Jesus who healed and opened bring healing and peace to all who suffer from impairment of hearing, speech and sight: may he also heal the sick of our parish family: …
may Jesus raise to eternal life those who have died recently, especially … and those who have perished while fleeing poverty, oppression and war;
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time: … 

                               [Reader]              LORD WE PRAY …
                               [response]         OPEN US TO YOUR LOVE…

Mary the Refugee,  so open to the Word and Spirit of Jesus, pray with us for our migrant brothers and sisters…

HAIL MARY…

We pray in a moment of silence…

PATRONAL FEAST OF ST NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO

For 173 years, the Eucharist has been the centre of our parish’s life, community and mission: may this celebration of the Breaking of the Bread heal our brokenness, deepen our love for Christ Jesus, bind us together in life-giving community and empower our mission to be Good News to the Poor

                  [Reader]                LORD HEAL OUR  WORLD…
                  [Response]          RENEW YOUR PEOPLE  IN LOVE…

St Nicholas broke the Bread of the Eucharist at the Table of the Lord; and broke bread with poor of his society: may we and the whole Church rededicate ourselves to translating our love for the Christ we meet in the Eucharist into as deep a love for the Christ we meet in the Poor

                  [Reader]                LORD HEAL OUR  WORLD…
                  [Response]          RENEW YOUR PEOPLE  IN LOVE…

St Nicholas preached the Gospel and broke the Bread of the Word for the people of Tolentino, drawing many to Christ: having received the Gospel from generations past may we find new ways of passing on the Gift of the Living Word of God to our young people so that they will shape the church moving into the future

                  [Reader]                LORD HEAL OUR  WORLD…
                  [Response]          RENEW YOUR PEOPLE  IN LOVE…

Throughout these past 173 years our parish has received migrants who have come to our shores and our city: may the whole Church be truly ‘Catholic’ where ‘all are welcome’ – a home to peoples of every race, language and culture, a world-wide community building bridges between peoples, struggling for justice and equality for the most marginalised and ridding the world of all forms of human trafficking and modern slavery

                  [Reader]                LORD HEAL OUR  WORLD…
                  [Response]          RENEW YOUR PEOPLE  IN LOVE…

Giving thanks for our past years of mission and looking forward with hope to the years to come, we pray for a renewed vision of the 21st Century Church of mission and healing, growing in communion with all creation; may we listen to the cries of the Earth and the cries of the poor, build healing bridges uniting many cultures, races, identities and faiths, caring together for the poor and the excluded near and far 

                  [Reader]                LORD HEAL OUR  WORLD…
                  [Response]          RENEW YOUR PEOPLE  IN LOVE…

That all our children and young people baptised and confirmed in the past year will grow up to care for the poorest, respecting people of all races, cultures and sexual orientation and valuing our multi-racial society; that opposing all racial violence and every form of prejudice, our schools and colleges will rejoice in the diversity of our one Human Race

                  [Reader]                LORD HEAL OUR  WORLD…
                  [Response]          RENEW YOUR PEOPLE  IN LOVE…

St Nicholas was called gifted by God to bring healing to the sick and the poor: for all wounded in mind and heart by abuse, injustice and poverty; we pray also for …
St Nicholas prayed deeply for the dead: we pray for …  and for those killed by war and conflict, poverty and oppression;
we pray also for all the faithful departed of our parish in its 173 years history and for … whose anniversaries are at this time

                  [Reader]                LORD HEAL OUR  WORLD…
                  [Response]          RENEW YOUR PEOPLE  IN LOVE…

Mary, Mother of all the abandoned ones, help us to recognise Jesus in every person….

