Catholic prayers for a new home

O heavenly Father, Almighty God, we humbly beseech Thee to bless and sanctify this house and all who dwell therein and everything else in it, and do Thou vouchsafe to fill it with all

good

things; grant to them, O Lord, the abundance of heavenly blessings and from the richness of the earth every

substance

necessary for life, and finally direct their desires to the fruits of Thy mercy. At our entrance, therefore, deign to bless and sanctify this house as Thou didst deign to bless the house of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob; and may the

angels

of Thy light, dwelling within the walk of this house, protect it and those who dwell therein. Through

Christ

our Lord. Amen.

Translated by Most Reverend J. H. Schlarman Bishop of Peoria

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When any of the faithful wish to mark their moving into a new home with a religious celebration, the parish priest (pastor) and his associates should gladly cooperate. The occasion provides a special opportunity for a gathering of the members of the community to mark the joyful event and to thank God, from whom all blessings come, for the gift of a new home.

The present order may be used by a priest or deacon. It may also be used by a lay person, who follows the rites and prayers designated for a lay minister. While maintaining the structure and chief elements of the rite, the minister should adapt the celebration to the circumstances of the place and the people involved.

There is to be no blessing of a new home unless those who will live in it are present.

Introductory Rites

When the family members and their relatives and friends have gathered in a convenient place, the minister says
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

All make the Sign of the Cross and reply:
Amen.

A minister who is a priest or deacon greets those present in the following or other suitable words, taken mainly from sacred Scripture.
Peace be with this house and with all who live here.

All make the following or some other suitable reply:
And with your spirit.

A lay minister uses the following greeting:

May the God whom we glorify with one heart and voice enable us, through the Spirit, to live in harmony as followers of Christ Jesus, now and for ever.
R. Amen.

In the following or similar words, the minister prepares those present for the blessing.
When Christ took flesh through the Blessed Virgin Mary, he made his home with us. Let us now pray that he will enter this home and bless it with his presence. May he always be here with you, share in your joys, comfort you in your sorrows. Inspired by his teachings and example, seek to make your new home before all else a dwelling place of love, diffusing far and wide the goodness of Christ.

Reading of the Word of God

A reader, another person present, or the minister reads a text of sacred Scripture.

Listen to the words of the holy gospel according to Luke: 10:5-9

Peace to this house.

The Lord said to the seventy-two: “Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you.'”

Alternative Readings:

Lord, do not pass
your servant by.  Genesis 18:1-10a

Jesus went straight
to Simon’s house.  Mark 1:29-30

Martha welcomed Jesus
into her house.  Luke 10:38-42

Today salvation has come
to this house.  Luke 19:1-9

Stay with us.  Luke 24:28-32

As circumstances suggest, the following responsorial psalm or some other suitable song may be sung or said.

R. Happy are those who fear the Lord. 
Psalm 112

Happy the man who fears the Lord,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed. R.

Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
his generosity shall endure for ever.
He dawns through the darkness,
a light for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just. R.

Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice;
He shall never be moved;
the just man shall be in everlasting remembrance. R.

An evil report he shall not fear;
his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
His heart is steadfast; he shall not fear
till he looks down upon his foes. R.

Lavishly he gives to the poor;
his generosity shall endure for ever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory. R.

Alternative Responsorial Psalms:

Psalm 127: 1. 2. 3-4. 5

R. The Lord will build a house for us.

Psalm 128: 1-2. 3. 4-6a

R. See how the Lord blesses those who fear him.

As circumstances suggest, the minister may give those present a brief explanation of the biblical text, so that they may understand through faith the meaning of the celebration.

Intercessions

The intercessions are then said. The minister introduces them, and an assisting minister or someone else announces the intentions. From the following intentions, those best suited to the circumstances may be used or adapted, or other intentions that apply to the particular circumstances may be composed.

The minister says:

The Son of God, Lord of heaven and earth, made his home among us. With thankfulness and gladness let us call upon him, saying:
R. Stay with us, Lord.

or   

R. Lord, hear our prayer.

Assisting minister:
Lord Jesus Christ, by your life with Mary and Joseph you sanctified the life of the home; dwell with us in our home, so that we may have you as our guest and honor you as our Head. (For this we pray:) R.

