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 week's intentions

We welcome Malachy Declan Ruddick into the family of the Church through the Sacrament of Baptism, at 12 noon on Sunday 10 June.

We pray for our 17 young people who made their First Holy Communion on Sunday 3 June, the Feast of Corpus Christi (not forgetting the 3 children who have prepared with them and who will be making their First Holy Communion in India). Please pray for them and their families so all may grow in their love for Jesus in the Eucharist and be strengthened by Him.

Please also keep in your prayers Jeremy Graham of Alston who was received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church in St. Wulstan’s at 6pm on Saturday 2 June, the Vigil of Corpus Christi.

Pray also for Judy Hargreaves, Andrew Morton, Elizabeth Millar, Brian Cafferkey, Edna Rowell, Des & Pat Prior, Catherine Wilshaw, Ann Spaldin, Phillip Stockdale, Gareth Butterworth , Barbara Milik, Anne-Marie Lynch, Maureen Richardson, Michael Leeder, Pauline Williams and Asher Baldwin who are sick.

Remember also Teresa Davies who died recently and whose funeral service is on Wednesday and Hannah Little, Norman Charles Smith, Robert Stanley Simpson, Bernard Broadbent, Thomas Robinson and Hans Christian Bille whose anniversaries occur about this time. May they rest in peace.


The Catholic church also has many beautiful formal ways to pray - check the newsletter to confirm times.

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

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

See Newsletter

Benediction

The traditional liturgical adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

As announced

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