                                                     HAIL MARY…

We pray in silence for God’s empowerment of our parish family in service and mission…

Twenty-Third Sunday of Year B

PRIEST:     Today we celebrate Jesus, the Light of God, who opens eyes that they may see; Jesus the Word who opens ears that they may hear; Jesus, the Good News who loosens tongues that they may speak; Jesus the Love of God, who opens  hearts that they may wonder at the God of Love and the dignity of our humanity.  Jesus cries out to us:  ‘Be Opened’ – let us confess the many ways we are closed to Him, to one another and to our world …

READER:                 The deaf man’s ears were opened…
when we are deaf to God’s challenging Word to us,
                                      when we are deaf to the cries of pain, hunger and despair
in our brothers and sisters

                                                             LORD HAVE MERCY…

The dumb man’s tongue was loosened…
when we are afraid to speak out for human rights and dignity;
when we are slow to praise another’s goodness and gift

                                                             CHRIST HAVE MERCY…

 

The Good News of healing and life was published widely…
when we are afraid to proclaim the Good News
                                      to our neighbours,  our street,  our colleagues at work

                                                             LORD HAVE MERCY…

PRIEST:         May the God of mercy open our hearts to his pardon;
                            may the Saviour,  our brother Jesus open our woundedness to his healing;
                            may the Holy Spirit open our lives to divine compassion;
                            and bring us all to everlasting life…

                                                                    AMEN!

Twenty-Second Sunday of Year B

That the People of God might shine before the world with the light of holiness and humanity, free from all hypocrisy

               [reader]                   LORD, WE PRAY…
               [response]             LEAD US IN THE PATHS OF HOLINESS…

That the people of violence and war will discover that peace is the true wisdom and the greatest strength, that war and violence are abhorrent to God – for the people of Afghanistan in their fears for their future, for the United Nations in seeking to guide the nations to peace

               [reader]                   LORD, WE PRAY…
               [response]             LEAD US IN THE PATHS OF HOLINESS…

We pray for those fleeing from Afghanistan and all our Migrant brothers and sisters, all seeking freedom and hope, especially the unaccompanied cild refugees: we pray for greater humanity and courageous leadership from European politicians so that we will hear the cries of desperation and open our hearts and our borders to these suffering brothers and sisters

               [reader]                   LORD, WE PRAY…
               [response]             LEAD US IN THE PATHS OF HOLINESS…

For all entrusted with the ministry to preach and teach in the name of Christ, that they will always listen to the Word, and live the Word with courage before they proclaim the Word in the power of the Holy Spirit

               [reader]                   LORD, WE PRAY…
               [response]             LEAD US IN THE PATHS OF HOLINESS…

As the holidays draw to a close and children and young people return to schools and colleges, we pray for St Nicholas School, St Bede’s, St Bernadette’s and St Brendan’s College and all who teach and all who learn in them – may Christ the Wisdom and Truth of God be always at their centre 

               [reader]                   LORD, WE PRAY…
               [response]             LEAD US IN THE PATHS OF HOLINESS…

That here in this parish, as the Covid restrictions are eased, we will re-commit ourselves to building a community of mission and witness, of compassion, courage and care where all are welcomed, valued and safe, a community of belonging that knows how to serve with integrity and love  

               [reader]                   LORD, WE PRAY…
               [response]             LEAD US IN THE PATHS OF HOLINESS…

For the sick and housebound, the depressed and despairing, the grieving and hurting that the Lord will heal and comfort: we pray for …;
we pray eternal life for all who have died recently, especially …  and all killed in Afghanistan in recent days those who have perished on the Refugee journey to freedom,
and all whose anniversaries occur at this time: …

               [reader]                   LORD, WE PRAY…
               [response]             LEAD US IN THE PATHS OF HOLINESS…

Mary, Mother of the Church, pray with us for our children baptised today and their families: 

                                                   HAIL MARY …

We pray in a moment of silence…

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A

PRIEST: Jesus confronts his disciples with a decision:  will they trust him,  follow him,  reproduce his love;  or will they follow their own flawed logic and go their own way?  And the Eucharist crystallises this eternal challenge.  Our Eucharist demands a similar decision:  will we live the Eucharist that we celebrate, following Jesus always, living a Pilgrimage of Trust;  or will we resist the implications of today’s Eucharist  – living by faith in His Word and struggling for justice, freedom and sacrificial love?

