We, the Catholic Church of St. Lawrence in Sandoval, IL unite as a Eucharistic People to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through prayer and worship, faith development and faith sharing, hospitality and serving those in need.
You speak to us and nourish us through the life of this church community.
In the name of Jesus, we ask you to send your Spirit to us so that we will respond to your call to service and leadership in the church. you have blessed us with many gifts and talents: help us to know best how to serve as Jesus told us "Come follow me". Help us to make the choices that lead to you.
We pray especially, in our day, for those who hear your invitation to be a priest, sister, or brother. Help us to see what you see in us and give us the strength to follow you.
May those who are openiing their hearts and minds to your call be encouraged and strengthened through our enthusiasm in your service.
Diocese of Belleville
Leader: God is good.
Response: All the time!
Leader: All the time.
Response: God is good!
Let us Pray:
Lord, Our God, we know that You are Goodness itself,
Throughout history you have called forth ministers of Word and Sacrament to lead, guide, and serve your people as priests. We join with our Bishop in praying for an increase in vocations to the priesthood in our Diocese. We ask you, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to stir up a desire in the hearts of young men in our parishes to serve your Church in the the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Help them to hear and respond generously to your call deep within their hearts. So they may join with those who have built up your Church, through their ministry as priests.
O God of Love and Mercy, we pray that you will inspire our priests to continue to share the joy and the happiness of their ministry at Your Altar and In the Christian Community. Prompt parents, grandparents, and teachers to realize that sometimes you call future priests to your services through the encouragement of those who see in them the qualities of a good priest.
We pray especially for our seminarians. We ask You to help them to be the best human beings, the best Christians, and the best priests they can be. Graciously hear our prayer through the intercession of Mary, the Mother of priests and In the name of Jesus who is Christ the Lord.