Twenty-Third Sunday of the Year A

For the Church … that through the Global Synod we will not be afraid to listen to each other and the modern world in all its struggles and dilemmas, while proclaiming the challenging truth of Christ with both compassion and boldness

                      [READER]                LORD WE PRAY…
                      [Response]             Speak Your Truth to us…

In this Season of Creation, may all humanity be caring stewards of Creation and bring healing to our wounded ‘Common Home’ as we listen to the cries of the Earth and the cries of the Poor’

                      [READER]                LORD WE PRAY…
                      [Response]             Speak Your Truth to us…

All the commandments are summed up in the Law of Love … that our society will not cheapen and degrade the dignity of Love – that in a world of short-lived relationships many will have the courage to make long-term commitments and rebuild our communities and families 

                      [READER]                LORD WE PRAY…
                      [Response]             Speak Your Truth to us…

‘You shall not kill’ … that men and women of violence of everywhere ‘will listen this day to the voice of the Lord’, and be converted to peace in Ukraine, Sudan, the Middle East, Mali, Cameroon and Niger, and in the many theatres of conflict and war in Africa

                      [READER]                LORD WE PRAY…
                      [Response]             Speak Your Truth to us…

For our children and teachers who begin a new academic year; for those changing schools and colleges at this time, and those preparing to begin at University … may all grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding

                      [READER]                LORD WE PRAY…
                      [Response]             Speak Your Truth to us…

For all spiritual directors, guides and counsellors as they seek to accompany another along the Way of Christ – may all speak the truth in love, so that the truth does not wound but liberates and heals

                      [READER]                LORD WE PRAY…
                      [Response]             Speak Your Truth to us…

We pray for our sick and housebound brothers and sisters that we might joyfully pay ‘the debt of mutual love’ … for
for those who have died recently especially … and the victims of war and conflicts and the ravages of global warming;
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time Queen Elizabeth II …

                      [READER]                LORD WE PRAY…
                      [Response]             Speak Your Truth to us…

Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray with us that all might return to Christ your Son…

                                                             HAIL MARY…

Let us pray for other needs in a moment of silence, especially our children and young people returning to schools and colleges …

FEAST OF ST NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINO

For 175 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 175 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 gathering as one all 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 that our Global Synod will bring us a renewed vision for the 21st Century Church of mission and healing, growing in communion with all creation; in this ‘Season of Creation’ may we listen to the cries of the Earth and the cries of the poor, build healing communities of diverse 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 will grow up to care for the poorest, respecting people of all races, cultures and sexual orientation and valuing our multi-ethnic 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 and 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 those who have died recently … because of war, and conflict, the refugee journey and climate change;
we pray also for all the faithful departed of our parish in its 175 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…

TWENTIETH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A

For the whole Church that we might all share in the Universal Love of God for all peoples and nations and, becoming truly Catholic, serve the world’s peace; that God will give wisdom, compassion and prophetic courage to our Universal Pastor, Pope Francis as he enables the Church’s Global Synod

                            [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…
                            [Response]         Share Your love with us…

As the Church is challenged to be a House of Prayer for all Peoples, may it be the servant and instrument of God’s struggle for peace, for justice and for integrity for our conflict-torn world: we pray peace for all the peoples of Ukraine, Sudan, the Middle East, Yemen, Niger and Ecuador

                          [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…
                          [Response]         Share Your love with us…

As our young people received exam results this week, we pray for them as they shape their future and make far-reaching decisions – may they rejoice to use their skills and gifts to create a better and more just world, and value themselves and others not by exam results but by the ‘wonder of their being’

                          [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…
                          [Response]         Share Your love with us…

We pray for our LGBTQ+ friends throughout the world, especially those threatened by laws that victimise them and Christian leaders who uphold their condemnation – may the Holy Spirit of God’s Universal Love lead them and us ‘into all truth’

                          [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…
                          [Response]         Share Your love with us…

