Prayer of the Faithful - Archives 2015
   

EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
JANUARY 4, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, guided by a star the wise men made a long and tedious journey to reach the child Jesus. Let us pray that we too may seek Jesus in whatever we do.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. We pray with Pope Francis for his universal prayer intention for this month : that those from diverse religious traditions and all people of goodwill may work together for peace.
    Response

  2. We pray for those of our brothers and sisters who are being pressurized to give up their faith under the guise of ghar wapasi.
    Response

  3. We pray for the 55 boys and girls of our parish who will receive the sacrament of Confirmation tomorrow / this evening.
    Response

  4. We pray for the victims of the Airasia crash and their families, those suffering under the cold wave conditions in North India and elsewhere, and those left homeless due to various reasons.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for revealing to us that you make no discrimination among peoples and nations, and that every person of good will is welcome to your fold. Make us your worthy instruments. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



BAPTISM OF OUR LORD
JANUARY 11, 2015
Celebrant : brothers and sisters, anointed by the Holy Spirit, Jesus went about doing good. We pray that we, who are baptized in his name, may work to advance the kingdom of God.

Response : Lord, may your kingdom come.

  1. For the Holy Father as he visits Sri Lanka and Phillipines this week, carrying the message of the Joy of the Gospel personally and giving a boost to the church in Asia.
    Response

  2. For the Evangelisation intention for this month : that in this year dedicated to Consecrated Life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.
    Response

  3. For the victims of terror attacks in different parts of the world, especially in France during the last week.
    Response

  4. For all those among us who are planning to make major life-changing decisions this year, such as getting married, choosing a career, beginning a new venture or any other responsibility.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who transformed humanity's relationship with God profoundly. Give us the grace to be living witnesses of his gospel. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



JANUARY 18, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, in today's Gospel, we see the disciples heed the call of Jesus to follow Him. We pray that we too may be attentive to the voice of God calling us to discipleship, and that we may seek Jesus with a sincere heart.

Response : Lord, help us to seek your Son.

  1. For the Holy Father, as he seeks to bring the peace of Christ to all he meets, especially in the Phillipines where he is at present, accompanied by our own Cardinal Oswald Gracias. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. For all priests and religious and all those involved in various ministries in the Church, that they may keep their focus on Jesus and heed his call to serve. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. For all those called to be leaders in political and civic life, that they may work selflessly for the people they serve. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For all those who are seeking God with a true heart, that they may find Him without being misled and misguided. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for nourishing us with your Word and the Eucharist. Give us the grace to be ever more attentive to your call and respond to it with generosity of heart. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



VOCATION SUNDAY
JANUARY 25, 2015
INTRODUCTION :
God calls us in different and unexpected ways. Today as we celebrate Vocation Sunday, like the persons of Biblical times, we too are challenged to leave our baggage behind and follow Jesus. Let us pray that we respond to his call.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant : Heavenly Father, you sent your only begotten Son to choose effective laborers in your vineyard. We ardently pray that your kingdom may be established firmly among us through your chosen ones.

Response : Lord make us your disciples.

  1. Authority in the Church comes through apostolic succession. Let us pray that the leaders in the Church may follow the example of the apostles who, in spite of difficulties and failures, built the Church.
    Response

  2. The first apostles were fishermen who left everything to follow Jesus. Let us pray that we may have constancy and firmness in our decision to follow Jesus.
    Response

  3. Fishing is also an idiomatic expression for vocation promotion. Let us pray that more and more young people may opt for religious and priestly vocation.
    Response

  4. That every family of our parish may in their daily living and interactions promote desires among the young to join the religious life and promote kingdom of God.
    Response

  5. We pray for people who are sick, ill, in bed, people who are in pain and suffering. May God touch them and heal them through their near and dear ones.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for your Son Jesus. As he chose his disciples Peter, Andrew, James and John, he now chooses us. Give us the grace that we too may show the same urgency and fortitude shown by the apostles in following Jesus our Master. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.

VOCATION PRAYER :
Loving and gracious God, you bless your people in every time and season and provide for their needs through your providential care. Your Church is continually in need of priests, sisters and brothers to offer themselves in the service of the Gospel by lives of dedicated love. Open the hearts of your sons and daughters to listen to your call. Give them the gift of understanding to discern your invitation and the courage to follow it to the full. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord.    Amen.



FEBRUARY 1, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, Jesus spoke and taught with authority and no one was able to contradict his words. We pray that the people of God may be led by men and women with God-given authority.

Response : Lord, give us shepherds like your Son.

  1. Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the Day of Consecrated Life. We pray that Pope Francis and all consecrated men and women may guide and direct the people with God's wisdom and compassion. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. For all lay people involved in imparting the faith : that they may teach with Christ's authority and not be led by worldly wisdom and earthly power. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. For all those in leadership in political and civic life, especially in our country : that they may use their power and authority wisely and with discernment. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. Pope Francis has called on all fathers to be present in the lives of their children. In this, our Parish Year of the Family, we pray for all our daddies : that they may have the courage and the love to spend time with their children. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who fought corruption with all his divine authority. We pray for the grace that we too may approach our divine Lord with our eyes of faith. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



LITURGY FOR WORLD MARRIAGE DAY
FEBRUARY 8, 2015
OPENING PRAYER :
We have come together to celebrate the anniversary of the marriage of our brothers and sisters. As we join them in their joy, we join them also in their gratitude. God has set them among us as a sign of his love and through the years they have remained faithful, fulfilling their responsibilities as parents. Let us give thanks for all the favors that all our couples here present, have received. May God keep them in their love for each other, so that they may be more and more of one mind and heart. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

RENEWAL OF MARRIAGE VOWS :
Celebrant : All the married couples, you have lived and loved each other as man and wife for the last many years. Today, in the presence of the Church I invite you to join your right hands and renew your original marriage commitment.

Husband : I, (Name) renew the promise I made to you _______ (wife's name), ____ years ago. I promise to continue to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.

Wife : I, (Name), renew the promise I made to you ________ (Husband's name) _____ years ago. I promise to continue to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.

Celebrant : You have renewed your commitment before the Church. May the Lord in his goodness strengthen your commitment and fill you both with his blessings for an even deeper and more joyful life of love and togetherness.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant : Heavenly Father, you sent your only begotten Son to choose effective laborers in your vineyard. We ardently pray that your kingdom may be established firmly among us through your chosen ones.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. We pray for all the leaders of the Church, especially for our Holy Father, all our Bishops and Priests, that they may experience the power of the spirit and be guided by the same spirit in leading your people to unity and service.
    Response

  2. We pray for our Parents, brothers, sisters, friends and relatives who have shared the joy and happiness, that God may bless them.
    Response

  3. We pray for the married couples. They have entered into the sacrament of marriage in God. Therefore we invite God, the source of Love, to nourish all the aspects of married life and to fill them with His presence.
    Response

  4. We pray for those who are preparing to get married. That they may understand that it is God who invites them to enter into the sacrament of marriage and therefore prepare themselves thoroughly for it.
    Response

    (5, 6 are only for youth Mass)

  5. May the Lord be with all the 12 std students so that they gain new heights for their board exam.
    Response

  6. We pray for the senior citizens programme organised by the parish youth council and the SCC, that it may be a successful one and may the seniors have an amazing time.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for your Son Jesus. As he chose his disciples Peter, Andrew, James and John, he now chooses us. Give us the grace that we too may show the same urgency and fortitude shown by the apostles in following Jesus our Master. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.

Blessing after the Our Father (by Celebrant)
Lord, God and Creator,
we bless and praise your name.
In the beginning you made man and woman,
so that they might enter a communion of life and love.
You likewise blessed the union of all our couples gathered here,
so that they might reflect the union of Christ with his Church:
Look with kindness on them today.
Amid the joys and struggles of their life
you have preserved the union between them;
Renew their marriage covenant,
increase your love in them,
and strengthen their bond of peace,
so that surrounded by their children
they may always rejoice in the gift of your blessing.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.    Amen.

CONCLUDING RITE :
May God, the almighty Father, give you joy.
Response - Amen.

May the only Son of God have mercy on you
and help you in good times and in bad.
Response - Amen.

May the Holy Spirit
always fill your hearts with love.
Response - Amen.

And may almighty God bless you all,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.
Response - Amen.



BIBLE SUNDAY
FEBRUARY 15, 2015
Celebrant : Dear sisters and brothers, our Father desires that we grow in our Faith both by the study of his word and by acting on it, because he wants to do great things in and through us.

