Notices

Readers for April/May 2022

 
NOTICES commencing Sunday, May 15, 2022 to Sunday, May 22, 2022
 

1) The Diocesan Priests of the Archdiocese will be attending the Annual Conference of the Diocesan Clergy in the Province of Castries from May 16th to May 21st, there will therefore only be mid-day masses at Gros Islet during that week.  There will be no mass on Tuesday, May 17th and no early morning mass on Saturday, May 21st, please be guided accordingly. 

2) The annual Vocations and Seminary Collection will be taken up in a second collection at all Masses next weekend. Please be generous

3) The Northern Vicariate Youth Mass takes place at the Monchy Church on Sunday, May 29th, at 10:00 a.m.   There will be a short activity following the Mass.  All youth are invited to attend. Please give your name to the youth leaders or catechists in your community. Transportation will be provided. Come let us revive Youth Ministry.

4) Youth of the Parish ages 17 and over are hereby invited to Alpha.  Alpha is going to be a space online or in person where people are excited to bring their friends for a conversation about life and to express thoughts on church, God and religion.  Your Alpha invite will be available at the Parish Office this month.  Alpha is by invite only, so ensure you pick up yours.  Stay tuned for the release days or invitation and visit our Facebook Page Alpha Saint Lucia. 

5) Pope Francis has called for a Synod on Synodality for the Universal Church.  Synodality means walking or journeying together.  He wants a wide consultation amongst all the members of the church:
The three areas that will be looked at are: 
1) What is your dream for your church?
2) Who are the people on the periphery or margins?
3) Who is missing at the table?
 
 send in your answers via email to: stjoseph_church@hotmail.com that is normally found on our news bulletin so please if you don't have one you can pick up one so that you can mail in your responses.  Or you can also deliver them to the Parish Office by hand.  Please see the Notice Board for details.
 
So we look forward to that kind of active participation of as many parishioners as possible because we have to send a ten page report to the Secretariat in Trinidad from all the 19 Dioceses of the Antilles Episcopal Conference comprising the English, French and Dutch speaking islands of the region.  So every Diocese, each of the 19 Dioceses must send in that 10-page report and they will examine those ten reports, 190 pages and cut the 190 pages into another 10 pages to send to Rome so that the Bishop who will be representing our AEC Conference will present those 10 pages.  And every conference of Bishops will be doing the same thing.  And when the Synod takes place next year a document will come out of it but what we have already said that we need to do for our Diocese will still count becuase when we get the document from Rome plus what we have as a local church it will help us in our planning, what you call Pastoral Planning.  So, that's very important, don't let that moment pass you by because you want to add your voice to where you want your church to be tomorrow please God, so please participate.
 
6) We advise that your offerings and donations to the Parish can now 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 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.

 

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.

A CORONAVIRUS PRAYER 

Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages, “curing every disease and illness”. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the Coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together, and neighbours from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace. In your wisdom protect our country, Saint Lucia, our region and the whole world from this pandemic. Be with the doctors, nurses and researchers, and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected, and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace. Mary, comforter of the afflicted, pray for us. Amen.

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 OF THE SYNOD (2021-2023)

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather Together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance Lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.

PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

God, Oh Most Gracious and loving, this is our prayer to You today for the priests You have chosen from among us, ordained them to become Your representatives here on earth.  You said that Your Vineyard is full of harvest but the labourers are few. We are most grateful for their presence in our lives. They help us to become good and fruitful branches of Jesus Christ, The true Vine. Despite their human weakness, You chose them to make us experience your presence in the Sacraments and in the Liturgy.  Lord, help them to carry out their sacred duties of administering Christ’s Sacraments, the same way You, the True Shepherd, tended to Your flock.  Lord Jesus Christ, light up the hearts of all Your Priests and all Clergy with the fire of zealous love for You. Jesus Christ, may they forever seek Your glory.