Prayer of the Faithful - Archives 2016
   

NEW YEAR'S DAY
JANUARY 01, 2016
Celebrant : Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, on this day when we celebrate the feast of Mary, the Mother of God, let us thank God for giving us Mary as our Mother too. And let us pray, saying :

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

  1. That the Holy Father, Bishops and priests may lead the church to be a living symbol of hope and reconciliation in this our broken world.
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  2. That people in public office may desist from all corrupt practices and learn to serve the nation in honesty and sincerity.
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  3. That society may learn to respect the right to life and liberty of even the weak and voiceless like the unborn child, the old and defenceless women.
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  4. That we, the people of God, by word and example, may help in our neighbourhoods to bring hope where there's despair and joy where there's gloom.
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  5. That all of us who begin this New Year together, may always experience God's marvelous care and protection, especially in our difficulties and problems.
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  6. That the New Year may bring to the sick, the lonely and the aged, renewed hopes of life, love and good health, and for all our personal / local needs.
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Celebrant : Almighty God, in Mary, the Mother of God, you showed us what wonderful things can happen to the world when we believe in you and love you with all our heart. Help us to live in faith and love, and to play our part in the world's salvation. We ask this through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
JANUARY 03, 2016
Celebrant : Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany of our Lord. The Magi made the long and tedious journey to the new born child. Let us pray that we too may become sincere seekers of the truth that Jesus embodies, saying :

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. Let us join the Holy Father in his Universal Prayer Intention for this month of January : that sincere dialogue among men and women of different faiths may produce the fruits of peace and justice.
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  2. For the 92 young girls and boys of our parish who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation today/yesterday : that the Holy Spirit may guide and lead them all through their lives.
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  3. On the International Day of Peace on January 1st, Pope Francis urged us to overcome indifference and win peace. We pray for all regions of the world that are mired in conflict or war, for those poor nations who are burdened with debt and those countries who are under dictatorship.
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  4. For all of us as we begin a new year : that we may be open to the Lord's plans for us.
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who comes to us as a little babe. Grant us the grace that we too may like the Wise Men seek and find Him in our lives. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



JANUARY 10, 2016
Celebrant : During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, all of us are called to be channels of peace wherever we are. As the Christmas season draws to a close today, let us pray that we may continue to make the Prince of Peace present in all situations.

Response : Lord, make me a channel of your peace.

  1. For the Holy Father's Evangelisation intention for this month of January for peace among Christians : That by means of dialogue and fraternal charity and with the grace of the Holy Spirit, Christians may overcome divisions.
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  2. That peace may prevail in our country and in our neighbourhood of South Asia, especially after the terror attacks at Pathankot : that these incidents may not derail the peace process and dialogue and mutual understanding may grow.
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  3. That we may engage in sincere dialogue with those who seek God in ways other than ours, those who think differently and believe differently, and that our efforts may produce the fruits of peace and justice.
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  4. For peace in our communities, clusters and in our own families, that we may let go of grudges and bitterness, and be living instruments of Christ's compassion and mercy.
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  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) That our Parish youth may experience the graces and power from the Lord bestowed during their baptism, that they may proactively come forward at the service of the Church and humanity.
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who came to bring peace into the world. Grant that we may be instruments of His peace in the world. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



JANUARY 17, 2016
Celebrant : God has a unique plan for each of us. He has created every individual to do or to be something for which no one else is created. Pope Francis says that it's the prayer of the faithful that brings change to the Church and prevents the hardening of the heart. With this assurance, let us pray that we may recognize God's plan for us and for the church and that we may be open to it.

Response : Lord, show us the way.

  1. We pray for the Holy Father and the Universal Church as we begin the Christian Unity Octave from tomorrow : that we may be open to dialogue with all Christians and thereby overcome divisons.
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  2. For all married couples in our parish : that they may give Christ the central place in their homes and families and take every decision after seeking His will.
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  3. For all the consecrated in our parish during this Year of Consecrated Life : that they may be deeply strengthened in their vocation.
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  4. For those who are single, separated or widowed : that the Lord may be their constant companion and sustain them in all situations. We also pray for those who are struggling to make a choice as to their state of life, that the Lord may guide and direct them to take the right decision.
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  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) We pray for all youth that they may realize that their lives are a gift from God and that they, in turn, may return the gift of their lives to God by making maximum use of their talents to improve their own lives and the lives of others around them.
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    (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 that we may be attentive to the promptings of your Holy Spirit and be strengthened in our Christian commitment. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



VOCATION SUNDAY
JANUARY 24, 2016
INTRODUCTION :
Today, we celebrate Vocation Sunday in our diocese. Pope Francis says,"From the call of Abraham to that of Moses, from Israel's pilgrim journey through the desert to the conversion preached by the prophets, up to the missionary journey of Jesus which culminates in his death and resurrection, vocation is always a work of God." Behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or to the consecrated life there is always the strong and intense prayer of someone: a grandmother, a grandfather, a mother, a father, a community…. Today therefore, let us pray at this Eucharist, for many vocations and especially vocations of quality and fervour.

Celebrant : No matter what our situation is, God is calling us. Our part is to respond generously to the step he is inviting us to take at this stage of our lives. It's important to listen to, and tune our lives according to, the inner voice of God speaking in our hearts. Today, as we pray for vocations, let our response for every intercession be:

Response : Lord, listen to your people praying.

  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.
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  2. We pray for all families, that they may have a positive regard for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, we pray to the Lord.
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  3. We pray for all young people of our parish and diocese who are making lifetime choices at this time, we pray to the Lord.
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  4. We pray for those called to a Church Vocation by the power of the Holy Spirit, that they will be filled with the courage and faith to respond to a life of service, we pray to the Lord.
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  5. We pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and the religious life, especially in our Diocese and country, we pray to the Lord.
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  6. Youth Mass - That Jesus the Good Shepherd may open the hearts of our young people to the possibility of a life in priesthood or religious life, wepray to the Lord.
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Loving God, we know of your gentle care for us. We trust that you will give us what we need. Shepherd us to follow in your ways now and forever. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION (BY PRIEST) :
Loving Father, Jesus told us, "The harvest indeed is great but the labourers are few. Pray therefore, to the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest." Therefore, through the partaking of the body of your Son, may we be strengthened to follow the vocation to which you have called each one us and that we may be open and responsive to the call of serving your people. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.



