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Welcome to the Parish of Magheralin

Parish Priest:  Fr. Feidhlimidh Magennis - Mobile:  07702665123.
Parish email -
Parish Office - 02892 617435.
Please note:  If for any reason that I cannot be contacted in an emergency, a 
priest may be contacted on 028 38 323 161

Dromore Diocese Charity Commission No:  NIC105046

Sunday 28th November 2021 - First Sunday of Advent Year C.
Year B.

See below for revised Mass times starting Saturday 4th December.

Responsorial Psalm 24.
To you, Lord, I lift up my soul.

Gospel Acclamation.
Alleluia, alleluia!
Let us see, O Lord,  your mercy and give us your saving help.

First Reading. 
First Reading.  Jeremiah 33-14:16
The Prophet assures the people that God will send the promised one, The Messiah.

Second Reading.
Second Reading.  Thessalonians 3:12-4:2
Paul prays affectionately for his beloved Church at Thessalonica on the Aegean Sea, wishing for them the best of the Christian life and perseverance in his teaching.

In Today's Gospel.
Luke 21:25-28
Luke describes the second coming of Christ. Christians should prepare for it with confidence vigilance and prayer.

Mass Attendance.

For those attending Mass the current Covid Restrictions will apply.
As before, please note that, due to the restrictions, numbers in each church will be limited but during Mass at Magheralin video links to the Prayer Room and our adjacent Parish Hall will enable further people to be accommodated if required.
Parishioners will be guided to appropriate seats by stewards and given advice as required on how to follow the one way system that is in place both for receiving Holy Communion and leaving the church at the end of Mass.
Face Coverings.
Archbishop Eamon Martin (along with the other Christian church leaders all over this island) has formally recommended and encouraged the use of face coverings at all Masses and other liturgical celebrations, together with the on-going maintenance of the 2 metre physical distancing with immediate effect. 

Please remember that you will need to follow the guidelines outlined below during attendance at Mass:-
-Use sanitisers on entry and exit to the church.
-Keep your hands away from your face  and try to touch surfaces within the church as   little  as possible.
-To ensure sufficient social distancing is maintained sit only where directed by the stewards and do not attempt to move seating.
-Follow steward's instructions on when and where to go to receive Holy Communion.
-Please take communion in your hand only.
-Do not attend church if you or someone in your household is unwell or has   Covid-19 symptoms.
Please bear in mind that the Sunday and Holy Day obligation to attend Mass is still suspendedand it is advisable that if you are in any of the designated vulnerable categories, are elderly or infirm or have any concerns in this area you should avoid any large gatherings until further notice.
Thank you for your co-operation and thank you to everyone who volunteered as stewards to facilitate the weekend masses.

Opening of Churches for Private Prayer 
Please note the following update.
Opening times for individual visits and personal prayer:

Private worship from Mon to Sat in both churches: 10:30am-4pm

Private worship on Sundays - St. Patrick & St. Ronan’s Church: 1-4pm

Private worship on Sundays - St. Colman’s Church: 11am-4pm

Please note that due to the restricted numbers permitted at Masses as a result of the current covid-19 restrictions, Mass will be live streamed from Magheralin Church at 12.00 noon each Sunday. This stream can be accessed from the Parish of Magheralin Facebook page by clicking on or copying or typing the link below into your browser:-

Forthcoming Changes to Weekend Mass Times.
Please Note the change of Weekend Mass Times as from Next Weekend
Saturday 4th December 2021Vigil Mass 6.00pm in Saints Patrick & Ronan Church Magheralin.
Sunday 5th December 2021 - Morning Mass at 11.00am in Saints Patrick & Ronan Church Magheralin..
Sunday 5th Dec 2021 - Morning Mass at 9.30 am in Saint Colman's Church Kilwarlin.

