2nd Sunday of Easter
Priest: God calls us to respond in faith to the risen Lord. Let us bring our needs and those of our world to the God of all.
Reader: With great joy, we acclaim two new saints!! We give thanks for Pope John XIII, of Italian peasant stock, whose wisdom and long pastoral experience led him to proclaim the Second Vatican Council and for Pope John Paul II—first non-Italian Pope for many centuries ---who, having lived under a totalitarian regime, had the skill and the courage to support the struggle for freedom. PAUSE: We pray: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: Today’s reading from the Acts of the Apostles tells us how the embryonic Christian community, caring for each other and being faithful to the breaking of the bread, worked together to discern what this new way of life meant for them. May their story guide us and give us the courage and the openness to seek answers to the question: Whither now, the Catholic Parish of Ivanhoe? PAUSE: We pray: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: Let us give thanks for our own ‘Thomas’ experiences and for those who challenge and enhance our faith, continuing to walk with us and even to share our doubts. PAUSE: We pray: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader; Amidst our joyful celebrations this week---Eastertide and the two canonizations---let us hold in our hearts those who are suffering grief and loss---in our own families and community—and beyond, especially those heartbroken Korean families whose sons and daughters have been lost in the ferry disaster. PAUSE: We pray: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: We welcome Matilda Lee, Joey Rew, Harvey Keecha and Grace Marshall who are baptized into the faith community of the Catholic Parish of Ivanhoe this weekend. We welcome their families, relatives and friends who have joined them on this special occasion, one of many steps on their faith journeys. PAUSE: We pray: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: We remember all who are in need of prayer at this time including Tran thi Kim Chi, Amy Nguyen, Kathryn Lengyel, John Coonan, Fr. Donald Lourensz, Leo Milesi and Sheila Ryan. Let us also pray for all who provide support and care for those in need. PAUSE: We pray: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.
Reader: We pray for Miriam Kissane who died recently and for Giuseppe Montorio, Alfonzo Montorio, Elena Tomasoni, Pauline Masters and Val Rankin whose anniversaries occur about this time. May they rest in peace. Amen PAUSE: We pray: Risen Lord, hear our prayer.
Priest: Lord God, you breath your spirit on you people and strengthen the hearts of believers. Hear our prayers which we make in the name of Christ Jesus who is Lord forever and ever. Amen