JANUARY 31, 2016
Celebrant : Our Heavenly Father is merciful and compassionate, and His goodness is beyond human understanding. Let us come to Him with all our needs and desires, with full confidence that He will give us what is good for us.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. The Holy Father, in his message for Lent, says that this season is a favourable time to overcome our alienation by listening to God's word and practicing the works of mercy. We pray that we may take this opportunity to draw closer to God and neighbour.
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  2. We celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the Day of Consecrated Life on Feb. 2nd. Let us pray for all the consecrated, priests and religious, who serve so selflessly in our parish.
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  3. We pray for the leaders of our country : that they may be sensitive to the needs of the people, especially the poor and the marginalized.
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  4. We pray for the children of our parish preparing for First Communion and the adults preparing for Baptism in a few weeks' time.
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  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) We pray for our youth that they may find true joy and meaning in the love of Jesus and those around them so that they may in turn become instruments of God's love.
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    (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 understand better the redemptive work accomplished by Jesus. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



BIBLE SUNDAY LITURGY
FEBRUARY 7, 2016
Introduction
Pope Francis says, "The Bible is not meant to be placed on a shelf, but to be in your hands. It is to be read often - every day, both on our own and together with others." Today as we celebrate Bible Sunday let us make every effort to share the Word of God as a response to our questions and problems, a broadening of our values and the fulfillment of our aspirations."

During this Eucharist let us also pray specially for those who are being Re-commissioned for the Ministry of the Word. Let us pray that they may zealously carry out the work being entrusted to them.

Today, in addition to the Lectors and Acolytes joining the procession, the Bible will be brought in solemnly, placed on a specially prepared stand and garlanded with reverence.

Prayer of the Faithful
Celebrant : Heavenly Father, we thank you for giving us this celebration of Bible Sunday in order to remind us of the importance of your Word in our lives. We bring before you our innermost concerns so that you may continue to be our strength and our support.

Response : Lord, graciously hear our prayer.

  1. We pray that the Pope, the cardinals, bishops and all the clergy may purposefully guide the church to fearlessly launch into the deep in putting into action the teachings of Jesus. For this we pray…
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  2. We pray that God our loving Father blesses each one of us with a deep and constant hunger for His Word and makes us true witnesses of His word. For this we pray…
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  3. That all those who are involved in the Ministry of the Word may find joy in helping other people to make the Bible a firm foundation of their lives. For this we pray…
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  4. That each one of us may grow in familiarity with the pages of the Bible and be motivated to interact with people of other faiths in order to share with them in a spirit of dialogue God's revelation. For this we pray…
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  5. For youth Mass only - We pray for our youth that by reading God's Word they will find Divine wisdom and understanding to handle the pressures of the world. For this we pray...
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Heavenly Father, on this Bible Sunday we ask you to bless each one of us and help us to grow in our commitment to listen to your word and to celebrate your gift of love. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



FEBRUARY 14, 2016
Celebrant : On this first Sunday of Lent, let us place our petitions and needs before our Heavenly Father, knowing that, in His mercy, He will grant us what is good for us.

Response : Lord, graciously hear our prayer.

  1. For the hundreds of Missionaries of Mercy commissioned by Pope Francis on Ash Wednesday, that they will be living signs of the Heavenly Father's readiness to welcome those in search of His pardon.
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  2. For the Lenten Missions in English and Konkani in our parish during the coming weeks, that they may lead us to turn back to God.
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  3. For all the boys and girls of our parish preparing for Board and other exams.
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  4. The Holy Father says that if the Jubilee Year of Mercy does not touch the pocket, it is not a true jubilee. Let us pray that the Lord remove from every heart the desire to have more and to exploit and that we may return to being generous.
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  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) For all youth, that while facing various temptations, they may courageously say no to the works of the evil one and say yes to the call of God, and reach out to others in service.
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus, who spent forty days in the desert in prayer and fasting. Grant us the grace that we too may go through this period of Lent with devotion and sincerity of heart. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



FEBRUARY 21, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, let us come humbly before our Heavenly Father with our needs and petitions, saying :

Response : Heavenly Father, hear our prayer.

  1. We join our Holy Father, Pope Francis, in his Universal prayer intention for this month of February : that we may take good care of creation, a gift freely given to us, cultivating and protecting it for future generations. We pray to the Lord.
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  2. We also pray for all the efforts being made here in our parish itself to make this campus an eco-friendly zone : the "No plastic' campaign, our Reduce-Reuse-Recycle motto and other measures. We pray to the Lord.
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  3. Pope Francis met with the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church a few days ago. We pray that the Holy Father's efforts may heal the rift of a thousand years and herald the beginning of combined efforts to give witness to the Gospel of Christ. We pray to the Lord.
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  4. For the increasing number of people infected with the Zika virus in different parts of the world and the thousands of babies born with defects and those being aborted to stop the spread of the virus. We pray to the Lord.
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  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) For our youth, that they may seek mentors for their spiritual growth who will lead them to Jesus and make them aware of the needs of others. We pray to the Lord.
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son who obtained his glory through his suffering. Grant us the grace that we too may realize that the path to glory is by picking up our crosses daily and following the path traced for us by your son Jesus. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



FEBRUARY 28, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, on this third Sunday in Lent, we hear God calling Moses to lead His people. Let us pray that we too may be open to respond to God's call and submit ourselves to His will in our lives.

Response : Heavenly Father, hear our prayer.

  1. The Holy Father says that in these weeks before Easter, the Church is inviting the faithful to deepen their commitment to express God's mercy in every aspect of their daily lives. Let us pray that we too, like Jesus, may be the face of the Father's mercy to all those we meet.
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  2. Following in Pope Francis' footsteps, some of our parishioners participated in a prayer service jointly with our Syrian Orthodox brethren at their church last week. Let us pray that we may be open to, not only our Christian brethren, but to those of all other faiths.
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  3. We pray for peace in the strife-torn Middle East countries and the different troubled spots in our own country.
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  4. For our 12th Std. students appearing for their Board exams at present, and our 10th Std. students whose exams begin this week.
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

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



CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
LITURGY FOR MARCH 06, 2016
INTRODUCTION :
Today, in our Archdiocese, we celebrate Women's Day. It is an occasion to appreciate women for their contribution to shaping society; and also to support women struggling to cope with the many challenges life throws at them. In the footsteps of Jesus who overcame the cultural barriers of his time and restored to women their dignity, let us make this Jubilee Year of Mercy a time to focus on the change we can bring to our relationships with women and with each other. Let us pray that both women and men discover together a life of fullness and joy in Christ.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL :
Celebrant : Putting aside what lies behind and looking forward with hope to what lies ahead, let us, with confidence, come to our Merciful God with our requests.

Response : Lord, graciously hear our prayer.