We pray for our parish community that we will always seek to be ‘God’s Field Hospital’, a place of healing and welcome to all without exception; may our nation have a new heart of compassion and acceptance for our refugee and asylum community

                          [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…
                          [Response]         Share Your love with us…

We pray for all who serve the safety of our communities in the Police Force, for all who administer the Justice system of our land – may they be supported as they deal with the most shocking of crimes while seeking always True Justice for all our people

                          [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…
                          [Response]         Share Your love with us…

For the sick and housebound and all who care for them in hospital, hospice or home: for all who are terminally ill and are journeying towards the eternal heart of God;
for those who have died recently: those who died in the Wildfires especially in Hawaii and all those who have drowned in the refugee boats;
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time:

                          [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…
                          [Response]         Share Your love with us…

Mary, Queen of peace amd Mother of all Peoples, pray with us for our children baptised today…

                                                             HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment’s stillness …

NINETEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A

That the Church of God will teach us how to pray, to go up the Mountain of God’s Presence and listen to the whispering voice of God deep in the heart and at the centre of the storm: may the renewal of the Church be energised by a renewal of prayer and faith

                                                      [READER]                       LORD TEACH US TO PRAY…
                                                      [Response]                     Speak to our hearts…

In the midst of the storm Jesus calls out to the world – ‘Courage, it is I! … Come!’ : in the midst of the many crises facing our world at this time, may many search for the the reality of God, taste of the riches of prayer to be found in the Christian tradition, and have the courage to walk towards the Christ of today’s world

                                                      [READER]                       LORD TEACH US TO PRAY…
                                                      [Response]                     Speak to our hearts…

Like St Paul and St Edith Stein, we too pray for the Jewish People all over the world, that in fidelity to the Covenant with the God of Abraham, the God of Moses, they might discover in Jesus not an enemy but a fulfilment, and in Christians not foes but friends and companions along the Ways of God … we pray also for peace between Israel and Palestine and for the stricken peoples of Sudan, Ukraine and Yemen and for the freedom of the Uiga Muslims of China  

                                                      [READER]                       LORD TEACH US TO PRAY…
                                                      [Response]                     Speak to our hearts…

For those communities around the world who have suffered from the effects of Global Warming: floods, wildfires, storms and heatwaves; may all humanity and the leaders of nations and multi-national companies listen to the cries of the Earth and act decisively and quickly to save and heal our planet for future generations

                                                      [READER]                       LORD TEACH US TO PRAY…
                                                      [Response]                     Speak to our hearts…

On this Sea Sunday, we pray for all who serve us on the seas, for all seafarers who are exploited by their employers; and for the Church’s Mission to Seafarers and their families

                                                      [READER]                       LORD TEACH US TO PRAY…
                                                      [Response]                     Speak to our hearts…

We pray for all who live the contemplative life, in monasteries and convents, in hermitages and shanty towns, in ordinary homes and families … may they stand faithfully before the Presence of God with hearts open to listen and love, and encourage us all to the prayer of silent loving and waiting stillness 

                                                      [READER]                       LORD TEACH US TO PRAY…
                                                      [Response]                     Speak to our hearts…

May the sick and housebound embrace with love their ministry of prayer and intercession, as we now pray for them: for …;
for
those who have died recently: especially … and those killed in the wildfires in Hawaii, war and conflict in Sudan and Ukraine
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time:

                                                      [READER]                       LORD TEACH US TO PRAY…
                                                      [Response]                     Speak to our hearts…

Mary, Woman of Prayer, Prophet of Justice and Queen of Peace, pray with us, pray for us ..
Hail Mary…

Let us pray in a moment’s stillness …

FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD

That the Church of Christ may seek to glorify God by listening to the Master, each other and the world, proclaiming hope and humanity to all, and building a Kingdom of Justice and Peace upon  the Earth

                  [reader:]              LORD, REVEAL YOUR GLORY…
                 [response:]        AND SPEAK YOUR WORD TO US

