Saturday, 7 November 2015

Our Lady of Grace Conference

Meeting of Thursday 20/10/2015

Since our last meeting our Vincentians have undertaken a total of 20 visits to people in the local community.  They have provided support, comforted the bereaved, given companionship to the housebound, helped with shopping, and distributed money to those in need.   
The final arrangements for the annual mass for the sick and housebound were also discussed and initial plans for Christmas parcels made. 
Prayers at the end of the meeting were offered for the intentions of those present and for all who had requested prayers.
We join Pope Francis in using the Five Finger Prayer he gave us.
Using the fingers on your hand, start with the thumb and pray these intentions in this order:
1.) The thumb is the closest finger to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you. They are the persons easiest to remember. To pray for our dear ones is a “sweet obligation.”
2.) The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others. Always keep them in your prayers. 
3.) The following finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need God’s guidance. 
4.) The fourth finger is the ring finger. Even though it may surprise you, it is our weakest finger. It should remind us to pray for the weakest, the sick or those plagued by problems. They need your prayers. 
5.) And finally we have our smallest finger, the smallest of all. Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. When you are done praying for the other four groups, you will be able to see your own needs but in the proper perspective, and also you will be able to pray for your own needs in a better way.