READER:              When we say ‘no’ to the challenges
                                   of being faithful to Christ and his Gospel…

                                                          LORD HAVE MERCY …

When we are selective about what demands of Christ
                                   we are willing to accept,
                                   and what we avoid…

                                                          CHRIST HAVE MERCY …

When we listen to the shallow wisdom of the world,
                                   to the narrow confines of ‘common sense’
                                   and do not risk listening to One who has words of eternal life…

                                                          LORD HAVE MERCY …

PRIEST:              May the God of peace touch us with mercy,
                                 still our questioning hearts with tranquillity,
                                 embrace our broken lives with healing and forgiveness,
                                 and bring us all to everlasting life…

                                                        AMEN!

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY

Mary points the People of God to the Glory of Christ:  may we always reflect the wonder of our Risen Saviour to a world in need of a vision of glory and humanity…
                                   [reader]                   LORD WE PRAY…
                                   [response]             SHINE YOUR GLORY UPON US…

Mary, faithful Daughter of Zion, shines with peace to a world wounded by conflicts:  as war rages in Afghanistan, and remembering the criminal devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Atomic destruction, we pray for peace and disarmament throughout the world; but in particular in Mary’s land of Israel and Palestine, and for the people of Afghanistan;  we pray also for all women who are abused in war zones and oppressed by vicious ideologies – raise up political leaders with the courage to serve the peace of the their people and our world

                                   [reader]                   LORD WE PRAY…
                                   [response]             SHINE YOUR GLORY UPON US…

Mary, the exalted poor one, ‘illuminates the dignity and rights of the human person’  (as St Oscar Romero taught) as she challenges us in the Magnificat to raise up the poor and powerless:  that the impoverished and oppressed be at the centre of our mission;  that the homeless,  the unemployed,  those rejected and discriminated against because of race, gender or sexual orientation will know their dignity; that those seeking safe asylum will find hope and encouragement in us and in Mary the Refugee

                                   [reader]                   LORD WE PRAY…
                                   [response]             SHINE YOUR GLORY UPON US…

Mary embraces all whom Jesus gives her to love:  we pray for those with special needs,  learning difficulties and for all whose gifts are not valued; we pray too on this Feast of the Woman clothed in the sun for all women whose equality is not recognised and whose dignity is not respected in Church and State alike

                                   [reader]                   LORD WE PRAY…
                                   [response]             SHINE YOUR GLORY UPON US…

Mary walks as a Pilgrim among her poor people: we pray for all who journey the spiritual search – may they embrace faith’s path of questioning, pondering and searching; we pray that having celebrated the Feasts of St Maximilian Kolbe and St Edith Stein, the martyrs of Auschwicz we will continue to keep the memory of Holocaust and genocides alive, that they be never repeated

                                   [reader]                   LORD WE PRAY…
                                   [response]             SHINE YOUR GLORY UPON US…

Mary is the faithful servant of Christ’s Healing: we pray for all who are depressed and are without hope; for all whose past wounds and imprisons them; for those suffering from Covid around the world and for all who are sick and housebound: …
As we celebrate Mary’s Resurrection, we pray eternal life for …, all victims of the Haiti Earthquake, the shooting in Plymouth, and the war in Afghanistan;
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time

                                   [reader]                   LORD WE PRAY…
                                   [response]             SHINE YOUR GLORY UPON US…

Mary, Assumed into Heaven, pray with us for equality between women and men, and for the poor and oppressed of the world… 

HAIL MARY…

We pray for other needs in a moment of silence…

FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY

PRIEST:      Today is a day of rejoicing,  a day of glory:  for Mary the poor virgin of Nazareth is raised above the angels; she has gone before us into the fullness of Christ’s Resurrection.  Her glory is His, she is a mirror, reflecting the wonder of Christ to us. She summons us likewise to be mirrors of Christ’s Glory to the world; she pleads with us to tread her same path of humble and faith-filled love, and like her to give of Christ’s endless life and hope to the people of our earth. Let us ask forgiveness for the ways and times we have clouded, not reflected Christ’s glory and love…