  1. For the Church, that we may courageously and joyfully through our actions, bear witness to Christ's forgiving love. We pray to the Lord.
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  2. For the grace of humility, that we may allow God to empty us of self-righteousness and of the need to show ourselves better than others on the basis of colour, creed, gender and social status. We pray to the Lord.
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  3. For women everywhere, especially in our country, that they may feel safe and respected wherever they are, and be accorded the dignity to fulfil the myriad tasks they perform daily. We pray to the Lord.
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  4. For all who carry emotional wounds, especially women who have suffered abuse in various forms; that God will heal their spirits, renew their hope and lead them to wholeness. We pray to the Lord.
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  5. For our families and communities, that they will develop relationships that are merciful and life-giving and guided by honesty and respect. We pray to the Lord.
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  6. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) For our youth, that they may realize the lavish love and mercy of our Heavenly Father and turn to Him in love, service and humility and serve the church and one another. We pray to the Lord.
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Celebrant : Almighty God, hear the prayers of your people who are experiencing a renewal of their lives. Grant that through your mercy and love, we may learn from the past and improve the future. We make this prayer through your Son who lives and reigns forever and ever.     Amen.



MARCH 13, 2016
Celebrant : God our Father always works for the good of his people. Let us place all our needs and petitions before him, knowing that He will grant us what is good for us.

Response : Lord God, hear our prayer.

  1. Let us join our Holy Father in his Universal Prayer intention for this month of March : That families in need may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments.
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  2. The Vatican has called for religious freedom at the UN Human Rights Council. At the same time, the Indian Government has refused visas to members of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom to study the violations in India. Let us pray that all people, especially in our country, may enjoy the right to worship freely.
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  3. As we all prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this season of Lent, let us remember that our Heavenly Father is ever waiting for us to turn back to him. We also pray in a special way for the 53 children of our parish preparing for their First Confession this week.
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  4. In today's Gospel, Jesus does not condemn the woman brought to him, but looks upon her with mercy. During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, let us pray for the grace to look at each person we encounter with the eyes of Jesus, putting people before rules.
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  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) For our youth, that they will make Jesus their best friend and will follow Him more intimately and closely all the days of their lives.
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus. Grant us the grace that we may seek and find Christ our Lord in the people we meet and the experiences we go through each day. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



PALM SUNDAY
MARCH 20, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, with the solemn celebration of Palm Sunday we have entered Holy Week. Trusting in God that he will never abandon us when we face trials, let us place our petitions before him, saying,

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. Today/Yesterday March 19 marks the third anniversary of the inauguration of Pope Francis. We pray that the Lord may continue to bless the Holy Father with good health, wisdom and courage.
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  2. We join the Holy Father in his evangelization intention for this month of March : that those Christians who, on account of their faith, are discriminated against or are being persecuted, may remain strong and faithful to the Gospel, thanks to the incessant prayer of the Church.
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  3. We pray that we may come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, believing that the unconditional love and mercy of our Heavenly Father is far greater than our sinfulness.
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  4. On this Palm Sunday, as we enter Holy Week, let us remember Pope Francis' reminder to us that the King whom we follow and who accompanies us, is a King who loves even to the Cross and who teaches us to serve and to love.
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, in your infinite wisdom, you let your Son undergo the terrible suffering and death on the cross. Grant us the grace that uniting our own sufferings to the suffering of Christ we too may be counted worthy to be numbered among the redeemed. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



EASTER SUNDAY
MARCH 27, 2016
Celebrant : On this Easter Sunday, 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 prayer.

  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.
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  2. That those who are baptized during these Easter observances throughout the Church may keep faithful to Christ all their lives. Let us pray.
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  3. That all the citizens of our country may live in peace and without fear. Let us pray.
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  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.
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  5. That during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, each of us, like Jesus, may be the face of the Father's mercy. Let us pray.
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Heavenly Father, 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 3, 2016
INTRODUCTION :
The first Sunday after Easter is celebrated all over the world as Divine Mercy Sunday. This celebration has special significance this year as Pope Francis has declared this year as the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. As we begin this Eucharistic celebration, let us open our hearts to God's mercy.

Celebrant : Let us turn to God our Father and implore Him to show His mercy on us.

Response : Merciful Father, hear our prayer.

  1. That the Pope, Bishops and Priests, through their ministry, may manifest the Lord's Divine Mercy, let us pray to the Lord.
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  2. That this Feast of Divine Mercy may be a reminder to all God's people of God's tender and merciful love, let us pray to the Lord.
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  3. That those who venerate the Divine Mercy image may avail of God's mercy all through their life and especially at the hour of their death, let us pray to the Lord.
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  4. That we, who celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy, may be inspired to show mercy to others through our words and deeds, let us pray to the Lord.
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  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) That our youth may realize the significance of God's mercy in the confessional and thereby become channels of Jesus' mercy to the world around them, let us pray to the Lord.
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Father, hear our prayers and help us to follow Pope Francis' request to "Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful". We ask this through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



APRIL 10, 2016
Celebrant : Dear sisters and brothers, when Jesus joined the disciples, they caught such a large amount of fish that they were not able to pull the net into the boat. Let us pray that with the Lord Jesus present in our midst, all our efforts may come to fruition, saying :

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. We join the Holy Father in his Universal prayer intention for this month of April : That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labour. We pray in a special way for the farmers in our own State of Maharashtra reeling under the burden of debt, facing drought for the second successive year and crippling losses.
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  2. We have come to the end of the academic year, financial year and parish year. We pray for those who have come to the end of one stage of life and are facing the beginning of another phase, that the Lord Jesus may guide them on the right path and help them to make the right decisions.
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  3. For Igknight, the programme being held for the working youth and college youth of our parish over the next weekend : that it may lead our youth to realize their potential and work for the betterment of our parish and society at large.
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  4. For a good monsoon this year : that we may get sufficient rainfall to meet all our needs through the coming year.
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  5. (ONLY FOR YOUTH MASS) For our youth, that they will always stand as good witnesses for Jesus, of His endless love, mercy and service to all till the very end.
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus whose post-resurrection appearances empowered the apostles to preach fearlessly. Give us the grace, that strengthened by the Holy Spirit, we may give courageous witness to Jesus. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



APRIL 17, 2016
Celebrant : The Gentiles who believed in the Lord Jesus at the preaching of Paul and Barnabas were joyful and grateful to God for the gift of faith. Let us pray that the Christian community may bear witness to Christ and live their lives according to the Gospel values.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. The Holy Father says that almsgiving is intimately related to mercy. Let us pray that we may give with a generous heart and show particular care for the poor, the destitute, strangers, orphans and widows.
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  2. For the 53 little boys and girls of our parish who will receive Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion this Saturday, April 23rd : that they may walk closely with Jesus all their lives.
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  3. For those who have been baptized into the faith this Easter Sunday : that their faith may grow stronger each day. We also pray for those who are being persecuted and killed for their faith in different regions of the world.
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  4. For those who have been injured and those who have lost loved ones in the firecracker explosion in the Kerala temple.
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus, who through His death and resurrection, has brought salvation to the world. Give us the grace to be fearless messengers of the Good News. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