For the Peace of the world and a global commitment to Nuclear disarmament, as we mark this tragic Anniversary of the dropping of the Atom Bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima; we pray that the nations will find sanity and never again threaten destruction of our world and mass murder of our people

                  [reader:]              LORD, REVEAL YOUR GLORY…
                 [response:]        AND SPEAK YOUR WORD TO US

That in our parish and diocese we may build on the witness and vision of St Pope Paul VI, whose anniversary is today…that his life’s work of the renewal and transformation of the Church may be embraced with renewed vigour and courage – we pray for Pope Francis as he seeks the reform of the Church by revitalising the vision of the Second Vatican Council and gathering us in the Global Synod.

                  [reader:]              LORD, REVEAL YOUR GLORY…
                 [response:]        AND SPEAK YOUR WORD TO US

For peoples everywhere, but especially in the developing world, in particular for the people of Yemen, Sudan, Ukraine and Tigray/Ethiopia as war, famine and disease are multiplied: that their tragedy may be transfigured into miracles of peace;  

                  [reader:]              LORD, REVEAL YOUR GLORY…
                 [response:]        AND SPEAK YOUR WORD TO US

For the young people of the Church all over the world who have gathered in Lisbon for the World Day of Youth: that they may ever grow in commitment to Jesus Christ and His Body the Church and so bring their gifts of faith, of hope and of love to the People of God and the Peoples of our common home, our planet

                  [reader:]              LORD, REVEAL YOUR GLORY…
                 [response:]        AND SPEAK YOUR WORD TO US

That the sick, wounded and broken of heart, mind and body may find their wounds transfigured into wholeness – we pray especially for …
for those who have died recently and all who have died in the many conflicts wounding our world;
and for those whose anniversaries are at this time: … and remembering all those killed in the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:  

                  [reader:]              LORD, REVEAL YOUR GLORY…
                 [response:]        AND SPEAK YOUR WORD TO US

Mary, One who glorified God in all things, pray with us for the peace of the world and for the wisdom and courage to tackle Global Warming

                                                   HAIL MARY…

We pray in the presence of God’s Glory for all human need…

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A

That the People of God might always seek Christ and live by His Wisdom which alone can give life: we pray especially for the Holy Spirit to guide Pope Francis and the Church’s Global Synod – may the voices and experience of the whole People of God be allowed to reform and renew the Church, to be fit for our 21st Century Mission 

                             [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…
                             [Response]          Teach us Your Wisdom…

The Spirit and Wisdom of God also seeks to draw us into unity: that the diverse peoples of our own nation, with all the challenges of our Post-Christian and secular society, might work for a new unity of global co-operation in the light of the crisis of Global warming: we pray also for the people of Yemen that their terrible suffering and for an end to war in conflict in Ukraine, Sudan and Cameroon and the birth of peace built on justice

                             [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…
                             [Response]          Teach us Your Wisdom…

For all scholars and scientists, for teachers and researchers, that their work with help all search for and find the wisdom to build a more just and humane world – a world of equality and a healed planet sustaining future generations 

                             [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…
                             [Response]          Teach us Your Wisdom…

For our parish community that we might more readily cast the dragnet of Mission into the depths of the Inner City and draw many to New Life in Christ … that we might place the Mission of the Gospel at the centre of our vision as a parish family: we pray especially for our ‘St Nicholas Bread’ Food Bank and our Borderlands Charity and all whom we serve

                             [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…
                             [Response]          Teach us Your Wisdom…

We give thanks and pray for  all grandparents and the elderly of our parish family and our nation – may their wisdom and experience be listened to and valued: may they know they are cherished and cared for by our community

                             [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…
                             [Response]          Teach us Your Wisdom…

That God might bring everything to the good for those who suffer most … that the sick might strengthened and healed: …
for those who have died recently, in particular …., all the victims the wars and conflicts conflicts that are wounding our world;
and for all whose anniversaries are at this time:  

