St. Oliver Plunketts


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Saturday: 5:30pm
Sunday: 9:00am

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Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time


 Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.

 October 16th – 22nd 2022

 The Power of Prayer

‘Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need to pray continually and never to lose heart.’ There are so many things that knock the heart out of us today. In the Church there are all the sex abuse scandals; in society there are the financial scandals of politicians and business people; in family life there is a major breakdown; in parishes there are so many people who have given up. And on and on it goes. And yet we have a power that can bring us through all of it – the power of prayer. Prayer should not be an escape from the serious things that are all around us. We have to face up to all of them. But prayer is a reminder that we don’t have to face up to them on our own but with the presence and help of God. The two places where this prayer is most urgent is in our homes so that our family life can grow, and in our parish so that we can become the people God wants, a people committed to his way for our world.


Morning Prayer, when together

Almighty and ever-living God,

our source of power and inspiration, give us strength

 and joy in serving you as followers of Christ.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


During the day, when apart

Lord God, may the gift of our love for each other

bring us your love and forgiveness

and give us freedom to serve you with our lives.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


Evening/Night Prayer together

Loving Father, may your Holy Spirit

help us to remain faithful to you and to each other

and teach us the way of eternal life.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Questions for Action for the week

For your marriage: In what ways could you listen more fully to the needs of your wife/husband this week?


For others: How could you make special time for prayer, personally and as a family, each day this week?