Response : Lord God, in your love, teach us the way to true happiness.

  1. That our Pope and all the pastors of the Church may have the courage to face the challenges of the present-day world. Guide them with your wisdom and love.
    Response

  2. That the Lord grant our Ministers of the Word who were re-commissioned yesterday, to know the immeasurable measure of his power in those who believe so that they may carry on the mandate given to them.
    Response

  3. That the Lord may bless the 20 new cardinals created yesterday by the Holy Father. The new cardinals will celebrate Mass today with Pope Francis.
    Response

  4. That the Lord may bless all our 10th and 12th Std. students who are preparing for their Board examinations.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Gracious Father, your Son told us, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything will added unto you". Help us to act on your word. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



FEBRUARY 22, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, when God made a covenant with Noah, He remained faithful to this covenant. Let us pray that we may remain faithful to the promises we make to God.

Response : Lord, make us faithful witnesses.

  1. Pope Francis, in his Lenten message, has asked us to confront the "globalization of indifference" that is sweeping the world. Let us pray that we may become 'islands of mercy' for those in need, as a parish, in our families and communities, and as individuals.
    Response

  2. For the universal evangelization intention for this month : That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.
    Response

  3. For all our Christian brethren who are being persecuted, tortured and killed by the ISIS in the Middle East, simply for being Christian. We also pray for those in our own country who are being pressurized to give up the faith.
    Response

  4. For our leaders, that they may ensure that all people enjoy the right of freedom of religious belief. May they not only restrict themselves to verbal assurances, but follow up with action.
    Response

    Only for JFC Mass
  5. For our Annual Day this evening : that all those participating and attending may enjoy themselves and feel that we are one big family.
    Response

    Only for Youth Mass
  6. For the Parish Youth Council which is organizing the Bal Mela this Saturday for the street kids. May they give their best and experience a transformation in their life.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who fought corruption with all his divine authority. We pray for the grace that we too may approach our divine Lord with our eyes of faith. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



MARCH 01, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, at his transfiguration, Jesus experienced the presence of his Father. With full confidence in God, let us offer our prayers for various needs.

Response : Lord, increase our faith.

  1. For the Holy Father's universal prayer intention for the month of March : That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. As we meet in our clusters today to observe Togetherness Day and worship as a community, let us take time to be with each other, and give of ourselves to each other. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. For our 10th Std. students who begin their Board exams this week and 12th Std. students whose exams have already begun. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For the increasing number of Christians and other minorities abducted by the ISIS in Syria and those who have had to flee their homes for fear of their lives. We also pray for the political leaders in our country making hurtful statements against Mother Teresa. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Loving Father, no matter what sins we commit, you never abandon us. Give us grace that we may never stray away and lose our way. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



LITURGY FOR WOMEN'S DAY
MARCH 08, 2015
INTRODUCTION :
International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. International Women's Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the 20th century in North America and across Europe.
Since those early years, International Women's Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women's movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women's rights and participation in the political and economic arenas. Mahatma Gandhi said "Woman is the companion of man, gifted with equal mental capacity … if by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man's superior … If non-violence is the law of our being, the future is with women."
Today is International Women's Day. So, during this Eucharistic celebration, let us praise and thank God for women who are present in our life in various relations. Let us also pray to Jesus to help us understand the true meaning of our life and nourish us with this wisdom and strength.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant : Brothers and sisters, we are created in God's own image and likeness, given this beautiful world to nurture, and relationships to respect. With confidence, let us place our petitions in the hands of our loving God, as we say :

Response : Graciously hear our prayer, O Lord.

  1. That Pope Francis, Bishops, Priests and Religious may continue to commit themselves to work towards promoting equality and restoring the dignity of women, we pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. That leaders in our country and the world may work towards promoting a just and equal society, irrespective of gender, caste and creed, we pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. That every male member of our Parish community will help women to grow in self-esteem and protect the life and interests of women within and outside their community, we pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For women who carry emotional wounds, especially those who have suffered abuse; that God will heal their spirits, renew their hope and make them whole again. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Loving God, through the intercession of Mary, our most Holy Mother, we present to you these prayers and all those we are not able to express. We ask you to grant them in your mercy, through Christ our Lord.     Amen.

THANKSGIVING PRAYER (after communion, before final blessing) :
Hidden and mysterious God, we seek you in darkness and unknowingly you come to us with your tender love. Today we pray for :
  • Women who suffer because what should be uncovered is covered up.
  • Women who have been humiliated, harassed and stigmatized and dared not to tell.
  • Women who have been beaten, tortured, threatened and cannot tell.
  • Women whose bodies have been violated by rape and degradation.
  • Women whose bodies are sold as commodities.
  • Women whose cultures reflect them as inferior, as stereotypes, as less valuable than men.
  • Women who give birth in dangerous or squalid conditions.
  • Women who are in anguish because they do not have the resources to care for their children adequately.
  • Women whose livelihoods are threatened by climate change.
  • Women who are casualties of war and the arms trade.
  • Women who mourn the violent deaths of loved ones.
  • Women whose potential dies a little more every day.
Forgive us, our complicity in silence and concealment, our failure to proclaim the true personhood of all people, regardless of race, gender or sexuality.
  • For the witness of women, most of them unnamed and unsung, who have refused to be shamed or silenced, who have stood up and stood out for justice and truth.
  • For the persistence of those who struggle for equal rights for women, for an end to sexual violence, trafficking and discrimination, and for the power of human dignity.
  • For women across the world, whose leadership, resilience and resourcefulness, in raising families, resisting despair, embracing new livelihoods, is transforming their communities to challenge poverty.
  • For women who have confronted warring powers, challenged violence, and whose lives, directed by necessity, are moved by compassion.
We make this prayer in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.    Amen.



LITURGY FOR FAMILY FIRST DAY
MARCH 15, 2015
INTRODUCTION :
This year, our parish is celebrating the Year of the Family. Pope Francis says that the world needs good and strong families and he advises families to take time to rest and pray together and to be examples of holiness. Today, at this Eucharist, let us pray for each of our families and all families in this parish that they be little domestic churches in accordance with God's plan.

PENITENTIAL RITE :
Lord, you call us to model our families on the Holy Family. For the times we have not given time for Family Prayer and have failed to give you central place in our homes.
Lord Have Mercy

Lord, you have given us the gift of our family members. For the times that we have got so immersed in our work or been preoccupied with media and technology that we have not found it important to have family meals together.
Christ Have Mercy

Lord, you call each one of us to fullness of life. For the times we have given priority to other things rather than just spend time with our families, in fun and companionship.
Lord Have Mercy

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, God's love is immeasurable. This love is reflected and expressed in our families. We pray that each of our families may become havens of God's love and mercy.

Response : Lord, bless our families.

  1. For the Universal Church and the General Synod on the Family to be held at the Vatican later this year : that they may find ways of helping families to face their present challenges with the light and strength of the Gospel. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. For all the families in our parish and all over the world : that they may be small domestic churches, places of love, acceptance and healing, where each member is valued and cherished. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. For all families in need and in distress : single-parent families, families experiencing unemployment, families facing violence, rejection and division, families suffering addiction and abuse. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For the newly-formed Family Cell in our parish : that all its plans and activities may be directed by the Holy Spirit and that it may help our Holy Family parish to truly become a parish of holy families. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for giving us your beloved Son as our Lord and Master. Help each one of us and our families to keep our focus on Him and make Him the centre of our homes. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.

OUR 'FAMILY FIRST' PRAYER :
Holy Family of Nazareth, we thank you for the gift of our family and for what we mean to each other.
  • May our family life be centred around our Family Prayer;
  • Our Family Meal be a place of fellowship;
  • And time for Fun and Play, moments where we know our company is cherished.
Let Prayer, Eating and Playing together truly pep (P.E.P.) up our family life.

During this, our Parish Year of the Family, may each of our Parish families grow into a sanctuary of life, love and togetherness.   Amen.



MARCH 22, 2015
Celebrant : Dear friends, God has made an everlasting covenant with us in Jesus Christ. Therefore we have the courage to approach his throne of mercy with humble and contrite hearts.

Response : Lord, help us to turn to you in love.

