CAFOD PRAYERS for Tuesday 4th Sept. 2018

Feast of St. Cuthbert (634-687) – Shepherd, monk, prior, hermit, bishop; “the new Adam at peace with all creation”; and

Feast of Blessed Dina Belanger (1897-1929)

Musician, mystic; “She entered into the mystery of love at the heart of the Trinity”.


“My hope is that the recovery of the Celtic tradition will make a contribution to the wounded and suffering world that we see all around us. Can the vision of a marginalised people who have known suffering in its many forms – political, economic, social – show us a way forward? The deep Celtic sense of relatedness in a harmonious unity is hardly surprising when we remember the central place that the Trinity played in their lives. This being at ease with the Trinity, with whom Celtic people talk and walk daily, speaks of a God who is constantly reaching out in love toward the whole created order in all its diversity. It is co-operating with the Father, who makes and maintains; the Son, who encourages all the human works of compassion and reconciliation; and the Spirit, from whom comes all wisdom, inspiration and imagination. This is the ever-present Trinity to whom they naturally turn in time of need, danger or uncertainty.”

(“The Celtic Way of Prayer” by Esther de Waal)

Opening Prayer:

Blessed are you, Lord God, Creator of all peoples,

giver of life and health and love.

Help us to see you in the world’s needs,

to see your presence in the poor,

to serve you in serving others,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.


Scripture     1 Cor. 2

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the human heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. 13 And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.

14 Those who are unspiritual[e] do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny.

16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.

Luke 4:31-43

31 He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. 32 They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority. 33 In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Let us alone! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” When the demon had thrown him down before them, he came out of him without having done him any harm. 36 They were all amazed and kept saying to one another, “What kind of utterance is this? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and out they come!” 37 And a report about him began to reach every place in the region.

38 After leaving the synagogue he entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked him about her. 39 Then he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she got up and began to serve them.

40 As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them. 41 Demons also came out of many, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Messiah.

42 At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. 43 But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.”


We bring before you, Lord,

The troubles and dangers of people and nations,

The sighing of prisoners,

The sorrows of the bereaved,

The necessities of strangers,

The dependency of the weary,

The failing powers of the aged.

Lord, draw near to each

For the sake of Jesus Christ.

(Saint Augustine of Hippo)

Concluding Prayer

God show you the way of peace

that you may receive peace,

that you may give peace,

that you may live peace,

that you may share peace,

that the peace of God shine in you.

God be with you to guide you,

God be with you to protect you,

God be with you to strengthen you,

God be above you to lift you,

God be beneath you to support you.

And the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

be with you, and remain with you,

now and always.  Amen.


(Prayers by David Adam from “The Open Gate”)


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.” 


“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. 


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!