St. Patrick's  & St Ronan's Magheralin Mass Times

 Celebrations / Anniversaries

Saturday 27th November 2021 - No Vigil Mass
Note - No Vigil Mass
Sunday 28th November 2021 - Mass 12.00 noon Kitty Mayers (MM).
Sarah & David Bustard.
Mary Josephine Thoburn.
Monday 29th November 2021 - Mass 9.15 am
Wednesday 1st December 2021 - Communion Service 9.15 am Communion Service
Saturday 4th December 2021 -  Vigil Mass 6.00 pm Note- Reinstatement of Vigil Mass
Sunday 5th December 2021 - Morning Mass 11.00 am Note reinstatement of 11.00 am morning mass.

St. Colman's Kilwarlin Mass Times

 Celebrations / Anniversaries

Saturday 27th November 2021 - Vigil Mass 6.00 pm

Mark Magennis.

Sunday 28th November 2021
No morning Mass
Tuesday 30th November 2021 - Mass 9.00 am
Thursday 2nd December 2021 - Communion Service. 9.00 am Communion Service
Saturday 4th December 2021 - Vigil Mass No Mass No Vigil Mass
Sunday 5th December 2021 - Morning Mass 9.30 am Note change of Mass Time.
Malachy Brennan

Sacrament of Penance

Church duty for next weekend 4th & 5th December.

Minister's of the Word                     


Saturday Vigil 6.00 pm Magheralin Church Eamon Wright
Sunday 9.30 am Kilwarlin Church  Máire Henderson

Sunday 11.00 am Magheralin Church

Sharon Heffron

Offertory Collection Last  Week.
Envelope Collection     846.80
Loose Plate                    43.05
Standing Orders           549.00
Total Collection      £1,438.85

Magheralin Parish Welcomes.
Rebecca Jane Thompson.
Baptised Saturday 20th November 2021.
Saints Patrick, Ronan & Colman pray for her. 

Anniversary Masses.
Could you please confirm numbers who will be attending an anniversary Mass so we can ensure seats are available?
Contact 07979725564

Prayer Group
Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, continues in St Patrick’s / St Ronan’s Church on Wednesday the 13th October 2021 at 8.00pm and will finish on Wed 8th December the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
(Nine consecutive Wednesday’s)
All Welcome

Trocaire Gifts.
gifts can be purchased at both Churches  after the weekend Masses during the first Three Weekends of December 2021.

Magheralin Community Association.
Ducks / Drakes Story Telling Sessions in the Parish Hall on Monday Mornings 10am-11.00am. Bring your own cup with you for a cuppa and a bit of craic.
All Welcome.

Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled
November brings a particular mood as winter takes it’s hold even in our hearts. Jesus assures us that we have in him, one who shares our loss, grief and sadness at a time of bereavement. His presence can mend the break and heal that time in all it’s sharing and parting, has made. He whispers ‘Let not your hearts be troubled’ in the midst of our pain and pathos, so that we may have hope, as we are held and hugged in God’s heart of lavish love .

Prayer for deceased relatives and friends.
Almighty Father source of forgiveness and salvation, grant that our relatives and friends who have passed from this life may through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the saints, come to share your Eternal happiness through Christ Our Lord.

means the coming the name was chosen because it is referred to the Second coming of Christ in glory at the end of time.
One of the oldest Christian prayers we know is ‘Come Lord Jesus’ it is found in both the Book of Revelation (22:20) and the Second Letter to the Corinthians (16:22).
Advent Prayer; ‘Come Lord Jesus.’ in the original language spoken by Jesus ‘‘Marnatha.’’
The Advent Spirit of waiting and longing for the Lord reminds us of the daily call to holiness.

Update to Costs for Purchase of Burial Ground in St Colman’s Cemetery Kilwarlin.
Single Plot £460.00 (Interment for Three People)
Double Plot £1,200.00 (Interment for Six People)

Non Parishioners
with some parish connection:- 
Single Plot Only. £2000.00 at the discretion of the Parish Priest.