  1. Pope Francis has completed two years in office. We pray that the Lord may continue to bless him with good health, cheerfulness and wisdom. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. God's love for us is unconditional and all-accepting. As we prepare ourselves for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and ask God to forgive us our trespasses, let us be open to forgive those who trespass against us. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. We begin our Parish Lenten Missions tomorrow/today. We pray for the preachers, Fr.Joseph Royan, Fr.Prem Prakash and Fr.Vijayanand, as also all those who will be present for the Missions, that God's love and healing may touch them and their families. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. In these troubled times, we pray for God's grace and wisdom to use technology and media responsibly and wisely. May we pause and verify the truth and authenticity of messages before we pass them on, especially on Whatsapp. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Heavenly Father, you are faithful to your promises. Help us to return to you in love through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God for ever and ever.    Amen.



PALM SUNDAY
MARCH 29, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, we have entered into Holy Week. The joyful entry of Jesus into Jerusalem was to culminate in his crucifixion. With confidence that God will never abandon us in times of trials, let us place our petitions before him, saying,

Response : Lord, graciously hear our prayer.

  1. For the Universal Church as she enters Holy Week today : that she may be a living sign of the loving and caring presence of God our heavenly Father, His Son Jesus our Saviour and the Holy Spirit our consoler. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. For those among us who are hesitant to go for Confession : that we may remember that God's love and mercy is far greater than our sin. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. We pray for all our Christian institutions and those who serve in them and through them : as they face attacks in many parts of our country and in many regions of the world, give them the grace to continue serving selflessly. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For all of us, parishioners of Holy Family : that during the coming week, we may be with Jesus all through his suffering, death and resurrection. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for releasing us from the power of Sin through your Son's suffering, death and resurrection. We pray that we may continue to live in your grace. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



EASTER SUNDAY
APRIL 05, 2015
Celebrant : On this day, when we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord, let us joyfully exercise the right Jesus has gained for us to call God "Father" as we bring before Him our petitions.

Response : Father in heaven, hear our prayers.

  1. That the joy of the Risen Lord may strengthen our Holy Father, Bishops, priests and all the faithful in spreading the Gospel message. Let us pray.
    Response

  2. That those who are baptized during these Easter observances throughout the Church may keep faithful to Christ all their lives. Let us pray.
    Response

  3. That all the citizens of our country may live in peace and without fear. Let us pray.
    Response

  4. That we who have received the peace of the Risen Lord may, in turn, help to bring peace in our families, our communities, our neighbourhood and in our land. Let us pray.
    Response

  5. That during this Parish Year of the Family, each of our families may become a sanctuary of life, love and togetherness. Let us pray.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Heavenly Father, on this day Your Son Jesus has shared with us His life and His joy. Help us to be faithful to Him and gather us all in your glory where we shall experience the joy of calling you Father together with Him.    Amen.



DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
APRIL 12, 2015
Introduction : The first Sunday after Easter is called Divine Mercy Sunday. We begin the Eucharist checking whether we have availed of the gift of forgiveness.

Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, the Lord's loving mercy has no end, so with confidence, we bring our petitions before him.

Response : Merciful Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. For the Pope, Bishops and Priests, that through their ministry, they may manifest the Lord's Divine Mercy, let us pray
    Response

  2. For ourselves, that we may never doubt God's mercy, let us pray
    Response

  3. For all the troubled spots in the world, especially the Middle East, Kenya and many places in our own country, let us pray
    Response

  4. For those who venerate the Divine Mercy Image, that they will experience God's mercy throughout life and especially at the hour of their death, let us pray
    Response

  5. For all God's people, that we may be inspired to show mercy through our words, deeds and prayers, let us pray
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

At the end of Mass : We have experienced God's forgiveness. We leave the Church with a readiness to show forgiveness to those who have hurt us in any way.



APRIL 19, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, the apostles were convinced of their mission after they saw the risen Lord. We pray to the lord that we too may become like the apostles.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. We join the Holy Father in his universal prayer intention for this month : That people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God. We also pray for Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, who celebrated his 88th birthday two days ago. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. We also join Pope Francis in his prayer for persecuted Christians all over the world and in our own country : That they may feel the consoling presence of the Risen Lord and the solidarity of all the Church. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. We pray for the 45 children of our parish who will be receiving First Holy Communion on next Saturday : That their love relationship with Jesus may sustain them all through their lives. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. We pray for Inacin Fernandes of our parish, who has been ordained as Deacon today/yesterday by Cardinal Oswald Gracias : That the Lord may give him the openness and courage to serve in His vineyard. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for your Son Jesus, who offered his life as an expiation for our sins. Make us worthy witnesses of the risen Lord. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



APRIL 26, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, in the parable of the good shepherd, Jesus says that His sheep heed His voice. Let us pray that we may be open to listen to His voice and follow Him all through our lives.

Response : Lord, help us to listen to your voice.

  1. On this Good Shepherd Sunday, we pray for Pope Francis, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, all the bishops of our Archdiocese and priests. In a special way, we pray for the priests of our parish, that as good shepherds, they may take good care of the flock under their care. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. The Universal Church also celebrates World Day of Prayer for Vocations today. Pope Francis asks us to decisively turn our lives to the Lord, leave behind our comfort and our ego and centre our life in Jesus. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. We pray for our Christian brethren facing persecution and brutal death in many regions of the world, especially at the hands of the ISIS in the Middle East. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. The Maharashtra Government has scrapped the draft Development Plan which was riddled with errors, and has asked the BMC to come up with a revised DP. We pray for those who will be working on this revised DP, that they may have the wisdom to do the best for our city and its people. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who died and rose again for our sake. Give us the grace to realize that Jesus has paid dearly for the gift of salvation that we enjoy. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



MAY 3, 2015
Celebrant : Dear friends, Jesus is the true vine and we are his branches. Let us ask him to provide us with necessary grace in our lives that we may bear fruit in plenty, fruit that will last.

Response : Risen Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. We join Pope Francis in his Universal prayer intention for this month of May : That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. For those devastated by the earthquake in Nepal and parts of India, and for those working to provide them relief. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. For all our families who will be going out on holiday for a well-deserved break from the stress of city life. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For all those who are unable to go on holiday for some reason, especially children who have to work for their living, despite laws prohibiting child labour. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Heavenly Father, you always desire that your children may enjoy fullness of life. Help us to continue to abide in Christ the true vine and bear much fruit. For he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God for ever and ever.    Amen.



MAY 10, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, a community where love and sharing are encouraged, is the ideal community. Let us pray that our communities become places where each one is loved and cared for.

Response : Lord, help us to love one another.

  1. That the Universal Church, and all of us, may move out of our comfort zones and reach out to those at the periphery, particularly the most vulnerable and the marginalized. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. For migrants and refugees all over the world, for those who have lost their homes and loved ones in natural disasters and for those fleeing persecution and difficult living conditions. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. For our communities, that, like the early Church, we may be of one heart and mind and bear powerful witness to the risen Lord. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For all of us, that we may rely less on gadgets for communication and more on personal communication, reaching out especially to those who are lonely and forgotten, some in our own families. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for your Son Jesus. As the vine branch continues to live by being attached to the plant, so we too have life only by being attached to Jesus. Help us to bear abundant fruit in Him. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



ASCENSION OF THE LORD
MAY 17, 2015
Celebrant : brothers and sisters, Jesus is ever present and active in the lives of his disciples. Let us ask for the gift of patience and perseverance as we follow his footsteps.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. We join Pope Francis in his missionary prayer intention for this month of May : that Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularized cultures be open to proclaiming Jesus. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. As we prepare ourselves for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, let us be open to the prompting and direction of the Holy Spirit in every area of our lives. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. For those who have lost everything in the earthquake in Nepal and parts of India this past week. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For our students awaiting the results of crucial examinations and those who have to make a choice regarding field of study or career. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Almighty and eternal God, you glorified your Son Jesus by raising him from the dead and making him the Lord of heaven and earth. Grant us the grace that we may one day join him and behold your glorious face. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



FEAST OF PENTECOST SUNDAY
MAY 24, 2015
INTRODUCTION :
As we celebrate the feast of Pentecost today, the birthday of the Universal Church, let us keep ourselves in tune with the working of the Spirit within us for the common good of all in these trying and difficult times. In a special way, let us ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen the Faithful around the world that we may strive to live and walk by the Spirit at all times.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, the Spirit of God was bestowed on the disciples so that they could speak about the wonderful works of God. Today, as disciples of Jesus we too are called to make him known to our world. Let us pray for God's Spirit to dwell in us always that we may patiently and fearlessly bear witness to God's love through the manner of our lives.

Response : Lord, send forth your Spirit upon us.

