December 18 ~ Fourth Sunday in Advent

+ For the bishops of the Church: may they, by the grace of apostleship each has received, bring about a deeper obedience of faith.  Jesus, fulfillment of God's Word, we pray.

+ That the world receive the grace of peace and joy in the coming of the King of Peace.  Jesus, fulfillment of God's Word, we pray.

+ May the inclusiveness of your love for all people broaden horizons and melt away divisiveness throughout the world.  Jesus, fulfillment of God's Word, we pray.

+ Dear Lord, give us hope.  Help us to overcome our fear so we can live in your wholeness.  Jesus, fulfillment of God's Word, we pray.

+ May we truly reflect in our hearts on the astonishing fact that you loved us so much, you came to be with us through a human infant!  Help us, then, to be your love in the world.  Jesus, fulfillment of God's Word, we pray.

+ For the grace to welcome the presence of Jesus that comes to us through the Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Jesus, fulfillment of God's Word, we pray.

+ For all those who are sick especially Betty Bertoldi; John Kalnin; Chris Hurley; Mike Finn; Alice Rosenthal; and Taylor Thole.   We pray for those who have died, including George Barnecut; Harriet Zalke, mother of Cindy Moriarty; George Lamb, father of Jennifer Hazzard; Charles Kennedy, father of Steve Kennedy; and Sister Ethna Marie O’Doherty.  Jesus, fulfillment of God's Word, we pray.

+ In thankfulness 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, fulfillment of God's Word, 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.