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In 2014 we will be praying in a special way for our Canadian Diocese. Much has changed in our Church in recent years and in the light of so much change we must take stock of our present situation and plan for the future. We cannot do that without God’s help and guidance. We cannot begin without prayer. So, in 2014, you are invited to pray for our Diocese of 6 parishes (Winnipeg, Toronto, Hamilton, Mississauga, Montreal, Brandon) and 2 missions (Beausejour and Libau). One way you can do that is by praying with other members of your parish community at Mass, as part of your own daily prayer or from time to time with your family at home. There is a difference between saying prayers and praying. Saying prayers can simply be repeating words by rote, without giving them much thought. Praying, on the other hand, involves concentrating on the words, allowing them to take root deep inside us. Praying is “heart speaking to heart”: we tell God what is in our hearts and we listen with our hearts for what he says to us.

Diocesan Prayer

Father, you walk always with your people. In Jesus Christ, you call us to a living relationship with you through the Holy Spirit given to us in Baptism and Confirmation. I ask you to send your Spirit afresh on me and on each member of the Church in our Canadian Diocese Draw me into a deeper relationship with you so that I may have a sure sense of your love for me and all the wonderful ways you work in my life. Make me more aware of my vocation to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, dedicated to his mission of making you known among those with whom I live and work. As disciples of Jesus, we ask you, Father, to help us renew our parishes so that all will experience the joy of belonging to your family of faith, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer For Protection From Harm

Lord, watch over your Church, and guide it with your unfailing love. Protect us from what could harm us and lead us to what will save us. Help us always, for without you, we are bound to fail. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN

Prayer for Renewal of the Church

Father, keep in your people the Holy Spirit. Let your church be continually renewed and show the image of Christ to the world by being conformed to his likeness, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. AMEN

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