  1. We lift up our Holy Father Pope Francis, the clergy, the Laity and all the Faithful in the Universal Church, that they may give heed to the voice of the Holy Spirit and do always what is right and pleasing to God. For this we pray to the Lord….
    Response

  2. We pray for all the Christians in our country and around the world facing trials and persecutions that they may draw strength and boldness to say yes to God's will and never give up their faith in such situations. For this we pray to the Lord….
    Response

  3. We pray for our Parish Fathers, all the Associations, the Parishioners and their families that we may be committed to do at least one good deed each week by working hand-in-hand with the SSC and Parish Associations for the benefit of all. For this we pray to the Lord….
    Response

  4. We pray for safe return of all those returning from vacations that they may come back refreshed in mind, body and spirit and continue to be a blessing to their families, our Parish and to others. For this we pray to the Lord….
    Response

  5. We pray to bless our nation with normal monsoon this year so that farmers may benefit from rich harvest and the people of our country and other nations may have sufficient foodgrains throughout the year. For this we pray to the Lord….
    Response

Celebrant : Heavenly Father, send your Spirit upon us as you did on the apostles. Strengthen our faith, revive our hope and make us courageous in announcing the Good News of Jesus our Lord. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.

THANKSGIVING (AFTER COMMUNION):
Holy Spirit, we thank you for the gift of your presence in our lives. It is you who bring meaning and purpose to our lives to seek the will of the Father. Holy Spirit, we praise you for you are the Lord and giver of life and the source and fountain of all holiness.
Come Holy Spirit; enkindle in us the desire to know Jesus fully and deeply that we may be able to carry His mission of Love, Generosity and Kindness to make this Parish a better place to live in.
We make this prayer through the same Christ our Lord.    Amen.



FEAST OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
MAY 31, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and Sisters, the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are distinct persons and yet exist harmoniously. May this mysterious union of the Trinity encourage us to live a life of unity and peace.

Response : Lord, keep us united.

  1. For the Holy Father and the hierarchy of the Universal Church, that they may work for unity and harmony to make the kingdom of God a reality here on earth. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. For the members of our parish team, Fr.Leo and Fr.George, who will be leaving us to take up their new assignments and the new members who will be joining the parish team this year, Fr.James, Fr.Maurice and Deacon John. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. For all those who are suffering due to the intense heatwave sweeping across many parts of our country, especially those who are forced to work outdoors in the heat of the sun. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For our 10th Std. students who will get their results this week and our 12th Std. students who are deciding what to do next. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  5. And finally for all of us at Holy Family parish as we begin a new parish year : that our 1800 families and 6700 parishioners may keep Jesus at the centre of their lives, whatever they do and wherever they are. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : The Spirit of God leads us to become children of God. The feeling that we have a heavenly Father who understands our needs and aspirations is a great feeling. Let us pray that we may become true children of our heavenly Father. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



THE FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI
THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
JUNE 07, 2015
Celebrant : Dear friends, Jesus sacrificed his body and shed his blood on the cross. As we celebrate the memorial of his passion, death and resurrection in this Eucharist, let ask the heavenly father to cleanse us through the sacrifice of Jesus.

Response : Lord, nourish us with your body and blood.

  1. We join Pope Francis in his universal prayer intention for this month of June : that immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. For timely and abundant rainfall in all parts of our country this year. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. For the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion of our parish who will be commissioned tomorrow / today, that they may continue to serve with dedication and love. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For all our housebound parishioners who wait to receive the body of Christ eagerly every week : that the Lord may bless them with his healing touch. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  5. For all the children and youth of our parish and the Jesus Fan Club which reopens today. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Heavenly Father, your son became the bread of life for us. Help us to honour him in word and deed, he who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God for ever and ever.    Amen.



JUNE 14, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, just as the small mustard seed grows into a big plant in today's Gospel reading, let us pray that God's kingdom may grow within us and around us. Let us bring all our petitions to the Lord and say:

Response : Lord, may your Kingdom come.

  1. For the Holy Father's Evangelisation intention for this month : That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. As the monsoon progresses steadily across our country, we pray for good and abundant rainfall in our city and in all areas. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. As we are at the beginning of another parish year, we pray for all those serving in our communities, groups and associations, that the Lord may bless them and their families with strength and wisdom. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For our young girls and boys, especially those who have just completed their 10th and 12th Stds., that the Lord may guide them in their decision on what to take up. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son who through his words and actions established your Kingdom on earth. Give us the grace that we may continue to work for the further expansion of your Kingdom. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



JUNE 21, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, the story of Jesus stilling the storm teaches us to put our trust in Jesus who will steer us clear of all dangers. We pray that we may always put our faith and confidence in Jesus, come what may.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. Pope Francis' first encyclical out last week connects care of the natural world with justice for the poorest. The Holy Father asks us to reshape our relationships with God, with each other and with the earth. Let us pray that we leave a better world for our children, for those who come after us. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. For all those suffering due to the heavy rains during the last two days : those whose homes are under water, those who cannot earn their livelihood, those who are travelling, those living on the streets, the very young and the very old. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. For all those who have lost a loved one during the past year : that their gaze may be focused on Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For those of us who are living with fear of some kind : that we may draw courage and strength from the constant presence of Jesus in our lives. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, by stilling the sea Jesus showed his mastery over nature. Help us to be people of faith, and trust that Jesus alone can lead us to our salvation. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



LITURGY FOR LAITY SUNDAY
JUNE 28, 2015
INTRODUCTION (before Entrance Hymn):
Today, we celebrate Laity Sunday in our Archdiocese. At this Eucharist, let us, in a special way, support in prayer our Lay Animators who work in various ministries in our parish and in the world outside the walls of the church.

Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, at the supplication of Jairus, Jesus willingly went into his house and raised the little girl back to life. Let us pray that we too may have deep faith in Jesus that will allow him to work miracles in our lives too. Let us also pray to Him to guide all those who minister in His name.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. For the clergy that they may be open to collaborate with the laity to spread the kingdom of God here on earth. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. For all lay animators serving in the various groups, associations, cells and communities in our parish : that the Lord may bless them and their families and help them not to give up but persevere in the face of indifference and rejection. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. For lay people working in various ministries all over the world, especially those facing confrontation and opposition in their fight against oppression and exploitation : that they may have the strength to carry on serving. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For all lay professionals : doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, those in the media, social workers, and others. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  5. For each one of us : that, besides serving in the parish, we may also use our gifts and talents to get involved in civic and political life so that our neighbourhoods, our city and our country become better places to live in. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, hear the prayers of your Church for your people around the entire world. Guide our actions towards the building up of your kingdom. We ask through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



LITURGY FOR FAITH FORMATION SUNDAY
JULY 05, 2015
INTRODUCTION (before Entrance Hymn):
In the Archdiocese of Mumbai, the Sunday following 3rd July, Feast of St.Thomas the Apostle, is celebrated as Faith Formation Sunday. At this Eucharist, let us thank God for the gift of faith and pray in a special way for each family in our parish, that it may grow into a sanctuary of love and faith.

Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, on this Faith Formation Sunday, let us pray that the efforts of the Universal Church to build up the body of Christ may bear abundant fruit so that all may experience the joy and fullness of life in Christ.

Response : Lord, increase our faith.

  1. We pray for the Holy Father, all bishops and priests engaged in propagating the faith. In a special way, we pray for the priests of our parish, sisters and religious who are spreading the faith through various means. We also pray for all lay people who are involved in faith formation - catechists, proclaimers of the Word and others.
    Response

  2. We pray for all the faith formation activities in our parish - the catechesis for children, youth and adults, for expectant parents, for those who wish to be baptised in the faith and others.
    Response

  3. We pray for those undergoing formation to receive the sacraments. In a special way, we pray for adults preparing for baptism, our JFC children preparing to receive First Holy Communion and our youth preparing for Confirmation.
    Response

  4. In this Parish Year of the Family, we pray for each family in our parish. The family is the first and primary nursery of faith. We pray that our families may provide a strong faith foundation for their children and encourage them to be a part of the Jesus Fan Club.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God of love and mercy, grant us Your help in all our tasks, Your guidance in all our doubts, Your strength in all our weaknesses, Your consolation in all our sorrows, and Your protection in all our dangers. We ask this through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



JULY 12, 2015
Celebrant : Dear friends, God calls us continuously to share in his heavenly graces. Let us ask the same heavenly Father to give us the grace to open our hearts to His call.

Response : Lord, , help us to hear your call.

