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Through uncertain times, falling into despair becomes all too easy. We are bombarded with constant change and end up feeling lonely, disconnected, sometimes even angry and exhausted. In these times, when all seems lost, we can turn and pray to God: together.
Join the Young Paulists on Fri 25 Jun at 7pm, via Zoom, for a Virtual Prayer and Reflection Evening. This event is open to people aged 18+ where we will pray as a parish, connect with each other spiritually and look towards the future with hope and faith. Register you interest by Sun 20 Jun at:
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Almighty and all-loving God, with gratitude for the endeavours of Catholic education in the past, with confidence in our Catholic pre-schools, schools and universities today, and with faith in their continuing contribution in the future, we celebrate 200 years of Catholic education in this Great South Land.
As our Heavenly Father, we thank you for your providential care for your children in this land in inspiring priests, religious and lay people to found and staff our schools in ages past. Through them the Good News of your Son was brought to the young even in colonial times – and ever since.
As Christ the Teacher, you grace the staff and leaders of Catholic education today. As they build on the achievements of their predecessors direct them in their present efforts to ensure that every young Australian has the opportunity for an excellent education and formation in faith.
As our Inspiring Spirit, you lead us into the future. In the century ahead grant those teaching and learning in our schools, those planning and leading, and the families and community that entrust their young people to us, a love of learning and a willingness to be the face of Christ in the world of tomorrow.
Pour out your abundant blessings upon all involved in the ministry of Catholic education. Amen.
Our Lady of the Southern Cross – pray for us. St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Patron of Catholic Education in Australia – pray for us.
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We praise You and thank You for the abundance of blessings You have given our St James family. We ask You to continue to pour out Your Holy Spirit upon us, and to guide our renovation plans. You have called us to this mission at this time. May we hear and answer in a way that is pleasing to You.
Grant that our hearts be open to You, and that we be willing to bring this church renovation to fruition. May each of us respond in true generosity, that our church may be a beautiful place of worship built on the firm foundation set by others before us. May our participation be so generous that future generations may continue to worship and adore You here.
May our mission to build up Your Kingdom always be foremost in our midst. May we welcome the stranger, and always share Your love with others, especially those in need. Bless the work of all involved in designing, repairing ad renovating our church home. May it give glory to Your name.
We pray that all who join us in worship come to know a personal and loving relationship with You. May we follow where you lead.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.