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Intercessory Prayer Network – July 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
With summer now upon us, these longer, warmer days are often a time of renewal as schools close and schedules quieten. As we take time away for respite and vacation, may we stay close to the Lord in all that we do and wherever He leads us.
In a special way, we remember our priests and their pastoral ministry – especially those who will begin new pastoral appointments this month. Join the Holy Father in his prayer for July: That priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in friendship with their brother priests.
Thank you for praying with us as a community of intercessors. May we all experience an increased intimacy with the Lord, rejuvenating us in our mission to serve Him in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
BC Sacred Music Symposium
Music makes it easier to pray and encounter God at Mass. The riches of the Church’s musical tradition (in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms) and the Divine Office are many. From July 20-22, Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish in Aldergrove will welcome Bishop Joseph Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, for the inaugural BC Sacred Music Symposium, showcasing the beauty of sacred music through workshops, lectures and liturgies.
Please pray that this event will be guided by the intercession of St. Cecilia, patroness of musicians. May all attendees experience the liturgy in a new way with the riches of tradition and be inspired to share what they received with their parish community.
Young Adult Ministry
As young adults continue to discover their identity, they constantly listen to the voices of their peers and the culture surrounding them. There is a great need for a strong, faithful and relevant Catholic voice. Evangelization to disengaged Catholics is of particular concern as we seek the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit to bring youth into a deep and lasting relationship with Jesus Christ.
Please pray as we continue the process of redefining young adult ministry, that the Holy Spirit would enlighten us to know the needs of our young people. May he give us zeal for evangelization to reach all young Catholics, engaged or disengaged.
Catholic movements are a growing community of Catholic evangelization. Movements such as Couples for Christ, Focolare, Opus Dei, Worldwide Marriage Encounter and others are seeking ways to work together to evangelize Catholics throughout the Archdiocese through family-friendly events.
Please pray for a continued spirit of collaboration as each of these movements offers their charisms in service of the Church. May these upcoming events inspire unity in mission and help strengthen all marriages and families.
It is no secret that our population is aging: in 2016, Statistics Canada reported more seniors than children in census data. Parishes are called to be dynamic communities of missionary disciples across all age groups. Supporting and encouraging seniors through healthy aging and preparedness for end of life is of utmost importance. The Archdiocese is focusing its efforts to renew Seniors’ Ministry to build up a community of hope, healing and meaning.
Please pray as the Archdiocese discerns the direction of Seniors’ Ministry, that Sts. Joachim and Ann, the grandparents of Jesus, whose feast we celebrate on July 26, may offer wisdom and formation. May we find ways to support seniors in our parishes and create a community where fellowship, service and pastoral care may be experienced.
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer. May God bless the work of your hands always.