Prayer of the Faithful – October
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 1, 2023
In today’s Gospel Jesus tells a parable about doing the father’s will. We pray for all whom the Lord is calling to be a priest, deacon or religious, that they will have the grace to discern the Lord’s call and the guidance of the holy Spirit.
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time — October 8, 2023
In our reading today St. Paul tells the church community that if there is anything they need to pray for it with thanksgiving and to fill their hearts and minds with everything that is good and pure. We pray for all who are discerning a vocation as a priest, deacon or religious, that they turn to God in prayer and open their hearts to discern the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time — October 15, 2023
In our Gospel, Jesus using a parable about a wedding banquet tells us “For many are called, few are chosen”. We pray for those who are chosen by the Lord to live their lives as a priest, deacon or religious, that they may respond with generosity.
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time — October 22, 2023
In the Gospel Jesus tells us to ‘give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.’ We pray for an increase in vocations, that those who are being called by God to live their lives as a priest, deacon or religious, may discern through prayer to give their lives in service to God.
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time — October 29, 2023
In responding to the Pharisees, Jesus identifies the commandments to love God and to love our neighbour as being the greatest commandments. We pray for those who are discerning a vocation, that they can live their lives as a priest, deacon or religious loving God and their neighbour.
Prayer of the Faithful – November
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time — November 5, 2023,
In teaching about humility, Jesus tells us “The greatest among you must be your servant.” We pray for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life and that those who are discerning to follow the Lord in this way, may be graced with humility and be servants of love.
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time—November 12, 2023
Our fist reading tells us that “Wisdom is found by those who look for her”and the psalm responds “For you my soul is thirsting, O God, my God”. In the Gospel Jesus tells us to “Stay awake”. We pray for those who are discerning a vocation, that they ‘thirst for God’ that like a dry weary land without water, they pine for God, that they look for Wisdom and that they “stay awake” to watch for the signs of God in their lives.
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time—November 19, 2023
In our Gospel Jesus uses a parable to highlight our use of the gifts that he has given to each of us. “You have been faithful in small things; come and join in your master’s house. We pray that those who are discerning a vocation may have the courage to respond to the call of the Lord and to use their gifts in serving God.
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe —
November 26, 2023
In our first reading and psalm the image of a caring shepherd is used to portray God and they way God cares for us his flock. In the Gospel Jesus tells us how God will separate the sheep from goats – those who lived righteous lives from those who did not. We pray for vocations, that those called by the Lord may hear his voice, and respond with generosity to be shepherds of his flock as priests, deacons and religious.