APRIL 24, 2016
Celebrant : The apostles who were witnesses to the resurrection received a mandate to publish it to the whole world. Let us pray that the missionary work that the apostles began, may be carried on by the missionaries of all ages.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. We join Pope Francis in his prayer to join God in building a world where no one will feel alone.
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  2. We pray for our Jewish brothers and sisters who celebrated the feast of Passover yesterday : that God may shower an abundance of blessings on them, protecting them and bestowing peace upon them.
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  3. We read daily reports of refugees losing their lives in their quest for a better safer life. Pope Francis himself took three families of refugees with him from Greece to Rome. We pray for all those in desperate need of shelter and asylum, especially the very young and the very old, those who are sick and feeble.
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  4. We pray for victims of earthquakes in different parts of the world, many in our neighbouring countries of Afghanistan and Myanmar, during the last few days.
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son, who accomplished His mission despite all the obstacles He faced. Give us tGod our Father, we thank you for the newness of life that has come into our lives through the redeeming work of Jesus, your Son. Give us the grace that we may be open to his presence in our lives. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



MAY 01, 2016
Celebrant : On this 6th Sunday of Easter, let us bring all our needs and petitions before our merciful Heavenly Father, saying :

Response : Heavenly Father, hear our prayer.

  1. We join Pope Francis in his Evangelisation prayer intention for this month of May : that families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for peace.
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  2. For workers all over the world, that they may earn a just and fair wage for their labour and their dignity as individuals may be respected. We also pray for employers that they may not exploit their workers.
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  3. It's almost a year since Pope Francis released his encyclical on the environment. Several efforts have been made to make our parish an eco-friendly zone : No Plastics, Tetrapak Recycling, Reusable cups and plates, LED lights, etc. We pray that we may follow the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" motto in all that we do.
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  4. There is a severe heatwave sweeping across our country. We pray for all those who have to work outdoors and those who have no shelter nor any respite from the heat.
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Father, we thank you for this Easter season. Help us to focus our attention firmly on your kingdom and work towards making it a reality here on earth. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



MAY 8, 2016
Celebrant : Dear sisters and brothers, as we celebrate the feast of the Ascension today, let us call upon the Lord Jesus to pour out His gift of the Holy Spirit anew upon each one of us, saying :

Response : Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us.

  1. We join Pope Francis in his Universal Prayer Intention for this month of May : that in every country of the world, women may be honoured and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
    Response

  2. The Synod of Bishops on the Family will be held later this year. We pray for all our families, that they may turn to the Lord for wisdom and strength to face the struggles and problems in this modern world.
    Response

  3. For those suffering all across the country due to the rising temperatures and severe shortage of water, especially for basic needs. We also pray for a good monsoon this year.
    Response

  4. For Fr.Gerard, who will leaving Holy Family parish this week. We thank God for all that he has done for us and we pray for him as he prepares to take on his next assignment.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to the apostles at the time of His ascension. Grant that we too may be empowered by the Holy Spirit to take His Good News everywhere we go. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



LITURGY FOR PENTECOST SUNDAY
MAY 15, 2016
INTRODUCTION :
The Universal Church celebrates Pentecost Sunday today and remembers the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles as promised by Jesus. Pope Francis says that the gift of the Holy Spirit has been bestowed upon the Church and upon each one of us, so that we may live lives of genuine faith and active charity, that we may sow the seeds of reconciliation and peace. Let us pray today that, strengthened by the Spirit, we may renew our lives and the world around us.

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL :
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, with the power of the Holy Spirit who helps us to pray rightly, let us ask God to renew us and the face of the earth.

Response : Loving Father, hear our prayer.

  1. For the Universal Church, the Holy Father, all bishops and priests : that they may be strengthened and emboldened by the fire of the Holy Spirit, that they may be renewed themselves and renew the face of the earth. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. For all those regions of the world and in our own country which are torn by violence, hatred and divisions : that the Holy Spirit may descend upon them like a dove, bringing peace and unity. We pray to the Lord.
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  3. For our diocese and all our parishes : that the Holy Spirit may come among us and fill us like a strong powerful wind, driving away all prejudice and selfishness, breathing new life into us. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For each one of us gathered here : that the living waters of the Holy Spirit welling up from the crucified Christ may cleanse us and give us new life.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit as our Advocate and Guide. May we be worthy disciples, obedient to your will, bearing abundant fruit in your vineyard. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



FEAST OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
MAY 22, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, on this feast day of the Most Holy Trinity, let us bring our petitions before our Heavenly Father, through Jesus, in the Holy Spirit.

Response : Heavenly Father, hear our prayer.

  1. Pope Francis prays for the unity of the Christian community and warns against those who sow weeds and divide and destroy the community. We pray that we may look to the unity of the Holy Trinity and work towards bridging all differences amongst us.
    Response

  2. For the newly elected leaders in the States which have had Assembly elections : that they may serve the people selflessly, especially those who are vulnerable and most in need.
    Response

  3. For a good and timely monsoon in our country this year : that all the people may have sufficient water for drinking, farming needs and other needs. We also pray for all the efforts being made in our parish for water harvesting.
    Response

  4. For all our students who are awaiting the results of Board, University and other exams : that they may accept whatever they get and make a decision about the future only after seeking the Lord's guidance.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for all your gifts. Give us the grace that following the example of the Holy Trinity, we too may be united as a community and as a parish. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



CORPUS CHRISTI
MAY 29, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, on this feast of Corpus Christi, let us pray that the Eucharist we have come to celebrate may become the nourishment for our spiritual journey.

Response : Loving Father, hear our prayer.

  1. For the Holy Father, bishops and priests who are the ordained ministers of the Eucharist : that through the meaningful celebration of the Eucharist, they may lead the people closer to Jesus our Lord.
    Response

  2. For the Eucharistic ministers who take the holy body of Christ to the infirm and the housebound : that they may be richly blessed for their selfless service.
    Response

  3. For Fr.John, who will be leaving Holy Family parish this week to take up his new assignment as Co-ordinator of Vocation Promotion for the province for the Jesuits: that the Lord may bless him with good health, wisdom and strength to carry out his new responsibilities. We also pray for his parents.
    Response

  4. For the Jesuit fathers who will be joining our parish team this week : Fr.Vincent Vaz, our new Parish Priest, Fr.Errol Fernandes and Fr.Felix D'Souza : that they may lead our parishioners ever closer to Jesus.
    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 that we may worthily participate in the Eucharist. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



JUNE 05, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, let us put our trust in God our Heavenly Father, with confidence that he listens to every prayer and petition.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. Let us join the Holy Father in his universal prayer intention for this month of June : that the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one, may find - even within the huge cities of the world - opportunities for encounter and solidarity.
    Response

  2. Pope Francis also invites us during this whole month of June to pray for our priests : that they may always reflect the merciful love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
    Response

  3. For our Holy Family parish as we begin another parish year : we pray for the Jesuit team, for the newly constituted Parish Council and all groups and associations serving in the parish, that we may all move together towards the fullness of life in openness and involvement.
    Response

  4. The monsoon is likely to arrive in our country during this week. Let us pray for abundant rainfall all over the country.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus. Give us the grace to firmly place our trust in Him, who is our Lord and Saviour. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



JUNE 12, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, let us place our needs and prayers before our Merciful Father, secure in the belief that He cares for us and heeds our prayers.