Update to Costs for Hire of Parochial Hall.
Parishioners; £15.00 pounds/ hour (non profit making).
Business or profit making; £20.00 pounds/hour.

Pope’s Intention for November
Universal intention– That people who suffer from depression or burn-out will find support and a light that opens them up to life.

Viewing Sunday Mass from Magheralin Church on U-Tube.The Sunday Morning Mass from Magheralin Church can be viewed on U-Tube via the Parish Facebook page by typing or copying and pasting the link below into your browser:-

Viewing Masses on Parish Webcams.
To view where and when daily & weekend Masses can be viewed on church webcams, please go to the links page on this website and click on the appropriate links for the adjoining parishes.

Marriages or Baptisms.
Baptisms & Weddings  can now take place subject to conditions which comply with covid-19 rule. Please contact the parish office by telephone on 02892617435 or by email at -
Please note that Baptisms can take place on either Saturday or Sunday in Saints Patrick & Ronan's Church Magheralin at 12.00 noon.

Booking Anniversary Masses.
Please note that Anniversary Masses for the deceased should be booked using the new Anniversary Request Envelope
Indicate the date and one of the Mass times when you wish the Mass to be said.
These envelopes should be left into the parish office  or the parish office post box, or they can be put into the collection baskets at the weekend Masses. They should be in the Parish Office or the collection baskets two weeks before the date of the anniversary to ensure that they are included in the relevant bulletin.
Please feel free to bring the Offertory Gifts forward at the Anniversary Mass,
and please indicate that you wish to do so on the request envelope. (Suspended at present due to Covid-19 pandemic)
Thank You

Offertory Promise -  Envelopes.
Anyone requiring envelopes for the first time, please leave your name and address in the sacristy or place in an envelope and put it into the collection basket at the weekend masses.  Alternatively email your interest to the parish office (
We would appreciate being informed of any changes in names or addresses so that our parish records can be updated.
You can also pay your weekly offering by standing order so please let us know if you wish to use this method which is simple to set up. 
The Offertory Promise envelopes and Gift Aid are the two main sources of income in the parish.
We thank all those who contribute regularly and generously to the needs of the parish through the envelopes, direct debit or loose plate.
Envelopes can be returned to the Parochial House Kilwarlin or placed before the start of Mass in the baskets in the back of both churches.

Mary's Meals - Double the Love.
Campaign runs until 31st January2022
Find out more at;

Magheralin Community Association.
Ducks / Drakes Story Telling Sessions in the Parish Hall on Monday Mornings 10am-11.00am. Bring your own cup with you for a cuppa and a bit of craic.
All Welcome.

Annual Aghagallon Hospice Fun Run.
Takes place on Sunday 5th Dec 2021 at Lurgan Park. Registration 9am-10am.
Please support this event in aid of Southern Area Hospice as we have been unable to fundraise for the past 18 months.

The Olivia Slater School of Speech and Drama.
Thursday @ Jethro Centre Lurgan. 
Email -

Magheralin Parish Women's Group.
All activities cancelled.

The Parish of Magheralin Facebook Page.
A Facebook page for the parish has been set up under the name -
"The Parish of Magheralin"
Click on or Copy & Paste or Type the link below into your browser.

Little Ducklings Parent & Toddler Group.

Even when we cannot attend Mass we can still make an Act of Spiritual Communion in which we express our faith in Christ and in His presence in the Eucharist and ask Him to unite Himself with us.
The basic elements of an Act of Spiritual Communion are:
-an Act of Faith;
-an Act of Love;
-a desire to receive Christ;
-and an invitation to Him to come into your heart.

There are various popular prayers to accompany an Act of Spiritual Communion such as the one below.

My Jesus
I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you  into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you Sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.

Lourdes Activities via the Lourdes website:
For the latest information on pilgrimages to Lourdes please go to the Lourdes page on this website.
Daily at 2.00 pm the Rosary is said at the Grotto in English -
Light a Candle at Lourdes -
Send a petition to Lourdes -
Please type or copy & paste the links into your browser bar.


