28th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C

That God’s People in every land and culture will be faithful to the call of Christ to be a healing community that welcomes the broken and the excluded, revealing the merciful face of the Father; that the Church will truly listen to the Word God is speaking through St John Henry Newman, canonised today

[READER]      GOD OF THE EXCLUDED…
[response]     GATHER YOUR SCATTERED PEOPLE

For those excluded from a just sharing of the Earth’s resources, for those who are victims of fear and discrimination, for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, for those fleeing conflict and poverty in order to build new lives in a new land – may we build a world that cares and welcomes – we pray especially for audacious guidance of the Holy Spirit for the Pan-Amazon Synod in Rome at this time
[READER]      GOD OF THE EXCLUDED…

For those who leave their own families, nations and cultures to cross boundaries and frontiers to bring healing and hope to those with little access to health care;  for all medical staff in war zones; for all who risk their very lives to be Good News to the Poor and Prophets of Justice:

[READER]      GOD OF THE EXCLUDED…

For the healing ministry of our parish community, that we will develop as a community that listens, that holds, that heals and that includes all without reservation: that yesterdays Parish Pilgrimage in honour of the Church’s martyrs will lead us all to greater courage in witnessing to Christ and great tenderness to the broken of our world

[READER]      GOD OF THE EXCLUDED…

That the conscience of Europe including and especially our own nation will be shaken by the plight of 88,000 unaccompanied refugee children fleeing the terror of conflict and the terror of poverty – may Britain and all Europe learn how to weep again!

[READER]      GOD OF THE EXCLUDED…

For all who suffer from leprosy and for all who care for them; for the sick and housebound that they might know that they share in the mission of the Church; we pray in particular for …
for those who have died recently: especially …. and the victims of the renewed conflict in the Middle East
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time: …

[READER]      GOD OF THE EXCLUDED…

Mary, Servant of healing for the poor and the excluded, help us renew the Church in healing love…
HAIL MARY…

We pray for other needs in a moment of silence…

27th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C

The Apostles asked the Lord, ‘Increase our faith’ … we pray for Pope Francis and the new Cardinals he has appointed from the peripheries of our world, pastors from places of poverty and powerlessness; may they serve to deepen faith among all the People of God, renewing and reforming the Church as a humble servant bring healing to creation  

                                                 [READER]      LORD WE BELIEVE…
[Response]    Increase our Faith

‘Were your faith the size of a mustard seed’ replied the Lord … we pray for an outpouring of the God’s bold Holy Spirit upon the Pan-Amazon Synod that opens today in Rome: may the whole Church and beyond listen to the voices of suffering creation, the groans of the rain forests and the cries for justice from the indigenous peoples, our brothers and sisters with so much wisdom to teach our world 

                                                 [READER]      LORD WE BELIEVE…

Jesus asks us to serve and not to count the cost – that world leaders, multi-national businesses and the finances houses of the world, seek now power and profit, but to serve justice and the healing of creation, before it is too late for future generations

                                                 [READER]      LORD WE BELIEVE…

Paul tells Timothy, ‘Stir up into a flame the Spirit given you’ … we pray that as a parish family we might open ourselves to the power and gift of the Holy Spirit and so live more deeply the Spirit’s work of service, justice and mission: we pray especially for the work of CAFOD as it addresses Climate Change and justice the poorest of tour suffering Earth

                                                 [READER]      LORD WE BELIEVE…

‘God’s gift was not a spirit of timidity, but of power, love and self-control’ … that all our children and young people may be gifted in the Spirit to become joyful and mature disciples of Christ, equipped as witnesses of faith and love: we pray especially for all those preparing to be confirmed in the Spirit in the coming months

                                                 [READER]      LORD WE BELIEVE…

‘Bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News’ … we pray with faith and trust for the sick, the housebound and the depressed, especially ….
for those who have died recently, especially …. and all victims of conflict and war and the destruction of our rain forests
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time:

                                                 [READER]      LORD WE BELIEVE…

Our Lady of the Rosary and Mother of all Creation, pray with us for our children made Catechumens today and stir up the Spirit of Peace within us and in the world…
                                                                              HAIL MARY…

We pray for our Parish Finance Committee and other needs in a moment of silence…

26th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C

‘As a man dedicated to God, you must aim to be saintly and religious’ … for Pope Francis as he leads the Church to renewal and humility – that together we might offer the world a more effective witness of authentic holiness, of ‘faith and love, patience and gentleness’  

                                          [Reader]         LORD WE PRAY…
[PEOPLE]      HEAR THE CRIES OF THE POOR

‘As a man dedicated to God, you must aim to be saintly and religious’ … for Pope Francis as he leads the Church to renewal and humility – that together we might offer the world a more effective witness of authentic holiness, of ‘faith and love, patience and gentleness’  

