The 1st Sunday of Advent Year C.

The Introit sets one of the themes of Advent: I lift my soul to you, I trust you, Lord my God.
No-one who waits for you will ever be put to shame.
Teach me how to live, Lord!  Show me the way!…….

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For the church: that we may live in awareness of God’s presence in our lives.
with the vision and courage to  build a society worthy of human dignity, the Kingdom of God.
Lord, hear us

That we may be alert to read the signs of the times,  able to take decisive action when it is
necessary and not just react to the agenda of other people.    Lord, hear us

For all the churches in our area, for the local schools, for  members of other faiths:
that this season of Advent may be a time of growth in belief in the one God,
and that our local community may be one in which friendship flourishes more
warmly.     Lord, hear us

For families and children preparing for sacraments: Lord,  hear us

For all who are ill, and  for those who support and care for them:
Mary Connor,  Gerard Bailey, John McSheafrey, Moira Maley, Joe Gallagher, Andy Williamson, Margaret Grimes, Russel Collins, Kieran McDermott, Joseph Boyle, Margaret McCafferty,
Moira Montgomery, May Conroy, Alan Hutcheson, Carol Gallagher, Jean Martin, Sadie Coll, Kenneth
Fee, Peter Gibson, Cathy Gilbert, Linda Giulianotti, Kathleen Mallon, Joe
McGhee, Margaret Padden, Liam Brogan, Fr John Gannon, Fr Joseph Chambers, Willie & Phyllis
Boyle, Margaret Gilmour, Cathy Bruce, Mary McKenna, and Adrianne Faulds.
Lord,  hear us.

For our deceased relatives, friends &  fellow-parishioners, including May Conroy,  Moya McKeever, Margaret Dunne, and Mrs  Catherine Perritt,  and for Eugenio and Matilda Rossi and all those whose anniversary falls about now.  Let’s pray also for those killed or injured  serving in the armed forces. Lord, hear  us