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Prayers of the Faithful

Prayers of the Faithful

Introduction. 

Good day and welcome to our celebration of the Eucharist as we celebrate our Parish Feast of St James the Apostle.

We acknowledge the living culture of the Wurundjeri people, the traditional custodians of the land on which we stand, and pay tribute to the unique role they play in the life of this region.

As we celebrate the Feast of St James, the patron of our Parish in these extraordinary circumstances, we can look back and give thanks for the vision and loving service of our pioneers and welcome those who have recently joined our Parish Family. This is a time to pause and give thanks, both for the struggles and joys of the past but also to look forward in hope to our future.

As we enter into our celebration, let us reflect on our parish as being filled with missionary disciples,

• where every parishioner is passionate in sharing their love of Jesus,
• where people are open to nourish each other by word and sacrament,
• where people are sacrificial in their financial giving,
• and where they serve the community,

not to ‘help Father,’ but to joyfully express their co-responsibility for the life and mission of the parish.

Prayers of the Faithful

Celebrant: James, the brother of John, was called from mending his fishing nets to follow Christ. Assisted by the Apostle who learned to serve others, let us make our prayers.

Reader: We recall and give thanks to our pioneers, for our priests Fr Dominic Degiorgio, Fr Peter Ray, Fr Ed Vella and Fr Jude Pirotta, for those who dared to dream and committed themselves in loving service. May they rejoice in the spirit that has brought us to this day.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Reader: We give thanks to the Paulist Missionaries for sharing their charism of missionary discipleship and service in the spirit of St James and in supporting us in our faith, respecting the journey we began many years ago.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Reader: We acknowledge the growth in our community, the many volunteers and the loving service of many ministries which have evolved over the years. Open our ears that we might hear your call to discipleship and missionary service.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Reader: We thank you for the diversity and rich tapestry of races within our Parish community which helps to enrich our lives. May all of us reach out creating bridges that welcome and care for others from different walks of life.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Reader: We pray for the progress of our church extensions, for the architects and builders, that together we develop a worshiping centre that gathers us as a community of loving disciples.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Reader: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time especially all those in our Mass Intentions today. May they dwell in the Lord’s own house for ever and ever.
(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

St James Parish Prayer :
Loving God, through Your apostle James,
we seek Your guidance and constant protection for our parish community.

Gathered together as Your people, we come as we are,
to live out the Gospel message, in a faith-filled, welcoming and caring community.

Grant us Your help in our weakness,
that we may proclaim to all,
Your abundant goodness.

We praise and thank You for your gifts,
given freely to us.

May we never lose faith in You
and always strive to learn,
in a spirit of strength and gentleness.

On our pilgrimage,
may we be an example of Your love,
to those we meet.

Loving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we ask that You always watch over us
in all we do. Amen

Closing Prayer : God our Father; may the prayers of St James assist us as awe make our supplication to you. May the pilgrimage of this life be marked by our service of others. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Introduction:
This coming week we are reminded that however hard we may find it to pray, the Lord always knows what we need to say. It is God’s own Spirit that prays within our hearts.

This week, perhaps I might ask the Lord for a deeper trust to share all things with him in my prayer, even those things I find it hardest to express – knowing that he already sees and understands.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant: Dear friends, Jesus revealed the mystery of God’s rule in stories of daily work and life. Let us bring our world before God and pray for God’s blessing upon it.

Commentator: We pray for Pope Francis, that by the power of the Spirit he will keep calling the church to be renewed and reformed.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for a global cessation of hostilities, that poor and struggling nations can focus their energies on dealing with the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for all those who are subject to forced hard lockdown, that they will be provided with all the resources and pastoral care they need.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for front-line health care personnel and their support staff, that they stay safe and well and take good care of themselves.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for our Parish Community as we celebrate the Feast of St James our Patron next week. May we all be united with love, respect and concern for each other especially during this time of isolation.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Lisa Landells, Estel Jackson, Avelina Go, Charlie Vassallo and Elson Piano, and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time, Rikianto Satyadharma, Fr Paul Kierce, Frankie and Paddy Keane, Dodi Bienvenido Are, Jozef Bednarek, Jose Salita, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Bevan Wilson, Ron Gamble, Jeff Ruthburn, that they will enjoy everlasting peace in the kingdom of heaven.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Closing Prayer :

Celebrant: Holy God and fount of wisdom, you wield your power in the service of mercy. Heal our hearts and make us ambassadors of peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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Introduction:
There is a welcome thread of joy and encouragement woven throughout the readings for this Sunday.

