Prayers for the Synod on the Family

holy-family-with-the-lamb-by-Raphael-080Pope Francis has called us to support, in prayer, the Extraordinary Synod of the Bishops on the Family.

Below is the suggested prayer from the Vatican website:

I – Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

in you we contemplate

the splendour of true love,

to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

grant that our families too

may be places of communion and prayer,

authentic schools of the Gospel

and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

may families never again

experience violence, rejection and division:

may all who have been hurt or scandalized

find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,

may the approaching Synod of Bishops

make us once more mindful

of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,

and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

graciously hear our prayer.

Amen.

II – Prayer of the Faithful

Brothers and Sisters,

gathered together as God’s family and inspired by our faith, we raise our minds and hearts to the Father, that our families, sustained by the grace of Christ, might become true domestic churches where all live and bear witness to God’s love.

Together we pray:

Lord, bless and sanctify our families.

For Pope Francis: the Lord has called him to preside over the Church in charity; sustain him in his ministry of service to the communion of the episcopal college and the entire People of God, we pray:

For the synod fathers and the other participants at the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: may the Spirit of the Lord enlighten their minds so that the Church might respond, in faithfulness to God’s plan, to the challenges facing the family, we pray:

For those who have the responsibility of governing nations: that the Holy Spirit might inspire programmes which acknowledge the value of the family as the basic unit of society in God’s plan and which offer support to families in difficulty,  we pray:

For Christian families: may the Lord who has sealed the union of husband and wife with his presence, make our families cenacles of prayer and ardent communities of life and love, after the example of the Holy Family of Nazareth, we pray:

For couples undergoing difficulties: may the Lord, rich in mercy, be present to them through the Church’s motherly care and concern in showing understanding and patience in their journey towards pardon and reconciliation, we pray:

For families who, for the sake of the Gospel, are forced leave their fatherland: may the Lord who endured exile with Mary and Joseph, comfort them with his grace and open for them paths of fraternal charity and human solidarity, we pray:

For grandparents: may the Lord who was received in the Temple by the elders Simeon and Anna, make them wise collaborators with parents in transmitting the faith and the raising their children, we pray:

For children: may the Lord of life, who in his ministry welcomed them and made them a model for entering the Kingdom of heaven, inspire a respect for life in the womb and programmes in raising children which conform to the Christian outlook towards life, we pray:

For young people: may the Lord, who made holy the Wedding at Cana, lead them to discover the beauty of the sacredness and inviolability of the family in God’s plan and sustain engaged couples as they prepare for marriage, we pray:

O God, you never forsake the work of your hands, hear our prayer; send the Spirit of your Son to enlighten the Church as the synodal journey begins, so that contemplating the splendour of true love which shines forth in the Holy Family of Nazareth, she might learn the freedom and obedience to respond with boldness and mercy to the challenges of today’s world. Through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

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OCTOBER 2014- Month of our Lady of the Rosary

rosaryforwebDuring the month of October, our various parish ministries will be leading us in praying the Rosary.   All are welcome!

A full schedule for October can be downloaded here: http://goo.gl/5XpF39

“The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next.  The power of the rosary is beyond description.”- Archbishop Fulton Sheen

 

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St Theresa’s- Corpus Christi Annual Rummage Sale!

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ARE YOU CLEANING UP, DOWNSIZING, MOVING OR JUST NEED TO GET RID OF STUFF?

THE ST. THERESA’S – CORPUS CHRISTI ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE WILL BE HELD IN THE CHURCH BASEMENT ON

OCTOBER 18 AND 19TH, 2014


IF YOU HAVE: CLOTHING SHOES, TOYS AND BOOKS,HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, SMALL ELECTRONIC ITEMS OR SPORTING GOODS THAT ARE GENTLY USED AND CLEAN PLEASE BRING THEM TO THE CHURCH

FROM TUESDAY OCTOBER 14 THROUGH FRIDAY OCTOBER 17
 6.00 PM AND 7.00 PM


Unfortunately, due to lack of storage space we cannot accept any donations prior to October 14.

DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS, SPACE AND DISPOSAL CONCERNS WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCEPT BEDS, MATTRESSES, UPHOLSTERED AND LARGE FURNITURE ITEMS, APPLIANCES, OLD TVS AND MONITORS.

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Corpus Christi Church is under construction!

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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We have talked about building a church for many years in our parish communities. Well, there can no longer be any question about the physical reality of  Corpus Christi. I encourage you and your family to drive by 28A Avenue and 34 St. It is very evident that our Church is under construction. Did you know that we have mounted a camera that takes pictures of the construction progress every twenty minutes during  daylight hours. Over a thousand pictures have already been taken. When all is said and done and we are     celebrating Mass within Corpus Christi, we will be able to watch a time lapse movie of the eighteen months of construction of Corpus Christi. Fall 2015 completion date. Cool heh?

My friends, if you are not yet involved in helping to build the Church of Corpus Christi, there is no better time than now. We need you.

Blessings,

Fr. Jim Corrigan

 

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Be a Mentor to Youth & Share in the Joy of the Lord

Is God calling you to lead header imgWe are currently looking for both dedicated Catholic adults and high school teens who want to minister to youth while having a blast! Service hours / reference letters provided! Volunteer application form linked below!

Some Benefits of being a Youth Ministry Volunteer include:

  • Growing in one’s own faith and being inspired by the faith of others
  • Exercising one’s gifts & talents for the sake of the Gospel mission
  • Developing friendships with other adults and being a mentor to youth
  • Core members & Support Leaders can request a reference letter
  • Experience highly regarded by Edmonton Catholic School district & helpful for gaining youth-oriented jobs

We ask you to prayerfully discern whether you are able to commit to volunteering with our St. Theresa’s youth ministry as a Core Team Member (time commitment of 12 or 18 hours/month) or Support Leader (approx. 5 hours/month) for a one year term.

Not sure if you’re called to Core? Join our One Month Challenge! This option is for adults 18 years and up who are brand new to youth ministry and want to discern whether they are called to Core before committing to a full year of service.  Time commitment is approx. 18 hours for just 1 month!

Wanna know more?

YOUTH MINISTRY INFO SESSION
THURSDAY September 9, 2014
from 7:15-9:00 pm

WHERE: BFO Meeting Room @ St. Theresa Catholic Parish
Contact: angela@strcp.com or 780-463-8646 ext. 2226

Download our Youth Leaders Information Package - provides further information on the youth ministry and volunteer positions available at St. Theresa’s.

Download a Youth Ministry Volunteer Form - apply to volunteer with St. Theresa’s youth ministry. Completed forms are to be submitted to Angela either via email at angela@strcp.com or at the St. Theresa’s parish office  either by mail or during office hours.

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering in youth ministry and working with youth,  contact Angela at 780-463-8646 ext. 2226 or by email at angela@strcp.com .

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