St. Vincent de Paul Society
Emergency Contact No.  07717186985 or 07921876225.

Parish Office:
Tel - 028 92 617435
Attended opening every Wednesday morning between 10.30 am and 1.00 pm.
Send your notices for the bulletin by email or a hand written notice may be placed by Tuesday night in the post box at the Parochial Hall.  All notices must be signed and have a contact number attached.

Facebook - The Parish of Magheralin.
Please click on, type or copy & paste the links into your browser bar.

Safeguarding Children
Patricia Carville, Child Protection Officer
Tel:  07789 917741

Chris Greene - Organist and Choir Master.  Available for weddings and funerals:  07856361755

Prayers & Reflections.

Reflection - Life is Fleeting.
The hill flowers fade , but will bloom again next year. But we never get back our youth. Life is a fragile gift which we enjoy briefly; our life is like the warming of oneself in the Sun. We live in a flash of light, before we know it, evening comes and night falls. But the very fleetingness of life makes it all the more precious. Lord may your gentle and sure light guide us on the unfolding road, so that we may walk with confidence towards the light that never fades and the life that never ends.   
Flor McCarthy SDB

The Kingdom of God.
Jesus said, ‘My kingdom is not of this world.’ Jesus does not rule as earthly kings rule. He has no palace, no throne, no crown, no army. Yet we give him an allegiance and loyalty, which we would not give to any other person or institution on earth. Alone and unarmed he stood before Pilate. Pilate had thousands of soldiers to call upon, Jesus had no soldier to call upon. Yet Jesus was incomparably the greatest of the two. Jesus is the hope of the human race. He rules, not by force, but by love. Lord Jesus, may your kingdom come and may you remember me on that day.
Flor McCarthy SDB.

The Lord, bless us and watch over us: the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us; the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.

The Bible.
Others are bothered by the part of the Bible they can’t understand. I’m bothered about the parts I can understand.’  
(Mark Twain)

Prayer of trust.
Preserve me God I take refuge in you.
My happiness lies in you alone.
You are my portion and my cup. you yourself are my prize. I keep you ever in my sight., even at night you direct my heart. With you my at my right hand, I shall stand firm. And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad. For you will not leave my soul among the dead, nor let your beloved know decay. You will show me the path of life. the fullness of joy in your presence, at your right hand happiness for ever.
(From Psalm 15.)

Morning Prayer
Dear God, when I stand at the beginning of a new day, bless me with vision to see the best of things to come ,wisdom to make good decisions and most of all, faith that you are walking with me every step of the way. Amen

Prayer to the Holy Spirit.
O Divine Spirit, sent by the Father in the name of Jesus, Give aid and infallible guidance to your Church, Renew in our own days, your miracles as of a second Pentecost.
Pope John XX111.

Helen Keller, who went blind and deaf at nineteen months, said: ‘One day I asked a friend of mine who had just returned from a long walk in the woods what she had seen. She replied, ‘‘Nothing in particular.’’  ‘How was this possible?’ I asked myself when I who cannot hear or see, find hundreds of things to interest me through mere touch. I feel the delicate shape and design of a leaf. I pass my hands lovingly over the rough bark of a pine tree. Occasionally, I place my hand quietly on a small tree, and if I am lucky, feel the happy quiver of a bird in full song. 
‘The greatest Calamity that can befall people, is not that they should be born blind, but they should have eyes, yet fail to see'.

Reflection - Count your Blessings
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the millions who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of starvation, you are ahead of 500million people in the world.
If you have food in the fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, or your wallet and spare change in your pocket, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

Lord you have made us for yourself, therefore our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
( St Augustine )

O God, Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Pope Francis

Whoever has a heart full of love always has something to give.
(Saint Pope John XXIII.)

