August 19 ~ Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

+ May the Church be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.  Jesus, living bread, we pray.

+ That those who hold public office will imitate your goodness in securing justice and the rights of the oppressed.  Jesus, living bread, we pray.

+ As our church continues to deal with issues of clergy sexual abuse and its cover-up, help us, Lord, to stand in support with all victims, to reform our church, and to move forward as your people. Jesus, living bread, we pray.

+ Through the Eucharist and with the help of the Holy Spirit, may we live in true communion and friendship with you.  Jesus, living bread, we pray.

+ We give you thanks, Lord of abundance, for inviting us to join you in providing for the school supply needs of our little brothers and sisters.  We hope they know people do care about them, and we ask that you help their families find permanent homes soon.  Jesus, living bread, we pray.

+ For the work of the Maryknoll priests and lay missionaries: may their ministry bear rich fruit among our brothers and sisters around the world.  Jesus, living bread, we pray.

+ For all those who are sick including Chari Kinney; Frances Covey; Lorraine Crist; Ilse Wefers; Mike Finn; and Carol Vizzare. We also pray for all those who have died, especially Edward Rybak, grandfather of Leah Tousignant.  Jesus, living bread, we pray.

+ In gratitude for all that is written in our Parish Book of Thanksgiving.  We pray also for the intentions written in the Parish Book of Intercessions, and those we hold in the silence of our hearts.  Jesus, living bread, we pray.

The Petitions offered at Saturday vigil and Sunday Masses are written by  St. Anne parishioners who meet to consider the needs of our community, our church and our world in light of the scriptures.  If you would like to participate in this ministry, you are already invited:  No experience or special knowledge is needed, just a heartfelt desire to pray with our community.  For questions, or to participate, please call Carol Ford at 206-281-5920.