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Immaculate Heart of Mary


Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of hope, accompany us on our journey. Teach us to proclaim the living God; help us to bear witness to Jesus, the one saviour; make us kindly towards our neighbours, welcoming to the needy, concerned for justice, impassioned builders of a more just society; intercede for us; pray for us as we carry out our work in history, certain that the Father’s plan will be fulfilled.

Dawn of a new world, show yourself the Mother of hope and watch over us! Watch over the Church in our Diocese. May we all be transparently open to the Gospel; may our local Church be an authentic place of communion; may our Diocese, through its parishes, schools, agencies and activities, carry out fully the Church’s mission of proclaiming, celebrating and serving the Gospel of hope for the peace and joy of all.
Queen of Peace, protect the men and women of the third millennium! Watch over all Christians: may they advance confidently on the path of unity in Christ, as a leaven of harmony for this Diocese.

Watch over our young people: our hope now and for the future, may they respond with generosity to the call of Jesus. May some heed the call to serve Jesus in the priesthood and religious life. Watch over the leaders of Church, of State and of Local Government. May they be committed to building a common house which respects the dignity and rights of every person.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, give us Jesus! Grant that we may follow him and love him! Jesus is the hope of the Church in our Diocese and of all humanity! Jesus lives with us, in our midst, in his Church! With you we say: “Come, Lord Jesus” (Rev 22:20). May the hope of glory which Jesus has poured into our hearts bear fruits of justice and peace. Amen.

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