A Prayer for our Parish and it’s spiritual nourishment

Part 1

O Jesus, send labourers into your fields,

which are awaiting Holy Apostles,

saintly Priests, heroic missionaries and

dedicated sisters and brothers.

Enkindle in the hearts of men and women the spark of a vocation.

Grant that Christian families may

desire to give your Church, helpers in the work of tomorrow.

Part 2

We pray for young people to assist and support the religious of our Parish in the daily needs of our Church. We pray for our young people to see a need to take  part in different ministeries of our Church, for example readers, ministers of the Eucharist, maintaining places of worship etc.

We pray that the young people will meet together and develop new ways of reverently honouring God within our Parish.  We pray that they will see the need for a vibrant and healthy Church within our Parish. We pray that many  blessings will be bestowed upon them for doing so.

We pray that their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles will guide them in doing so.

We pray that St. Anthony will help those within our parish who have lost their faith, to find it.

Thank you Father for our Parish Priest Fr. Murphy, the previous Priests of our Parish, living and dead and in particular Fr. Finan.

We pray that the Holy Spirit will direct and assist Fr. Murphy in continuing to guide the people of our Parish, spiritually.

We thank you Father for the blessing of regular masses in our Parish churches, in particular on Saturday evenings and Sunday. We prayer that this blessing of celebrating the Eucharist (Mass) regularly within our Parish, together with the opportunity to experience the sacrament of reconciliation (confession) within our parish will live on within our Parish to infinity.

We pray for all the Priests, Nuns and other religious who left our parish to help nourish our faith elsewhere.

We pray that the Holy Spirit will help the good people of our Parish understand the value of nurturing our faith, maintaining places of worship and developing new initiatives and ideas to help hand down our faith to the next generations.

Finally, we pray that the Holy Spirit will direct our Holy Father and those that make the decisions in appointing a new Bishop to our Diocese. We pray that the right man will be chosen at this most important of times. We pray for a man that will engage with the different Parishes on a regular basis, helping our Parishes to work together in bringing  a new spiritual life to our Parishes.

We ask all of this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.