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Intercessory Prayer Network – February 2019


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This month, as we return to a regular pace in the liturgy, we are given the chance to reflect more deeply on Jesus’ ministry. Ordinary time is an opportunity for us to grow in our faith, and we are reminded of this by the green liturgical colour that fills our churches.

Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple. The Holy Family is met by Simeon, who, guided by the Holy Spirit, had come to see the Messiah. In his admiration for Jesus, we hear his beautiful canticle:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.” (cf. Luke 2)

After Simeon’s praise, the Gospel tells us that Jesus’ “father and mother marveled at what was said about him” (v. 33). How beautiful that even His parents retained their sense of joy with wonder and awe. Like Simeon, Joseph and Mary, may we never lose the joy of holding Jesus near to us.

World Day for Consecrated Life

The World Day for Consecrated Life was instituted by Pope John Paul II in 1997 as a day of prayer for those women and men who have devoted their lives to God in the consecrated life. Through the years, hundreds of religious sisters and brothers have filled our parish communities with heartfelt service and Christ-like presence.

Please pray for all those who have made commitments to the consecrated life and for those discerning this call. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation. This year’s World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, Vancouver on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 12 p.m. Please come and join Archbishop Miller and the Consecrated Men and Women for Mass. All are welcome. Reserved seating and more information are available at 604-683-0281.

Overcoming Pornography Initiative

Research indicates that pornography consumption within marriages is associated with increased distress, decreased intimacy and devaluation of child rearing (Covenant Eyes, 2018). Moreover, in a 2016 study, the Barna Group found that 57% of teenagers aged 13-17 intentionally seek out pornography on a monthly basis. Please journey with us in prayer as we seek appropriate partnerships to equip those affected by pornography with effective tools to overcome it.

Please pray that through the power of the Holy Spirit and with the intercession of St. Michael the Archangel, we may have the strength and the courage to live lives of chastity and purity. Pray also for the Archdiocese and our communities of faith: that we may develop key partnerships and tools to help our brothers and sisters who are affected by the use pornography.

Catholic Educators’ Conference

The Catholic Educators’ Conference is hosted annually as an opportunity for the spiritual and professional growth of Catholic educators. The role of educators demands a diligent mind and a steadfast heart. By their witness, our teachers safeguard our mission of leading others to a deep encounter with Jesus. In a unique way, they are vessels of truth tasked with the formation of young disciples. Let us remember them in our prayers as they lead our young people closer to Jesus.

Please pray for our teachers, catechists, and for all educators: that their hearts will be open to the Holy Spirit so that they may be enlivened, renewed, and empowered to bring the Gospel to our young people. Pray also for the success of the Catholic Educators’ Conference: that all participants may have an experience of Jesus and that they may go out and lead others into a deep and lasting encounter with Him.

Vatican Meeting on Protection of Minors

Pope Francis has called for a world-wide meeting of bishops to discuss the recent clergy abuse scandal. In preparation for this meeting, the episcopal conference presidents have been urged to meet with victims of clergy sexual abuse in their respective countries to learn first-hand the suffering that the victims have endured. Through the intercession of Saint Maria Goretti and Saint Agnes, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, our Hope, as we seek unity, clarity and healing.

Please pray for all our clergy – bishops, priests, deacons, and all consecrated men and women: that the Lord remain with them always to lead and guide them through the power of the Holy Spirit, and to strengthen them, especially in this challenging time in the Church. Pray especially for the meetings of bishops that Pope Francis has called: that the Church’s leadership may be strengthened to respond boldly to the clergy abuse crises. Pray also for our communities of faith: that we may support those in our care, especially in cases of sexual abuse and misconduct.

Thank you for partnering with us in prayer. May God bless the work of your hands always.

In Christ,

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