Prayer to Renew Our Mission
Holy God of love and mercy, living in our hearts, sanctify and transform us.
Unite and form our minds, hearts and spirits in accord with your holy will.
As Jesus calls us friends, may we encounter and accompany one another as family, searching out and embracing especially any of your loved ones whom we have overlooked, wounded or driven away.
Forgive us, heal us, renew us!
As we trust in you, who have chosen us and called us each by name, may we entrust ourselves to one another as family. As acommunion of disciples of Jesus Christ, we accept our mission to proclaim the joy of the Gospel to everyone we meet.
May your love for each and every one of us dispel the seeds of doubt, fear and division sown by the Evil One, raising us upas strong and courageous witnesses to your holy presence among us.
We thank you for creating and calling us. We embrace the mission you entrust to us. And we pledge, with your grace, to letyour light shine on the world that hungers and thirsts for your Word.
Inspired by Luke 24:13 Road to Emmaus
Lord Jesus Christ, you promise that you will accompany us on our journey of life. You are the Resurrection and the life. At times we fail to see you because the circumstances of life are hard. Our church is dealing with challenges and we need you.
As the disciple’s hearts were enflamed on the road to Emmaus, we ask that you guide our efforts and enflame our hearts with your Holy Spirit. Help us to be bold in renewing our commitment to your mission on earth. Help the Diocese of Buffalo and our parish to recognize you, the Risen Lord in the Breaking of the Bread. May our renewal efforts change our attitude and hearts to embrace the future in love so we can proclaim the Gospel of Joy.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Vatican Instruction: The Pastoral Conversion of the Parish Community document (LINK)
Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation: Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) (LINK)
Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation: Gaudete et Exultate (Rejoice and Be Glad) (LINK)
Vatican Guidelines for Parishes: 5 Things you Need to Know (LINK)
Buffalo News Op Ed by Bishop Scharfenberger: Reimagining parishes is a step along road to renewal (LINK)