September 11 ~ Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

+ That the Church will be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the life of the Gospel.  Welcoming Father, lover of our souls, we pray.

+ On this 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, we pray for those who were killed, for the consolation of their families, and for your continued comfort and support of all those directly affected by that tragedy.  Welcoming Father, lover of our souls, we pray.

+ Grant that violence be overcome by the power of love, that opposition give way to reconciliation, and that the desire to oppress be transformed into the desire for forgiveness, justice and peace.  Welcoming Father, lover of our souls, we pray.

+ Like the father of the prodigal son in today's Gospel reading, help us remember that when we walk in your direction, you come to us running.  Welcoming Father, lover of our souls, we pray.

+ For the grace to come to you in our need.  Welcoming Father, lover of our souls, we pray.

+ For all those who are sick especially Betty Bertoldi; Chris Hurley; Joan Lord; Mike Finn; Fred Kilmer; Keitha Bradley; Max Zamberlin; and Rufus Moore.  Also, we pray for those who have died, including Bill Cheshier; Penny Macomber; Kevin Maher; Gene Meyers; and Esther Purnell.  Welcoming Father, lover of our souls, 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.  Welcoming Father, lover of our souls, 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.