PASTORAL PRIORITIES FOR THE YEARS 2015, 2016 and 2017
2015 Jesus: The Heart of the Family
2016 BEC: Witnessing Jesus Through Works of Mercy
2017 TOWARDS STRENGTHENING OUR FAITH COMMUNITY
To realise our vision, we commit ourselves to celebrate Jesus by:
- Deepening our prayer life;
- Being deeply rooted in the word of God;
- Experiencing the Sacraments as a Touch of God;
- Committing ourselves to New Evangelisation (Act 1:8)
PRAYER TOWARDS STRENGTHENING OUR FAITH COMMUNITY 2017
God the Father, strengthen our faith community,
enlighten our understanding,
strengthen our will, purify our hearts and make us holy.
Give us only Your Love and Your Grace
to rise above our human weaknesses
and to grow stronger as a Christian community.
We are blessed here at the Church of St Joseph
with many opportunities to serve and grow in our faith journey.
We ask for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us
to submit our lives to Your will and
realise our vision as we commit ourselves to celebrate Jesus Christ by:
- Deepening our prayer life
- Being deeply rooted in the Word of God
- Experiencing the Sacraments as a touch of God
- Committing ourselves to New Evangelisation.
Loving Saint Joseph, our Patron, watch over us, protect us and guide us. Blessed Virgin, assist us through your intercession to live your obedience, your faith, your hope and your love. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns, for ever and ever. Amen.
Pastoral Priority for the Year 2016 – BECs
BEC, Witnessing Jesus Through Works of Mercy
Prayer of the Basic Ecclesial Community(BEC)
Heavenly Father, You, and You alone are the source of all blessings. Trusting in You, as one community, we shall be united as one in Strengthening Our Faith as a Basic Ecclesial Community, striving to live together in peace and harmony.
As we continue witnessing Jesus, Your , Only Son, in words and deeds, help us to be Strong in Love, Faith, Works of Mercy and the Desire to “be attentive to Your presence with all those whom we meet in our daily lives.
For it is by Your Strength and Love that we can go forth and carry out the works of mercy to our neighbours, always and everywhere. Grant us the ability and courage in witnessing Your Power by practising the Works of Mercy joyfully and .completely so that we may seek salvation together.
We make our prayer through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Pastoral Priority for the Year 2015 – FAMILY LIFE
JESUS: THE HEART OF THE FAMILY
PRAYER FOR THE FAMILY
Heavenly Father, You loved us so much that You gave your only Son to be one with our families.Forgive us for the times we have failed to allow Him to reign in our homes. When trials and disappointments, anxieties and hardships assail us, may we turn to Your Word and Sacraments. Enrich and strengthen each member of our families to grow in Your love, joy and peace and to treat each other with respect and dignity.
Father God, we as Your children commit ourselves to make room for Jesus in our hearts and homes and to rediscover the vocation and mission of the family. May we learn from the words and deeds of Mary and Joseph and like Jesus, grow in wisdom, knowledge, age and grace. May our families welcome one another in the spirit of the Holy Family of Nazareth and develop our relationship with Jesus. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.