                             [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…
                             [Response]          Teach us Your Wisdom…

Mary, seat of Wisdom who shares the Treasure of Christ with us, pray with us for our world…

                                                             HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence …

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

‘A sower went out to sow the seed’ … that all God’s People will sow the seed of the Word of God’s Love into the field of the world, and seek with our whole heart the harvest of the Kingdom    

                 [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…          
                 [RESPONSE]     May Your Word grow within us…

‘Some seed fell upon barren ground’ … that politicians and leaders in every theatre of conflict and violence will sow seeds of Peace especially in Ukraine, Sudan and Israel-Palestine; that the nations of the world will work together to bring about a new world of justice and equality for all

                 [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…          
                 [RESPONSE]     May Your Word grow within us…

‘Happy are your ears because they hear’ … we pray that all of us in our parish family will grow in a deeper love for the Word of God, and allow our lives and our parish to be formed by God’s Word: may our lives of love and faith speak silently God’s Word that is Love  

                 [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…          
                 [RESPONSE]     May Your Word grow within us…

‘Some seed fell upon rich soil and produced their crop’ … we pray for all who work the land and produce the food that feeds our nation and every nation – we pray for famine stricken peoples around the world, especially the victims of drought, flood and fire caused by Global Warming

                 [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…          
                 [RESPONSE]     May Your Word grow within us…

‘The lure of riches chokes the seed of the Word’ … that the CAFOD campaign in support of small farmers may convince the World Bank to change their policies and allow small farmers to keep and propagate their own seeds for ‘without seeds, being a farmer is impossible’ 

                 [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…          
                 [RESPONSE]     May Your Word grow within us…

We pray for our young people preparing for Confirmation next Sunday: may they catch the fire of the Holy Spirit, come alive in His Love and know the joy of living for Christ Jesus and the Gospel – may they use their gifts to build a compassionate and contemporary Church and a world of humanity and peace

                 [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…          
                 [RESPONSE]     May Your Word grow within us…

‘Those who hear and understand the Word yield a rich harvest’ … we pray for all suffering from the effects of famine and all caring for them – may they hear God’s Word of Love for them; for …  

for those who have died recently, especially … and all victims of race hatred, war, famine and the refugee journey;

and for all whose anniversaries are at this time: …

                 [READER]            LORD WE PRAY…          
                 [RESPONSE]     May Your Word grow within us…

Mary, Mother of the Word made Flesh, who pondered the Word, open our hearts to the Divine Seed, your Son, sown into creation to bring redemption to all…

                                                      HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence

Feast of the Holy & Undivided Trinity

God is perfect Relationship – Love that creates, that both gives and receives, that shares and binds in perfect harmony ….  may the Church everywhere be a living Sacrament of this creative love and unity, that all people might know their true identity and destiny.

                             [reader:]                   GOD OF LOVE
                             [response]              HEAR OUR PRAYER

God is perfect harmony at the heart of creation …. We pray for greater respect and reverence for creation, that we will learn how to live in communion with the Earth,  and harvest it’s resources without polluting and destroying God’s beautiful creation; we pray too for miracles of peace in our war-torn world, especially in Sudan, Ukraine, among the peoples of the Middle East, Cameroon, Mali and Congo

                             [reader:]                   GOD OF LOVE
                             [response]              HEAR OUR PRAYER

God is the community of equality that empowers the poor …. we pray for all people who are denied the basic necessities of life and for all refugees and those seeking safe asylum among us, especially those threatened with transportation to Rwanda: may we safeguard their dignity, made in God’s Image and Likeness; for all political leaders that they will serve not dominate, welcome not reject and always act honestly and with integrity.

