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Intercessory Prayer Network – July 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Summer is upon us! During these summer months, schedules typically relax, allowing us the opportunity for interior, spiritual renewal.
This month we celebrate the lives of many great saints, including St. Thomas the Apostle, St. Maria Goretti, St. Bonaventure, St. James the Apostle, and Sts. Joachim and Anne. During this season of Ordinary Time, let us look to these men and women who stayed close to Our Lord, each in their own way. May we, through their intercession, deepen our relationship with Jesus through fervent prayer and frequent Communion this summer.
The Catechism reminds us that human life has a rhythm of work and rest. Stepping away from our work allows us to cultivate our familial, cultural, social, and religious lives (CCC 2184). During the summer many of us have the opportunity to rest from work. Let us set aside time to recharge, be with family, and offer our thanks to God.
Let us pray for the opportunity this summer to find rest, so that we can focus on our families, communities, and our own personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Summer Youth Training Events
The freedom of the summer months provides a number of ways for our young people to grow closer to Jesus. YouthLeader, Searching in the Spirit, and Vanspec Summer Camp all take place during the summer. These are opportunities for our young people to grow in discipleship, accompanied by like-minded people. Let us pray that, with open hearts, our young people will pursue Jesus through the opportunities available to them this summer.
Let us pray for all young people: that their hearts will be open to hearing the Lord’s call to holiness and a deep relationship with him. Pray also that the Holy Spirit will guide the preparations for the programs and initiatives available this summer for young people in our Archdiocese to grow in discipleship and leadership.
Marriage is a sacrament; it is imperative that couples have a sound understanding of what this means, as well as the opportunity to deepen their readiness for married life. The Marriage Prep program is an ongoing opportunity for couples to be formed and evangelized. Its goal is to teach these couples about the reality of marriage and to encourage them to live it out as it was intended.
Let us pray for all engaged couples: that they may experience the grace our Lord has given to them and hear his call to holiness through married life. Let us pray also for the Marriage Preparation Program: that engaged couples will grow closer to Jesus Christ as they prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage.
Archbishop Michael’s Birthday
Archbishop Michael celebrates his birthday on July 9. We are grateful for the gift of his witness to discipleship and for his years of service, leadership, and faithfulness to the Church in Vancouver and throughout the world.
Let us pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons: that the Lord will strengthen them in their service of the Church. Pray especially for Archbishop Michael, as he celebrates his birthday in July: that the Lord will bestow his abundant blessings on him and that he may be blessed with good health.
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer. May God bless the work of your hands always.