Bidding Prayers

Dear readers, please find the bidding prayers below for your preparation to read at Sunday Mass. Sometimes there are last-minute changes to the bidding prayers, for example to mark some event in the news, so please do not bring your own copy with you and check in the sacristy before Mass begins for the final text.

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The Epiphany of the Lord – 6th/7th January 2018

 

CELEBRANT:

Christ our Light has dawned upon the world. In joyful hope, then, let us pray.

 

READER:

That all churches and faith communities may honour and respect one another as coheirs and sharers of God’s promise. PAUSE: Lord in your mercy.

 

That all nations and their leaders may walk by the light of God’s justice and peace.

PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

That the light of Christ may burn away the darkness and hopelessness of illness, poverty, and distress for all our suffering brothers and sisters. PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

That our church and parish may be a haven of safety and a place of welcome for all who seek God. PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

We also remember the intentions of our Sunday Masses: Dinny McCafferty, Mary Donovan, Bridget and Christopher Divine and Zef Perlleshi. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them His healing touch. PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

 

Let us place ourselves under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as we say:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,

implored they help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother:

to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,

but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen

 

CELEBRANT:

Father, may your holy light illuminate the roads we walk on our journeys to you, as we seek to realise the hope of these prayers, prayers that we offer for all peoples in the name of your Christ. Amen.

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – 13th/14th January 2018

CELEBRANT:

To God, the Giver of all life and the Lord of Peace, let us pray.

 

READER:

That Pope Francis and the pastors and teachers of our church may proclaim, with courage and conviction, as did Samuel and John the Baptist, the presence of God among us. PAUSE: Lord in your mercy.

 

That all nations and peoples may live in peace and cooperation, working together to protect the dignity and rights of every member of the human family.

PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

That, in our compassion and mercy, we may bring God’s healing and love to the sick, the suffering, the addicted, and the dying. PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

That our young people and students may hear God calling them to live lives of selfless service to others. PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

We also remember the intentions of our Sunday Masses: Ron Allen, Philo D’Souza, Hubert and Maria Rajakumar and Helen Porter and Terri Lloyd. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them His healing touch.

PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

 

Let us place ourselves under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as we say:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,

implored they help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother:

to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,

but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen

 

CELEBRANT:

Hear, O Lord, these prayers we offer. May your Spirit dwelling within us and in the midst of this community help us to make these prayers a reality – prayers we ask in the name of Jesus, your Christ. Amen.

 

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20th/21st January 2018

CELEBRANT:

To the God of mercy, let us pray.

 

READER:

That the church’s bishops, priests, deacons, ministers, and teachers may proclaim the mercy of God to all. PAUSE: Lord in your mercy.

 

That the world’s nations and peoples may come together to establish God’s kingdom of peace and justice on earth. PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

That we may imitate the compassion of Christ the Healer in our outreach to the poor and forgotten and in our care for the sick, the suffering, and the dying.

PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

That our worship and work together as a parish may be the means for others to come to God. PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

We also remember the intentions of our Sunday Masses: Janet De Souza, Molly McCafferty, Rajakumar & Family and Logi Arasaretnam. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them His healing touch.

PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

 

Let us place ourselves under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as we say:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,

implored they help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother:

to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,

but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen

 

CELEBRANT:

Timeless and eternal God, hear our prayers. Help us to realise that your gift of time is not the end or limit of this life but the pathway to the complete and perfect life of the Risen One, in whose name we offer these prayers. Amen.

 

 

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 27th/28th January 2018

CELEBRANT:

With thanks for his many blessings to us and confident of his continued grace, let us offer our prayers to our Father in heaven.

 

READER:

For Pope Francis and the bishops, priests, and ministers of the church, that they lead and serve with the authority of Jesus’s compassion and humility.

PAUSE: Lord in your mercy.