Response : Merciful Father, hear our prayer.

  1. We join Pope Francis in his evangelization prayer intention for this month : that seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.
    Response

  2. For all our students who have received the results of their 10th Std. Board examinations and are awaiting admission to college : that the Lord may guide them to make the right choice.
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  3. Our newly constituted Parish Council and all our Associations are beginning their Parish Year with new members and new co-ordinators. May they find their mission exciting, challenging and faithful, as Friends of the Lord.
    Response

  4. Let us pray for timely and abundant rainfall throughout our country and especially in our city and State.
    Response

  5. (Only for 9.30 am Mass) For Robert and Doreen Braganza, who celebrate 50 years of married life : that the Lord may bless them with many more years of togetherness and happiness.
    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 imitate Him in word and deed. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



JUNE 19, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, at this Eucharist, let us place all our petitions and needs before our Heavenly Father, trusting that He knows what is best for us and will give us what we truly need.

Response : Heavenly Father, hear our prayer.

  1. For the Holy Father, bishops, priests and lay leaders, that they, in the exercise of authority, may not make distinctions based on status, but act with an attitude that ensures freedom for all.
    Response

  2. For all victims of terrorist attacks, war and senseless acts of violence as in Orlando last week and for those who have lost loved ones in these tragedies.
    Response

  3. Our Jesus Fan Club re-opens today : We bless our whole dedicated team of Laity, Sisters and Priests and pray that our children may make Jesus their best friend.
    Response

  4. We journey with our students and parents as they choose their career and seek admission in college.
    Response

  5. We continue to pray for a good monsoon in our country, state and city.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son who willingly submitted himself to death on the cross for us. Grant us the grace to keep our gaze on the Cross through all the trials and struggles of life. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



JUNE 26, 2016
Celebrant : Several men wanted to become disciples of Jesus but could not because they still had attachments of their own. Let us pray that we may follow Jesus wholeheartedly and without conditions, saying :

Response : Lord, make us your disciples.

  1. For the Holy Father, that as the head of the universal Church, he may fulfil the aspirations of believers across the world.
    Response

  2. Today is Laity Sunday. We pray for the efforts of our Church that our committed laity and clergy will work together to bring God's Kingdom among its people, especially the most needy.
    Response

  3. For all our working laity - professionals, business people, blue and white office workers, technicians, domestics, that they will keep the Gospel values and our good traditions that we live by. We pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. For our 78 young boys and girls of our parish who begin their preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation today : that they will have a deeper understanding of their faith and take on the world with the values of Jesus. 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 accomplished His mission despite all the obstacles He faced. Give us the grace to face our own challenges, knowing that You are always with us. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



FAITH FORMATION SUNDAY
JULY 03, 2016
INTRODUCTION :
Today, the Church celebrates the feast of St.Thomas, Apostle of India, and in the Archdiocese of Mumbai, we celebrate 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.

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, increase our faith.

  1. We pray for the Holy Father, all bishops and priests engaged in propagating the faith. We remember and thank God for our Spanish Jesuits, they left their homeland and their loved ones to serve and bring the faith to us. May God Bless them abundantly.
    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.
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  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.
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  4. The family is the first and primary nursery of faith. We pray for all families in our parish, that they may provide a strong faith foundation for their children.
    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 10, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, Jesus always responded with compassion to every situation. Let us pray that we too may follow the law of compassion not only during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, but every day of our lives.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. Pope Francis opened the Jubilee Year of Mercy with a call for the Church to put mercy before judgement. Let us rediscover the deepness of the mercy of our Heavenly Father and reflect that mercy to all.
    Response

  2. For the victims of the terror attacks in Dhaka, Baghdad, Saudi Arabia and other regions of the world and for the families of those killed and wounded in these attacks. We also join Pope Francis in his prayer to convert the hearts of all those blinded by hatred.
    Response

  3. For all our youth who will be attending the 3-G programme here in our parish over the next weekend. We pray in a special way for those involved in planning and organizing this event.
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  4. For ourselves, that we may be more compassionate and caring in our homes, in our work places, among our friends and neighbours and here in the parish.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our loving Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who always reached out with love to all those in need. Grant us the grace to look at everyone with the eyes of Jesus. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



JULY 17, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, let us pray that in every situation and in every place, we may seek to listen to the words of Jesus, as Mary did in today's Gospel.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. For the Holy Father, all priests, religious and lay people who proclaim the word of God, that they may be instruments of God's power and healing.
    Response

  2. World Youth Day 2016 is being held in Poland in the last week of July. 2 million youth from around the world are expected to attend, which includes a group from our parish also. Pope Francis will also be present. Let us pray for this event.
    Response

  3. For the 3 G programme during this weekend organized for the youth : that each one attending the programme may be touched by the Lord in one way or another.
    Response

  4. We thank God for a good monsoon so far and pray that we may continue to get good rainfall to meet all our needs.
    Response

  5. For peace to prevail in Kashmir and other troubled spots in our country and in the world : that ordinary people may be able to lead their daily lives without fear or anxiety.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus. Grant that we may always heed His words and follow Him. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



LITURGY FOR PARENTS' DAY
JULY 24, 2016
INTRODUCTION (by a lector before Entrance Hymn) :
On the 26th of July, we celebrate the feast of Saints Ann and Joaquim, the parents of Mother Mary and grandparents of Jesus. As we celebrate Parents' Day in our parish today, let us thank God for our parents and grandparents and pray for each of our families that they may be little domestic churches in accordance with God's plan.

PENITENTIAL RITE (by different members of a family) :
Parent : Lord, you call us to model our families on the Holy Family. As parents, may we also enjoy the joys and struggles of the simplicity of our life and our children.
Lord Have Mercy

Parent : Lord, you have given us the gift of our family. Remove from our life the busy-ness and the professionalism of our city life, so that we have the time to sing, dance and laugh with our family.
Christ Have Mercy

Child/Youth : Lord, the gift of parents and grandparents is a great treasure to us. Their caring, wisdom and affection cannot be bought. Give us the time to soak in these gifts which the world cannot give.
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. Pope Francis says that the world needs good and strong families. Let us pray 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

  2. 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

  3. For all parents who are struggling to bring up their children according to Christ's values; that they may gain strength and wisdom from Christ as they face the assaults of media and consumerism.
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  4. For all grandparents, in our homes and in the homes for the aged, those who are unwanted and abandoned, those who are infirm and ailing.
    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.



FEAST OF ST.IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
JULY 31, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, on this feast day of St.Ignatius of Loyola, let us pray that like Ignatius, we too may become God-centred men and women, finding God in all things.

