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Intercessory Prayer Network – May 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Happy Easter! We pray that the joy of the Risen Christ has filled you with peace this Easter season.
As St. Augustine reminds us, “we are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!” During our Lenten journey we were reminded of our sin, poverty and pain. Now, with great hope we look to Jesus, who has saved us from the darkness. With confidence we rejoice, knowing that Our Lord has conquered sin and death, and we share this joy with one another.
Over these next few months, many of our young brothers and sisters will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, binding them more perfectly to the Church. Enriched by the strength of the Holy Spirit, these young men and women are called with an even greater zeal to share and defend the faith in word and deed. Let us remember our confirmands, their sponsors, families and friends in our prayers, as we strive together in pursuit of the Truth.
Please pray for all young people: that their hearts will be open to hearing Jesus’ invitation to a deep and lasting relationship with him. Please pray also for all our young people who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this spring: that as the Holy Spirit enters their hearts, he will renew them and give them the courage to respond to the Lord’s call to holiness. Pray also for our communities of faith: that we may respond to the call to remain faithful in journeying with these (and all) young people.
Life Restoration’s Restore the Beauty Conference will take place on May 3 and 4. Throughout the weekend, women from across the Archdiocese will be equipped with practical tools to restore the beauty in their lives, no matter their circumstances. The following week, we will kick start ENDOW, an 8-week faith study on Mulieris Dignitatem, Saint John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter on the dignity and vocation of women.
Please pray for all women: that they may hear the Lord’s call to holiness and seek out opportunities to draw closer to Jesus Christ. Please pray also for the events and programs in our Archdiocese that focus on the dignity of women: that they may be guided by the Holy Spirit and inspired by our Blessed Mother Mary in their special mission to inspire, equip, and serve women.
March for Life
On May 9th, thousands from across British Columbia will gather in Victoria for the March for Life. Participants in this event will peacefully share their deep commitment to life – from conception to its natural end. From May 12 – 19, we celebrate the National Week of Life and Family. This year’s theme is “Listening to the Gospel as a Family.” Let us stand together in defence of the domestic Church, as it strives to participate in the mission of sharing the Good News of Jesus.
Please pray for all who will participate in this year’s March for Life in Victoria (and across our country): that they may be strengthened in their witness of all life, from conception to its natural end. Please pray also for all families: that they may be inspired to learn from the Gospel and share in the mission of Jesus Christ by making his love known to all.
Over the past year, we have learned of clergy abuse scandals that have devastated victims. This moment of darkness has brought to light their narratives and allowed us to understand more profoundly the depth of their suffering. The Grief to Grace program was created to end the isolation and secrets of abuse, within a retreat process. It provides victims of abuse with a safe place to heal by bringing their wounded souls to Jesus. With hope in our risen Lord, let us pray for the sensitivity to recognize the deep need for healing and change in the Church.
Please pray that our parishes become places for all victims of sexual abuse to encounter the healing presence of Jesus. May the Lord send his Holy Spirit to provide his strength, courage, and peace in their time of need and healing. Please pray also for the ministries, programs, services, and people who have been called to serve those affected by abuse: that the Lord will send his Holy Spirit to lead and guide them in aiding the healing process.
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer. May God bless the work of your hands always.