                             [reader:]                   GOD OF LOVE
                             [response]              HEAR OUR PRAYER

God is our Life-Giver … we pray for our children Baptised today, those preparing to celebrate their First Eucharist and all our young People journeying towards Confirmation:  may they grow to love Christ more day by day and build with us a loving community of faith, service and witness

                             [reader:]                   GOD OF LOVE
                             [response]              HEAR OUR PRAYER

God is Unity …. we pray for deeper bonds of friendship and unity between the Churches, in the service of the mission of the Gospel; may we also build together a greater ‘Fellowship of Believers’ as people of different world faiths seeking to build a multi-cultural society without discrimination of any kind

                             [reader:]                   GOD OF LOVE
                             [response]              HEAR OUR PRAYER

God is the love that listens, heals and protects … for all medical and care staff and those researching vaccines and treatments for various serious illnesses …. we pray all who are sick and housebound, especially …
for all who have died recently: …, those killed in the Indian train disaster and all killed in the conflicts in Sudan and Ukraine;
and for all whose anniversaries occurs at this time: …

                             [reader:]                   GOD OF LOVE
                             [response]              HEAR OUR PRAYER

Mary, beloved of the Father, dwelling place of the Word made Flesh, overshadowed by the Spirit, pray with us for harmony among all peoples…

                                                                   HAIL MARY… 

Let us pray in silence for a moment.

FEAST OF PENTECOST – Day Mass

The Spirit clothes the Church with Divine Love … we pray that the Church, led by Pope Francis, Bishop Declan and the College of Bishops, may unite all peoples, races, classes and cultures in one great human family,  building a universal civilisation of love

            [reader]                   JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…
            [response]              Fill us Afresh with Your Love

The Spirit reconciles all peoples of the earth … we pray that men and women of violence everywhere will cease resisting the Spirit that urges peace upon them;  that both citizens and world leaders everywhere will give themselves to the task of building peace – we pray especially for the Ukraine, Sudan, the peoples of the Middle East, Mali and Cameroon

            [reader]                   JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…
            [response]              Fill us Afresh with Your Love

The Spirit renews the face of the earth … we pray in this ‘Laudato si’ Week that we will learn to live in harmony and respect for the wonder of creation,  working with God’s creative Spirit to heal our damaged earth and bringing true justice that shares the earth’s abundance with all equally

            [reader]                   JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…
            [response]              Fill us Afresh with Your Love

The Spirit showers gifts of ministry and mission upon the People of God… we pray that this Pentecost each one of us will experience a fresh outpouring of the Spirit’s Charismatic Gifts and so give ourselves generously to the work of the Kingdom – we pray that the Church’s Global Synod will free us to listen to the Spirit and build together a ‘New Way of being Church’

            [reader]                   JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…
            [response]              Fill us Afresh with Your Love

The Spirit leads us to the heart of our God … we pray for a deepening of the stillness of prayer in our lives, and for the welling up of praise and thankfulness: may we each know how infinitely we are loved by our God who dwells at the centre of our being

            [reader]                   JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…
            [response]              Fill us Afresh with Your Love

The Spirit sends us out in mission … we pray for all our Parish community that we will be open to God’s ever-new vision for us, together with diverse Christian brothers and sisters, and work to Proclaim Good News and serve the Kingdom in the Inner City; that the whole Church will act with more courage to live out God’s Option for the Poor and protect the vulnerable

            [reader]                   JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…
            [response]              Fill us Afresh with Your Love

The Spirit heals our every wound, enlightens every darkness: we pray for all suffering the wounds of war and poverty and for the sick and hurting of our parish family,  for all suffering from the Covid 19 virus and all who care for them; we pray also for …
the Spirit raises the dead: for all who have died recently, … and all victims of gun and knife crime, and those killed in war, especially in Sudan and Ukraine, both Russian and Ukrainian,
and for all whose anniversaries occur at this time: … and all victims of the Rwandan Genocide

            [reader]                   JESUS BREATHE YOUR SPIRIT…
            [response]              Fill us Afresh with Your Love

Mary of Pentecost,  help us all to open ever wider our hearts to the Spirit as you did …

                                                HAIL MARY…

Let us yield to the Spirit praying within us in a moment of silence…

FEAST OF PENTECOST – Fruits of the Spirit

[1] THE SPIRIT BRINGS LOVE:

