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Mary 'Queen of Peace' Prayer Group
met (new venue tba), usually the second Monday each month, at 7.30 p.m. Everyone is very welcome to join us for a peaceful hour of shared prayer, song and quiet reflection. 
Interested? Is this for you? Unsure? Just come & see.
meetings arranged to suit parish & outside events & sometimes move to the church or parish hall. newsletter
Latest information:
  November '15 meeting notes Next: Postponed while other parish groups meet

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An ecumenical prayer group where all are welcome, coming together in the peaceful setting of St. Mary's Haven Chapel, to give praise, thanks, sing and pray, especially for: an end to terrorism worldwide, justice, peace & unity, peace and healing within ourselves, our families, friends and parish; for our priests; vocations; the sick; holy souls - especially those having no one to pray for them; also personal intercessions + everything else inspired by the Holy Spirit at each meeting. If time permits we also read scripture and share any individual testimony. more below

To join us for a peaceful hour of shared prayer, just come along

Parishioners interested in the ongoing events at Medjugorje arrange the meetings and feel this small group has been nurtured by Our Lady with our prayers guided by the Holy Spirit, for over 12 years. There are no membership formalities. You don't need to have been to Medjugorje or even feel you want to go (we can help with information if you do.)

Anyone interested in experiencing "Our Lady's school of prayer, of life and of light" where She always points us towards Jesus, through Her messages as testified by the Medjugorje visionaries, is especially welcome. The latest are available with other interesting, varied content in our meeting notes

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latest messages | newsletter | contact | members also arrange the Divine Mercy Sunday service during Eastertide

'Prayer is powerful! It fills the earth with mercy. The mercy and clemency obtained through the power of prayer will always produce its generous and saving effects in people.' ~ Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini  (1850-1917)

"Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God." But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or "out of the depths" of a humble and contrite heart? He who humbles himself will be exalted; humility is the foundation of prayer, Only when we humbly acknowledge that "we do not know how to pray as we ought," are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. "Man is a beggar before God." ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church #2559

     * July 25, 1990 "Dear children! Today I invite you to peace. I have come here as the Queen of Peace and I desire to enrich you with my motherly peace. Dear children, I love you and I desire to bring all of you to the peace which only God gives and which enriches every heart. I invite you to become carriers and witnesses of my peace to this unpeaceful world. Let peace reign in the whole world which is without peace and longs for peace. I bless you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call."

     * July 25, 1994 "Dear children! Today I invite you to decide to give time
patiently for prayer.
Little children, you cannot say you are mine and that you have experienced conversion through my messages if you are not ready to give time to God every day. I am close to you and I bless you all. Little children, do not forget that if you do not pray you are not close to me, nor are you close to the Holy Spirit who leads you along the path to holiness. Thank you for having responded to my call."

    * February 25, 1995 "Dear children! Today I invite you to become missionaries of my messages, which I am giving here through this place that is dear to me. God has allowed me to stay this long with you and therefore, little children, I invite you to live with love the messages I give and to transmit them to the whole world, so that a river of love flows to people who are full of hatred and without peace. I invite you, little children, to become peace where there is no peace and light where there is darkness, so that each heart accepts the light and the way of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call."

     * June 25, 2000 - 19th Anniversary "Dear children! Today I call you to prayer. The one who prays is not afraid of the future. Little children do not forget, I am with you and I love you all. Thank you for having responded to my call."

     * September 25, 2000 "... Today I call you to open yourselves to prayer. May prayer become joy for you. Renew prayer in your families and form prayer groups. In this way, you will experience joy in prayer and togetherness. All those who pray and are members of prayer groups are open to God’s will in their hearts and joyfully witness God’s love. I am with you, I carry all of you in my heart and I bless you with my motherly blessing. Thank you ..."

    * April 25, 2001"Dear children! Also today, I call you to prayer. Little children, prayer works miracles. When you are tired and sick and you do not know the meaning of your life, take the Rosary and pray; pray until prayer becomes for you a joyful meeting with your Saviour. I am with you, little children, and I intercede and pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

  * March 25, 2002 "Dear children! Today I call you to unite with Jesus in prayer. Open your heart to Him and give Him everything that is in it: joys, sorrows and illnesses. May this be a time of grace for you. Pray, little children, and may every moment belong to Jesus. I am with you and I intercede for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

     * March 25, 2003 "Dear children! Also today I call you to pray for peace. Pray with the heart, little children, and do not lose hope because God loves His creatures. He desires to save you, one by one, through my coming here. I call you to the way of holiness. Pray, and in prayer you are open to God's will; in this way, in everything you do, you realise God's plan in you and through you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you. Teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom. With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God. Colossians 3:16

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Pray in whatever way works best.
To keep intercessory prayer from being mechanical and boring, it helps to do what works best for us, and vary the way we do it. 
Some options:

a.. Use our own words-whatever we feel like saying, however we feel like saying it.
b.. Repetitive prayer, e.g., Lord's Prayer, the rosary, litanies.
c.. Scripture passages, especially ones related to a need, e.g., Lk 8:43-48.
d.. Contemplative prayer (i.e., praying without words).
e.. Prayers of praise. "Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Phil 4:6)
f.. Put requests in a notebook, then set it before the Lord in prayer.
g.. Gather with others to pray. This is an especially powerful option for intercessory prayer. It supports us in faith and can heighten our awareness of the Risen Lord's presence with us. Confidentiality is essential in this setting: Whatever is said and prayed within the room, stays in that room.

Avoid pitfalls: Most intercessors eventually discover challenges with this form of prayer. Two common pitfalls:
a.. Telling God what to do. This may take the form of "claiming the promise" of a Scripture passage, or saying a special prayer for so many days, or simply storming heaven for a specific result. ("Lord, make my son go to an AA meeting this week.") Whatever the form, when we tell God what to do, we treat the Creator of the universe like a personal valet, ready to respond to every request in precisely the way we want him to respond. "All things are possible with God," Jesus told his disciples. True! That is why when we pray for a need, we can leave results up to the Lord of possibilities, who sees and knows more than we can ever see and know.
i.. Focusing on power rather than love. Power-oriented prayers may involve raised voices. ("Jesus, HEAL Sue's husband!") They also may centre mostly around deliverance prayers, where intercessors end up paying less attention to God than they do to binding and casting out evil spirits. However we choose to pray, our primary focus needs to remain on God, not on Satan. 

A quote from Pope Benedict from his general audience of April 25, 2012: "If the lungs of prayer and the Word of God fail to nourish the breath of our spiritual life, we risk suffocating in the middle of a thousand daily cares: prayer is the breath of the soul and of life," the Holy Father affirmed. "And there is another precious reminder that I would like to emphasize: in our relationship with God, in listening to His Word, in conversation with God, even when we find ourselves in the silence of a church or in our room, we are united in the Lord with so many brothers and sisters in faith, like an ensemble of instruments that, though retaining their individuality, offer to God one great symphony of intercession, of thanksgiving and of praise."

Medjugorje message of April 25, 2012: “Dear children! Also today I am calling you to prayer, and may your heart, little children, open towards God as a flower opens towards the warmth of the sun. I am with you and I intercede for all of you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

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