 

For the leaders of nations and officers of governments, that they may lead and act with the authority of their own dedication and commitment to the justice and wisdom of God. PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

For the sick, the suffering, the troubled, and the dying, that the love of Christ may drive out from their lives the ‘unclean spirits’ of anxiety, despair, and suffering. PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

For married couples and their families in our community, that the peace of Christ may dwell in their homes and hearts. PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

We also remember the intentions of our Sunday Masses: Paul Salazar, Elijah Aldea, Patrick and Patricia Slevin and our Youth Music Ministry. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them His healing touch. PAUSE: Lord, in your mercy.

 

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

 

Let us place ourselves under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as we say:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,

implored they help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother:

to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,

but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen

 

CELEBRANT:

Father of mercy, hear these prayers and instil in us your Spirit that, in imitating your Son’s humble generosity and reconciling peace, we may bring these prayers to reality. In Jesus’s name, we pray. Amen.

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5th Sunday Ordinary Time B – (3rd/4th February 2018)

 

Celebrant:

In this faith we have professed together, we turn to God our Father.   

 

 

Reader:    

Let us pray for the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for all bishops and priests called to share in the priesthood of Christ: that they remain faithful to their call from God. PAUSE: Lord hear us. ALL: LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

 

Let us pray for the leaders of the world: that they have a care for those most in need. We pray especially for those working to resolve the migrant crisis in the world. PAUSE: Lord hear us. ALL: LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

Let us pray for those who suffer from isolation or sickness: may the Lord always accompany them and give them hope so that they may give Him thanks in the midst of His Church. PAUSE: Lord hear us. ALL: LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

Let us pray for our parish community as we call out to the Lord in our need: that we will hear the Lord’s voice when he calls us to follow him. PAUSE: Lord hear us. ALL: LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

 

We also remember the intensions of our Sunday Masses: Martin Stephen Lambert, Anthony Rocha, Ashley Fernandes, P.V. Joseph. We remember too those who are sick at home or in hospital that God may grant them His healing touch. PAUSE: Lord hear us. ALL: LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

 

In silence we bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

 

Let us ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede for us as we say:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,

implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother;

to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,

but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

 

 

Celebrant:       

Loving Father, as we call out to you in our need, please hear our prayers and through

this Eucharist give us the grace to follow you faithfully.

Through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

 

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6th Sunday Ordinary Time B – (10th/11th February 2018)

 

Celebrant:

Heavenly Father, confident that you never get tired to listen to your children, we raise

to you our petitions.

 

Reader:    

Let us pray for Francis our Pope and Vincent our Bishop, and for all Christians leaders: that the Holy Spirit will enable them to proclaim anew the wisdom of God to the world. PAUSE: Lord hear us. ALL: LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

 

Let us pray for the leaders of every community and nation: that all governments may reflect the values of responsible caring, compassion and integrity, so that no individual or minority is abused or left in need. PAUSE: Lord hear us. ALL: LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

 

Let us pray for those in need, for sick people, for those in hospital as we celebrate World Day for the Sick: may God tender care give them patience to face their suffering. PAUSE: Lord hear us. ALL: LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

 

Let us pray for our community: may God help us to keep completely His commandments and give us the courage to abandon all that does not lead us to him. PAUSE: Lord hear us. ALL: LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

 

We also remember the intensions of our Sunday Masses: Keith Shouls, Filomena Gouveia, Jeff and Margie Soriano, Theresa and Bernard Slevin.

We remember too those who are sick at home or in hospital that God may grant them His healing touch. PAUSE: Lord hear us. ALL: LORD GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

 

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

 

Let us ask the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes for all who are sick in mind and body, especially among our own parishioners, family and friends, as we say:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,

that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection,

implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother;

to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.

O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,

but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

 

Celebrant:       

Loving Father, hear these prayers and the prayers of all our hearts. In your mercy, grant that what we ask in faith, we may obtain from your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN. 

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1th Sunday of Lent – (17th/18th February 2018)

 

Celebrant:       

As we begin our journey together through this season of Lent, let us bring our needs

before our loving Father.

 

 

Reader:    

Let us pray for God’s church and for all followers of Christ: that this Lenten season will be a time of grace and renewal. We pray especially for those preparing to receive the Sacraments at Easter who are presented to the Cardinal at the Rite of Election this weekend. PAUSE: Lord in your mercy.