To be grateful is to recognise the Love of God in everything He has given us, and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of his love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to a new wonder and to the praise of the goodness of God. 
For the grateful person knows that God is good , not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.
(Thomas Merton)

Let us come alive to the splendour that is all around us and see the beauty in ordinary things. 
(Thomas Merton)

Father in heaven you have made us for yourself, our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Fulfil this longing throughJesus, the bread of life, so that we may witness to him who alone satisfies the hungers of the human family. By the power of your Holy Spirit lead us to the heavenly table where we may feast on the vision of your glory forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer is to the spiritual life what the beating of the pulse and the drawing of breath are to the life of the body.
John Henry Newman

‘‘Be Sure that you first preach by the way you live. If you do not, people will notice that you say one thing, but live otherwise, and your words will bring only cynical laughter and a derisive shake of the head.’’
(St Charles Borromeo) 

Be who you are & be that well.
St Francis De Sales

When the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, may God in his mercy give us a holy rest and peace at last. 

Reflection   Working for Christ
To do the work of Christ is really quite simple. It means to be faithful in  little things, for to be faithful in little things is a big thing. It means to do one’s task, no matter how humble, not only thoroughly but joyfully. It means to make oneself available, yet never to seek the limelight. It means to make oneself useful, without seeking to push oneself. It means to carry one’s own burden, without as far as possible, becoming a burden on others. In a word it means to be at one’s post, helpful and faithful, loyal and constant. Lord , make me an instrument for the building of your kingdom.
(Flor McCarthy,SDB)

Nothing is more powerful than prayer, 
indeed nothing is comparable to it.
(St John Chrysostom.)

You do not need to know precisely what his happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.

(Thomas Merton)

Disturb us, O Lord when we are to well pleased with ourselves.
When our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little; when we have arrived safely because we have sailed too close to the shore.
Stir us, O Lord to dare more boldly, to venture more seas, where storms will show your mastery, where in losing sight of land we shall find the stars.
In the name of him who pushed back the horizons of our hopes and invited the brave to follow him.
(Author unknown)

"Whoever wants to preach must be the first to let the word of God move them deeply and become incarnate in their daily lives.

(Evangelli Gaudium)

Time Apart.
Lord in my busy days of noise and action, remind me of my need for time alone and for peace and quiet and silence within.
Be with me now Lord, as I pause for a few moments in

Prayer For The Summer
Father creator of all, thank you for summer. Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. Thank you for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy your creation. Thank you for the increased time I have to be with my friends and family, and for the more casual pace of the summer season. Draw me closer to you this summer. Teach me how I can pray no matter where I am or what I am doing. Warm my soul with the awareness of your presence and light my path with your words of council. As I enjoy your creation, create in me a pure heart and a hunger and a thirst for you.

A Reflection - Faith Tested
My faith is tested many times everyday, and more times than I’d like to confess, I’m unable to keep the banner of faith aloft. If a promise is not kept, or if a secret is betrayed, or if I experience long lasting pain, I begin to doubt God and God’s love.
I fall into the chasm of disbelief and I cry out in despair. But then the spirit lifts me up again and once more I am secured in faith. I don’t know how that happens, save when I cry out earnestly I am answered immediately and am returned to faithfulness. I am once again filled with the spirit and firmly planted on solid ground.
(Maya Angelu.)

Inner Peace
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.

(St Francis de Sales)

Trust in God.
‘‘My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going, I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. But I know that you will lead me by the right road even if I am not sure where to find it.’’
( Thomas Merton)

O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in Your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to you, we shall see Your hand, Your purpose, Your will through all things.
( St Ignatius of Loyola)

Prayer / Blessing.
Good and gracious God, I know you have blessed me beyond measure through all my days. Give me confidence in your care as I strive to fulfil the obligations I face today, those I can now anticipate and those that will come unexpectedly. May I recognize your presence in the people I meet and the opportunities I face. Amen.