                                          [Reader]         LORD WE PRAY…

‘Woe to those ensconced so snugly on ivory beds’ … that the rich and powerful nations will recognise their impoverished victims and at last become serious about justice for the poor, ‘the new name for Peace’, for the work of CAFOD bringing the Hope and Justice of the Gospel to the peoples

                                          [Reader]         LORD WE PRAY…

‘If someone comes from the dead, they will repent’ … For the oppressed peoples of the world, in particular the peoples of Syria, Yemen, the forgotten Rohinga Muslims and the 67 million refugees world-wide: may the powerful of the world listen to their cries and build a more human, equal, peaceful and free world

                                          [Reader]         LORD WE PRAY…

‘There was a rich man who feasted everyday and the poor Lazarus at his gate’ … For all who work to bring justice and hope, shelter and food, education and employment to the poor and homeless of our inner city; for the Wild Goose Café, the Spring of Hope Ladies Night Shelter, our ‘Borderlands’ Charity, for the many housing initiatives in our city and for the teachers of our inner city schools

                                          [Reader]         LORD WE PRAY…

‘The dogs even came and licked his sores’ … for doctors and nurses, social workers and community psychiatric workers who serve in the inner city that they might bring healing and hope to many; for our parish healing ministry and our Emmaus listening and talking group that each might serve the most broken in our midst

                                          [Reader]         LORD WE PRAY…

‘Now he is being comforted’ … for all who are the victims of our successful society and city, so often addicted on our streets; we pray also for … 
for those who have died recently, especially … and all victims of armed conflict;   and for all whose anniversaries are at this time… 

                                          [Reader]         LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray with us for peace of the Middle East region…

                                                             HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence…

 

25th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C

That Christians everywhere will witness to Jesus the Truth and Justice of God by the highest standards of honesty and integrity in the world business, finance and politics 

                                                 [Reader]        LORD WE PRAY…
[PEOPLE]     TEACH US TO LIVE THE GOSPEL

As we mark UN World Peace Day at this time, we pray for world leaders who hold the power of life and death in their hands, that they will listen to the human cry for peace and an end to killing and terror, especially in Syria and Yemen, the Congo and Cameroon; we pray also that the great powers will support and not undermine the work of the United Nations

                                                 [Reader]        LORD WE PRAY…

For all who cannot find employment, for those denied the right to work, for those unable to work because of sickness and disability, for those who are exploited in the work place, for those suffering the injustice of zero hours contracts

                                                 [Reader]        LORD WE PRAY…

For  all young people starting at University at this time, that they might develop their skills and personalities in ways that will build a future of peace and justice for our world; we pray especially for chaplaincies that seek to bring the challenging wisdom of Christ to our students

                                                 [Reader]        LORD WE PRAY…

That the God of the Poor will empower our parish community as we struggle for justice and healing for the people of the Inner City, especially those most marginalised in our wealthy city and those seeking safe asylum among us

                                                 [Reader]        LORD WE PRAY…

We pray we might always welcome through our prayer those hurting in mind, heart or body and for those who care for them; we pray especially for … 
for those who have died recently, especially … and victims of war and terrorism;
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time…  

                                                 [Reader]        LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, our Lady of Walsingham, pray with us for the renewed evangelisation of our land and for greater integrity in political leadership…

                                                                            HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence…

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY YEAR C

‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them’ – may the Church always ‘fling wide open the gates of God’s Mercy’ and be a sign of God’s prodigious forgiveness in our broken world – may many who have experienced the Church’s rejection come home and find themselves again

[Reader]               LORD WE PRAY …
[People]                Teach us to forgive.

‘Rejoice with me … I have found the sheep that was lost’ – for those who have lost themselves in drug and alcohol addiction that they will find the joy of freedom, wholeness and new life: that the Church will seek always to be the Good Shepherd searching for the alienated, the Elder brother who brings home the lost to the Father’s love

[Reader]               LORD WE PRAY …

St Paul writes, ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save…’ – may all discover the freedom there is in forgiving one another, and political leaders everywhere embrace a new Politics of Forgiveness and so bring peace to our war-torn world, especially in Syria and Yemen

[Reader]               LORD WE PRAY …

‘Christ Jesus has judged me faithful enough to call me into his service’ – for the many young people of the Church who offer their time, energy and skills to bring Gospel hope and life to impoverished communities across the world: that Pope Francis’s call for a simpler and poorer Church inspire our young people to answer the call of Christ and serve the poor

[Reader]               LORD WE PRAY …

‘I shall leave this place and return to my father’ – for a renewal of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in our lives and our communities, that we shall find again the joy and life that comes from celebrating this Sacrament of Mercy and Forgiveness

                                           [Reader]               LORD WE PRAY …

For the healing and comforting of the sick, for those disturbed of mind that they might find peace, for those who have ruined their mental or physical health through addiction: and we pray especially for ….
We pray eternal life for those who have died recently, in particular … and all who have perished in war and conflict, especially in Syria
And for those whose anniversaries are at this time, in particular the victims of 9/11 and the wars and terror that has flowed from that atrocity

[Reader]               LORD WE PRAY …

Let us ask Mary to guide the Church to welcome home those who have lost their way
                                                                             HAIL MARY….