The Scripture says ‘Love is always patient and kind’

O God our Father, may we always be filled with the Spirit of Love. Help us love one another as Jesus loved us. May it be our joy to share your love with all the world, healing every wound and reconciling every division. May this Spirit of Love and Wisdom of Your Kingdom guide our Pope, Francis, and our Bishop, Declan

sung response: Veni Sancte Spiritus [x2]

[2] THE SPIRIT BRINGS JOY:

        The Scripture says ‘…that your joy be complete’

O God our Life-Giver, may the Spirit of Joy be with us always, that joy promised by Jesus to all who follow his Way, that our witness to the Good News may be ever joyful; we pray particularly for all saddened by bereavement, grief, terminal illness or turmoil at this time  – may their sadness be turned to joy by your healing love

sung response: Veni Sancte Spiritus [x2]

[3] THE SPIRIT BRINGS PEACE: The Scripture says ‘My Peace I give you…’

O God the wellspring of our Peace, may the Peace of Christ which surpasses all understanding always be in our hearts, and everywhere in all the world. We pray especially for peace in lands where there is conflict and war – in particular for Ukraine, Sudan, the Holy Land, Syria, Yemen, Mali and the Cameroon 

sung response: Veni Sancte Spiritus [x2]

[4] THE SPIRIT BRINGS PATIENCE:

    The Scripture says ‘We wait for what we do not see in patience’

O God ever patient in waiting upon us, grant us to know when to be patient and long-suffering, and when to share your impatience and love’s anger in the struggles against injustice; may your Spirit teach us right patience as we wait upon your touch, and grant us a patient heart for those we find it hard to love or who have hurt us

[5] THE SPIRIT BRINGS KINDNESS:

      The Scripture says ‘Be kind and tender-hearted to one another’

O God who lavishes us with tender kindness, grant us that Spirit of Kindness that will be ever understanding and forgiving after the example of Jesus who befriended all and forgave without limit, to disciples who betrayed, denied and deserted Him, and to those who nailed him upon the Cross: may kindness be the character of our service, especially in the ministries of Borderlands, the Foodbank and the Parish Office

sung response: Veni Sancte Spiritus [x2]

[6] THE SPIRIT BRINGS GOODNESS:

    The Scripture says ‘Goodness and kindness shall follow me always’

O God of all Goodness, we praise you for your everlasting goodness towards all humanity and our creation. Grant us by your Spirit a hunger for all that is good, gratitude for the goodness in every person and every faith and a heart that listens to the cry of the poor and the cry of the Earth … may your Spirit empower us with action to heal our planet, our ‘common home’ assuring true justice the world’s poor

sung response: Veni Sancte Spiritus [x2]

[7] THE SPIRIT BRINGS TRUST:

        The Scripture says ‘Trust in God and trust in me…’

O God who never leaves us, may your Spirit work in our hearts to bring us to the place of such trust that we will lovingly abandon ourselves into your hands, and offer the gift of trust to one another – may we never disappoint another’s trust in us

sung response: Veni Sancte Spiritus [x2]

[8] THE SPIRIT BRINGS GENTLENESS:

The Scripture says ‘Happy the Gentle, they shall inherit the earth!’

O God of all gentleness, the world is too full of those who act violently and hurt others, even unknowingly. May your Spirit lead us along the paths of gentleness so that you might heal the aggression in our hearts, and by your Spirit’s power we might heal the aggression that wounds our world

sung response: Veni Sancte Spiritus [x2]

[9] THE SPIRIT BRINGS SELF-CONTROL:

 The Scripture says  ‘The Spirit is not timidity, but power, love and self-control’

O God who orders all things for our good and growth, may your Spirit grow in us the self-control that frees spontaneity and freshness in our lives and communities, while enabling us to discern all that will hurt another or ourselves – may we embrace love’s discipline in order to liberate love in each other