Some suggested daily petitions for a Catholic Mass include prayers for the Pope, sick people, unemployed people and anyone in distress. People also pray for peace and justice in the world.
A prayer of petition is a request to God, based on Jesus' instruction to bring every need to God. It is also a way for Catholics to acknowledge dependence on God. Catholics appeal to God to acknowledge their desires and appreciate their close relationship with God. People can choose whether to express petitions vocally or mentally. The Catholic Church Catechism asserts that asking for forgiveness should be the first part of any petition to God.