Prayer in Christian life

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Prayer is turning the heart towards God.

When a person prays he enters into a living relationship with God.

Prayer is the great gate leading into faith. People who pray no longer live on their own, for themselves, and by their own strength. They know there is a God to whom they can talk. People who pray entrust themselves more and more to God.  The effort to pray daily is part of the Christian life. (YouCat 469)

St Catherine's church is always open during daylight hours for private prayer and reflection.

For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.
— St Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)

This weeks intentions

Pray for the sick of our Parish: Tara & Andrew Wardlaw, Tommy Hill, Mary Shields, Helen Blenkinship, Phillip Stockdale, Anne Marie Lynch, Maureen Poland, Edna Rowall and Pat & Des Prior. Also Peter Simonini and Edward Beard whose anniversaries occur about this time.


As well as private prayer, the Catholic church has many beautiful formal ways to pray.

Morning and evening prayer of the church

A short 15 minute service of psalms and prayers, appropriate to the time of day.

Tuesdays & Fridays, 11.45am, Saturdays, 9.00am

Rosary

The simple prayer of the Rosary - with its Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries - marks the rhythm of human life.

Thursdays, 6.45pm followed by Mass and closing with Marian hymn

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet is a series of prayers, said using Rosary beads, based on the visions of Saint Mary Faustina, the Apostle of Mercy. More information here.

Fridays, 12 noon

 

Weekly Prayer group

A small group of parishioners who meet on a regular basis to pray and sing together.

Tuesdays, 10.30am-12 noon and on pre-announced Wednesdays

Benediction

The traditional liturgical adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Second Sunday of the month at 2.30pm

Exposition

Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament:

  • for Vocations to the priesthood         Saturdays, 9-10am
  • for pro life intentions 3rd Thursday of month closing the 7pm Mass