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Intercessory Prayer Network – September 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This month, Jesus reminds us through the Gospel:
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” – Luke 9:23
In the passage of Simeon’s Prophecy, we are reminded that Mary was perfectly united with Jesus in His suffering. This invites us to look into our hearts and explore our own spiritual lives more deeply. The start of the pastoral year is an opportunity for us to fix our eyes on God and place Him at the center of our lives. Throughout the Archdiocese, we have a number of events for us to gather, learn and find solitude as we draw closer to Jesus.
This September, let us find consolation in Our Lady of Sorrows as we offer our sufferings to Our Lord.
In his message for the upcoming World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis reminds us that “it is not just about migrants.” In continuation of his 2018 message, he calls us to continue the response to the challenges posed by contemporary migration using four verbs: to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate. But he tells us that this is not only limited to migrants and refugees; that it is “about all of us, and about the present and future of the human family.” The Archdiocese will celebrate this day on Sunday, September 15 with a Mass and celebration at Our Lady of Good Counsel parish.
Please pray for all migrants and refugees: that the Lord will keep them safe and accompany them on their journey to safety and a new home. Please pray also that our communities will respond to the call of Pope Francis to banish fear from our hearts, that we may embrace each of God’s children as our own brother and sister; to welcome migrants and refugees with joy and generosity, while responding to their needs; to realize that the Lord calls all people to his holy mountain to learn the ways of peace and justice; to share of our abundance as God spreads a banquet before us; to give witness to Jesus’ love for all people, as we celebrate the many gifts they bring.*
*This is an invitation to prayer, not a prayer directed to God.
The Men’s Retreat, RCIA and School Year
This month offers everyone an opportunity to grow in their relationship with Jesus. “Grit and Grace” is a retreat for every man seeking a fuller understanding of what it means to live as a son of the Father. September notably marks the beginning of the school year as well as the kick-off of most RCIA programs. Whether through the retreat or education, this month offers our men and students a way to draw closer to Jesus. Let us remember our brothers and sisters in our prayers as they strive for a deeper relationship with Him.
Please pray for the opportunities to encounter Jesus Christ: that we may all be open to his invitation to deepen our relationship with him. Pray also for the Men’s Retreat, the start of the school year, and the kick-off of many RCIA programs: that the Holy Spirit may lead and guide all preparations to lead others into a deep and lasting encounter with Jesus Christ.
WWME & Retrouvaille
The Marriage Encounter weekend is designed deepen the joys of a married couple. This weekend revitalizes marriages and equips couples with communication techniques to be used throughout their life together. Retrouvaille is peer led by couples who have experienced difficulties in their marriages. It’s goal is to provide guidance on reconciliation to couples who are experiencing trouble in their marriages. Let us remember these couples in our prayers this month as they strive for holiness in their relationships.
Please pray for all married couples: that the Lord may send his Spirit to draw them closer to Jesus Christ through their relationship with each other. Pray also for Worldwide Marriage Encounter, the Marriage Encounter retreats, and for the work of Retrouvaille: that the Lord may strengthen their work and ministry in serving our married couples deepen their relationship and to help resolve any conflicts that may experience.
Upper Room Conference
On October 26th, the Archdiocese will be launching a new movement of evangelization as we celebrate the missionary dimension of the Catholic Church. The Upper Room Conference and the events that follow will train and encourage Catholic disciples to open their homes for the sake of the Gospel. Let us keep this launch in our prayers as we see God move in Vancouver!
Please pray for the missionary dimension of our faith: that we, as disciples may heed the call of Jesus to make disciples of all peoples. Please pray also for the Upper Room Conference and the launch of a new evangelization movement that will empower disciples to lead others into a deep and lasting encounter with Jesus Christ.
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer. May God bless the work of your hands always.