Prayers of the Faithful for March / April

Prayer: Lord, we pray for the leaders of our Church and State. May they use their positions of power to give care to the weakest and most vulnerable in our society. We pray especially for those being persecuted for the Faith. Lord hear us

Prayer: As our world continues to be marked with violence and unrest especially in the Middle East, let us pray for those working for justice and peace in the world based on respect for human life and dignity. We pray especially today for the work of CAFOD and for those being persecuted for the Faith.
Lord hear us

Prayer: We pray for the repose of the souls of those who have died recently. We remember whose anniversaries occur at this time. Lord hear us

Prayer: We pray for our young people- the future of the church; especially those in our parish who are preparing for the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion. Lord hear us

Prayer: We pray in a moment of silence for ourselves; for those suffering due to illness, bereavement and anxiety. We think especially of the lapsed, the lonely, the depressed and those vulnerable to exploitation. Lord hear us

Prayer: During this Season of Lent let us turn to Almighty God both in prayer; by meditating on His sufferings through the Stations of the Cross; and by seeking His forgiveness through the Sacrament of Confession. Lord hear us

Prayer: We pray for our church leaders, especially Pope Francis and Bishop Egan. May their leadership and teaching authority as successors of the apostles, encourage others to join us in the One True Fold. Lord hear us

Prayer: During this Season of Lent let us turn to Almighty God and ask for His forgiveness through the Sacrament of Confession. Lord hear us

Prayer: Let us ask Mary, who understands our weaknesses and needs, to pray with us as we say together. Hail Mary.....

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Prayer of the Month

In 1886, Pope Leo XIII decreed that this prayer to St. Michael be said at the end of a "Low" Mass throughout the universal Church; and the practice of the congregation praying these prayers at the end of Mass continued until about 1970, with the introduction of the new rite of the Mass.

However, at the end of his Angelus message given in St. Peter’s Square, in April, 994, Pope John Paul II urged Catholics to recite this prayer to Saint Michael once again when he said:

"Even if today this prayer is no longer recited at the end of the Eucharistic celebration, I invite all to not forget it, but to recite it in order to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and the spirit of this world."

Now (July 2016) Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth has urged the faithful to recite this prayer once again on a regular basis, as a result of the recent outrages and acts of terrorism by various individuals and groups throughout the world, but especially here in Europe. The prayer asks for St. Michael’s protection against all evil. It will (hopefully) be recited in all the churches of our Diocese and it is hoped that it will also be said individually, and by families, church groups and societies and in our Catholic schools.

“Holy Michael the Archangel defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust down to hell Satan and all the wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen”

Deceased Parishioners

Please pray for deceased parishioners whose anniversaries occur in February

Esme Taylor 1995 Phyllis Gregory 1995
Ronald Luke-Styles 1995 Margaret Thorpe 1995
Kenneth Hewett 1996 Anthony Brenan 1996
Josie Honey 1997 Ann Minns 1997
Michael Kelly 1997 Alice Atkins 1997
Grace Gurney 1997 John Cooper 1999
Freda Britton 1999 Rick Valvona 2000
Philip Mainston 2001 Margaret McDonagh 2001
Vera Rayner 2003 Maria Valvona 2005
Joy Hall 2008 Eileen Deane 2009
Patricia Holman 2009 Adam Coyne 2010
Eamon Shortt 2010 Veronica Dyer 2011
Yvonne Jaggers 2011 Barbara Murphy 2011
Dorian Birchenough 2014 Robert Cooney 2015
Philip James 2016 Alice Turner 2016
Josephine Ward 2016 Mabel Bull 2016

Your charitable prayers are requested for deceased parishioners whose anniversaries occur in March

Aida Magda 1994 John Stratton 1994
George Adams 1995 Edmund Milford 1996
Sister Raymond 1998 Arthur Niblett 1998
Chandos Pade 1999 Alice Batey 1999
Sheila Doran 2001 Michael Fox 2004
Cecil Wilkes 2004 Patrick Hoey 2006
David Stewart 2006 Ronald Rutland 2008
Albert Longy 2008 Graham Harman 2008
Anthony Minghella 2008 Margaret Crockford 2009
Shirley Elkins 2010 Keith Edsall 2010
Kevin Moran 2010 Beth Foley 2010
Gloria Minghella 2014 Cliff Nash 2014
Fred Honey 2015 Ina Valvona 2015
Dave Moore 2015 Peter Doran 2016
Moira Higgs 2016

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis

Poem of the Month

Picture of the Risen Christ


by Elizabeth Foley

Candlemas is one of three
Feasts; ending the Christmas liturgy.
The Presentation of the Babe;
Purification of the Maid.
His Mother pure, obeyed the law,
Simeon his Messiah saw.
Candles are blessed,
Lit and processed,
"Christ Our Lord"
By all confessed.