PLEASE PRAY FOR


 Valerie Porter, Lizi Joy, Raymond Hall, 
Mary Bailey, Noel Doocey 
and all those who have died recently.

We also pray for 
Ellen Sleight, Harold Marsden, Patricia Aylward (17th), 
Dorothy Morley, John Maclean (18th),  
Denis Orgill, Tony Menezes (20th), 
Jennifer Otiend, Kathleen Browne (21st), 
Violet Hammerton (22nd), Glenn Davies, Mary Meehan (23rd)


and all those whose anniversaries occur about this time.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. AMEN

We also pray for All who are ill at home, or in hospital, and for those who care for them.


Please pray for our Parishioners and Friends:

Joyce Baird, Chris Bell, Kathleen Boyle, Fr Tony Burke, Mary Butler, Rebecca Emmott, Alice Heartnet, Jane Kelly, David Lewis, 
Keith Marshall, Christopher Neal, Sheila Preston, Monica Price, 
Paddy Ross, Josey Thomas


and for all who suffer physical, mental or emotional pain.

If you wish to ask for prayers for someone who is ill or who has died recently please give details to Mgr Desmond. If anyone has any updates to the sick list, please let us know: immaculateconceptionnews@gmail.com


The Welcoming Prayer by Father Thomas Keating

Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me today
because I know it’s for my healing.
I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons,
situations, and conditions.
I let go of my desire for power and control.
I let go of my desire for affection, esteem,
approval and pleasure.
I let go of my desire for survival and security.
I let go of my desire to change any situation,
condition, person or myself.
I open to the love and presence of God and
God’s action within. Amen




Pray for Transformation This Lent

Most people have never prayed a prayer of transformation. Too often when we pray, we pray for tweaking. We want God to tweak this and tweak that.

Let’s be honest. We don’t necessarily want our lives transformed. Transformation may seem attractive in a moment of blissfully holy idealistic exuberance or at a moment of crisis, but the everyday reality is we like to distance ourselves from the inner work required to bring about such a transformation.

Sure, we want some tweaking, but not transformation. This desire for tweaking is selective and selfish, while transformation is total and selfless.

We pray for tweaking—and then we wonder why God doesn’t answer our prayers. The reason is simple: God is not interested in tweaking. God is in the business of transformation. He wants to turn your life upside down, which as it turns out is right side up. If you want to see something incredible, start praying for transformation. That’s a prayer God will answer.

Lenten Prayer for Transformation

Loving Father,

I invite you into my life today
and make myself available to you.
Help me to become the-best-version-of-myself
by seeking your will and becoming a living example
of your love in the world.
Open my heart to the areas of my life that need to change
in order for me to carry out the mission
and experience the joy you have imagined for my life.
Inspire me to live the Catholic faith
in ways that are dynamic and engaging.
Show me how to best get involved in the life of my parish.
Make our community hungry for best practices
and continuous learning.
Give me courage when I am afraid,
hope when I am discouraged,
and clarity in times of decision.
Teach me to enjoy uncertainty and lead your Church
to become all you imagined it would be
for the people of our times.

Amen.

Lenten Prayer for Ash Wednesday

God of goodness and mercy,

Hear my prayer as I begin this Lenten journey with you. Let me be honest with myself as I look into my heart and soul, noticing the times I turn away from you. Guide me as I humbly seek to repent and return to your love.

May humility guide my efforts to be reconciled with you and live forever in your abundant grace.

Transform me this Lent, heavenly Father. Give me the strength to commit myself to grow closer to you each day.

Amen.

Lenten Prayer for Sundays during Lent

Heavenly Father,

As I enter another week of my Lenten journey, guide me to the path that leads to you. Fill my heart with gratitude, patience, strength, and peace as I strive to become the-best-version-of-myself, honestly admitting my shortcomings and sins.

As I renew my resolve each day to become a better person, let me hear your voice in the deepest reaches of my heart. Give me rest in you.

Help me to accept others, showing them your great love instead of casting judgment.

Stay with me through the busy days this week and remind me that when I need comfort, solitude, wisdom, or guidance, I can always turn to you.

Help me develop discipline and generosity through fasting and almsgiving, and come closer to you through prayer this Lent.

In your name I pray,
Amen.


THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (St Mary's) 01709 363753 info@tpicr.co.uk Clergy Fr Desmond Sexton Fr Leonard May Address The Presbytery 238 Herringthope Valley Road Rotherham S65 3BA Groups S.V.P., Lourdes Support Group, UCM, Stay & Play Schools St Mary's Primary Herringthorpe Valley Road S65 3BE St Bernard's Comprehensive Herringthorpe Valley Road S65 3BE