Readings for Sunday, April 11, 2021
Priest: The triumph of the resurrection inspires us with confidence in God’s everlasting love. We bring our prayers to the God of life.
Our response is: “Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.”
- That on this Divine Mercy Sunday the Church will rededicate herself to living and proclaiming Christ’s mercy.
- That all nations will prioritize care for the poor and vulnerable moving our world ever closer to a commitment to the common good.
- That those who have recently received the sacraments of initiation will grow ever closer to Christ.
- That those who bear physical, mental, or emotional wounds will know the healing presence of God.
- That the event of Easter will deeply change our lives as the Year of the Family begins, renewing our families and blessing us with the new beginning we need.
- That the church may always be inspired by its love for God to preserve and keep God’s commandments.
- For those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis (the Holy Father’s Intention for April).*
- 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.
Prayers during this pandemic:
- That people everywhere receive the patience, vigilance, and understanding necessary to keep us safe during the current surge of COVID-19, 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 as we remain challenged by COVID-19.
- For the doctors and researchers working to find a vaccine 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:
- 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.
Priest: God of life, you have promised to be with us always. Hear these prayers we bring before you in the name of you Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.