Your prayers are asked for all who have died recently.
May they rest in peace and all the bereaved be comforted and consoled.
And for all those in hospital, and all the sick and housebound.
May our Blessed Lord comfort and strengthen them.
THE CYCLE OF PRAYER
The Cycle of Prayer seeks to preserve the integrity of the Sunday liturgy, without losing sight of the importance of being united with the universal or local Church in praying and working for important intentions. It seeks to do this be encouraging the faithful to pray for the intentions set out in the Cycle in their personal prayers throughout the period specified, and not only at Mass on a particular day.
The Cycle of Prayer is based on a division of the year into six periods, three of these being the principal liturgical seasons of Advent/Christmas; Lent and Easter and the other three periods being divisions of Ordinary Time, namely Winter, Summer and Autumn.
Each of these six periods is allocated its proper series of intentions for prayer, which may be taken up by both individuals and parishes and other groups throughout the season.
Cycle of Prayer
ORDINARY TIME: SUMMER
A Deeper Understanding between Christians and Jews
Those who suffer Persecution, Oppression, and Denial of Human Rights
Especially on St John Fisher and St Thomas More (22 June)
Especially on the feasts of St Benedict (11 July),
St Bridget of Sweden (23 July), St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (9 August)
who with St Cyril and St Methodius (14 February),
and St Catherine of Siena (29 April) are Patrons of Europe
Especially on the Day for Life (3rd Sunday in June)
Especially on Sea Sunday (2nd Sunday in July)
APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER
Apostleship of Prayer can be defined as an association of the faithful
that helps Christians unite their prayers and their lives
to the prayer and the mission of the universal Church,
of which the Holy Father’s intentions remind us every year.
Starting in 2017 the Pope will present only one prepared
prayer intention per month, rather than the two
presented before this year.
However, on every Sunday on which he gives an Angelus Address,
he asks for prayers for specific people and situations
that are of deep concern to him.
Apostleship of Prayer Intentions
Universal: The treasure of Families
That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians
may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.
OF THE CHURCH YEAR
Each month of the year is dedicated to a particular devotion within
the Catholic faith;
the dedication of each month is based on historical events or a particular aspect of the liturgical calendar, or a combination of the two.
These monthly Catholic devotions do not line up exactly with the time frame of the liturgical calendar, since they are fixed to standard calendar months rather than the Church seasons.
Some countries and areas have developed monthly dedications to devotions more specific to their area, below we will show the common,
widespread Catholic devotions for each month throughout the year.
The Holy Name and Childhood of Jesus
The Holy Family
The Blessed Sacrament
Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Precious Blood
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Seven Dolours (Sorrows) of Mary
The Holy Rosary & The Holy Angels
Poor Souls in Purgatory
The Immaculate Conception
Days of the Week
Sunday - The Holy Trinity
Monday - The Holy Angels
Tuesday - The Apostles
Wednesday - Saint Joseph
Thursday - The Holy Eucharist
Friday - The Passion of Our Lord
Saturday - Our Lady
Prayer is a close sharing between friends,
to be alone with him
who we know loves us.