READER:             For the ways the poverty of our loving has hidden
the wonder of Christ from the people among whom we live;
for the ways we have not struggled for peace in a war-torn world…

                                                LORD HAVE MERCY …

For the ways and times we refuse a share in the sufferings of Christ,
                                   and so do not touch the glory of Christ…

                                                CHRIST HAVE MERCY …

For those times when we do not defend the dignity and rights
of the human person especially the poor and the vulnerable,
and those of races or sexual orientation other than our own…

                                                LORD HAVE MERCY …

PRIEST:        May the God of Life free us from the sin that is death;
                          May the Risen Jesus summon us by his mercy into the holiness
                                          that is His Resurrection;
                          May the Holy Spirit heal us into the glory that is our destiny
                                          and our witness to the world
                          and bring us all to everlasting life…

                                             AMEN!

Nineteenth Sunday of the Year B

PRIEST:         We have come together today so that like Elijah the Prophet we too can be nourished from the hand of God, strengthened as we journey through life with all its struggles. In loving obedience to Jesus in today’s Gospel, we come to share Bread … Bread come down from Heaven to give life. We have come to drink of the same Cup, partaking of the Blood of Christ. As sharers of this Bread and drinkers of this Cup we are called to be bearers of this life to our world:  a life that is full and compassionate,  a life that is tender with gentleness and strong with justice.  Let us ask ourselves whether we live Eucharist every day… 

READER:                 God is our life-giver…
when we do not give life because we choose
                                      to hurt and wound by our words and deeds…

                                                             LORD HAVE MERCY …

Jesus is our pain-bearer…
when we are afraid to share another’s pain,
                                       to carry another’s burden,
                                       to get involved in another’s journey and sorrow…

                                                             CHRIST HAVE MERCY …

The Spirit is our love-maker…
when we refuse love, diminish community,  act insensitively…

                                                             LORD HAVE MERCY …

PRIEST:      May God the giver of life embrace us in mercy;
                        may Jesus the bearer of pain heal our wounds and set us free;
                        may the Spirit,  the maker of our love,
                       reconcile and heal our relationships and fill our emptiness
                       with the fulness of love;
                       and bring us all to everlasting life…

                                                               AMEN!

Feast of the Transfiguration of the lord

PRIEST:   As we celebrate today the beautiful Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, we behold the Glory of God, the glory that each of us carries deep within our being. For we are all created in God’s image and likeness. And the Glory of God is humanity fully alive.  Transfiguration is only complete, however, when we have transformed our world from war and injustice into the glory of equality, justice and peace among all the peoples of the earth. Sadly today is also the anniversary of the dropping of first Atom Bomb – upon the city of Hiroshima in Japan. Its dark cloud of death and destruction has overshadowed the world ever since! To transform a world addicted to weapons of mass destruction will demand we truly listen to Him – God’s Word made flesh – and act! Let us now bring our world of war to the God of Peace and limitless Mercy.

READER:               For the human addiction to war and destruction
that it be transfigured to peace and healing

                                                               LORD HAVE MERCY …

For the mountains of injustice and inequality
                                    that diminishes all human beings, both rich and poor alike

                                                               CHRIST HAVE MERCY …

For the transformation of our inhumanity that wounds
into the divine Humanity that is fully alive and life-giving

                                                               LORD HAVE MERCY …

PRIEST:     May God our Father speak his words of forgiveness
and 
mercy to our hearts;
                       May the Transfigured Christ transform the darkness of
                                      our sin into the glory of His love;
                      May the Holy Spirit be the light of justice, healing
                                     and compassion in our hearts,
                      and bring us and all Creation to everlasting life…

                                                                  AMEN!