Response : Heavenly Father, hear our prayer.

  1. We pray for Pope Francis, a Jesuit himself. We pray for the Jesuit team in our parish, that the Lord may bless them with good health, wisdom and courage to lead their flock ever closer to Jesus.
    Response

  2. We pray for all Jesuits who after serving in various fields and different places, are now in the twilight of their lives. We pray especially for those who have served in our parish during the last 72 years : that the Lord may be with them during these golden years.
    Response

  3. We pray for all Jesuits who are in various stages of formation, especially our own boy, Wesley : that the Lord may guide and direct them at every step and protect them from all the attractions and distractions of the world.
    Response

  4. We pray for ourselves : that we may seek to find God in the everyday, ordinary, routine events of our lives and that wherever we are and whatever we do, we may do everything for the Greater Glory of God.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus to us. Help us to grow closer and closer to Him so that we may be set ablaze with love for Him, and through Him, for You. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



AUGUST 07, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, at this Eucharist, let us pray that, placing our trust in God, we may ever remain open to His will.

Response : Heavenly Father, hear our prayer.

  1. Today, we celebrate the feast of St.John Vianney, the patron of all priests and especially parish priests. Let us pray for all priests and in a special way, those serving in our parish, that the Lord may guide and protect them and be with them at all times.
    Response

  2. Let us pray for old and retired priests in clergy homes, priests ailing in infirmaries and hospitals, priests serving in areas where the church is being persecuted, and priests facing crises of any kind.
    Response

  3. The Olympic games have begun in Brazil and for the next few weeks, we will be treated to a display of different sporting events. We join Pope Francis in his universal prayer intention for this month : that sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between people and may contribute to peace in the world.
    Response

  4. We pray for all those affected by the heavy rains and floods in different parts of our country, for those who have lost their homes and all their belongings. We pray especially for the victims of the bridge collapse at Mahad and the families of those who have lost their lives, those who are injured and those who are missing.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the privilege of being your children. Give us the grace to place our trust in you. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



AUGUST 14, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, God our Father is a merciful and compassionate Father. Let us pray that we may trust in Him always and remain open to His will for us.

Response : Merciful Father, hear our prayer.

  1. Today, the Church in India observes Prison Ministry Sunday. Let us pray for all the undertrials languishing in our prisons without a hearing and also for those who are fighting for justice for those who are innocent and yet behind bars.
    Response

  2. We remember those who are home-bound and bed-ridden, those who are oppressed by fear and violence, victims of sex abuse, domestics and others. These are imprisoned in our own homes and neighbourhood.
    Response

  3. For the first time a refugee team is taking part in the Olympics at Rio and Pope Francis has addressed a letter to all refugee athletes, calling each by name. We pray for all those who have been displaced, who have been forced to flee their homes due to war, persecution, violence or poverty.
    Response

  4. We continue to pray for all our people facing hardships all over India due to the heavy rains and floods.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who is the face of Your mercy. Grant us the grace to imitate Him wherever we are. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



AUGUST 15, 2016
Celebrant : By saying "YES" to God's will for her, Mary not only became the mother of Jesus but also His perfect disciple. Let us pray that like Mary, we too may try to become worthy disciples of Jesus.

Response : Merciful Father, hear our prayer.

  1. Lord, we thank you for our Catholic Church, its Tradition and Wisdom. It has given us Mary as a Model and a Mother and we can see the impact she has on peoples of all Faiths and how she comforts those in sorrow and pain. Let us pray for the Universal Church.
    Response

  2. For the leaders of our country and all those in positions of power : that they may seek to serve selflessly and reach out to those most in need.
    Response

  3. For the poorest of the poor, those who are forgotten when we speak of a shining and independent India, those who, even after 69 years of independence, cannot afford one square meal a day.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Let us conclude our prayers by taking the hymn : Mary, from thy sacred image.



AUGUST 21, 2016
Celebrant : Lord, you are merciful, kind and just. Trusting in your mercy and kindness, we humbly place before you our petitions, intentions and needs.

Response : Merciful Father, hear our prayer.

  1. Pope Francis asks us to be the visible signs of the mercy of God. Let us pray that we may be instruments of God's mercy in all our relationships.
    Response

  2. Today, the church in India observes Justice Sunday. We pray for all victims of injustice and corruption and those who are denied their rights. We also pray for those tortured for standing up for truth and justice.
    Response

  3. We pray for our own country, India, for our government, the judiciary and all those in authority, that they may act with justice, mercy and compassion.
    Response

  4. We pray for ourselves in this parish : that we may follow your teachings faithfully and be just, especially to those working for us, at home, in the workplace and in society, that we may pay a fair wage and grant them what they rightfully deserve.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, your Son Jesus taught us to fix our gaze on heaven. Grant us the grace to keep our focus on Him and His words. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



AUGUST 28, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, God our Father always listens to the prayers of a humble heart. Let us place our needs before Him, with full confidence that He will grant us what we need.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. Pope Francis reminds us that life is not a video game or a soap opera, our life is serious and the goal to achieve is important : eternal salvation. Let us pray that we may seize the opportunities that the Lord gives us to walk towards this goal.
    Response

  2. We begin the Novena in preparation for the birthday of Mother Mary this week. We pray that, like her, we may accept God's plans for our lives and say "Yes" to Him at all times.
    Response

  3. Our brothers and sisters of other faiths will be celebrating their festivals during the coming weeks. We pray that we may respect their beliefs and share in their joy.
    Response

  4. For all of us who serve in the parish : that we may seek to serve selflessly and with gentleness and compassion, rather than seek glory and fame.
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, your Son Jesus showed compassion to all those He encountered. Give us the grace to follow His example and reach out in gentleness and compassion. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



SEPTEMBER 04, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, the gospel of today tells us that we cannot be disciples of Christ unless we are willing to empty ourselves so that the Lord can fill us with His graces. Let us pray that we may become less and Christ may become more in us.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. That we may be grateful to God for his wonderful handiwork and resolve to be stewards of creation. For this let us pray to the Lord…..
    Response

  2. That the inspiration that Mother Teresa was and is will motivate us to do what we do with love. For this let us pray to the Lord…..
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  3. That as we thank God for teachers, we also pray that God bless them with good health of mind and body. For this let us pray to the Lord…..
    Response

  4. That our celebration of the birthday of our Blessed Mother and the day of the girl child will result in all girls and women everywhere be treated with love and valued. For this let us pray to the Lord…..
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : Father you always listen to our prayers. Hear the prayers that we have made aloud and the prayers we make in our hearts and grant what is best for us through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



SEPTEMBER 11, 2016
Celebrant : Dear friends in Christ Jesus, we are called to face the challenges life throws our way with courage and strength and we ask for God's grace to do this as we pray...

