Monthly Day of Continuous Prayer for Marriage
& Family Life
Proposed Theme: All Mothers
The joy of love: (Pope Francis)
A mother joins with God to bring forth the miracle of a new life.
Motherhood is the fruit of a “particular creative potential of the
female body, directed to the conception and birth of a new human
Mothers are the strongest antidote to the spread of self-centred
individualism. It is they who testify to the beauty of life. Dear
mothers, thank you. Thank you for what you are in your family and
prerogative to grant, and one that brings with it high
responsibility. It is intended to bring happiness.
• Motherhood is indeed a very high calling. What relationship
can ever replace the love of a mother, a grandmother, God
Mother or special mother figure? It is essential for women to
realize that the love, guidance and influence they provide to
our children and community is distinct and invaluable.
• The whole idea of being a mother, like so many other things,
has changed radically over the past number of years. The place
of women generally in society has also changed and often for
the best. This can however, have an effect on what it means to
have a child or children.
• The ease with which people talk about abortion today has a
profound effect on how pregnancy is viewed in some sections
of our society. This, in turn, can colour our appreciation of the
wonder of new life and of motherhood in general.
• We are no longer content to idealise anything, even
motherhood and this can give way to people seeing
motherhood as a burden without the joy of love.
• And we are aware of the fact that mothers, like everyone else,
are less than perfect. This however should not blind us to the
fact that they hold a very special place in human life.
This month we may want to thank God for the great gift of
Motherhood and pray for all mothers that they may appreciate
the blessing they have been given and that they may receive
the support of their families and our community in their role as
mother and parent. May our Church community value the
great contribution mothers and mother figures make in our
families and in our world. May we support all mothers who
face a crisis pregnancy so that we may ease their burden and so
that in time they may come to realise the gift they have been
given. May Mary the mother of our God and our heavenly
mother intercede for all mothers especially those who struggle
though their pregnancy and in their role as mother’s.
On the 9th day of each month, our parish of Dungannon prays for Marriage &
Family Life. This is part of a Movement of Continuous Prayer for Marriage &
Family Life, as other parishes and groups take on the prayer for the other days
of the month.
To make this prayer continuous, many people in our parish have committed
themselves to a specific hour of prayer in such a way so that as much of the
whole day and night as possible are covered.
Everyone is invited to join in this prayer, either by taking on an hour, or by
including this intention in their own prayer during that day.
If you would like to undertake an hour each month please contact the Parish
Office (Tel 028 8772 6893) where a special Prayer Booklet is available to assist
you with your Prayer. The hour that you choose is at your discretion and you
can make this Prayer wherever you find it most suitable.
“The future of humanity passes by way of the family.” (Saint John Paul II)