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Intercessory Prayer Network – April 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
These days of Lent can be trying; prayer, fasting and almsgiving are difficult works and we may find ourselves dragging our feet towards the finish line. It is good to remind ourselves that our Lenten sacrifices strip us of the things that that hinder us from loving Jesus as we ought to.
During this final stretch of Lent, let us reorient our lives so that our focus is on God. May we find consolation knowing our works are pleasing to our Lord, and offer them to Him joyfully. Let us unite our sufferings with His, so that we, too might share in His triumph.
Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday
The Easter Octave begins on April 21st and concludes with Divine Mercy Sunday. Saint Faustina’s faith reminds us that trusting in Jesus wholeheartedly showers comfort on our anxieties and fears. As we trek through these next few weeks of Lent, let us find consolation in Jesus, our Hope, whose Heavenly banquet awaits us.
Please pray for all communities of faith: that during this Easter season, we may find our hope in the Risen Lord and seek consolation in his divine mercy. Please pray also for those who are currently struggling in their faith and in their lives: that they may know the Father’s infinite and unconditional love.
Evangelization and Discipleship
The annual New Evangelization Summit will be held on May 4th in Ottawa and live-streamed to 55 host sites. Approximately 5,000 likeminded Catholics will be united in one goal: to be formed as evangelizers. That same weekend, women from across the Archdiocese will be gathered in the hopes of experiencing restoration in their lives and in the life of the Church. As we approach these events, let us keep their preparations in our prayers: that all participants open themselves to being formed by Jesus, and in turn, share His love with others.
Please pray for all of us, who are called to spread the Gospel: that we may grow into a deep and lasting encounter with Jesus Christ, and that we may seek opportunities to be formed as evangelizers. Please pray also for all women of faith, especially those in our Archdiocese: that they may come to know the Holy Spirit, grow in their relationship with Jesus, and share His love with others.
Marriage Anniversary and Family Event
On May 12, Archbishop Miller will be honouring couples celebrating milestone anniversaries of their marriage. Whether they are one year or fifty years in, we honour their faithfulness to one another and their reliance on God. On May 18, St. Matthew’s Parish will host an examination of the essential interconnection of humanity, love, and family with Jake and Heather Khym, founders of Life Restoration ministry. Let us remember these families in our prayers as they grow deeper in love with one another through Jesus.
Please pray for all married couples and families: that the Lord may continue to bestow his loving grace and blessings on them. Pray also for the two events in our Archdiocese celebrating the beauty and love of the sacrament of Marriage: that the preparations for these events may be inspired by the Holy Spirit and that families may grow in their deep and lasting encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Family.
Project Advance Training
Project Advance is the annual Archdiocesan appeal that raises funds for secondary schools’ construction, new Church sites and a variety of programming initiatives. In 2018, for a record fourth year in a row, Project Advance raised over $7M. Project Advance kicks off in most Parishes this month. Parishes do better when their volunteers are spiritually engaged and equipped to do the work effectively.
Let us pray that the training sessions hosted by the Development Office of the Archdiocese are well attended by volunteers. Let us also pray for the generous response to this year’s appeal, and that, in the spirit of almsgiving, we share our treasure joyfully and with hearts turned to Jesus.
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer. May God bless the work of your hands always.