We now pray in a moment of silence for other needs

23rd Sunday of the Year C

For Christians everywhere, that all might hear the call to deeper discipleship, model their lives upon the life and love of Jesus Christ, and choose each day to shoulder with Christ the Cross of humanity’s suffering and walk His Way of Love

[READER]              LORD WE PRAY…
[Response]           Teach us to walk Your Way

For a world where slavery still exists: for all the victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, for all children deprived of their childhood by the rigours and harsh employment or forced in war as child soldiers or sexually exploited

[READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

For this Parish of St Nicholas of Tolentino as we celebrate today 171 years of witnessing to the Gospel and serving the Kingdom: may we embrace every new challenge and always  be a missionary community of healing, peace and justice  

[READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

For the wisdom of the Spirit to guide our parish communities as Pope Francis leads the Church in reform and renewal, that we will not cling to the past, but embrace a new future of mission and witness to the Living Christ who calls, heals and saves

[READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

For our children as they return to school to begin a new school year, for those who begin in new schools or at University, for our teachers and staff – above all may they and we learn to follow Christ with love and build a world of justice and of peace
                                                [READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

For the healing and peace of our sick and housebound brothers and sisters, for all injured by natural disasters of by war and conflict and for those who care for them;
for those who have died recently, especially all killed by the Hurricane in the Bahamas and those killed violently in South Africa in recent days
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time in particular… 

[READER]              LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, seat of wisdom and first and greatest disciple, pray with us…

HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence…

Feast of St Nicholas of Tolentino

For 171 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 brokeness, deepen our love for Christ Jesus, bind us together in life-giving community and empower our mission to be Good News to the Poor

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 

LORD HEAL OUR  WORLD…

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

LORD HEAL OUR  WORLD…

Throughout these past 171 years our parish has welcomed 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

LORD HEAL OUR  WORLD…

Giving thanks for our 171 years of mission and looking forward with hope to the years to come, we pray for a renewed vision of mission and healing, growing as a ‘communion for mission’; may we continue to build healing bridges uniting many cultures, races, identities and faiths, caring together for the poor, the marginalised and the excluded of the inner city more effectively 

LORD HEAL OUR  WORLD…

That our children and young people 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

LORD HEAL OUR  WORLD…

St Nicholas was used so extensively by God to bring healing to the sick and the poor: for all who have been wounded in mind and heart by abuse, injustice and poverty; we pray especially for ….
St Nicholas prayed deeply for the dead: we pray for those violently killed in South Africa, for all who perished in the Bahamas;
we pray also for all the faithful departed of our parish in its 171 years history and for … whose anniversaries are at this time  

LORD HEAL OUR  WORLD…

 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…

22nd SUNDAY OF THE YEAR C

That the Church will heed Pope Francis and walk a humble path of holiness and service in our contemporary world, making a home for the broken, dispossessed, excluded and victimised of the world and so bring the Light and Justice of the Gospel to our people

                                           [Reader]                    LORD WE PRAY…
[PEOPLE]                 RAISE UP THE POOR

For our world which honours wealth and power while ignoring the poor and lame – that one day humanity will win and we will raise up the downtrodden from the prisons of poverty: we pray in particular for our One World Schools in Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Cameroon and for the 67 million refugees and asylum seekers world-wide

                                           [Reader]                    LORD WE PRAY…

For our children and young people as they return to school and college soon; for our teachers and all who work in our schools, especially St Nick’s, St Bede’s, St Bernadette’s and St Brendan’s; for our young people soon to begin a new life at University o rinthe world of work  

                                           [Reader]                    LORD WE PRAY…

For all who feel excluded from the Table of the Lord by the Church, that they might forgive us and we might change to be a community that welcomes and includes all without conditions: we pray in particular for our LGBTI sisters and brothers who suffer grievously form authoritarian governments and judgemental churches

                                           [Reader]                    LORD WE PRAY…

We pray God’s blessing for the work of our ‘Borderlands Charity’ that it might gather the resources we need to be always Good News to the Poor, joyful bearers of God’s Mercy and Healing in the world of the marginalised and the excluded