  1. Pope Francis, at present, is visiting the countries of South America. During his visit, he has been speaking of the importance of family life. Let us pray during this Parish Year of the Family, we too may give more attention to our families, building all our relationships on love, acceptance and mutual respect.
    Response

  2. For the Holy Father's universal prayer intention for this month of July : That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
    Response

  3. For good rainfall in our city and all over our country, especially in the crop-producing regions.
    Response

  4. For the newly elected Children's Council and Youth Council and the newly created Seniors' Council of our parish.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant :Heavenly Father, send labourers into your harvest we pray, that your noble plan for humanity may come to realization for you make all things beautiful in your time. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



JULY 19, 2015
Celebrant : Dear friends, God calls us continuously to share in his heavenly graces. Let us ask the same heavenly Father to give us the grace to open our hearts to His call.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. During the coming week, there will be two meetings held at the Vatican to discuss climate change, human trafficking and sustainable development, at which mayors from around the world will be present. While we pray for these meetings, let us also see how we can change our lifestyle to reduce global warming.
    Response

  2. There are 43 groups, cells and associations and 15 communities in our parish. Let us pray that there may be greater communication between and within these groups, and within our SCCs, clusters and families.
    Response

  3. We need inspiring and wholesome literature regarding faith. Let us pray that Catholic writers from the laity and clergy may produce literature that can encourage and strengthen our faith.
    Response

  4. At present, our city and state are going through a dry spell, leading to fears of water cuts and drought. Let us pray for good and abundant rainfall in Mumbai and in Maharashtra so that we have sufficient water for all our needs.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant :Heavenly Father, send labourers into your harvest we pray, that your noble plan for humanity may come to realization for you make all things beautiful in your time. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



LITURGY FOR PARENTS' DAY
THEME : PARENTS FIRST
JULY 26, 2015
INTRODUCTION (before Entrance Hymn):
By a parent : Today, we celebrate the feast of St. Joaquim and St.Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Parents' Day. The theme chosen by the parish for this celebration is "Parents First". At this Eucharist, we, as parents, thank God for having chosen us as His co-creators and pray that we may always give Him the central place in our families.

PENITENTIAL RITE :
By a child (at JFC mass) or youth (at other masses) : We thank God for the gift of our parents who have nourished us and brought us up. However, as we grow up and as they grow older, there are times when we forget the care they have lavished upon us and find them burdensome. Let us watch this video. (Video of dad, son and sparrow on parish laptop desktop)
(After the video) For the times we have not respected and valued our parents, let us ask pardon. (the choir sings Lord have mercy)

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL :
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, on this Faith Formation Sunday, let us pray that the efforts of the Universal Church to build up the body of Christ may bear abundant fruit so that all may experience the joy and fullness of life in Christ.

Response : Lord, bless our parents.

  1. Child (only at JFC mass) : We pray for all our mummies and daddies who do so much for us. Lord, bless them with good health, strength and wisdom to guide us on your path and keeping our parents first, help us to respect, obey and love them always.
    Response

  2. Youth : We pray for all parents of teenagers and youth, that there may be greater understanding and communication between them and their children. We also pray that we, the youth, may value and cherish them, choosing Parents First.
    Response

  3. Young parent : As children, we thought the advice our parents gave us to be too restrictive. However, as young parents now, we have realized the value of what they told us. Lord, help us to live by the values our parents gave us as we bring up our own children.
    Response

  4. Common : We pray for all parents all over the world, and especially in our parish, as they struggle to live by and impart Christ's values to their family, amidst the onslaught of the world's values and the media.
    Response

  5. Common : We pray for the Synod on the Family to be held at the Vatican in October this year, that it may work towards finding means to help our families meet the challenges of the present day.
    Response



LITURGY FOR PRISON MINISTRY SUNDAY
AUGUST 02, 2015
INTRODUCTION (before Entrance Hymn):
Today, the Church in India observes Prison Ministry Sunday in honour of St.Maximilian Kolbe. After Communion, Sr.Annie PSOL will speak to us about the work that is being done in the Prison Ministry.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL :
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, Jesus shows great compassion towards sinners and the poor. Let us pray that we too may show compassion towards others.

Response : Lord, graciously hear our prayer.

  1. For the Holy Father's Universal prayer intention for this month of August : That volunteers may give themselves generously to the service of the needy. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. For all those who are behind bars : That the Lord may grant them a real change of heart that will lead them to be part of Christ's kingdom. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. For victims of crimes who suffer and continue to live with the emotional, spiritual, physical and psychological harm done to them : That the Lord may heal the brokenness of their lives and give them new strength and hope. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For all the volunteers working in the prison ministry across India : That the Lord may bless, guide and protect them in their work. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Heavenly Father, You are gracious to all. Stretch out your healing hands to touch all those in need of comfort and compassion. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



VIANNEY SUNDAY
AUGUST 09, 2015
PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL :
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, our God is an awesome God who always comes to our aid. Let us pray that when we face adverse situations, we may put our trust and confidence in God.

Response : Lord, help us in our need.

  1. Today on Vianney Sunday, let us pray for the Holy Father, bishops, and all priests, that they may be true shepherds in spite of the difficulties and adversities that come their way. We pray in a special way for the priests who serve in our parish.
    Response

  2. Let us pray for retired priests, priests who are not in good health, priests who are serving in areas where the church is being persecuted, and priests who are facing crises of any kind.
    Response

  3. During the last week, Pope Francis met with thousands of altar servers who were part of the International Pilgrimage of Altar Servers. We pray for our own young girls and boys, 69 of them, who serve at the altar in all seasons and at all masses : that they may always be true to their motto of Joyful Service to Jesus.
    Response

  4. For the Kingdom School for our street children which will be launched on 15th August in our parish. We pray for the children who will be attending the programme and for the volunteers who have offered their services, that this initiative may help us to truly reach out to the peripheries.
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) On this feast day of St. John Marie Vianney and in this year of Consecrated Life, we ask the Lord to sanctify, consecrate and anoint all our youth that they may model themselves after their favorite saint and lead a life worthy of their calling for the Church and others.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus to us. Give us the grace to always heed his voice and follow him as the sheep follow the shepherd. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



ASSUMPTION OF MARY AND INDEPENDENCE DAY
AUGUST 15, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, Mary was assumed into heaven body and soul. Let us pray that using her envious position as the mother of God, she may intercede for us.

Response : Lord, graciously hear our prayer through the intercession of Mary.

  1. Let us pray for leadership in the Church: that along with the Pope, the Cardinals, the bishops, and the clergy, leadership by the laity too may be encouraged, we pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. Many services in the Church are carried out by women religious; let us pray that their services may be appreciated and recognized in the Church, we pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. There is an increasing tendency in our country to outrage the modesty of women in public places: let us pray that this tendency may be countered by creating awareness through education and stricter implementation of laws, we pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. Though India became a free and independent nation long ago, there are many forces that disrupt harmonious living; let us pray that good sense may prevail and darkness may be dispelled through the intercession of Mary, we pray to the Lord.
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) We lift up all the youth working in Call Centers; that the Spirit of God give them true Freedom from every evil vice and bring them back to the service of Jesus and His church.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, you honoured Mary, the mother of your Son by letting her into heaven body and soul. Her cooperation with your divine plan gave humanity its Saviour. We pray that by imitating Mary we may also become bearer of divine graces. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



LITURGY FOR JUSTICE SUNDAY
AUGUST 16, 2015
INTRODUCTION (before Entrance Hymn):
Today, we celebrate Justice Sunday. In his recent encyclical, Pope Francis urges all of us to change our lifestyle in this consumerist society. May this Eucharistic celebration help us to change our lives so that we could have fullness of life in this world and in the world to come.

Celebrant : Jesus said, "Ask and you shall receive". With faith in Him, we place our humble petitions before our loving Father as one Christian community.

Response : Loving Father, hear our prayer.

