Prayer for Survivors of Abuse 2023
Tuesday 9 May 2023 marks the Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse.
The Bishops of England and Wales have chosen Tuesday of the 5th Week of Easter as the Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse, it is a day of prayer for those who have been abused in a season of hope and new life. The Isaiah Journey has prepared a range of resources for prayer, action and reflection for use throughout the year which are launched on the day of prayer:

Prayer for New Members of the Church
‘This is a time for the community and the neophytes together to grow in deepening their grasp of the paschal mystery and in making it part of their lives through meditation on the Gospel, sharing in the Eucharist, and in doing works of charity.’ RCIA 234. Community is one of the key parts to being a follower of Christ, and one of the ways to grow within our communities is to pray for one another.

Prayer for Vocations

Especially on World Day of Prayer for Vocations — 4th Sunday of Easter
The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is held each year on the Fourth Sunday of Easter. In the Gospel of John read on this Sunday, in each of the three years, Jesus speaks of himself as the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd who has come so that people may have life to the full, the one who lays down his life for his sheep, the one who knows his sheep — they recognise his voice. Jesus anoints his chosen priests to help shepherd his flock (us).

Pray for Jobs for Migrants

Especially Human Work on the feast of St Joseph the Worker — 1 May

Many areas have had an influx of migrant workers how might they made be welcome in the parish, what support might the parish be able to offer them? What jobs and skills can be found in the parish? How might they be of service to both the parish plant and to the community?

Pray for The right use of the Media

Especially on World Communications Day (WCD) — 7th Sunday of Easter
Theme for 57th World Day of Social Communications – “Speak with the heart: Veritatem facientes incaritate”
“Speak with the heart: Veritatem facientes in caritate” (Doing the truth in charity) is the theme for World Day of Social Communications 2023. The theme, which connects with that of 2022 – “Listen with the ear of the heart” is intended to form part of the path that will lead the entire Church to the celebration of the Synod in October 2023. Speaking with the heart means giving “a reason for your hope” and by doing so gently, “using the gift of communication as a bridge and not as a wall.” It is an invitation to “go against the grain” at a time characterized by polarization and heated debates that exacerbate tempers – even in ecclesial life.

Pray for The Church Especially on Pentecost

Throughout the Season of Easter the first reading at Mass is taken from the Acts of the Apostles. Luke tells the story of the early Church from the Ascension and Pentecost to the early missions of the apostles. ‘When the work which the Father gave the Son to do on earth was accomplished, the Holy Spirit was sent on the day of Pentecost in order that he might continually sanctify the Church.” Then “the Church was openly displayed to the crowds and the spread of the Gospel among the nations, through preaching, was begun.” As the “convocation” of all men for salvation, the Church in her very self is missionary, sent by Christ to all the nations to make disciples of them.