                                           [Reader]                    LORD WE PRAY…

We pray we might always welcome through our prayer the lame and blind, those crippled in mind or body; we pray especially for those suffering because of war in the Middle East, and Ebola in Central Africa and for the medical staff who care for them;  we pray also for ….
for those who have died recently, especially the victims of knife crime;
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time:

                                           [Reader]                    LORD WE PRAY…

Mary, the poor One of Nazareth, pray with us for our nation in political turmoil and for the people of Hong Kong struggling against authoritarianism

                                                                                  HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence…

21st Sunday Year C

That the People of God will walk with Christ through the ‘Narrow Door’ of God’s radical and universal love and so guide the Nations along the Way that leads to Life and Freedom:

                                          [READER]                LORD, LEAD US WE PRAY…
                                        [RESPONSE]          THROUGH THE NARROW DOOR OF ENDLESS LOVE!

For our world wounded by terrorism and divided by war and ethnic conflicts; for reconciliation between the people’s of East and West, North and South; for global disarmament that the vast sums spent on weapons of destruction will instead feed the hungry and heal the sick of our one earth: we pray especially for the peoples of the Middle East and Central Africa

                                          [READER]                LORD, LEAD US WE PRAY…

May all who worship the God of many names learn to live in communion with the Earth and all its creatures, combat global warming, and challenge the culture of profit and wealth that is destroying our environment; for the protection of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon region and their great forests that are the Earth’s lungs

                                          [READER]                LORD, LEAD US WE PRAY…

That all human hearts will be converted to compassion and love in the face of humanity’s struggles; for the millions of refugees and displaced people around the world, seeking safety, freedom and hope and in particular for the countless number of unaccompanied child refugees 

                                          [READER]                LORD, LEAD US WE PRAY…

For a deeper commitment to Inter-Faith Dialogue, especially between Christianity, Islam and Judaism, in the pursuit of the Glory of God and the peace of the world … that our parish will play its part in building bridges of understanding between different Faith traditions here in the Inner City 

                                          [READER]                LORD, LEAD US WE PRAY…

For all young people who have received their exam results … that they may use their gifts in the service of a Better World, and never value themselves or others by their successes or failures

                                          [READER]                LORD, LEAD US WE PRAY…

We pray with faith and trust for the sick, the housebound and the depressed:  we pray especially for …
for those who have died recently, especially the victims of Ebola in the Congo and war in the Middle East
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time: …

                                          [READER]                LORD, LEAD US WE PRAY…

Mary, whose life points us to the Narrow Door of a great love, pray with us for Sarai baptised today and her family…

                                                                              HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence…

20th Sunday of the Year – C

Jesus says, ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth’ … may the Church be on fire with the Holy Spirit, proclaiming Good News to the Poor and with the courage of the prophets challenging our world with the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Justice, Love and Peace. 

                                             [READER]                  LORD WE PRAY…
[Response]                Burn in us with your love

Jesus warns us that faithfulness to him will cause division … we pray for the unity of all Christians in the service of the Kingdom of Light as we challenge the culture of death; in particular we pray for those areas of the world afflicted with division, conflict and violence, especially Syria and the Middle East, Central Africa and Cameroon, and the struggling people of Hong Kong 

                                             [READER]                  LORD WE PRAY…

We are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses … we pray for a deeper experience of the Communion of the Saints, knowing that they encourage us to be evermore faithful to Jesus, to keep our gaze upon him

                                             [READER]                  LORD WE PRAY…

‘Let us not lose sight of Jesus, but keep running steadily’ … we pray for our young people as they receive their exam results and prepare for the next phase of their development and education: may they never judge themselves or others by their success, but always value themselves for who they are; we pray especially for all young people tempted to suicide

                                             [READER]                  LORD WE PRAY…

‘The household will be divided…’ Wounded by the verbal attacks on the LGBT+ community from leading bishops in America, Poland, and parts of Africa, we pray encouragement for all our prophetic LGBT+ sisters and brothers who remain part of our Community of Faith despite so much condemnation 

                                             [READER]                  LORD WE PRAY…

For all who are on pilgrimage or holiday at this time, that they will return home safe and refreshed; for all families that holiday time will not be a struggle with stress and poverty but an opportunity to enjoy quality time with one another

                                             [READER]                  LORD WE PRAY…

We pray with faith and trust for the sick, in particular those suffering form Ebola and those caring for them; for the housebound and the depressed:  especially for …
for those who have died recently, especially the murdered PC Andrew Harper, the victims of Ebola in Central Africa and all victims of war and poverty ;
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time …

                                             [READER]                  LORD WE PRAY…

   Mary, assumed into Heaven, teach us how to be prophets of the Kingdom as you are…
                                                                                     HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence…