Intercessory Prayer Network
“Again, [amen] I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:19-20).
Each month this page will feature a number of prayer intentions for the work of the Catholic Church in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. You can also sign up to receive a monthly e-mail notice containing our latest prayer intentions (sign up by using the form at top or bottom of this page or call 306-659-5844).
Joining together in prayer in support of the Priorities and Goals of our diocesan Pastoral Plan is a powerful way of moving forward in our shared mission to “Proclaim Christ and God’s Kingdom Today.“
“Have the same mind and heart as Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5)
Prayer intentions for November:
Pastoral Plan Priority #1 – Draw People Into a Deepening Intimacy With the Lord
We pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all those involved in evangelization and mission in our world and in our diocese. We pray especially for diocesan leaders and parishioners who will gather for the Transform conference Nov. 21 in the diocese of Saskatoon. We ask that they would be inspired for mission, and given the courage to go out to the world and proclaim the Gospel. Amen
Pastoral Plan Priority #5 – Promote the Healing Journey in the Lord
“All Survivors Day” is marked Nov. 3 as an international day to recognize all survivors of sexual abuse in our society, to bring their stories into the light, to raise awareness of the widespread nature of the issue and to organize for change to stop all abuse. Please take time this week to pray for all who have suffered abuse, to learn more about the realities of sexual abuse and how to prevent it, and to find ways to support and assist survivors. Here is a prayer from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors:
Heavenly Father, Since your mercy has been revealed in the tenderness of your Son Jesus Christ, who said to his disciples: “Suffer the little children to come unto me,” we pray that your Church may be a secure home where all children and vulnerable adults are brought closer to your Beloved Son. May all those who have suffered any abuse be respected and accompanied by tangible gestures of justice and reparation so that they may feel healed with the balm of your compassion. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The diocese of Saskatoon’s safeguarding action plan for addressing and preventing abuse is available online at https://rcdos.ca/safer-church or call the diocese communications office at (306) 659-5844 to obtain a printed copy.
Pastoral Plan Priority # 6 – Move from Maintenance to Mission
Bishop’s Annual Appeal Prayer 2020:
Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages, curing every disease and illness. Come to our aid amid this pandemic, that we may experience your healing love. Jesus Christ, you came into our lives to bring us abundant life. Bless the Bishop’s Annual Appeal to renew our parishes, engage our youth, form lay leaders, and serve the most vulnerable among us. In the power of the Holy Spirit, help us build a vibrant church where every Sunday matters, every person can embrace their priesthood to share in the mission and life of the Lord. Send your Holy Spirit to show us how to strengthen and support families, marriages, vocations and promote healing through the sacraments and restored relationships. Loving and gracious God, you gave us your Son, Jesus Christ. He gave of Himself on the cross and in every moment of His life. He saw the sick; He healed them. He saw the hungry; He fed them. He saw the lame; He cured them. He saw the discouraged; He encouraged them. He saw the dying; He gave them new life. Open our hearts to the many ministries offered through the Diocesan Church. Strengthen our resolve to be like Your Son, Jesus Christ, to give of ourselves in every moment of our lives. We pray this through Christ, our Lord, Amen.
‘The great men and women of God were great intercessors. Intercession is like “a leaven in the heart of the Trinity”. It is a way of penetrating the Father’s heart and discovering new dimensions which can shed light on concrete situations and change them. We can say that God’s heart is touched by our intercession, yet in reality he is always there first. What our intercession achieves is that his power, his love and his faithfulness are shown ever more clearly in the midst of the people.’ – Evangelii Gaudium #283.