  1. That all the Cardinals, Bishops, priests and religious may be able to communicate the Holy Father's encyclical with fervor and zeal. For this we pray.
    Response

  2. Jesus worked as a carpenter for most of his life. We pray that we may respect all types of work and uphold the dignity of human beings. For this we pray.
    Response

  3. That all of us may become aware of the silent scream of an unborn child and fight for the rights of the foetus, in a society where abortion has become legal. For this we pray.
    Response

  4. That each one of us may realize our responsibility towards creation and work in solidarity irrespective of religion, caste and creed to protect creation. For this we pray.
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) We pray for all those youth studying, working and staying abroad; that God may guide, protect and bless them and their families from every harm and danger. For this we pray.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Almighty Father, we have placed before you our needs. There are many more needs deep in our hearts which we have not verbalized. Grant to us what we truly deserve, through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



AUGUST 23, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, when Jesus saw that many disciples found his teaching hard and decided to leave, he asked the Twelve if they also wished to go away. Jesus left that choice to them. We pray that we too may be assisted by the Spirit of God to make the right decisions at critical moments of our life.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. For the Holy Father's Evangelisation intention for this month of August : That setting aside our very selves, we may learn to be neighbours to those who find themselves on the margins of human life and society. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. For all those who have been injured or who have lost dear ones in the tragic explosions in China and the terror attack in Bangkok during the past week. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. For the revival of the monsoon all across our country and in our city. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For the Synod of Bishops on the Family at the Vatican this October and for all the families in our parish. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) For the youth in our parish, that even as they exercise their youthful freedom, they may continue to give first priority to their own families. We pray that our youth grow in responsible freedom and make their families truly fabulous families in Christ. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son. Give us the grace to follow Him, even when it is difficult and challenging to do so. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



AUGUST 30, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, every good gift comes from our Father in heaven. Believing in this, let us ask our heavenly Father for all that we need and for all that is good for us.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. Pope Francis has declared September 1 as World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Let us thank God for the wonderful handiwork he has entrusted to our care, implore His help for the protection of His creation and ask pardon for the sins committed against the earth. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. The Holy Father has urged parents to teach their children to pray, to read the Bible and to make the sign of the Cross so that our homes may become places where Jesus always finds a warm welcome. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. With a poor monsoon and drought facing many parts of India, we are in dire need of rain. Let us pray for the revival of the monsoon all over our country, particularly in the crop growing regions and in our own city. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. The latest census reveals that there are 2.78 crore Christians in our country, constituting 2.3% of the total population. Though our number is small, let us pray that we may be living witnesses of Christ wherever we are. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) We pray for all our youth here at Holy Family parish, that through their active participation in all the parish activities, and in their reaching out to others, they may experience true freedom, joy and happiness. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Father, you take delight in true worship coming from a heart burning with love. Make us pure in your sight and grant us all that is good for us. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



SEPTEMBER 06, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, God listens to our every prayer and desire. Let us pray for the grace to realize that God never abandons us.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. The general prayer intention of Pope Francis for this month is for jobless youth: that opportunities for education and employment may increase for all young people. We pray for those looking for their first job, those who are turned away for lack of experience and those who are feeling useless and hopeless. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. We also join the Holy Father in praying for persecuted Christians in the Middle East and in other parts of the world, and for all migrants who are forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. We pray for all teachers, especially those living in our parish, that they may realise the enormous responsibility they have in moulding young lives. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. As we prepare to celebrate the birthday of Mother Mary, we pray for the grace to emulate her in word, deed and spirit. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) We pray for our youth here at Holy Family, that they may be touched by the Word of God and open themselves to praise and thank God. We pray that they may become good ambassadors and torchbearers for Christ, wherever they go. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus, who was acclaimed as one who did all things well, one who made the deaf hear and the dumb speak. God our Father, Help us to follow your Son more closely. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, God our Father is good all the time and knows our every need and desire. Having full confidence that he listens to us and answers our prayers, let us present our petitions to Him, saying :

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. The Holy Father has asked the whole of Europe to open their hearts and parishes to refugees who have fled their homes. We pray for these homeless families and also pray that we may open our hearts to the needy in our parish and in our neighbourhood.
    Response

  2. We join Pope Francis in his Evangelisation intention for this month : That catechists may give witness by living in a way consistent with the faith they proclaim.
    Response

  3. We continue to pray for rain in our country and in our own city of Mumbai.
    Response

  4. While our friends and neighbours of other faiths prepare to celebrate their festivals in the coming weeks, we pray for peace, tolerance and understanding in our land.
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) We pray for all youth who often face criticism from their friends and peers. We pray that they gain courage and face life boldly without compromising on their Christian values and be role models for other youth.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who laid down his life for us. Give us the grace to follow in the footsteps of our Master. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, Jesus calls us to be his disciples. Let us pray that we may follow Him and carry out his plan in our life and in the Church.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. We pray for the Holy Father's visit to Cuba and the United States and his participation in the World Meeting of Families during this coming week.
    Response

  2. We continue to pray for the revival of the monsoon in our parched state of Maharashtra and in our city.
    Response

  3. We pray for the millions of people in our city and those among us who travel by local train every day, that the Lord may keep us under His protection all the time.
    Response

  4. We pray for those of our family members and those in our neighbourhood who are down with major and minor ailments, that the Lord may heal them and help them recover soon.
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) We pray that our youth may be inspired to be true Christian leaders, that they may inculcate Christ's leadership values in their daily Christian living and lead others to Christ by their own example.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the privilege of being disciples of your Son. Help us to be faithful to the duties of Christian discipleship. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



SEPTEMBER 20, 2015
INTRODUCTION (before Entrance Hymn):
Today, the members of the Society of St.Vincent de Paul all over the world are celebrating the feast of their patron saint. St.Vincent de Paul was a great Apostle of Charity who was a witness to Christ through his service to the poor and suffering. Our parish unit of SSVP was started in the year 1971, i.e. 44 years ago. At this Eucharist, we the SSVP members thank God for His grace and thank you all, our generous donors who have made it possible for us to reach out to the needy of our parish all through the years.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL :
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, our God is a merciful and compassionate God who listens to our every need. As the St.Vincent de Paul Society celebrates its feast day today, let us pray for their needs and for all our needs, spoken and unspoken.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. Catholic families from around the world have gathered in Philadelphia to pray, learn, and celebrate the gift of the family at the World Meeting of Families. The theme of this gathering is : Love is Our Mission : The Family Fully Alive. Pope Francis will celebrate the closing mass tomorrow/today. Let us pray for this gathering.
    Response

  2. For migrants and refugees all over the world, especially in Syria and Europe, who are fleeing their homes only to find themselves unwelcome wherever they go.
    Response

  3. For the SVP and its members in our parish, who work tirelessly for the needy of our parish : that the Lord may bless them and their families and the work they do.
    Response

  4. For all the needy families of our parish that are assisted by the SVP.
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) For all youth that they may generously use their God-given blessings and resources to help those in real need, and make sincere efforts to be moderate, especially when it comes to personal wants and desires.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for nourishing us with your word and the body and blood of your Son. Grant us the grace to always pay heed to your words and walk on the path of justice and peace. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



THANKSGIVING SUNDAY
OCTOBER 04, 2015
INTRODUCTION (before Entrance Hymn):
Each year, on the first Sunday of October, we gratefully recall God's bountiful goodness as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. We express this gratitude by offering the "first fruits" to the Lord of the harvest. This is also the day to thank the "Giver of every gift" for his countless blessings. At this Eucharist, we also pray for the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which begins at the Vatican from today to discuss the family and the challenges it faces in today's world.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL :
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, let us turn to our merciful and compassionate Father and pray that he may help us to respond to his love.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. The General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will take place at the Vatican from today. Its theme is "the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world". Cardinal Oswald Gracias is among the participants. For this we pray -
    Response

  2. For the Holy Father's universal prayer intention for this month of October : that human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated. For this we pray -
    Response

  3. For farmers and all those who work to put food on our tables, especially those who are debt-ridden and are facing crop failure and other problems. For this we pray -
    Response

  4. For "Togetherness Day" - that all parishioners may actively involve themselves in their respective clusters and resolve to strengthen their Family Prayer. For this we pray -
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) For all youth, that they preserve and protect the very essence of Nature and be grateful to God as they enjoy the benefits and privileges which Nature has to offer each one of us. For this we pray -
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Almighty God, watch over Your Church with unfailing compassion and direct us on the right path. We ask this through Christ our Lord.    Amen.