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. That the Pope, bishops, priests and religious continue to show their faith in their actions and encourage their people to do the same, for this we pray...
    Response

  2. That all of us gathered here today may experience the unconditional love of the merciful father revealed in Jesus, and share that love with others, for this we pray …
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  3. That all devotees and pilgrims visiting the Mount may find strength and courage through Mother Mary who brings them closer to Jesus for this we pray …
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  4. That those suffering from mental and physical illness may find grace and help from those who reach out in loving service, for this we pray ....
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  5. For the special prayers we make in the silence of our hearts …
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  6. Let us recite the Hail Mary ….
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    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of Jesus Your Son who showed us the way to salvation, we make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



SEPTEMBER 18, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, let us come before our Heavenly Father with all our needs and petitions, confident that He will grant what is good for us.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. That each of us may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the centre. For this we pray to the Lord.
    Response

  2. That as Pope Francis visits Assisi to pray for peace, we join him in prayer and make efforts to bring about peace in our neighbourhood and communities, in our families and within ourselves. For this we pray to the Lord.
    Response

  3. That leaders of states in our country undergoing strife particularly Kashmir, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu may realize that sharing and peace are the only way forward. For this we pray to the Lord.
    Response

  4. That all of us present here may seek the Lord's guidance and direction for every decision we make in our spiritual and material life. For this 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 is the face of your love and compassion. Grant that we may always walk with Him in every situation of our lives. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, let us bring all our needs and petitions before our loving Father in heaven, knowing that His love and compassion never ends.

Response : Loving Father, hear our prayer.

  1. That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, we may become more aware of our mission to evangelise through deeds rather than words
    Response

  2. That the Lord may bless the members of the Society of Vincent de Paul and the families they support.
    Response

  3. That peace may prevail on the border with Pakistan.
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  4. That we be channels and witnesses of mercy as our Lord has been merciful to us in Jesus
    Response

    (Pray for community and personal needs)

Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for enlightening us with your Word. Help us to reflect your love and compassion to all those we meet. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



THANKSGIVING SUNDAY
OCTOBER 02, 2016
INTRODUCTION :
Each year, on the first Sunday of October, we gratefully recall God's bountiful goodness as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. This is also the day to thank the "Giver of every gift" for his countless blessings.

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. That World Mission Day this month may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it. For this we pray -
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  2. That 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, may find practical solutions. For this we pray -
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  3. That all parishioners may actively involve themselves on"Togetherness Day" in their respective clusters and resolve to strengthen their communities and clusters. For this we pray -
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  4. That all Seniors may be loved and cherished by their children and family members. For this we pray -
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  5. That we may experience the richness of God's mercy each day of our lives and especially in this Year of Mercy. For this we pray -
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  6. That the Jesuits gathered together in Rome for the Thirty-sixth General Congregation be blessed with the gifts of discernment and wisdom to read the signs of the times and respond accurately. For this we pray -
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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.



OCTOBER 09, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, let us thank God for all the graces we receive daily and place all our petitions before Him, knowing that our Heavenly Father takes care of all our needs.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. That all the priests, religious and lay people working in the remote areas of our country may find satisfaction in the work that they do.
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  2. That journalists and media professionals may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.
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  3. That those involved in putting up stalls and other arrangements in our parish may through their efforts bring about a true bonding among us.
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  4. That our Hindu and Muslim friends and neighbours who celebrate their festivals during this week be blessed abundantly.
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  5. That our family members, friends, neighbours and others who are down with dengue, malaria and other illnesses experience the Lord's healing touch.
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Celebrant : God, our Father, we thank you for enlightening us through your Word. Grant us the grace to recognize that every good thing comes from you. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



OCTOBER 16, 2016
Celebrant : The apostles carried out the missionary command of Jesus to go out and make disciples of all nations. Let us pray that the Spirit may move us as it moved the apostles and the early Christian church.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. That in the multi-cultural, religious and ethnic set-up of our country, we may all be missionaries to bring God's love to all our brothers and sisters.
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  2. For new missionary awakening in the Church and for all those evangelizing in difficult and dangerous situations.
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  3. For our twinned Mission station of Shirpur and the priests, religious and lay people who serve and are served there.
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  4. That our beloved nation may be able to weather the extraordinary challenges, especially on its borders.
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  5. For the new Jesuit Superior General (Fr.Arturo Sosa) that he always be a person of profound spirituality, of friendship with God in prayer, in action, and in human relationships; with a freedom of heart so that he can lead with humble, just, and courageous love.
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Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus to us. Give us the grace to reflect his love and life to all those we meet. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



OCTOBER 23, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, our Heavenly Father is always open to hear the prayers of a humble heart. Let us place our needs and petitions before Him, trusting in His infinite generosity and compassion.

Response : Loving Father, hear our prayer.

  1. That the Holy Father, bishops and priests, may find their strength and consolation in Jesus, the good shepherd. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  2. That the judicial system in our country, especially judges, may be guided by the principles of fairness and impartiality. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  3. That our children preparing for First Communion and our young boys and girls preparing for Confirmation may find their consolation in Jesus. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  4. That during the time left in this Jubilee of Mercy, we might keep asking for the grace to believe that we have been forgiven in order that we might repent. For this we pray to the Lord.
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Celebrant : Merciful Father, we thank you for the gift of Jesus your Son who brings newness of life to us. Give us the grace to follow Jesus, our Divine Master, at all times. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



OCTOBER 30, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, the Lord is merciful to us and is willing to overlook our faults and failures when we turn to Him. Let us place all our prayers before Him, knowing that His love for us is infinite and unconditional.

Response : Loving Father, hear our prayer.

  1. That we strive not only to know ABOUT the Lord but also to KNOW him by spending time in silence and worship, let us pray to the Lord.
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  2. That the children of the Jesus Fan Club may have an enjoyable and safe time during their annual picnic, let us pray to the Lord.
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  3. That our Confirmandi making their Retreat this weekend may deepen their relationship with the Triune God, Father, Son and Spirit, let us pray to the Lord.
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  4. That Diwali the festival of lights may remind us that Jesus has called each of us to be the light in the darkness of the lives of others, let us pray to the Lord.
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Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who offers us life in all its fullness. Grant us the grace to be open to His invitation and thus experience new life in Him. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



NOVEMBER 06, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, God is love and has good plans for our lives. Let us pray for the grace to be open to His plans and direct our minds and hearts according to His purpose.

Response : Heavenly Father, hear our prayer.

