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Intercessory Prayer Network – January 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Although the month of January remains cold and dark, the Church shines brightly with the joy of the Holy Infant. This is a month of decision for many of us. With renewed spirits, we strive daily to keep the resolutions we’ve made for the new year.
Let us entrust this new year to Mary, the Mother of God. Through her intercession, may we embrace opportunities for change and be aware of moments in our everyday lives when we can share Jesus with others. While the world around us may seem cold and dark, Our Lord continues his life-giving work. May we be guided by the counsel of his Mother and become faithful labourers in his vineyard.
Conversion of St. Paul
On January 25th, we celebrate the Conversion of St. Paul. Saul, downtrodden in the dirt, hears Jesus say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Through a bright light, Jesus instructs him to enter Damascus, where his life is forever changed. St. Paul’s conversion invites us to be mindful of the areas in our lives in which Jesus is calling us out of the darkness. With joyful hearts, may we too allow the light of Jesus to transform us, that we might become more like him.
Please pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all of us: that our hearts may be open to hearing God’s voice and his call to conversion. Pray also for our priests, deacons and all who are called to preach the message of salvation: that they may be ever open to hearing the voice of God and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and guide them in their preaching.
Proclaim Training is well under way. To date, over one hundred disciples have been trained in Alpha, Discovery or both, and are preparing to welcome others into their homes and communities. As we begin the new year, let us be sensitive to evangelizing moments in our homes, at the office, at the gym and beyond. Let us pray for the courage to approach these conversations with Christ-like boldness as we share his love with those around us.
Please pray for all disciples of Jesus Christ: that the Holy Spirit will strengthen and bless them with courage and zeal for proclaiming the Gospel and sharing in meaningful conversations about faith. Please pray also for those who are hearing the call of the Holy Spirit to evangelize: that their hearts will be open to responding to the call to grow into a deep and lasting encounter with Jesus Christ and to sharing his message of salvation.
Witness to Love
It is our hope that the Witness to Love training workshops will bear much fruit and that the program is embraced and implemented in parishes represented by the participants. We hope to communicate that this program is a way of evangelizing engaged couples and bringing them into communion with their parish community and with Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom of his Church. Please join us as we journey with couples from across the Archdiocese in the hope of leading them into a deep and lasting encounter with Jesus.
Please pray for all couples: that their relationship may be strengthened through their relationship with Jesus Christ. Please pray also for the Mentorship Program: that the Holy Spirit will lead the Archdiocese in the process of helping engaged couples in preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage, and into a deep and lasting encounter with Jesus Christ.
Adult Faith Formation
As we enter the new year, we are seeking opportunities to elevate our Adult Faith Formation programs to new heights. It is our hope that by being sensitive to the Holy Spirit, we will develop a better understanding of how best to form adults in the Archdiocese and bring Jesus to those who do not yet know him. Let us pray together for the ongoing renewal of these programs and for our receptiveness to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Please pray for all evangelizers and catechists: that they may be inspired by the Holy Spirit to bring Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church to all who seek understanding and wisdom. Pray also for our programs of adult faith formation: that the Holy Spirit will guide our efforts to renew existing programs and launch new initiatives.
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer. May God bless the work of your hands always.