The Spirit of Christ living within us gives us hope, that even in the midst of the trials of our times, Jesus is with us, sharing in our suffering, carrying us in ways that we may not yet even recognise. Let us pray that we, as the body of Christ in the world today, will have the courage and strength to carry compassionately all those who feel weighed down by the effects of the recent pandemic.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant: Dear friends, with tender love Jesus invites us to find comfort and rest in him. Trusting in his word, let us pray for all our needs.

Commentator: We pray for church communities around the world, that they be gentle, humble of heart and welcoming to all.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for people in places already suffering from violence, poverty or corruption, that the added burden of the coronavirus pandemic not overwhelm them.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for young people whose path through higher education has become uncertain, that they will find effective ways to achieve their potential.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Giuseppe Ricci, Stella Magro and Mary Zammit, and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time, Santina Fichera, Melroy and Melville Rodrigues, John Serrao, Concepta Fernandes, Alphonse Sultana, Mary, Charlie and Joseph Xerri, Angela and Salvatore Sacco, Emy Saffarese, Natu Portelli, Bevan Wilson, Ron Gamble, Jeff Ruthburn, that the Spirit of God will raise their mortal bodies to life.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Closing Prayer :

Celebrant: Holy God, Father of Jesus, your unfathomable love has been revealed to us by your Son. Help us to be true ambassadors of your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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Introduction:
In this week’s readings we hear about the choices that have to be made in living a life in Christ, as well as of God’s generosity to anyone who welcomes a prophet or disciple.

The Gospel sees Jesus continuing to instruct the disciples in their mission, telling them of the demands in following his way. But he also assures them of God’s great generosity – both to them and also to anyone who welcomes them. In doing so, they are welcoming Jesus himself, and even the smallest kindness will be rewarded.

This week, perhaps I might pray for the grace to follow Christ more nearly, to see him more clearly, and to love him more dearly as I welcome him in others.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant: Dear friends, whether at home or in church, we remain honoured guests of God. As members of God’s household, let us pray with the confidence of children.

Commentator: For the leaders of nations, that they will work closely together to provide welcome and care for the millions who have fled their homeland.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: For Pope Francis and the whole college of bishops, that like the apostles Peter and Paul they will never cease to proclaim the gospel boldly.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: For the children of Australia, that the full implementation of safeguarding measures will protect them from harm and promote their wellbeing.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: For all whose age, language or lack of resources limits their use of new technologies, that the disadvantage they suffer from the digital divide will be addressed.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: For the sick, especially those in chronic pain, that they will receive the health care and pastoral support they need.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: For the Paulist Missionaries as they celebrate their Foundation Day this Tuesday. May both lay and consecrated members reflect more on their Missionary Vocation.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Poppy Ong, Stella Mary Magro and Mary Zammit and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time, Vincent and Josephine Attard, Louis, Grace, Mario, Barbara, John, Michael, Carmen and Mary Spiteri, Massako Alphonse, Besseke Berthe, Ebelle Marie, Ngongah Marie Therese, Yepmout Henri, Djoki Alexandre, Tonye Bruno, Edouka Michel, Ebaha Leonard, No Zita Raymonde, Natu Portelli, Emy Saffarese, Bevan Wilson, Ron Gamble, Jeff Ruthburn, that they be raised with Christ to the glory of the Father.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Closing Prayer :

Celebrant: Holy God, you have called us out of darkness into your marvellous light. Help us reflect that light brightly to all around us. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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Introduction:
Today’s readings are very apt for our current times, where many of us are experiencing vulnerability, tension, and unpredictability. Yet as followers of Christ, we are being called to trust in God our Father, who knows us intimately and understands our needs.

