Archive for 2017

Reflection Prayer for the Feast of the Holy Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

like you, we are members of God’s family and the human family.

We pray that our family love

may reflect God’s love in its openness to all people.

May we forgive even when not forgiven,

and be patient with each other’s weaknesses.

 

Jesus,

give us peace, unity and strength

to meet the difficulties of daily living.

May we use our family resources

to respect the sacredness of life

and to improve the quality of life

for ourselves and all people.

Let us show joy in serving others;

for whatever we do for others,

we do for you.

 

Mary,

inspire us,

that our love may be strong, but not possessive.

Let our willingness to give

depend on the needs of others

rather than on the cost of giving.

 

Joseph,

help us to be attentive to God’s will.

Let us be ready,

as you were,

to act whenever God calls us.

 

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

may we live in imitation of your life on earth

so that we may share for all eternity

in the life of God’s family in heaven.

Amen.

Prayer for the Family

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,

in you we contemplate

the splendor of true love,

to you we turn with trust.

 

Holy Family of Nazareth,

grant that our families, too,

may be places of communion and prayer,

authentic schools of the Gospel

and small domestic Churches.

 

Holy Family of Nazareth,

may families never again

experience violence, rejection, and division. 

May all who have been hurt or scandalized

find ready comfort and healing.

 

Holy family of Nazareth,

make us once again

more mindful of the sacredness

and inviolability of the family,

and its beauty in God’s plan.

 

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,

graciously hear our prayer. 

Amen.

—Pope Francis

 

Bulletin – December 30-31, 2017

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Reflection for Christmas

O Jesus,  what a dreamer you were!

You dreamed of a Christmas world —

a world like we have for a short time each Christmas.

 

You  knew  we could have such a world.

We know we  could  have such a world.

We have it for a few days each Christmas.

Why can’t we make it work?

 

Help us to make it work.

Help us to dream the dream.

Help us to live for others, not just for ourselves.

Help us to work for peace, not just for comfort.

Help us to share our abundance, not just our leftovers.

Help us to build a better bridge, not a better shield.

 

Let us build a bridge to span the canyon of our fear,

A bridge wide enough, long enough, strong enough,

for a dream to walk upon —

a dream for a Christmas world.

Amen.

Prayer for Christmas

 

 

May God bless you with discomfort…
at easy answers,

hard hearts,
half-truths,

and superficial relationships.
May God bless you

so that you may live
from deep within your heart
where God’s Spirit dwells.

May God bless you with anger…
at injustice,

oppression,
and exploitation of people.
May God bless you

so that you may work

for justice,

freedom,

and peace.

May God bless you with tears…
to shed for those who suffer

from pain,
rejection,

starvation

and war.
May God bless you

so that you may reach out your hand
to comfort them

and turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you

with enough foolishness
to believe

that you can make a difference
in this world,

in your neighborhood,

so that you will courageously try
what you don’t think you can do,

but, in Jesus Christ

you’ll have all the strength necessary.

May God bless you

to fearlessly speak out

about injustice,
unjust laws,

corrupt politicians,
unjust and cruel treatment of prisoners,
and senseless wars,
genocides,

starvations,

and poverty

that is so pervasive.

May God bless you

that you remember
that you are called
to continue God’s redemptive work
of love

and healing
in God’s place,

in and through God’s name,
in God’s Spirit,

continually creating
and breathing

new life

and grace
into everything

and everyone you touch.

Amen

Bulletin – December 23-24, 2017

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Bulletin – December 16-17, 2017

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Bulletin – December 9-10, 2017

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Bulletin – December 2-3, 2017

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Bulletin – November 25-26, 2017

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