Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time, October 07, 2018
Confident that the Lord blesses us all the days of our lives, we ask the Lord for help and strength.
- That the participants in the Synod on young people may be open to the “Spirit who ensures that the richness and beauty of the Gospel will be a source of constant joy and freshness.” We pray to the Lord.
- That the people of Indonesia whose lives have been torn apart by the earthquake, tsunami, and deaths of loved ones may find hope and encouragement amid the tragedy they are enduring. We pray to the Lord.
- That during this difficult period in the life of the Church, Pope Francis may be given the grace and wisdom to guide us toward respect, mercy, and love for all people. We pray to the Lord.
- That all bishops may open their hearts to Pope Francis’ reference to the need to overcome the “scourge of clericalism” that “arises from an elitist and exclusivist vision of vocation that interprets ministry as a power to be exercised rather than as a free and generous service to be given.” We pray to the Lord.
- That men and women may recognize that they are brought together by God so that neither will be alone and will treat each other with compassion, dignity, and respect. We pray to the Lord.
- That as Jesus touched the children brought to him by the people, all children may be touched with gentleness, care, appreciation, and love. We pray to the Lord.
- That Father Christopher may be blessed with optimism and hope as he fights injustice for the sake of the Church. We pray to the Lord.
- That our country may be renewed by a spirit of unity, gratitude, respectful discussion, and selfless commitment to solving the problems that society faces. We pray to the Lord.
- That the sick and lonely may find support and consolation from friends and neighbors in their struggles. We pray to the Lord.
- That those who have died may be received with joy and intercede for us in heaven. We pray to the Lord.
- For our own intentions that we recall in silence…….. We pray to the Lord.
O God we ask that you hear the prayers we offer and answer all our needs. Knowing that you bless those who trust in your ways, we make our prayers in faith through Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.
 From Pope Francis’ homily opening the Synod.
 From Pope Francis’ remarks at the first general congregation of the Synod.