Love & Justice.
"Hold fast to love & justice".
Hosea 12:6

Be Not Afraid.
Let His power of truth and love enlighten every aspect of your existence.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Make Every Day Count.
Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.

Beatitudes of Life.
Blessed are the faithful: they are safe anchors in a world of broken moorings.
Blessed are the just: they are to society what leaven is to bread.
Blessed are the generous: they keep alive our faith in the essential goodness of people.
Blessed are the caring: they shine like beacons in a world darkened by indifference.
Blessed are the genuine: they glow like gems in a world of falseness.
Blessed are those who are not afraid of sacrifice: on the day of the harvest they will sing with joy.
And blessed are those who refuse to look back: they will be found worthy of the Kingdom of God.

Into your Hands.
Dearest Jesus, I give myself to you today knowing that your will is my happiness and that you can bring this about in ways that I may not be able to understand. Help me this day not to be burdened with the problems I have but to place them in your hands and be free.


There are only two days in the year when nothing can be done.
One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow.
So today is the right day to love, believe, do and most importantly live.

Prayer of Petition.
I asked for help that I might do great things; I was given infirmity that I might do better things. I asked for riches that I might be happy; I was given poverty that I might be wise. I asked for power that I might have the praise of men; I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God. I asked for all things that I might enjoy life; I was given life that I might enjoy all things. I got nothing that I asked for but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myselfmy unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

Life is like the ocean, it can be calm and still or rough and rigid, but in the end it is always - beautiful.

Saint Augustine.
God is nearer to us than we are to ourselves.


In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human success but rather on how much we have loved.
(St. John of the Cross)

Nothing is more powerful than prayer, indeed nothing is comparable to it.

(St. John of the Cross)

Jesus I thank you for the gift of my life and for every moment I live. I thank you for my parents, my family, my relatives and my friends.

Good and gracious God, I know you have blessed me beyond measure through all my days. Give me confidence in your care as I strive to fulfil the obligations I face today, those I can now anticipate and those that will come unexpectedly. May I recognize your presence in the people I meet and the opportunities I face.

Reflection - Remembering.
Jesus said to his apostles: "Do this in memory of me". We all love to be remembered. This was true of Jesus. But if we want to be remembered we have a duty also to remember. Memory is a powerful thing. Wrongly used it brings death; rightly used it brings life and is a form of immortality. It keeps the past alive. those we remember never die; they continue to walk and talk with us.Lord, when we celebrate the eucharist we are remembering you. May that remembering bring us life here and hereafter.

Prayer for Healing.
Lord Jesus, we ask you to bring your healing touch to those whom we know to be sick, afraid or worried. Bring them your peace and healing.

Praying for the Spirit.
Come Holy Spirit.
Come with strength for the weak, courage for the faithful, light for those in darkness, comfort for the sorrowful, healing for the sick and injured, guidance for those who are lost, faith for those who are in doubt, hope for those who have no hope and love for those who have no love.
Come Holy Spirit, kindle in us the fire of your love and we shall renew the face of the earth.
Flor McCarthy SDB.

Take Heart (John 14:16).
In the stillness of our very being we are invited to discover that God has been there waiting for us all the while. In the quiet of that humble place listen for the word of God that is for you!
The meaning and purpose of life, and our very selves is revealed in a single, sacred hope filled word. That word is Christ who is "the way, the truth and the life".

Time Apart.
Lord in my busy days of noise and action, remind me of my need for time alone and for peace and quiet and silence within.
Be with me now Lord as I pause for a few moments in quietness.

A Morning Prayer.
Refreshed from the night's sleep, I am filled with gratitude as I arise this morning. I pray that I will be strengthened by your grace this day. In the quiet of this moment I ask your blessing throughout the day. Help me to be mindful of your presence and of the needs of those I encounter. Open my heart in generosity, confident that you will give me what I need from moment to moment.

Make every day count.
Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can.
You may never be able to experience it again.

