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Intercessory Prayer Network – September 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Many of us are struggling to understand what is happening in our Church today. While September is usually a month of anticipation as a new school year begins, the news about clerical sexual abuse and scandalous cover up grieved us and disappointed us. Above all, the Church expresses her horror at the sins committed.
Despite the tragedy, we can still be certain of our Lord’s love for us. We must continue to hold fast to the words of Saint Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. And we have believed, and we recognize that you are the Christ, the Son of God” [Jn 6:68-69].
We have come to know the Lord Jesus, and it is our mission as an Archdiocese to lead others into a deep and lasting relationship with Him. Let us take this September, the month dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows, whose memorial the Church celebrates on September 15, to join our Blessed Mother in grieving over the sins committed and offering our petitions with childlike trust. May we courageously recommit ourselves to renewing the life of the Church in Vancouver, leading others to experience God’s merciful love through our words and actions. Thank you for partnering with us in prayer.
Homilies that connect the Gospel to our hearts and lives have the power to promote deeper conversion. At the end of August, 12 priests from the Archdiocese of Vancouver attended Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire Conference for Priests, along with 300 others, for a three-day reflection on the art of preaching.
Please pray that our priests continue to grow in the art of preaching so that those who hear them may be brought to a deeper conversion. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and inspire our priests in their mission to proclaim the Good News.
Alpha Program for Young Adults
The Alpha Course has proven to be an excellent resource for parishes wishing to intentionally reach out to the community. Our young adults have played a key role in Alpha Ministry. The Archdiocese seeks to engage young adults to become leaders of Alpha as a means to evangelize.
Please pray that the Lord will draw young leaders who are passionate about sharing their faith through the Alpha Program to join this project and lead other young adults into a deep and lasting encounter with Jesus.
The purpose of couples mentorship is for a long-term married couple to model for an engaged or newly-married couple what a strong marriage looks like. This couple-to-couple relationship keeps them connected to the church community, giving them a chance to deepen their faith.
Please pray for all couples, married and engaged: that the Lord will continue to bless them. May He send His Holy Spirit to guide the couples mentorship project team as they discern, seek clarity and initiate ways to lead couples into closer communion with Jesus Christ.
Every three years, the Archdiocese of Vancouver hosts a Stewardship Awards ceremony honouring laity who have provided exceptional service towards our Archdiocesan Priorities and Goals by giving their time, talent or treasure to their parishes or the Archdiocesan Church.
We give thanks for the generosity of the faithful in Vancouver who have given so generously of their time, talent and treasure over many years of dedicated service. Please pray that during the current Stewardship Awards nomination period, others will come to recognize these leaders and be inspired by their witness. May these volunteers be blessed and may our parishes thrive as dynamic communities of missionary disciples.
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer. May God bless the work of your hands always.