October 1, 2019
27664 have prayed

Let us pray that the breath of the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary “spring” in the church

Prayer

Pope Francis calls us to renew our missionary dynamism in our country and throughout the world. The theme “Baptized and sent: the Church of Christ on mission in the world” invites us to set out on our way with determination, individually and in community. “The heart of the Church’s mission is prayer.” (Pope Francis, June 2019). The Pontifical Mission Societies / Missio, invite all the faithful, wherever they are, to pray at midday every Friday in October.

 

Prayer proposed by Pope Francis for the Extraordinary Missionary Month

 

Heavenly Father,
when your only begotten Son Jesus Christ
rose from the dead,
he commissioned his followers
to “go and make disciples of all nations”
and you remind us that through our Baptism
we are made sharers in the mission of the Church.
Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit
to be courageous and zealous
in bearing witness to the Gospel,
so that the mission entrusted to the Church,
which is still very far from completion,
may find new and efficacious expressions
that bring life and light to the world.
Help us make it possible for all peoples
to experience the saving love
and mercy of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever.
Amen.

 

Offering Prayer

Father of Goodness, I know you’re with me.
Here I am on this new day.
Place my heart once more
next to the Heart of your Son Jesus,
that is given for me and that comes to me in the Eucharist.
May your Holy Spirit
make me your friend and apostle, available to your mission.
I put in your hands
my joys and hopes,
my works and sufferings,
everything that I am and have,
in communion with my brothers and sisters of this worldwide prayer network.
With Mary I offer you my journey for the mission of the Church
and for the intentions of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network for this month. Amen.

Proposals for the month

  • Learn, share and participate in the initiatives promoted in your own community or in your diocese, on the occasion of this extraordinary missionary month.
  • Pray, individually or in community, for the missionaries who announce the Gospel to the people who do not know it, asking for the gift of more missionary vocations.
  • Promote a moment of reading and shared reflection of the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” within your community, to define some concrete actions of evangelization and missionary dynamism to carry forward.
September 1, 2019
35655 have prayed

Let us pray that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans.

Prayer

Father of kindness,
you created the world for us
and entrust your children with the stewardship of creation.
We ask your forgiveness
for not knowing how to take care of the beauty that has been entrusted to us
and using selfishly and unreflectively
the resources we possess.
We apologize for our lack of sensitivity and love
to nature and to your sons and daughters
who suffer the consequences of our bad choices.
Give us light to make decisions for the defense of the oceans,
doing everything in our power to make the Earth
the place of beauty that you dreamed for us.
Our Father…

 

Offering Prayer

 

Father of Goodness, I know you’re with me.
Here I am on this new day.
Place my heart once more
next to the Heart of your Son Jesus,
that is given for me and that comes to me in the Eucharist.
May your Holy Spirit
make me your friend and apostle, available to your mission.
I put in your hands
my joys and hopes,
my works and sufferings,
everything that I am and have,
in communion with my brothers and sisters of this worldwide prayer network.
With Mary I offer you my journey for the mission of the Church
and for the intentions of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network for this month. Amen.

Proposals for the Month

  • Learn through social networks and other publications on the Internet, about the impact and the extent of the pollution of the oceans and its consequences for the future of the planet. Take note of the good practices that can be adopted in homes, schools and workplaces to collaborate in their protection.
  • At home, try to make more thoughtful decisions about the things you buy, especially in regard to the amount of plastic, polluting materials and waste that are created. Opt for the ecological rule of: Reduce; Re-Use; Recycle.
  • In your community, read, reflect and share the encyclical Laudato Si, of Pope Francis, making known its guidelines in liturgical celebrations, in catechesis, in prayer and formation groups. Focusing on how institutions can help raise awareness about good ecological practices, separation of garbage, waste reduction, use of recyclable materials, and speaking about it in liturgical celebrations, in catechesis, in prayer and formation groups.
August 1, 2019
39015 have prayed

Let us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human growth.”

Prayer

Lord Jesus, you were born in the bosom of the Holy Family,
a place filled with love, listening to your Father’s will
and placing yourself in availability to do it.
We pray to you, in union with Pope Francis,
for all families, so that they will always feel your presence,
learn your gestures of love and compassion
and be a sign of your Kingdom in the world.
We pray in particular for families who are experiencing difficulties,
so they can find those who can help them
and persevere through trials with peace.
Our Father.

 

Offering Prayer

 

Father of Goodness, I know you’re with me.
Here I am on this new day.
Place my heart once more
next to the Heart of your Son Jesus,
that is given for me and that comes to me in the Eucharist.
May your Holy Spirit
make me your friend and apostle, available to your mission.
I put in your hands
my joys and hopes,
my works and sufferings,
everything that I am and have,
in communion with my brothers and sisters of this worldwide prayer network.
With Mary I offer you my journey for the mission of the Church
and for the intentions of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network for this month. Amen.

Proposals for the Month:

  • Have a conversation with your spouse and/or with educators, about how they are educating children in a logic of openness to others, solidarity, sharing, respect and forgiveness. What aspects need to be improved? What can be done to help families that are struggling?
  • As a family, throughout this month, try to pray weekly with one another. For example: Pray before an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, lighting a candle for each family member and entrusting your family to his love.
  • In your community, promote a training meeting on the challenges that education poses in families today and how to find concrete ways to grow in prayer and love.