In these difficult and challenging times - We pray that your healing power may bring them peace in affliction, light in darkness and comfort in pain. We also pray that we ourselves may lighten the burden of the sick, through our sympathy and friendship, but especially through the prayers we offer on their behalf today and every day.
In the Year of Saint Joseph, we continue to seek his powerful intercession, and also that of Saint Teresa. As we journey into Lent, you might find our Litany of Compassion FOR THE SICK helpful in your daily prayer.
Lord, have mercy, – LORD, HAVE MERCY.
Christ, have mercy, – CHRIST HAVE MERCY.
Lord, have mercy, – LORD, HAVE MERCY.
When pain and distress is overwhelming,
– LORD, BE CLOSE TO GIVE YOUR COMFORT. (repeat after each line)
When the healing process goes slower than hoped,
When terrified by treatments or therapy,
When it is hard to let go of long-held plans,
When the feeling of alienation arises,
When worn out and weary,
When troubled by impatience and negativity,
When loneliness adds to anxiety,
When sickness makes it difficult to communicate,
When discouragement or despondency sets in,
When fear makes it impossible to face the future,
When the ravages of disease attack self-esteem,
When anger and resentment assail,
When beset by worry or fretfulness,
When it is hard to rely on others for care,
When envy arises toward those who are healthy,
When pessimism or cynicism holds sway,
When anguish is intensified by the need for reconciliation,
When sickness is mistaken for punishment,
When loved ones are far away,
When sickness causes financial hardship that leads to worry or despair,
When afflicted by the feeling of nothing to hope for,
When weakness makes it impossible to even think,
When friends draw back fearful of disease,
When illness makes those, who are suffering moody or irritable,
When haunted by regret and the shame of past sins,
When it is difficult to sleep,
When there is loss of appetite,
When there is resistance to necessary change,
When tempted by denial,
When nobody seems to understand,
When bound to home or when restricted in movement,
When listlessness and apathy threaten,
When medication seems to make things worse,
When all that is needed is a caring touch,
When it is impossible to maintain familiar routines,
When it is hard to find the strength to go on,
When it becomes difficult to pray,
When suffering of any sort becomes hard to bear,
When death draws near, – LORD, BE CLOSE TO GIVE YOUR COMFORT.
Let us pray:
Most merciful Father, Your beloved Son showed special compassion to lepers, tenderness to those long sick, and healing to the infirm before Him. We place before You all those who are ill and in need of healing grace. May the love and mercy of the Divine Physician raise up all who suffer from sickness and restore them to health and peace. We ask this in the Name of Jesus.
Thank you for keeping in prayer all who are sick and especially:
Joseph Lunn, Maureen Smith, Jean Lue, Ruba Santipillai, Baby Alexander Lynch, Erika Geddes, Denise Waaldjk, Lena McBride, Valerie Sommerset, Kevin Mooney, John Mooney, Angela Patcheye, Leonard Paice, Michael O’Kelly, Ken and Margaret Peacock, Mary Reilly, Alan O’Leary, Bill and June O’Keefe, Gerry Gillan, Leonard James Connolly, Thea Haddad, Nora Williams, Margaret Lahy, Brian Wratten, Ann Van Essen, Bella Harding, Eileen Stevens, Dave Herris, Gabriel Lyons, Sylvester Forya, Michael and Madge Durkan, Jocyln De Silva, Anna Kashtelyan, Mary Jeanette Connaire, Anna Urbni, Maureen Flagherty, John McDonagh.
We continue to remember all the sick Priests and Religious of the diocese.
And send our BLESSING and assurance of spiritual support to all NATIONS at this difficult and challenging time.
We also have two young mothers in our parish who have recently been diagnosed with cancer, we are keeping them in prayer – please keep them in yours.