(At Offertory, fruits and the harvest will be taken up along with bread and wine)




OCTOBER 11, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, today's Gospel reading tells us about the rich young man who chose to cling on to his wealth rather than become a disciple of Christ. We pray that we too when faced with choices in life, may choose our priorities wisely.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. Pope Francis says that family life is a pilgrimage. We pray for all families that they may journey along the way of the Lord and offer a fundamental witness to God's love.
    Response

  2. The Synod on the Family is currently meeting at the Vatican. We pray that the Universal Church may be faithful to her Master's voice and defend the sacredness of life, the unit and indissolubility of marriage and be a sign of God's grace.
    Response

  3. We pray for all families in distress, those with broken relationships and those heading for a breakdown.
    Response

  4. During this Parish Year of the Family, we pray for all families in our parish : that we may cherish and value one another and spend time together in prayer, at mealtimes and in fellowship.
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) We pray for our youth that they may experience true and lasting wealth in Jesus who is the real joy giver, in the midst of all that the world has to offer.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who teaches us the way to eternal life. Give us the grace to be open to His call. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



MISSION SUNDAY
OCTOBER 18, 2015
INTRODUCTION (before Entrance Hymn):
Mission Sunday each year reminds us that the primary goal of the Church is to proclaim the Good News of God's love for us. Today, at this Eucharist, we pray for our twinned Mission station of Shirpur and all those who serve there.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL :
Celebrant : Jesus said that a life based on service was the true sign of greatness. Jesus presented himself as the one who serves. Let us pray that we may seek to humbly serve others.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. We continue to pray for the Synod of Bishops meeting at the Vatican to discuss the Family. We pray for families in all their forms and the diverse situations which are reflected in family life today.
    Response

  2. The National Eucharistic Congress will be held in our city in November and delegates from all over the country will participate. Cardinal Oswald has asked us to pray for this event.
    Response

  3. For those involved in the evangelizing mission of the Church, especially those working at risk to their lives and in remote far-flung corners of the world. We pray in a special way for our twinned Mission station of Shirpur and the priests, religious and lay people who serve there.
    Response

  4. For all the groups, cells, associations and individuals who serve in our parish : that the Lord may bless them, guide and direct them in their mission and their work.
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) For all our Parish youth, that they may always come forward, take responsibility, form NYGs and be generous in giving themselves to the service of the Church and all those who need their help.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, on this Mission Sunday, we place before you all our aspirations for a Church that is truly missionary in her approach, faith and vision. Instil a new spirit in us so that empowered by the Spirit of God, we may disseminate the life-giving message of the Gospel. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



OCTOBER 25, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, God our Heavenly Father is sensitive to every need and desire of ours. At this Eucharist, let us pray for Mother Church and for those who are preparing to receive the Sacraments.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. For the Universal Church, the Holy Father, all bishops, priests and religious, that they may be true shepherds to the faithful, guiding them with care and compassion.
    Response

  2. For all the infants who are to be baptized in the coming weeks and the adults preparing to be baptized into the faith.
    Response

  3. For the more than 50 children of our parish preparing to receive their First Communion and the 90 young boys and girls preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
    Response

  4. For the more than 20 couples of our parish who intend to enter into the Sacrament of Matrimony during the next few months.
    Response

  5. For Bro. John, Bro. Learoy Rodrigues of our parish and three other young men who are in the final weeks of formation and will get ordained as Jesuit priests here in our church on the 12th of December this year.
    Response

  6. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) For our youth, that they may see persons, events and things from the perspective of the Gospel. We pray that they may give importance to the Gospel values and thereby please and glorify God.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for enlightening us with your life-giving Word. Help us to be strong in faith as we face the struggles and challenges of daily life. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



NOVEMBER 01, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, besides those officially canonized or beatified by the Church, there are countless others who have lived holy lives and now behold the face of the risen Lord. We pray that everyone who has put his faith in the name of the Lord may live a life befitting his Christian call.

Response : Lord, help us to be holy.

  1. We pray for the Holy Father and all priests and religious all over the world. We pray in a special way for the priests of our parish, who are called to witness Christ in these challenging times.
    Response

  2. We join the Holy Father in his universal prayer intention for this month of November : that we may be open to personal encounter and dialogue with all, even those whose convictions differ from our own.
    Response

  3. Pope Francis urges parents to waste time with their children. He says its one of the most important things that parents can do each day. We pray for all our families, that we may value and cherish each other.
    Response

  4. We pray for all those whom we know, at home, in our neighbourhoods, at our workplaces, in our parish, who are struggling to lead saintly lives and trying to bring Christ into difficult situations.
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) We pray that with the help of God, our youth may develop a positive attitude to life and thereby become open channels in the service of God and others.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for giving us the privilege of calling you "Abba" Father. Give us the grace that we may always live our lives focused on our vocation to be saints. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



NOVEMBER 08, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, God our Father is loving and compassionate; His goodness and generosity is beyond our understanding. Let us place our petitions before him, confident that He will grant us what is good for us.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. The National Eucharistic Congress will be held in our city this week. The theme is "The Eucharist - Nourished by Christ to nourish others". Let us pray for this event.
    Response

  2. Today, in our Archdiocese, we observe Violence-free Family Sunday. We pray that spouses and families may be guided by the Holy Spirit to reject practices that fracture family life.
    Response

  3. We pray that our children and youth may be filled with love for Christ and his teaching so that they have the courage to turn away from the evils of pornography and violence.
    Response

  4. Pope Francis says that the family is a place where we learn the values of forgiveness and reconciliation. Let us pray for all our families, that we may mend broken relationships and bring Christ's healing into our homes.
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) We pray that all our youth may learn the art of giving joyfully and experience true peace and happiness by doing good deeds for others.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son who reached out to all those in need. Give us the grace to be like Him, in our families and elsewhere. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord,     Amen.



WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY
NOVEMBER 15, 2015
INTRODUCTION (before Entrance Hymn):
Today the church in India celebrates WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY. God continues to communicate His love and mercy to us in various ways even today. At this Eucharist, let us pray that we may use the social networking systems and new communication technologies to proclaim Jesus to the world.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL :
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, God has given us the gift of media. Let us pray that we may use it wisely for the welfare of humanity, saying:

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. For the leaders of the Church: that they may communicate Christ and his Gospel by making use of digital technology. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. For our families : that parents and children, especially teenagers, may communicate with each other with love and understanding. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. For those working in mass media : that they may transmit and broadcast fairly and responsibly. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For all of us : that we may use the media, especially, whatsapp, facebook, and other social networks wisely and desist from spreading messages of intolerance and hatred. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  5. (Only for Youth Mass) For all our youth, that they may realize the importance of having deep, personal and effective communication with their families and friends and avoid being over-engrossed with social media. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Loving Father, we praise and thank You for the gift of digital communication technology. Grant us the wisdom to use it for good. We ask this through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING
NOVEMBER 22, 2015
PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL :
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, Christ Jesus, our Risen Lord and King, intercedes with the Father in heaven on our behalf. So, with confidence, let us turn to God, through Jesus, and pray in the Spirit, saying:

Response : Lord, may your Kingdom come.

  1. For our Pope, Bishops and the Clergy everywhere that they may lead us to a deeper faith in God and in our search for peace, joy and love amongst all people. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. We pray for all our national leaders and all other leaders that they may realize that it is in service and love that one finds fulfillment. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. We pray for all judges and those in authority, that they may follow Christ's law of love, truth and justice in all their decisions We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. As we come to the close of our Parish Year of the Family, let us pray for each family in our parish, that we may continue to look up to Jesus as our Lord and King, and give him the central place in our homes. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Almighty ever-living and ever-loving God, may we do with loving hearts what You ask of us and come to share the life You promise in your Son. We ask this through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



NOVEMBER 29, 2015
Celebrant : On this first Sunday of Advent, we have lit the Candle of Hope on the Advent Wreath. As we live in eager expectation of the Lord's coming, let us place our needs and petitions before our Heavenly Father, confident that he cares for us and listens to us.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. We pray with the Holy Father that the Church may keep her eyes fixed on Jesus and remain faithful to His mission.
    Response

  2. In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, Mali and other parts of the world, we pray that peace and sanity may be restored and ordinary people and families may be able to live their daily lives without fear as we await the coming of the Prince of Peace.
    Response

  3. We pray for our own country, that the voices of those advocating reason and tolerance may prevail.
    Response

  4. For the Holy Year of Mercy declared by Pope and set to begin on the Feast of Immaculate Conception on December 8, that we may open ourselves to experience God's mercy in our lives and in our homes.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for this season of Advent, a season of hope and joy awaiting the birth of the Saviour. Give us the grace to make Him the centre of our lives and of our families. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.



