St. Oliver Plunketts

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Saturday: 7:30pm
Sunday: 9:00am, 11:00am

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

THE COUPLE THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.

 Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.

 Sunday August 2nd 2020

 The Lord who feeds us

Jesus said to his disciples: “Give them something to eat yourselves.” These words of Jesus in this Sunday’s Gospel are a clear reminder that we, as his followers, have to develop a new mentality. Instead of always looking for what we can get we are called to be people who look for what we can give. All the gifts we have are given to us for others. This is especially true of the gift of love. The main question for couples is not “Are we alright?” but “How do we need to be with one another so that others will be alright?” The love of a married couple is full of power for all those who meet them. This is particularly true for their children. It is the quality of the love of the couple that creates the quality of the atmosphere of the home. This command of Christ is also given to us as a community. The gift of faith that we celebrate is given to us so that others may believe. This can call us to radical change as a faith community.

 Morning Prayer, when together

Father of everlasting goodness,

our origin and guide, be close to us

and hear the prayers of all who praise you.

Forgive our sins and restore us to life.

Keep us safe in your love.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 During the day, when apart

Merciful Lord, make holy your gifts in us.

Let the spiritual sacrifice of our married love

make us an everlasting gift to you.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

 Evening/Night Prayer together

Lord, you give us the strength of new life

through our daily loving of one another.

Protect us with your love

and prepare us for eternal redemption.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

 Questions for Action for the week

For your marriage: What special time will you give to each other this week?

For others: Think of some group that works for those suffering from famine. How could you support that group this week?