‘If Hope in the Future is going to work, and I believe it is going to work, we have to make sure that it is built on the foundation of prayer. That wonderful little prayer that you have adopted so well in this Diocese, ‘Stay with us Lord on our Journey’, it’s more important than ever that we entrust ourselves in prayer so that we can be all that God is asking us to be.’
Bishop John Arnold
Prayer is something we all need to do as Missionary Disciples. The Holy Spirit is the prime agent of evangelisation and works through us all. He will inspire, guide and strengthen our mission to share the Good News in our communities. Let us pray together as a Diocese for the success of the Hope in the Future Programme. Here are some prayer resources to help.
Pope’s Monthly Prayer Intentions
February 2018 – That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.
Parish Novena to the Holy Spirit
First and foremost this process needs to be rooted in prayer and sustained by prayer which is why we are encouraged to pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. There is a particular novena as a resource to help us do this.
Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Spend sometime in prayer before Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament asking Him what He wants you to do for your Parish and Diocese and please pray for the success of the Hope in the Future Programme. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in most Parishes. ‘Nightfever’ takes place from 7pm-10pm at Holy Name Church, Manchester the first Friday of the month and at Salford Cathedral on the last Friday of each month.
Parish Cycle of Prayer
As part of our Diocesan Journey, Hope in the Future, we are introducing a Diocesan Cycle of Prayer. It is hoped that each parish, and religious community, will use the intercessions at Sunday Mass and during the week, and that these intercessions will also be used in the Divine Office at Morning and Evening Prayer. The newsletter insert can be used by parishioners and, in particular, the housebound in their daily prayers. Please address any feedback on these prayers to email@example.com
SEASON OF LENT 2018 (18th February – 25th March)
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Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
A card to communicate that the carrier is a baptised Catholic has been distributed nationally as an initiative of the Department for Evangelisation and Catechesis of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. You can download and print it here.