DECEMBER 06, 2015
Celebrant : On this second Sunday of Advent, we have lit the candle of Peace on the Advent Wreath. Let us pray for peace in the world and in our hearts as we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. As the Holy Father opens the Jubilee Year of Mercy at the Vatican on December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, let us join him in his Universal Prayer Intention for this month of December : That all may experience the mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving.
    Response

  2. We pray for the people of Chennai who are suffering due to the heavy rains and floods. Power supply and communications remain cut off and they are struggling to get basic essentials. We also pray for those who have lost loved ones and their homes and all that they had.
    Response

  3. We pray for Bro.John, Bro.Learoy and four other Jesuits who will be ordained priests at our parish on Saturday, December 12th : that the Lord may use them ever more for his kingdom.
    Response

  4. We pray for peace in the world and in our homes, for the victims of terror attacks all over the world and those suffering violence and abuse in our homes and neighbourhoods.
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) We pray for all our youth that God may protect them from all that is evil in the world and that they may be more involved with the poor and needy, both within and outside the church.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God, our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son, Jesus, for whose birth we are anxiously waiting. As John the Baptist prepared the people to receive the messiah through repentance and conversion, grant that this season of advent will help us to receive the Lord. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



Liturgy for the
Inauguration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy
at our parish

Holy Family Church, Chakala
(Includes, in Italics moments in the Order of Mass
when the mercy of God is explicitly mentioned)

DECEMBER 13, 2015
INTRODUCTION :
Lector : The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy was inaugurated by Pope Francis with the opening of the Holy Door at the Vatican this 8th December. Pope Francis has invited the Church to rediscover and to celebrate the centrality of God's mercy in our world and our lives.
In his announcement of the Holy Year of Mercy the Holy Father declared, "I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering God's mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and woman of our time.
In the celebration of the Mass, the critical role of God's mercy frequently comes to the fore. Let us thank the Lord at this Liturgy for his Merciful Love.

PENITENTIAL ACT : (Option B)
Celebrant : Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

A brief pause for silence follows

Celebrant : Have mercy on us, O Lord.
Response : For we have sinned against you.

Celebrant : Show us, O Lord, your mercy.
Response : And grant us your salvation.

Celebrant : May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.

The Celebrant Sprinkles the Congregation with Holy Water

(No Gloria)

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL :
Celebrant : As the Holy Father inaugurated the Holy Year of Mercy at the Vatican on December 8th, he asked us to make God's mercy our own. Let us pray that we may bring about a "revolution of tenderness" wherever we are.

Response : Lord, help us to be merciful like you.

  1. Pope Francis opened and passed through the Holy Door of Mercy at the Vatican at the inauguration of the Jubilee Year. Let us pray that we too may leave behind our anger, unforgiveness, prejudices and intolerance as we pass our own individual doors to rediscover the infinite mercy of God our Father.
    Response

  2. We pray for the people of Chennai in the aftermath of the floods and for all those who are selflessly involved in providing relief and comfort.
    Response

  3. We pray for our six newly ordained Jesuit priests that as their motto at the Ordination said, they may minister "through Christ to the world".
    Response

  4. We pray for our parish and for our Archdiocese, for all our programmes and plans in this year of Mercy, that in whatever we do, we may keep our focus on Christ, the Word Incarnate.
    Response

  5. (Only For Youth Mass) We pray that our youth may not be swayed by consumerism and that they will be able to put on the "Be attitude" qualities of Jesus and thereby be shining examples of God's love and mercy in the church and the world around us.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, your mercy is unconditional and all-encompassing. Help us to be merciful like you wherever we are, in society, in institutions, at work and in the family, so that we can contribute to building a more human world. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.    Amen.

EUCHARISTIC PRAYER :
Eucharistic Prayer II
Have mercy on us all, we pray, that with the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, with blessed Joseph, her Spouse, with the blessed Apostles, and all the Saints who have pleased you throughout the ages, we may merit to be co-heirs to eternal life, and may praise and glorify you through your Son, Jesus Christ"

Eucharistic Prayer III
"…in your compassion, O merciful Father, gather to yourself all your children scattered throughout the world"

EMBOLISM AFTER THE LORD'S PRAYER :
"Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ"

LAMB OF GOD :
"Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace"

Priest's Prayer before Communion :
"May the receiving of your Body and Blood, Lord Jesus Christ, not bring me to condemnation, but through your loving mercy be for me protection in mind and body and a healing remedy"

Blessing at the end of Mass (For Advent) :
Celebrant : May the almighty and merciful God, by whose grace you have placed your faith in the First Coming of his Only Begotten Son and yearn for his coming again and enrich you with his blessing.
Response : Amen.

Celebrant : As you run the race of this present life, may he make you firm in faith, joyful in hope and active in charity.
Response : Amen.

Celebrant : So that, rejoicing now with devotion you may be endowed with the rich reward of eternal life when he comes again in majesty.
Response : Amen.

And may the blessing of almighty God, the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit, come down on you and remain with you forever.
Response : Amen.



DECEMBER 20, 2015
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, we are just a few days away from Christmas. Let us pray that the birth of Jesus that has universal relevance be celebrated in a spirit of peace and fraternity all over the world.

Response : Lord, may your birth renew the face of the earth.

  1. We join Pope Francis in his Evangelisation Prayer Intention for this month of December : That families, especially those who suffer, may find in the birth of Jesus a sign of certain hope.
    Response

  2. The Holy Father asks us to have one goal for each day : to convey the tenderness of Christ to those who are most in need. Let us remember to do this with all those we meet in our day-to-day life, restraining ourselves from using harsh words and critical comments.
    Response

  3. For peace in the Holy Land, the land where Jesus walked and lived; that all the religious groups there may live in peace and harmony with each other.
    Response

  4. As we await the birth of Jesus, we pray for children all over the world, especially those without a roof over their heads. We pray in a special way for our Kingdom Street children who live in dismal conditions, yet come every Saturday to our campus with a smile on their faces and hope in their hearts.
    Response

  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) We pray for our youth, that this Christmas they may reach out to the poor and needy in their own small little ways and find Jesus in true joy, peace and lasting happiness.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Loving Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son whose birth we eagerly await. Give us the grace to be prepared to receive the Lord. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



CHRISTMAS DAY
DECEMBER 25, 2015
Celebrant : Jesus the Word of God, became flesh for us so that we, in turn, might spread His good news of Peace, Mercy, Reconciliation and Love. Let us pray that Christ, our Saviour, may be truly 'born in us'.

Response : Heavenly Father, help us to be merciful like You

  1. For our Holy Father, the Council of Cardinals, the Clergy and the Religious that they may guide the Church in this year of Mercy and make it relevant and prophetic to our times. For this let us pray.
    Response

  2. For all the Faithful that Jesus, the Word made flesh may enlighten their minds, open their hearts and help them work for mutual reconciliation and peace. For this let us pray.
    Response

  3. For our national & world leaders that God may bless them with wisdom, honesty and courage to work for justice and the well-being of planet earth. For this let us pray.
    Response

  4. For the world beset by violence, unrest and filled with moral degradation, that Jesus, the Prince of Peace may reign in the hearts of all and establish His Kingdom of Justice, Peace & Love. For this we pray.
    Response

  5. For the sick and the suffering that they may experience the healing love and peace of Jesus during this season of Christmas. For this we pray.
    Response

  6. For all of us present here, that we may, through word & deed, be Jesus to the people at home & in our surroundings, in our communities, in our parish and our work place. For this we pray.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Heavenly Father, today we celebrate the incarnation of your Son Jesus. Grant us the grace to encounter Your Mercy daily in the Eucharist and be transformed by Your son. Thus, being transformed, may we be like Him to the world around us. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



HOLY FAMILY FEAST
DECEMBER 27, 2015
INTRODUCTION
Today, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis says that there is no perfect family. Forgiveness and mercy are vital for a healthy family. Let us pray at this Eucharist, that our families, like the Holy Family, may be places of life and love.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL
Response : Lord, may our families be like the Holy Family.
  1. We pray for the church, the Holy Father, the Bishops, Priests and religious, that they may follow Christ unwaveringly as they respond to His gentle call. Let us pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. We pray for all the families of our parish, that mutual love between spouses be based on patience, trust and respect.
    Response

  3. We pray for all our children and youth that they may enjoy the benefits of good health and education in a nurturing family atmosphere.
    Response

  4. We pray for our old and infirmed members of our families that they may be cared with sensitivity and patience.
    Response

  5. We for all of us present here who have been blessed with a family whether natural families, matrimonial homes or religious communities that everywhere there may be an environment suitable for growth.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Loving Father, you gave us your Son that we may experience life in abundance. May our interactions within the family enable us to experience peace and joy in the little things we do for one another. Increase our awareness that our love transcend our families into the community and the parish at large, that we may reach out to the less fortunate and the needy of our parish. We make this prayer through the intercession of the Holy Family of Nazareth.     Amen