  1. That Pope Francis' dialogue with the Lutheran Church may be a step toward Christian unity and that we may soon advance to full communion. For this, we pray to the Lord.
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  2. That the different parts of our country which are experiencing unrest and violence, may realise that peace and harmony are achievable through openness to God's graces. For this, we pray to the Lord.
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  3. That our children and youth who are on vacation from school and college may enjoy their well-deserved break. For this, we pray to the Lord.
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  4. That we may express our faith in prayer, in the sacraments and in generous service and be salt and light wherever we find ourselves. For this, we pray to the Lord.
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Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus who has won victory over darkness and death. May we always walk with Him so as to share in this victory. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



NOVEMBER 13, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, no matter what happens in the world around us, God's plans for us are always good. Let us pray for the grace to recognize His plans in our lives and be open to His will.

Response : Loving Father, hear our prayer.

  1. That as the doors of Mercy are closed in many churches around the world today, we may continue to be active instruments of God's mercy, with a caring gesture, a kind word or a simple visit to the needy. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  2. That on this World Communications Day, social media and the internet, which are sources of information, communication and entertainment, may not be used for false propaganda and misinformation. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  3. That Christians, wherever they live, may be communicators of God's unconditional and all-accepting love. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  4. That the millions of common people in our country who have been affected by the demonetization of high value currency notes may be able to get their due through legitimate channels. For this we pray to the Lord.
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Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for your Son Jesus whose words resonate in the hearts and minds of millions of people. Grant us the grace to become effective communicators of your life-giving message. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING
NOVEMBER 20, 2016
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. That our Pope, Bishops and the Clergy everywhere may lead us to a deeper faith in God. We pray to the Lord.
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  2. That our national leaders and all others in authority may realize that it is in service and love that one finds fulfillment. We pray to the Lord.
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  3. That all Associations of our parish may render their services selflessly to spread God's kingdom. We pray to the Lord.
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  4. That the boys and girls of our parish preparing for Confirmation may be inspired to work for God's kingdom tirelessly. We pray to the Lord.
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  5. That though the Jubilee Year of Mercy comes to a close today, we continue to pray for the grace to show patience to those who wrong us and irritate us, especially those closest to us. We pray to the Lord.
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Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for giving us Jesus, the Lord and King of the Universe. Give us the grace to walk closely with Him and to work for His kingdom wherever we are. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
NOVEMBER 27, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, as we have come to the end of the liturgical year and begin the season of Advent, let us pray that we may prepare meaningfully for the birth of our Saviour.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer.

  1. That priests and lay people may collaborate in service to the community without giving in to the temptation of discouragement. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  2. Our altar servers celebrated the feast of their patron saint, St. John Berchmans, yesterday. We thank these 74 young boys and girls of our parish whoserve at the altar in all seasons and at all masses and their 10 animators, and pray that they may always be true to their motto of Joyful Service to Jesus. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  3. That all the preparations for our Parish Feast, including the 9-day Novena by the communities and the plans for the Fiesta, may lead us to greater bonding as a family. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  4. That we may go beyond the material celebrations of Christmas and make an effort to spend more time with the Lord to know Him, love him and follow him. For this we pray to the Lord.
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Celebrant : God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus whose birth we will shortly celebrate. Give us the grace to focus on Him in the midst of all our preparations. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



PARISH FEAST
DECEMBER 04, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, as we celebrate our Parish Feast today, let us thank God for all the graces he has poured upon our Parish during the last 73 years and let us place before Him all our plans and hopes for this Parish.

Response : Lord, hear our prayer for Holy Family Parish.

  1. Just as life for the Holy Family of Nazareth began in a stable, so did this Parish come to life in a stable in 1943. As we stand in our newly renovated Church today, we thank God for this journey and pray that He may always protect and guide this Parish in the path that He has chalked out for us.
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  2. The first Parish Priest was Fr. Alfred Tillo SJ. We thank God for all the Jesuit fathers and brothers who have served so selflessly in this parish over the years and pray for our 20th Parish Priest, Fr.Vincent Vaz SJ and his team who are working relentlessly to keep this parish buzzing with your life and energy. We pray for Fr.Vernon D'Cunha, who has been appointed as Assistant to the Superior General of the Jesuits in Rome.
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  3. Fr. Carsi SJ designed and planned this beautiful fan-shaped building in 1951. We thank God for this church and pray that all that happens within this church and its premises may lead us to enrich and strengthen our faith, not only in terms of prayer and spirituality but also in reaching out to those in need.
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  4. Since this parish began in 1943, thousands of lay people have served here. We thank God for all the associations, groups and individuals who have served and continue to serve in different ways and pray that the Lord may continue to bless and guide them in all that they do.
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  5. Our parish had around 1000 families at the time of its inception. We thank God for all these families and pray for the 1800 families who live in the parish at present, that they may be little domestic churches where Christ is at the centre of all that they do.
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Celebrant : Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus through whom you have worked marvelous wonders in this parish. We pray that with your grace we may continue to serve you in all that we do here at Holy Family. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



DECEMBER 11, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, our Heavenly Father loves us unconditionally and is full of mercy. With confidence, let us bring before Him our various needs, saying :

Response : Loving Father, hear our prayer.

  1. For the Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he celebrates his 80th birthday on December 17, that the Lord may continue to bless him with good health, wisdom and courage. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  2. For all of us during this season of Advent, that we may be open to the coming of Jesus, allowing Him to bring true change in our lives and renewal of our hearts. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  3. For those who will not be able to celebrate this Christmas because of monetary problems, unemployment or ill health, that they may realize that the birth of Jesus brings hope and good tidings to all. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  4. For those who will be alone during Christmas, those who have lost a loved one this year and those whose families are in distant lands, that Jesus may comfort them and be with them during this season of joy and goodwill. For this we pray to the Lord.
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Celebrant : Father in heaven, we thank You for giving us Your Son Jesus who brings joy into our life by making us one with You. Grant our prayers and help us to trust in Him, our Saviour and Lord. We ask this through Christ our Lord.     Amen.



DECEMBER 18, 2016
Celebrant : Dear brothers and sisters, let us pray to our heavenly Father that the whole world may be flooded with the grace and the light of Jesus' coming, saying :

Response : Lord, help us to welcome you.

  1. Pope Francis asks us to "Rejoice in the imminent coming of Jesus.". Let us share this joy with others, giving comfort and hope to the poor, the sick, the lonely and the unhappy. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  2. For peace all over the world, especially in the troubled spots and in the birthplace of the Prince of Peace; and in our communities and families. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  3. For our family members who have come together from different parts of the country and the globe to celebrate the joy of the Lord's birth; and for those families who cannot be together during this season for various reasons. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  4. For the people of Chennai and nearby areas who are struggling to come back to normalcy in the aftermath of the cyclone and for those involved in relief and rehabilitation efforts. For this we pray to the Lord.
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  5. For each one of us as we come to the Sacrament of Reconciliation this week, that we may always remember that God's mercy and love are far greater than our sins. For this we pray to the Lord.
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Celebrant : Almighty God, Father of us all, by Your grace convert our hearts and our homes into fitting places for Christ Your Son, so that we may become Your worthy children. We ask this through Christ our Lord.     Amen.