Readings for Sunday: June 20, 2021
Priest: Confident that our God is present in every aspect of our lives, let us join our prayers together for the strength and confidence to address the storms we encounter.
Our response is: “Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.”
- That all those who are set apart to preach, to teach, or to minister in the Church will witness to Jesus Christ fearlessly and without compromise.
- That those who govern nations will protect human rights, further the work of justice, and advance the freedom of the suffering and vulnerable.
- For a blessing on all fathers on this Father’s Day.
- For young people who cannot go to school because of poverty and war.
- For our Holy Father’s Intention for June – We pray for young people who are preparing for marriage with the support of a Christian community; may they grow in love, with generosity, faithfulness and patience.*
- That we may respond generously to the Annual Catholic Appeal as good stewards of God’s many gifts.
- For those who work to bring health and healing, including all mental health professionals, therapists, and psychologists.
- For those in other parts of the world where cases of COVID-19 continue to surge and vaccines are scarce.
- For better communities and a better world as we begin to emerge from pandemic restrictions, and for those anxious about the future,
- For media outlets and social influencers, may they contribute to the building up and unifying of all people.
- For those who are sick, especially those with COVID-19 and those listed in our church bulletin, and their caregivers.
- For those who have died and whose names are listed in this week’s church bulletin. May they celebrate everlasting life in Christ Jesus.
- For those prayers that we hold in the silence of our hearts.
Priest: God of compassion, you care for all of your people and you sent your Son to be the great physician. May we learn to rely on you more fully. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayers during this pandemic
- For a better world as we emerge from pandemic restrictions, and for those anxious about the future.
- That we maintain the vigilance and understanding necessary to keep us safe, and for the speedy and equitable distribution of the vaccines.
- That God may give us the grace to show kindness in caring for one another while challenged by COVID-19.
- For the doctors and researchers working on vaccines and effective treatments.
- For all those who give of themselves so that others may be helped – doctor, nurse, healthcare worker, EMT, police officer, firefighter, grocer, trucker, store clerk, mail carrier, takeout cook, hospital and building cleaner, teacher, child care worker, mental health professional, and countless others. May they receive your protection as they serve.
- For those who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus: may God console them and grant them peace.
Prayers for our parish and diocese
- Let us pray for our parish, that we might grow in faith and confidence that God is present among us, and that we might be agents of that presence.
- For all who share in the ministry of this parish community, that they bring compassion and understanding to all those in need.
- That our parish will grow in faith, hope, and love through deeper devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the holy rosary.
- That our parish may grow in holiness through the graces of the Eucharist.
- For an increase of vocations to the priesthood and to consecrated life, for the greater honor and glory of God in service of God’s people.
- That we may be trustworthy stewards of your abundant blessings and generally support the Annual Catholic Appeal.