Prayer

The celebration of the Mass is central to the life of every parish. The Sunday morning 9:45 Mass and 11:15 Family Mass are both sung while the Masses on Saturday evening at 6:30 pm and Sunday evening at 7:00 pm are quieter. There is a Mass each weekday morning.

Since praying together as a community is a traditional part of the Church’s way of life which we are all invited to share, Daily Prayer from the Divine Office is prayed before weekday morning Mass.

There are other forms of devotional prayer with a long history in the Catholic Church. Here at St. Peter’s, the Rosary is usually prayed after morning Mass on Tuesday and Friday and there are normally Holy Hours and Benediction on Friday evening and Saturday morning. During the season of Lent, a series of Ecumenical Stations of the Cross in local churches take the place of the Friday evening Holy Hour. See the notices on the website for times.

As you can see below, the parish is open to groups who wish to pray together in different ways.

Of course personal prayer is also essential to building and maintaining our relationship with God both as individuals and within the family. However this is just too wide an area to try and cover here.

Prayer of the Church – the Daily Office

In the Liturgy of the Hours which the Church from very early times has been accustomed to recite during the course of the day, she fulfills the command of the Lord to’ pray without ceasing’ and, while giving praise to God the Father, at the same time she intercedes for the salvation of the world. (Decree – The Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship)

The Church encourages priests, religious and laity to come together to recite the Office daily as a community. The Office comprises hymns, psalms, antiphons, readings from scripture and prayers which are read or recited following the cycle of the Church’s year.

At St Peter’s, morning prayer takes place 15 minutes before weekday masses and all are welcome to join us. We have books containing the Office and, although it can be a bit difficult to find your way round at first, someone will give you a hand – just ask!