Prayer is an indispensable part of who we are and what we do, allowing us to acknowledge God’s presence in our lives and in our gathering. It invites us to allow God’s spirit to gently guide us as we seek to plan the way forward for our parish community.
n her Handbook for Parish Pastoral Councils (The Columba Press, 2005) Jane Ferguson writes:
There is a tendency to think that ten to fifteen minutes dedicated to prayer in a meeting with a busy agenda is time that could be better spend on other matters. Nothing could be further from the truth! Time dedicated to prayer gives the group its proper focus for it enables the group to recognise that this is the Lord’s work, this is nothing less than partnership with God, sharing the divine task of transforming all things in Christ.’In living out our baptismal call we are called to be people whose lives are rooted in prayer, both as individual believers and as communities of faith. The late John Paul II warned believers to be careful that they are not so busy with the work of the Lord that they forget the Lord of the work. The following resources may be helpful in fostering moments of quiet prayer and reflection in the midst of our busy and often chaotic lives.
For personal reflection and inspiration.
- is the website of the Irish Dominican community offering resources for reflection, prayer, biblical commentary and faith matters.
www.sacredspace.ie is an online prayer space created by the Irish Jesuit Community.
www.todayismygifttoyou.com offers daily reflections by Fr. James Mc Sweeney, a priest of our own diocese of Cork & Ross.
www.catholicireland allows one to access information on the saint of the day, the readings of the day and of the coming Sunday as well as materials related to the general life of the Church, prayer, biblical commentary and faith matters.
For group prayer and prayer at parish meetings.Many groups throughout the diocese have found the following books useful in integrating prayer and reflection into their own gatherings.
Donal Harrington. Prayer Reflections for Group MeetingsColumba Press, Dublin, 2004.
Donal Harrington and Julie Kavanagh, Prayer for Parish Groups: Leading Prayer at Group Meetings. Columba Press, Dublin, 2006.