Lenten Prayer Tree

‘Like a tree planted in the house of the Lord, I trust
in the goodness of God for ever.’
(Psalm 52)

Intentions can be left on our Lenten Prayer Tree and will be remembered in prayers and Masses throughout Lent. When you add your intention to the tree, pray also for others and their intentions.


Lenten Prayers

We pray for all in need; may we, as God’s people, show care and mercy by responding to the needs of those who are less fortunate.

We pray for all who are sick; may the Lord continue to bless them and may they be comforted by the care and kindness of those who surround them.

Let us ask God for the great gift of peace for the peoples of Syria, and for all situations of conflict and violence in the world. May we ourselves be men and women of peace.

We pray for the people of this country; may all people work together to build a more equal and just society at home and abroad.

We pray for our emigrants; may the Lord keep them safe from all harm, and bless them with peace, laughter, wisdom, love and joy; and that we may be reunited in the fullness of love.

We pray for all who are preparing for baptism this Easter; may Lent be a time of enlightenment and purification for them, and for those who journey with them.

We pray for the Church and its leaders; that they may inspire all people to seek the face of God.

We pray for those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith; that they may enjoy the heavenly banquet with the angels and saints in heaven.

Lord, during this Lenten season,
Nourish me with your Word of life and
Make me one with you in love and prayer.
Fill my heart with your love and
Keep me faithful to the Gospel of Christ.
Give me the grace to rise above my human weakness.
Give me new life by your Sacraments, especially the Mass.
I ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

Today, Lord, I choose life,
I choose your love and the challenge to live it and share it,
I choose hope, even in moments of darkness,
I choose faith, accepting you as Lord and God,
I choose to let go of some part of my burdens,
day by day handing them over to you,
I choose to take hold of your strength and power ever more deeply in my life.
May this truly be for me a time of new life, of change, challenge and growth.
May I come to Easter with a heart open to dying with you
and rising to your new life, day by day. Amen.

Lord Jesus, you are the source and lover of life.
Reawaken in us respect for every human life.
Help us to see in each child the marvellous work of our Creator.
Open our hearts to welcome every child as a unique and wonderful gift from God. Amen.
Choose Life: Prayer for the Child in the Womb

Almighty and everlasting God,
You have given the human race
Jesus Christ our Saviour as a model of humility.
He fulfilled your will by becoming man
And giving his life on the cross.
Help us to bear witness to you
By following his example of suffering
And make us worthy to share in his Resurrection.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen.

(from www.catholicbishops.ie; or visit the Lent page on Facebook)


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A Patient's Plea
Don’t shout at me, I’m sick but I’m not deaf.
Don’t talk about me, speak to me;
I’m the one who knows best how I feel.
Don’t have a party around my bed;
I’m really not able for it.
Don’t try to solve the nation’s problems
at my bedside; The Dáil is the place for that.
Don’t tell me all your medical problems;
I’ve enough of my own right now.
Don’t stay too long please; five minutes will do fine.
Thanks for coming. And for going.
Don’t buy out the shop on your way in;
There’s only so much the locker can hold.
Don’t whisper at the doorway;
It makes me feel there’s something terribly wrong.
Don’t exaggerate my condition when you’re telling the neighbours;
I will eventually die. But not yet.
Don’t feel you have to rush to see me while I’m in hospital;
A visit at home will be grand.

where can you find the ideal priest?

If he preaches over ten minutes, he is too long winded.

If his sermon is short, he is too easy going.

If the parish funds are low, he is a bad business man.

If he visits his parishioners, he's nosey.

If he doesn't, he's snobbish.

If he has raffles and fancy fairs, he is bleeding the people.

If he doesn't, the parish is lacking in social life.

If he takes time in Confession, he's too slow.

If he doesn't, he is not a good confessor.

If he starts Mass on the minute, his watch is fast.

If he's a bit late, he's holding up the congregation.

If he re-decorates the Church, he's spending too much money.

If he doesn't, he's letting it run down.

If he's young, he's not experienced.

If he's old, he should retire.

If he dies, there will never be his equal again.

What a Life !

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