JULY MONTHLY PRAYER

CAFOD PRAYERS for Tuesday 3rd July 2018 

Feast of St Thomas the Apostle 

 

Opening Prayer (All)  

O Lord, open our eyes to your presence, 

open our minds to your grace, 

open our lips to your praise, 

open our hearts to your love, 

open our lives to your healing  

and be found amongst us. 

 

Readings:Ephesians 2:19-22 

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God. 

Psalm 116 

Go out to the whole world; proclaim the good news. 

Praise the Lord, all you nations. 

Acclaim him all you peoples! 

Strong is his love for us; 

He is faithful for ever. 

 

John 11:16  

Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him”. 

John 20:24-29 

But Thomas, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” 

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” 

Reflection 

“This passage from John’s Gospel has all the more significance because it brings the Gospel to a close (Chapter 21 is a sort of Appendix).  The Gospel ends as it began with the only two unmistakable declarations in the New Testament of the divinity of Jesus. “The Word was God” and “My Lord and my God” bracket the Gospel, showing the purpose and angle of the whole, to show that Jesus is God.  It complements the other Gospels: they show a man who is also God, whereas this Gospel shows a God who is also man.”   

(Henry Wansborough in “The Sunday Word”) 

Prayers of Concern 

 

Closing Prayer(All) 

Go gently, my friends; 

feel the good earth beneath your feet, 

celebrate the rising of the sun, 

listen to the birds at dawn, 

walk gently under the silent stars, 

knowing that you are on holy ground, 

held in love, 

in the wonder of God’s creation. 

Amen 

Summer Concert in Didsbury 6th July

On Friday 6th July, St Catherine’s Church is preparing a summer concert to support CAFOD. See the details below.

Hope to see you there!

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Darwen Parishes Lent Fundraising

This Lent, we have been so blessed to have so many different stories about parishes, schools and groups where people have shared together a simple meal, hosting different events and organising walks to  help people in Zimbabwe. Today, we want to share with you the story of the Catholic parishes in Darwen who have made the most of the government scheme to double the donations over Lent by raising a brilliant  £3,756.69 to be doubled under the Government Scheme to £7,512.38!

This Lent CAFOD has been working to combat malnutrition in Zimbabwe by providing seeds, fencing and farming training for families and communities so that everyone has enough to eat.

The parishes have come together to raise money this Lent through a Breakfast Club, Craft and Chatter groups and Lenten Lunches as well as collections during Mass and Baptisms. How creative these people are? This is a really inspiring story of what happens when people come together as a community.

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Carmel Wanless, a new member of the group said, “It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to be part of such a proactive, lively group of people who have so many creative ideas and lots of passion to support our brothers and sisters overseas”.

But that is not all. The group are going to continue to focus their energy on current CAFOD campaigns and encourage spiritual support of CAFOD, and look to start fundraising for World Gifts . They’re setting their sights high by building their own ‘Virtual Farm’ through World Gifts!

Thank you everyone for supporting CAFOD and KEEP GOING! The CAFOD Salford Office would love to hear about any more news you have of fundraising or campaigning in your parishes, please get in touch: salford@cafod.org.uk or 0161 705 0605

Have a lovely day, everyone!

Written by Estefanía González