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

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

Joan Martin 1994 Stephen Wooler 1994
Maureen Stevens 1994 Maurice Donohue 1994
Colin Hirst 1995 Rosanna Jeffries 1996
Maria Spinelli 2000 Victor Nye 2000
Beatrice Rawlings 2000 Hilda Salter 2001
Olwyn Rudge 2005 Peggy Oglander 2006
Isabel Matyjaszek 2006 John Smallwood 2007
Charles Byrne 2007 Denis Smith 2009
Miles Jervis 2009 Jack Howe 2009
Bridget Baker 2010 Norman White 2010
Fred Honey 2014 Dave Moore 2014
Ina Valvona 2014 Anne Hansford 2017

Please pray for those deceased whose anniversaries are in May.

Eileen Dunne 1994 Stephen Philimore 1997
Hilda Rann 1998 Mary Hewison 1998
Patrick Triscott 1999 John Loughlin 1999
Maureen Reid 2000 Henrietta Rickard 2000
William Walsh 2001 Frank Petty 2001
Francis Middleton 2001 Richard Williams 2003
Janet Pike 2004 Peter Rorke 2004
Arthur Gibson 2006 Jackie Cuddigan 2007
John Smallwood 2007 Kathleen Pettitt 2007
Roy Reid 2008 Bridget Baker 2009
Sue Moore 2009 Tony Griffiths 2009
Pat Nimmo 2010

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

Poem of the Month

Picture of the Risen Christ

Jesus Christ

Written by Peter Ransom

Know that both word and deed I be
So listen and answer my plea
First of all give me your whole heart
Then we will never eve part

Your very soul I desire
Be saved from eternal fire
That feeble mind surrender to me
Have my love for eternity

Follow my word and doing that you’ll succeed
I gave my life and death for you
Love my word, love my deed, be true