Notices

Readers for July 2024

Application form for 1st year First Communion Candidates

Application form for 1st year Confirmation Candidates

 

NOTICES commencing Sunday, July 14th to Sunday, July 21st, 2024

 
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1)  Parishioners are advised that the Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly (AECYA) which was scheduled to take place in the Archdiocese of Castries from July 17th to 28th, 2025 has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.  This Assembly will be replaced with a youth leadership training workshop in Jamaica during that period.

2) The Archdiocesan Youth & Vocations Commission invite all parishioners to the first ever "Catho-Youth Got Talent".   This activity is scheduled for Sunday, August 4th, 2024 at the Castries Comprehensive School from 2:30 p.m.  The event will showcase the unique gifts and talents of our youth so please make a special effort to lend your support.  Please see the notice board for ticket prices and other details.

3) The Monchy La Rose Group will be hosting a fundraising take-away lunch on Sunday, August 4th after the 10:00 a.m. mass at the Monchy Church Grounds.  Tickets cost $20.00 and are available from group members.

4) Registration for year one First Communion and Confirmation classes is now open.  Please note that candidates must be six years old as at December 2024 to register for First Communion and 11 years old as at December 2024 to register for Confirmation.  The registration forms are available at the church and online.  Please register at the Parish Office.  

5) The Holy Father has asked that this year be a Year of Prayer in preparation for Jubilee 2025.  We are being invited to remind ourselves of the centrality of both individual and community prayer by intensifying our personal prayer lives by daily recitation of the Rosary, personal meditation, lectio divina and with forms of communal prayer e.g.  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Prayer group and Confraternity prayer meetings, and most importantly, regular attendance at Holy Mass.  The Year of Prayer will be launched in the Archdiocese on the First Sunday of Lent.

6) We advise that your offerings and donations to the Parish can be made through BOSL Chequing Account #514 068 026, in the name of "Parish Priest of Gros Islet", Swift Code BOSLLCLC and also via Sure Pay.

When visiting the SurePay desk, please note the following:
 
1) Ensure that you communicate clearly that the payment is for St. Joseph the Worker Parish.
2) You will be given a choice of the different communities, please choose the one required. 
 
The account numbers are as follows:

Gros Islet  01

Grande Riviere  02

Monchy  03

Payments can be made in person at the Sure Pay counters or online.  Please contact the Parish Office if you require further information about online payments. 

We appreciate your support.

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PRAYER DURING THE HURRICANE SEASON

O Lord, our God and Father, who gives rain and sunshine to your children, we ask you in this rainy season to uphold us and provide for our needs. You try our patience and test our faith and reliance on you; forgive our sin of ingratitude. So often have we forgotten to thank you for your goodness and acts of mercy. Teach us to look up to you each day, appreciative of rain and sunshine, as you, in your wisdom, through any kind of weather do feed us alI.  In your mercy, protect us against hurricanes and tropical storms. Pour out your blessings upon our nation and our people, and make us grateful for the weather we receive from your bountiful hand. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

THE JUBILEE PRAYER

Father in Heaven,
may the faith you have given us
in your son, Jesus Christ, our brother,
and the flame of charity enkindled
in our hearts by the Holy Spirit,
reawaken in us the blessed hope
for the coming of your Kingdom.
May your grace transform us
into tireless cultivators of the seeds of the Gospel.

May those seeds transform from within
both humanity and the whole cosmos
in the sure expectation
of a new heaven and a new earth,
when, with the powers of
Evil vanquished,
your glory will shine eternally.
May the grace of the Jubilee
reawaken in us, Pilgrims of Hope,
a yearning for the treasures of heaven.
May that same grace spread
the joy and peace of our Redeemer
throughout the earth.
To you our God, eternally blessed,
be glory and praise for ever.

 

PRAYER FOR THE NATION

God of Power and might, we thank and praise You for Your goodness and mercy. Have mercy upon us, behold us and show us the light of Your mercies. Send Your fear upon our nation that we may know that there is no God besides You. Lift up Your hands over Saint Lucia that we may see Your power. Heal the hurts of our nation. Sanctify and purify our actions and way of life that we may be a Holy Nation. Give wisdom and fortitude to our leaders that they may guide our nation in Your precepts. Give love, patience and hope to our youth and strengthen our families. We make this prayer in the name of Your beloved Son Jesus Christ, who is Lord forever and ever. Amen

Prayer to St. Joseph

Hail Guardian of the Redeemer, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.

 

Prayer against Crime and Violence

Heavenly Father, we come to you because crime is on the increase in our country.  We ask that you protect all of us from the evil of crime and the violence associated with it.  Comfort, heal and bless all victims of crime.  Be near to all who have been touched by violence: those who have been hurt, lost their loved ones, or have lost their sense of security. 

We pray for those who have died as a result of violence, draw them to yourself and shine your face upon them so they can rest in your eternal peace. In a special way be with all women who live in situations of domestic violence: be for them a steady source of comfort and a place of safety.  Strengthen your Church in its care and support of all who are in pain.  Help us to be sensitive and caring to all those who need our help.

We pray for the grace to purge ourselves of all violence - in our thoughts and actions, in our family life, in our friendships and in all our relationships with others.  We pray especially for a life-changing conversion of all criminals and those who are violent.  Remove all evil from their hearts, fill them with your goodness and love that they may cease their evil works and that our land may be free from this ongoing scourge of crime and violence.

