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Planning: 30th Sunday of Year B

Planning Tips by Lawrence Mick (2018)

The healing of Bartimaeus might prompt planners to consider how accessible our worship is for those who have physical limitations.

  • Can blind members of the assembly proclaim the word of God with Braille texts or from memory?
  • Can those with impaired hearing be helped with a better sound system or with individual amplification aids?
  • Are those with limited mental ability able to minister as servers or choir members or distributors of Communion?
  • Can those who have difficulty walking serve in ministry with some adaptations?

Look around your assembly and see who might be invited to serve, even if they never thought they could.

Prayers by Joan DeMerchant (2018)

Introduction

Faith is a leap into the unknown. It is a risk that requires trust in something beyond self. Each one of us entertains doubt on some occasion. We have moments when we feel abandoned, in exile or alone. Today’s Gospel provides a model for what we are to do in times of lonely uncertainty: Take courage, reach out and call to Jesus. Ask for what you need. Speak what is in your heart. The Lord hears and wants to do great things for us.

Penitential Act

  • Lord Jesus, you gather the blind and the lame: Lord, have mercy.
  • Christ Jesus, you console and guide your people: Christ, have mercy.
  • Lord Jesus, bring sight to the blind: Lord have mercy.

Prayer of the Faithful

Presider: Let us pray for the needs of the church, and for our world.

Minister:

  • For the church, for all of us, for healing of blindness that cripples our lives, for courage to hear the Lord’s call in every challenge and lost moment, to live each day in the light of his love, we pray:
  • For the United States, as the country prepares for mid-term elections, for honest conversations that address complex issues, for citizens who take seriously the responsibility to vote, for commitment among us all to the common good, we pray:
  • In this month set aside for respect for all life, for renewed effort to call ourselves and others to a seamless garment of life, to support the woman who faces pregnancy alone, to promote just wages and fair housing, to provide equal education of all children, to treasure the unborn, we pray:
  • For our children in this Halloween week, for exploration of imaginations that brings delight, for moderation in consuming sweets, for joy in creating family traditions, we pray:
  • For the sick of our community, for those to whom we have promised our prayers, for those who struggle with mental health or addiction, for courage to reach out and ask for help, we pray:
  • For those who have died in the past week, and for all of our beloved dead, we pray:

Presider: God of consolation and hope, open our eyes to your presence. Fill us with courage when we feel blinded. Strengthen our faith so we are never silent in the face of fear. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Mercy God Longs to Give  by Mary M. McGlone, CSJ (2018)

Featured Sunday Homilies

FR. ANDREW RICCI

What Do You Want to See?


When Jesus heals Bartimaeus, he does more than simply offer him sight. An encounter with Christ brings us into a direct experience of God’s grace and power; how we respond reveals our recognition of the many ways we see the Lord at work in our lives today.

LPi Connect!
  • Blindness of Spirit
    by Br. Silas Henderson on Friday, October 15, 2021

    The physical healing of Bartimaeus is a powerful reminder that, when we open ourselves to God’s grace, we can be healed of that blindness of spirit that prevents us from following Jesus with freedom and joy, which is an important part of discipleship.


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Father Geoffrey Plant

Fr Plant, parish priest of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Lane Cove, NSW, Australia says that a homily is “a bridge which seeks to span the distance between God’s Word as we encounter it in the Bible and my life in the 21st century”.

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In October, the Catholic Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is designated as Respect Life Sunday. To support these annual observances, the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities provides materials to help Catholics understand and value the gift of human life and help build a culture that cherishes and protects it.


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