In these our own times of trial and vulnerability, we pray for God’s guidance and teaching. ‘Lord, you invite us to cry out with complete confidence in the Father’s boundless love. This day we offer you praise and thanks for your abundant gifts to us in our poverty and weakness.

Prayers of the Faithful

Celebrant: Dear friends, time and again Jesus tells his disciples not to be afraid. Taking his word to heart today, let us pray with confidence as God’s trusting children.

Commentator: For church-goers in Australia, that their enforced fasting from the eucharist will deepen their hunger for table-fellowship with Christ and one another.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: For the homeless and poorly housed, that the coronavirus pandemic and the onset of winter will prompt concerted action to provide adequate social housing.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: For children whose reception of the sacraments of reconciliation, confirmation and eucharist has been delayed, that they will look forward all the more to these occasions of grace.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: For all who have been unable to farewell loved ones as they would have wished, that they will draw comfort from the sympathy of family and friends.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: For our Church extensions that we may all participate and support through prayer and our commitment and honour our pioneers, those present and future worshippers.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Lina Palmer, Angela Sgambaro and Rikianto Satyadharma and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time, Marisa Cusmano, Patrick Ryall, Ligaya Gerardo, Alfredo Villar, Florencia, Sabas, Romeo and Bertini, Vince Simone, Natu Portelli, Emy Saffarese, Bevan Wilson, Ron Gamble, Jeff Ruthburn, that they will see God face to face in the kingdom prepared for them.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Closing Prayer :

Celebrant: God of all grace, in the beginning you fashioned us in your image and in time made us a new creation in Christ. Keep us ever faithful and true. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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Introduction:
One God, three persons united in a constant flow of love and tenderness! On this feast of the Most Holy Trinity, we are all invited to be drawn deeper into the rhythm of this eternal dance of love.

At Pentecost, the Spirit of God was poured into the hearts of Jesus’s followers. This same Spirit of love and kindness unites us now as we pray, whether we do so alone, in a group, or in a virtual gathering.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Celebrant: Dear friends, God has been made known to us as a communion of infinite love. Baptised into the mystery of Father, Son and Spirit, let us pray for all to be blessed with God’s love.

Commentator: We pray for the baptised faithful, that they may radiate the joy of the Gospel and reveal the mystery of God to the world.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for leaders seeking to shape a new world order, that they will set aside national ambitions and work together for the whole of humanity.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for all denied assistance in the national coronavirus relief scheme, especially those on temporary visas, that policy makers will ensure their needs are met.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Dean Karitou, Carmel McIntosh, Elizabeth Gorlitz and Roger Aleki Kosetatino Laumanuvae Vitale and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time, Lucia Micallef, John Castricum, Alphonse Sultana, Natu Portelli, Emy Saffarese, Bevan Wilson, Ron Gamble, Jeff Ruthburn. May they be welcomed into the loving embrace of our Triune God.
(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Closing Prayer :

Celebrant: Holy God, by Word and Spirit you revealed yourself to us as Abba, Father. Free us to walk always in the light of your love. We ask this through Christ, our risen Lord.

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Introduction:
Happy Pentecost Good People.

Today as we celebrate this great Feast of Pentecost we welcome Alice, Morteza, Anna and Nancy who embarked on a journey with us last year through the RCIA. They long for the day when after the Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted we can gather to witness and support them as they are baptised and received fully into our community of faith. Joining them we have Nieve, Jarrad and Sharon, along with Chris who cannot be here today, who have begun their journey through the RCIA and will be baptised and received in Easter next year.

Please pray for them as we enter into this great Feast which is seen as the birthday of the Christian Church and the culmination of Eastertide.

It is the day when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the start of the Church’s mission to the world – a mission to bring people to God.

