We start with the Sign of the Cross, and invite the Holy Spirit to guide us in prayer.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth thy Spirit and they shall be created, and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, didst instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Spirit we may be always truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolation, through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
We pause for a moment of reflection and we bring to mind the different groups of people who make up the parish community: we consider the school and her pupils and staff; those who are engaged in any ministry such as readers and ministers of Holy Communion, some of whom visit the sick. We pray for those who undertake charitable roles such as in the work of the SVP, and for those who would normally come together in parish groups, but presently cannot; we remember epically the rosary group, the scripture group, the Friday lunch club and the over 50s. We treasure those who help the parish celebrate a worthy liturgy – the musicians, flower arrangers, altar servers and cleaners; we pray for the sick and housebound and those who are gravely ill and are dying. We spend a few moments giving thanks for those who care for them, the nurses, social workers, doctors, Paul Sartori staff and volunteers. For all those who are working on the front line in this time of pandemic including fire, police, transport workers etc.; we ask for God’s blessing on those who help administratively in the parish.
Day 1 – 22nd May: that we may value them more.
Day 2 – 23rd May: that they might be given the strength they need in times of trial.
Day 3 – 24th May: that more people may come to join their number.
Day 4 – 25th May: that we might see more clearly how we can contribute to the parish.
Day 5 – 26th May: that our parish may be a place of welcome to all people.
Day 6 – 27th May: that our parish may transform the lives of all in our neighbourhood.
Day 7 – 28th May: that our faith may be deepened so we have the courage to be evangelizers.
Day 8 – 29th May: that we may grow in personal holiness.
Day 9 – 30th May: that we may be open to a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
God our Father, bless the endeavors of our parish as we strive to know you more, and help us to make you more known in our homes, workplaces and schools. Let us never grow tired of doing what is right and let us be faithful witnesses to the Good News you have given us. In the face of adversity give us courage; in the face of rejection, patience; in times of worry, deep peace. Let us praise you in all things so as to find the happiness you desire for each of us. With your grace, let us perfect our virtues so as to grow in holiness. Inspire us with your saints and keep your angels at watch over us. Make us prudent and wise and let us come to know you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
We finish with the Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary and Glory be.