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Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion,
the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope.
Hear the cries of the people of Syria;
bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
and comfort to those mourning the dead.
Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors
in their care and welcome for refugees.
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace.

O God of hope and Father of mercy,
your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs.
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence
and to seek reconciliation with enemies.
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

A Prayer for the People of Syria - Prayer is adapted from Catholics Confront Global Poverty , a collaborative effort of USCCB and Catholic Relief Services.


Fasting is the soul of prayer; mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. Let no one try to separate them; they cannot be separated. If you have only one of them or not all together, you have nothing. So if you pray, fast; if you fast, show mercy; if you want your petition to be heard, hear the petition of others.   

Saint Peter Chysologus


God of mercy, as you send us forgiven us so you send us forth to bear your message of mercy to all. Give us willing feet and gentle hands. Bless us with listening ears and searching eyes. Endow us with understanding minds. Ordain us with compassionate hearts. In our acts and in our words make us vessels of your mercy to reach out to the broken on behalf of the Father who wipes away our debts as lovingly as he wipes away our tears and calls his children home. Help us to lift your people in body and spirit. And so make every year a year of mercy.  Amen. 

Vessels of Mercy, Catholic Relief Services Prayer for the Year of Mercy


Keep me, O God, from pettiness; let me be large in thought, in word, in deed. Let me be done with fault-finding and self-seeking. May I put away all pretense and meet everyone face to face without self-pity and without prejudice. May in never be hasty in judgement and always generous. Let me take time for all things. Make me grow calm, serene, and gentle. Teach me to put into action my better impulses, straightforward and unafraid. Grant that I may realize it is the little things of life that create differences and that in the big things in life we are one. And, O Lord God, let me not forget to be kind!

Author Unknown



             You made us all that we are

             and gave us all that we have.

             Help us to live a life of gratitude

             by using your gifts

             to serve others in your name.


             You call us to share your life

             by loving service to others.

             Grant us the courage to live

             as your disciples.


             Fire our heart with your love.

             Make us good and generous stewards

             of your life within us.


            That you open the minds and hearts of

            all the people of Saint Patrick Parish,

            that we may joyfully accept your call

            to live as stewards of your abundant gifts,

            for our salvation and your greater glory.  Amen

Stewardship Prayer - Saint Patrick Parish


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