Prayers of the Faithful

Celebrant: Dear friends, blessed with the gifts of the Spirit, we make the good news known in our words and works of mercy. Let us pray as one for the healing of the world.

Commentator: We pray for the Earth, our common home. May the Spirit of creation stir up in us a fierce love for the world placed in our care.

Commentator: We pray for Christian communities around the world. May Mary, mother of the church, be for all believers a model of life laid open to the Spirit of God.

Commentator: We pray for nations long struggling with poverty, conflict and adversity. May the added threat of the coronavirus call forth a new spirit of active solidarity.

Commentator: We pray for all who have lost jobs and livelihoods in the arts, entertainment and tourism industries. May their hardship be eased by appreciative community support.

Commentator: We pray for students and teachers at every level of the education system. May they manage the resumption of work with wisdom, confidence and enthusiasm.

Commentator: We pray for the RCIA Candidates Alice, Morteza, Anna, Nancy, Nieve, Jarrad, Sharon and Chris. May the Holy Spirit accompany them in using their various gifts especially during this current Coronavirus crisis.

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Pellegrino Corbo, Amber Potter, Juletta Seymon, Giovanni Pisano, Aurora Pascual and Bevan Wilson who passed away recently, Mary D’Souza, Marivic Costales, Michael Grima, Lionel Egbert D’Monte, Magdalena Adriano, Spencer Nagy, Julian Kekesi, Mildred Rodrigues, Natu Portelli, Emy Saffarese, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron Gamble. May they be raised up in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Closing Prayer :

Celebrant: God of all grace, you never cease to renew us in spirit. Free us from fear and self-concern and set us on the path of joyful love. We ask this through Christ, our risen Lord.

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Introduction:
With the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, we come to the end of Jesus’s earthly life. For the Apostles, it has been a journey from suffering and death to the joy of the Resurrection. The Ascension is another huge step in experiencing the Lord’s presence as they continue his work.

Following some hard, demanding and painful months, we too are reminded that the Lord is always with us as we are being continuously sent out in his name.

Prayers of the Faithful:

Dear friends, as Jesus returned in glory to God’s right hand, he commissioned his disciples to proclaim the good news to all. In that spirit let us pray for the needs of the whole world.

We pray for the human family. May the trauma of the coronavirus pandemic fuel our determination to work together for a new world of justice and peace.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

We pray for all missionaries, especially the Paulist Missionaries. May all who have left their homeland to spread the good news be assured of our solidarity and support.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

We pray for the church in Australia. May Mary, Help of Christians, be our companion and guide through the troubled times in which we live.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

We pray for those in the Permanent Diaconate especially Dcn Royden, and give thanks for his generosity and service to the community.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Juletta Seymon, Bevan Wilson, Pellegrino Corbo, Carmel Trento and Thaddaeus Zhang, and for those whose anniversaries occur about this time, Jaime Gamo, Antonietta Fabretto, Laurie Fenech, Crispin and Teodora Chan, Resty and Jay Padilla, Gliceria Rebano, Maria Ducut, Ricardo Leonardo, Michael Papavero, John Cusmano, Natu Portelli, Emy Saffarese, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron Gamble. May they inherit the rich glories promised the saints.
(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Closing Prayer :

Father of Jesus and God of glory, your Son promised to be with us to the end of time. May we live by his truth and rejoice in his love. We ask this through Christ, our risen Lord.

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Introduction:

Even though we remain conscious of the real trauma that many continue to struggle with today, there is a sense of joy in this week’s readings. We hear of it arising from the marvellous acts of the apostles (today’s First Reading), and also in the Psalm, a hymn rejoicing in the great things the Lord has done for his people.

What is clear, however, is today’s urgent need for us, the people of God, to realise how gifted we are in word and spirit. Living this boldly will make for a messy church but that’s exactly what Pope Francis welcomes.

We acknowledge the living culture of the Wurundjeri people, the traditional custodians of the land we stand on, and pay tribute to the unique role they play in the life of this region.