O Lord, Hear My Prayer
When I call, answer me O Lord, hear my prayer.
Come and listen to me.

Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.
(Dorothy Day)

A Blessing.
May you have:
Enough success to keep you eager;
Enough failure to keep you humble;
Enough joy to share with others;
Enough trials to keep you strong;
Enough hope to keep you happy;
Enough faith to banish depression;
Enough friends to give you comfort;
Enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.

Shine a light.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
Nelson Mandela

Someone Who Cares.
Lord, make my heart a haven where the lonely may find friendship, where the weary may find shelter, where the helpless may find refuge, where the hopeless may find hope and where all those who seek someone who cares may enter and find you.

When the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, may God in his mercy give us a holy rest and peace at last.
In the twilight of life God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human success, but rather on how much we have loved.

When you seek me.
When you seek me with all your heart you will find me and I will come to you.

Into Your Hands
Dearest Jesus, I give myself to you today knowing that your will is my happiness and you can bring this about in ways that I may be unable to understand. Help me this day not to be burdened with the problems I have but to place them in your hands and be free.

Five Fingered Prayer (from "Pope Francis Selected Prayers")
This method of prayer, championed by Pope Francis, has been widely adopted in classrooms & parishes across the globe and has resonated particularly with children & young people.
The Thumb.
The closest finger to you reminds you to pray for those who are closest to us such as our family and friends.
The Index Finger.
The pointing finger reminds you to pray for wisdom and support for those who teach us and show us the way.
The Middle Finger.
The tallest finger reminds you to pray for guidance for our leaders and those in positions of authority.
The Ring Finger.
Your weakest finger reminds you to pray for the weakest in society, like those who are sick, poor or having problems.
The Little Finger.
The smallest finger reminds you to pray for yourself. When you have prayed for the other four groups you will be able to see your own needs but from the proper perspective. 

Prayer for the Family.
Father in heaven you called Saint Zelie and Louis Martin to holiness through their married life. You gave them as mother and father of St. Therese of Lisieux. Through their intercession we ask you to bless married couples, our children and grandchildren. Guide us as citizens to make the kind of decisions that will support family life.
We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Thoughts from Pope Francis)
1. No family drops down from heaven perfectly formed; families need constantly to grow and mature in the ability to love. May we never loose heart because of our limitations or ever stop seeking that fulness of love and communion which God holds out before us.
Amoris Laetita 2016 
2. The church is a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol or about the levels of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds.
Audience 2013
3. The family is the primary setting for socialisation, since it is where we first learn to relate to other, to listen and to share, to be patient and show respect, to help one another and to live as one. The task of education is to make us sense that the world and society are also our home: it trains us how to live together in this greater home. In the family we learn closeness, care and respect for others. We break out of our fatal self-absorption and come to realise that we are living with and alongside others who are worthy of our concern, our kindness and our affection.
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4.All family life is a 'shepherding' in mercy. Each of us, by our love and care, leaves a mark on the life of others: with Paul we can say: "you are our letter of recommendation, written on your hearts. Not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God" (2 Cor 3:2-3).
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Prayer to the Holy Family.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love; to you we turn with trust.
Holy family of Nazareth grant that our families may be places of communion and prayer; authentic schools of the gospel and small domestic churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth may families never again experience violence, rejection and division; may all who have been hurt or scandalised find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth make us more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family and its beauty in God's plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph graciously hear our prayer.
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Thoughts for everyday.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. (Elanor Roosevelt).
Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak. (Saint Anthony of Padua)
May we learn to say thank you to God and to one another. We teach children to do it and then we forget to do it ourselves. (Pope Francis)

Each of us is capable of doing some healing because we have eyes that can see, ears that can hear, tongues that can speak, hands that can touch and above all a heart that can love.Lord make us instruments of your healing power.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
And where there is sadness, joy.


We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.
(Dorothy Day)