Soften the hearts and steady the minds of those who do violence to others.  May hate be replaced with love, violence with peace and darkness with your light.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

         O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in this time of trial we turn to you.  As our Mother, you love us and know us: no concern of our hearts is hidden from you. Mother of mercy, how often we have experienced your watchful care and your peaceful presence!  You never cease to guide us to Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

         Yet we have strayed from that path of peace.  We have forgotten the lesson learned from the tragedies of the last century, the sacrifice of the millions who fell in two world wars. We have disregarded the commitments we made as a community of nations. We have betrayed peoples’ dreams of peace and the hopes of the young. We grew sick with greed, we thought only of our own nations and their interests, we grew indifferent and caught up in our selfish needs and concerns.  We chose to ignore God, to be satisfied with our illusions, to grow arrogant and aggressive, to suppress innocent lives and to stockpile weapons. We stopped being our neighbour’s keepers and stewards of our common home. We have ravaged the garden of the earth with war and by our sins we have broken the heart of our heavenly Father, who desires us to be brothers and sisters. We grew indifferent to everyone and everything except ourselves.  Now with shame we cry out: Forgive us, Lord!

         Holy Mother, amid the misery of our sinfulness, amid our struggles and weaknesses, amid the mystery of iniquity that is evil and war, you remind us that God never abandons us, but continues to look upon us with love, ever ready to forgive us and raise us up to new life.  He has given you to us and made your Immaculate Heart a refuge for the Church and for all humanity.  By God’s gracious will, you are ever with us; even in the most troubled moments of our history, you are there to guide us with tender love.

         We now turn to you and knock at the door of your heart. We are your beloved children.  In every age you make yourself known to us, calling us to conversion.  At this dark hour, help us and grant us your comfort. Say to us once more: “Am I not here, I who am your Mother?”  You are able to untie the knots of our hearts and of our times.  In you we place our trust.  We are confident that, especially in moments of trial, you will not be deaf to our supplication and will come to our aid.

         That is what you did at Cana in Galilee, when you interceded with Jesus and he worked the first of his signs.  To preserve the joy of the wedding feast, you said to him: “They have no wine” (Jn. 2:3).  Now, O Mother, repeat those words and that prayer, for in our own day we have run out of the wine of hope, joy has fled, fraternity has faded. We have forgotten our humanity and squandered the gift of peace. We opened our hearts to violence and destructiveness. How greatly we need your maternal help!

         Therefore, O Mother, hear our prayer. Star of the Sea, do not let us be shipwrecked in the tempest of war. Ark of the New Covenant, inspire projects and paths of reconciliation. Queen of Heaven, restore God’s peace to the world. Eliminate hatred and the thirst for revenge, and teach us forgiveness. Free us from war, protect our world from the menace of nuclear weapons. Queen of the Rosary, make us realize our need to pray and to love. Queen of the Human Family, show people the path of fraternity. Queen of Peace, obtain peace for our world.

         O Mother, may your sorrowful plea stir our hardened hearts.  May the tears you shed for us make this valley parched by our hatred blossom anew.  Amid the thunder of weapons, may your prayer turn our thoughts to peace.  May your maternal touch soothe those who suffer and flee from the rain of bombs.  May your motherly embrace comfort those forced to leave their homes and their native land.  May your Sorrowful Heart move us to compassion and inspire us to open our doors and to care for our brothers and sisters who are injured and cast aside.

         Holy Mother of God, as you stood beneath the cross, Jesus, seeing the disciple at your side, said: “Behold your son” (Jn 19:26).  In this way he entrusted each of us to you.  To the disciple, and to each of us, he said: “Behold, your Mother” (v. 27).  Mother Mary, we now desire to welcome you into our lives and our history.  At this hour, a weary and distraught humanity stands with you beneath the cross, needing to entrust itself to you and, through you, to consecrate itself to Christ.  The people of Ukraine and Russia, who venerate you with great love, now turn to you, even as your heart beats with compassion for them and for all those peoples decimated by war, hunger, injustice and poverty.

         Therefore, Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine.  Accept this act that we carry out with confidence and love.  Grant that war may end and peace spread throughout the world.  The “Fiat” that arose from your heart opened the doors of history to the Prince of Peace.  We trust that, through your heart, peace will dawn once more.  To you we consecrate the future of the whole human family, the needs and expectations of every people, the anxieties and hopes of the world.

         Through your intercession, may God’s mercy be poured out on the earth and the gentle rhythm of peace return to mark our days.  Our Lady of the “Fiat”, on whom the Holy Spirit descended, restore among us the harmony that comes from God.  May you, our “living fountain of hope”, water the dryness of our hearts.  In your womb Jesus took flesh; help us to foster the growth of communion.  You once trod the streets of our world; lead us now on the paths of peace.  Amen.

 

PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

Mary, Mother of Jesus, throw your
mantle of purity over our priests

Protect them, guide them, and keep

them in your heart. Be a Mother to

t h e m , e s p e c i a l l y i n t i m e s

of discouragement and loneliness. Love

them and keep them belonging

completely to Jesus. Like Jesus, they,

too, are your sons, so keep their hearts

pure and virginal.

Keep their minds filled with Jesus, and

put Jesus always on their lips, so that he

is the one they offer to sinners and to

all they meet. Mary, Mother of Jesus,

be their Mother, loving them and bring

them joy. Take special care of sick and

dying priests, and the ones most

tempted. Remember how they spent

their youth and old age, their entire

lives serving and giving all to Jesus.

Mary, bless them and keep a

special place for them in your heart.

Give them a piece of your heart, so

beautiful and pure and immaculate, so

full of love and humility, so that they,

too, can grow in the likeness of Christ.

Dear Mary, make them humble like

you, and holy like Jesus.

AMEN