Prayers of the Faithful:
Celebrant: Dear friends, God our Father sent the Paraclete to us as Jesus promised. United in the Spirit of Truth, let us pray for the needs of all our sisters and brothers.

Commentator: We pray for the world-wide church, our local diocese and our parish. May the church at every level be a vibrant community of the Holy Spirit.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for all who looked forward to being baptised at the Easter Vigil this year. May they await their full initiation with patience, faith and hope.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for leaders guiding their nations through the coronavirus crisis. May they chart the way forward with wisdom, justice and courage.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Commentator: We pray for our families, friends and fellow parishioners. May the experience of the pandemic spur us to work all the more readily for a new world of justice, love and peace.

(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Celebrant: We pray for the ancestors of the Wurundjeri people on whose land we stand, for the recently deceased Carmel Trento, Pellegrino Corbo and Bevan Wilson, who passed away recently, Louis D’Almeida, Charlie Carabott, Manuel Sesante, Lynne Nagy, Emy Saffarese, Jeff Ruthvern, Ron Gamble. May they see the face of God and live.
(pause………………………we pray to the Lord)

Closing Prayer :

Celebrant: God of all goodness, you have made your love known to us in Jesus and still bless us with the Spirit of truth. Keep us on the way that leads to you. We ask this through Christ, our risen Lord.

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Introduction

With quiet confidence I deliberately place myself before my loving and merciful God.

May I be attentive to the Spirit praying within me; to be more aware in my daily life of his renewing presence and power.

I ask the Spirit to show me where in my life I need an awareness and gratitude of all that God gives me each day.

I invite the Spirit to help me pray for that inner freedom which will urge me to say (with St Thomas) ‘You truly are my Lord and my God – I want and I choose whatever will allow you to deepen your life in me.’

I speak to the Lord from my heart as Thomas did.

INTRODUCTION

Two vividly contrasting images are given us today.

One, the huddle of disciples locked in by a contagious fear; the other, a new-born community united by an infectious spirit of gladness, generosity and praise.

The first resonates with our current experience of anxious lockdown, the second appeals to our dreams for a better world.

Can the interplay of the two open a pathway forward? Can our confinement be a graced moment to reassess our uncritical acceptance of ‘the way things are’ and to re-imagine how they might be?

Can we make this journey through danger and death in company with Jesus and allow his Spirit to engage us in working for God’s new world? God’s word is always ‘yes’.

THE WEEK’S PRAYER FOCUS

For all who are imprisoned by fear, that the Spirit of the Risen Lord will set them free.

 

Prayers of the Faithful:

Presider

Dear friends, on Easter Day Jesus greeted his fearful disciples with peace. Let us take his greeting to heart and pray in peace for the healing of the world.

  1. We pray for peace in our hearts, in our homes and in every war-torn land. May this year’s Anzac Day observance spur us on to work together for a just and peaceful world. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  2. We pray for the Jewish community remembering the Holocaust this week and for the Moslem community observing Ramadan. May Christians unite with them in faith, hope and love. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  3. We pray for civic authorities at every level in nations around the world. May they guide their communities through the COVID-19 crisis with wisdom and courage. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  4. We pray for workers putting themselves at risk by maintaining basic services. May they be valued for their dedication and kept safe. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  5. We pray for all most severely affected by the virus pandemic: the homeless, the mentally ill, the unemployed, the poor, detainees, and those without support. May they become the first to have their needs met. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  6. We pray for all who have suffered church-related sexual abuse and for their families, friends and supporters. May they speak out, be heard and be believed. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
  7. We pray for the recently deceased, especially those who have died from the coronavirus, Eileen Grichting who passed away recently, Catherine and Angelo Schembri and Christino Cutajar and for those whose anniversary of death occurs around this time. May they receive the heavenly inheritance prepared for them. (Pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.

Presider

God of peace, by raising your Son to life you have made all things new. Send us out in the power of your Spirit as apostles of mercy and compassion. We ask this through Christ, our risen Lord.

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