 

Let us pray for all government leaders and for the promotion of justice and the common good, especially in the Middle East and all troubled places of the world. PAUSE: Lord in your mercy.

 

Let us pray for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, the prisoners, the unemployed and the needy: that the Lord will give us the grace and determination for a fairer sharing of the world’s rich resources. PAUSE: Lord in your mercy.

 

Let us pray for ourselves: that by our prayer, fasting and almsgiving this Lent we will receive the grace to draw close to Christ our Lord. PAUSE: Lord in your mercy.

 

We also remember the intensions of our Sunday Masses: Sr Immaculate Mascarenhas, Celestino Gomez, Ann, Nilesh and Nilesha Daniels, Luis Anthony D’Souza.

We remember too those who are sick at home or in hospital that God may grant them His healing touch. PAUSE: Lord in your mercy.

 

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

 

Let us turn to Mary to pray for us as we say together:

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. Do thee do we pray, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen  

 

Celebrant:       

Heavenly Father, you sent your Son to bring salvation to the world. Have mercy on the

prayers of your Church and turn with compassion to the hearts that long for you.

Through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

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2nd Sunday of Lent – (24th/25th February 2018)

 

Celebrant:       

God’s call to take the journey in faith is rewarded with the promise of new life. Faith is as difficult today as it was at the time of Abraham. Let us focus on that final promise of salvation.

 

Reader:    

Let us pray for the Church: that the Lord will send the Holy Spirit to light the way in this time of preparation and penance. We pray especially for those preparing to receive the Sacraments at Easter. PAUSE: Lord in your mercy.

 

Let us pray for the nations of the world: may they have the courage to work together for

peace, justice and reconciliation. PAUSE: Lord in your mercy.

 

Let us pray for the needy and the hungry of the world and for the development and relief work of CAFOD. May this Lent serve to remind us of the call to live more simply and put our faith into action. PAUSE: Lord in your mercy.

 

Let us pray for ourselves that, through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, this Lent may be an opportunity to move away from selfishness and pride to a deepening love of God and neighbour. PAUSE: Lord in your mercy.

 

We also remember the intensions of our Sunday Masses: Gordon Carver, Caji Fernandes, Lourdina Lorena Mascarenhas, Mr & Mrs Diala and family.

We remember too those who are sick at home or in hospital that God may grant them His healing touch. PAUSE: Lord in your mercy.

 

We pause for a moment to bring our own needs to the attention of our loving God.

 

May the Virgin Mary, who was ever attentive to God’s word, intercede for us as we say:

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. Do thee do we pray, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen  

 

Celebrant:       

Merciful Father, enable us to see, as Abraham did, the wonder of your promise. Give us the courage to take that path which leads to eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Third Sunday of Lent- 3rd /4th March 2018

 

CELEBRANT:

Gathered in this holy place, let us now raise our hearts and voices in prayer to God.

 

READER:

That the church may be a place of welcome and care for all. PAUSE: Lord hear us.

 

That God’s mercy may be at the heart of all laws and public policies. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

 

That couples and families experiencing difficult times in their lives together may realise anew the presence of Christ in their homes and hearts. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

 

That the works of charity and service in our parish community may be living signs of the risen One in our midst. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

 

We also remember the intentions of our Sunday Masses: John Carvalho, Lucy Vaz, Reynaldo Cubacub and Thereza Maria D’Souza. We remember too, those who are sick at home or in hospital, that God may grant them His healing touch. PAUSE: Lord, hear us.

 

We pause for a moment to bring our own personal needs to the attention of our loving God.

 

Let us place ourselves under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as we say:

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,

hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope.

To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.

To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.

Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us

and after this, our exile,

show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen

 

CELEBRANT:

We come before you, O God, with open and humble hearts. Give us the vision to seek you in all things, so that our lives may be made complete in your joy and made whole in your compassionate love. Hear these prayers we ask of you in the name of Jesus, our Redeemer. Amen.