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Intercessory Prayer Network – November 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today the Church celebrates all those in Heaven, from the Saints who are canonized to those who are known only to God. These men and women inspire us to live our lives for Jesus as they did. As we look to their example, they remind us that the road to Heaven demands sacrifice, as we hear in the Beatitudes today.

Let us be intentional this month in the pursuit of holiness, as we strive to live lives worthy of sainthood. May we say with St. Philip Neri, “I prefer heaven!”

Ordinandi Dinner

The “Ordinandi Dinner” shines a spotlight on the men who are shortly “to be ordained” as priests for our Archdiocese. This event brings the faithful together with their shepherds, and soon-to-be shepherds, in celebration of God’s providential care for his flock. This year, we will celebrate with Deacon Felix Min at the Italian Cultural Centre on November 19. Please join us in prayer for Deacon Felix as he prepares for the priesthood.

Please pray for Deacon Felix, as he prepares to be ordained to the priesthood: that the Lord will be close to him in his final preparations and on his journey in service of the Church in our Archdiocese. Please pray also for all young people who are discerning their call to the priesthood or consecrated life: that by the Holy Spirit our communities will support and foster a culture of openness to hearing the Lord’s call.

Spirit Day

Designed to celebrate Grade Seven youth of our Archdiocese, Spirit Day has grown enormously since the inaugural event in February 2005. This gathering helps participants encounter the love of Christ, gets them excited about receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, and awakens the Holy Spirit in young and old alike. The day includes teaching sessions, testimonies, games, music, skits, prayer, food, and Holy Mass celebrated by Archbishop Michael.

Please pray for all young people: that they may hear the Lord calling them to holiness. Pray also for the Spirit Day organizers, volunteers and the Grade Seven youth: that the Lord will bless the preparations for the event, and that these young people will have a life-changing encounter with the Holy Spirit at Spirit Day.

Marriage Mentorship Workshop

On November 29 and 30, Ryan and Mary Rose Verret, founders of the Witness to Love program, will be here to share how and why this program was developed and to present the resources available. They will also discuss how to start and effectively use this program at the parish level.

Please pray for all married couples and families: that the Lord will bless them in their joys and lift them up in their challenges. Please pray also for the Marriage Mentorship Workshop: that our efforts to strengthen marriages and families through mentorship for engaged and married couples will bear much good fruit.

Sexual Abuse Recommendations

Last summer, the Church suffered through scandal that persists even today. Let us continue to pray for all victims of clerical sexual abuse as our Archbishop shepherds the faithful through this painful situation. May we remember those who were wounded and the measures the Archdiocese continues to take to address abuse with accountability and transparency. Let us to look to Mary, a source of hope in times of difficulty, with confidence in her compassion for a wounded Church.

Please pray for all who have been hurt by the sexual abuse crisis: that the Lord be with them in their pain and will draw them into a deep and lasting encounter with him that brings healing to their lives. Please pray also for the Church, seeking to address the causes of the crisis and bring healing to the wounded Body of Christ: that we will find effective ways to protect all people and to bring justice to those who have been abused.

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

In Christ,

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