September 9 ~ Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

+ May we, the Church, spread your word throughout the world.  Father of love, we pray.

+ We pray for those whom the church has failed, and for those who experience the church as unsafe.  Cleanse the church—and each of us—with your love.  Heal us.  Father of love, we pray.

+ May the leaders of all nations avoid all forms of prejudice; may we all be inspired and transformed to avoid all discrimination against anyone - whether poor or rich - but to love all.  Father of love, we pray.

+ We pray for our nation: kindle in us a hunger for truth, a respect for those who differ from us, and a willingness to pursue justice for all.  Father of love, we pray.

+ As you did for the deaf man in today's Gospel, open our ears and our hearts so that we can truly hear your Word, especially in the voices of others.  Father of love, we pray.

+ Lord, give us a heart of thanksgiving.  Teach us to find joy always and to give thanks to you in all our circumstances.  Father of love, we pray.

+ For all those who are sick including Chari Kinney; Lorraine Crist; Joseph Gentile, father of Liz McKay; Mike Finn; and Carol Vizzare . We also pray for all those who have died.  Father of love, 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.  Father of love, 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.