Assisting minister:
In you every dwelling grows into a holy temple; grant that those who live in this house may be built up together into the dwelling place of God in the Holy Spirit. (For this we pray:) R.

Assisting minister:
You taught your followers to build their houses upon solid rock; grant that the members of this family may hold fast to your teachings and, free of all discord, serve you with their whole heart. (For this we pray:) R.

Assisting minister:
You had no place to lay your head, but in uncomplaining poverty you accepted the hospitality of your friends; grant that through our help people who are homeless may obtain decent housing. (For this we pray:) R.

Prayer of Blessing

A minister who is a priest or deacon says the prayer of blessing with hands outstretched; a lay minister says the prayer with the hands joined.

Lord,
be close to your servants
who move into this home (today)
and ask for your blessing.

Be their shelter when they are at home,
their companion when they are away,
and their welcome guest when they return.
And at last receive them
into the dwelling place you have prepared for them
in your Father’s house,
where you live for ever and ever. R. Amen.

After the prayer of blessing, the minister sprinkles those present and the new home with holy water and, as circumstances suggest, during the sprinkling may say:

Let this water call to mind our Baptism into Christ, who has redeemed us by his death and resurrection.

Concluding Rite

The minister concludes the rite by saying:

May the peace of Christ rule in our hearts |, and may the word of Christ in all its richness dwell in us, | so that whatever we do in word and in work, | we will do in the name of the Lord.
R. Amen.

It is preferable to end the celebration with a suitable song.

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FOR OUR BISHOPS AND PRIESTS, MAY THEY HAVE THE WISDOM TO KNOW WHAT THINGS TO CORRECT AND WHAT THINGS TO IGNORE, AND HAVE THE SENSITIVITY TO MAKE THEIR CORRECTIONS WITH LOVE, KINDNESS, AND TACT,
LET US PRAY TO THE LORD;

FOR THE PARISHIONERS OF ________________________, MAY WE NOT HARDEN OUR HEARTS, BUT TRULY CARE FOR OUR FAITH FAMILY WITH PATIENCE, ACCEPTANCE, KINDNESS, AND FORGIVENESS,
LET US PRAY TO THE LORD;

FOR TERRORISTS, WHOSE HEARTS AND MINDS HAVE BEEN TWISTED BY LEADERS SEEKING VIOLENCE AND SELF INTEREST, MAY THEY TURN AWAY FROM THEIR HATRED AND IGNORANCE; AND FOR ALL AMERICANS, MAY WE TREASURE THE SLEEPING GIANT OF PATRIOTISM WHICH HAS BEEN REAWAKENED, AND CONTINUE TO MAKE OUR GREAT COUNTRY A SYMBOL OF JUSTICE, TOLERANCE, MERCY, AND COMPASSION,
LET US PRAY TO THE LORD;

FOR GRANDPARENTS, MAY THEY BE CHERISHED FOR THEIR WISDOM, SELF-SACRIFICE, AND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, AND MAY WE SEE IN THEM THE IMPORTANCE OF HOLDING THE FAMILY UNIT TOGETHER,
LET US PRAY TO THE LORD;

FOR THOSE WHO LIVE IN OUR WONDERFUL COUNTRY WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF LEGALITY, MAY THEY BE GRANTED THE RIGHT TO ENJOY THE OPPORTUNITIES AND FREEDOMS OF A COUNTRY BUILT ON PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM AND JUSTICE, ACCEPTING THEIR OBLIGATION TO ABIDE BY THE LAWS AND MORALITY INHERENT IN OUR LIFESTYLE,
LET US PRAY TO THE LORD;

FOR THE SICK, MAY THEY RECEIVE THE HEALING POWER OF GOD, AND FOR THE DYING, MAY THEY BE CALMED AND GRATEFULLY ACCEPT THE ASSURANCE OF EVERLASTING LIFE THROUGH THE MERCY OF GOD,
LET US PRAY TO THE LORD;

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED, MAY THEY BE WELCOMED INTO THE MERCIFUL AND GRACIOUS CARE OF THE RISEN CHRIST,
LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.

SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

For the Holy Catholic Church and all Christian churches, may we trust in Christ and become one vigorous, fruitful community of faith, so that the world may see one King of Glory and one Kingdom of God,

Let Us Pray to the Lord;

For all of the devoted pastors, dedicated deacons, faith-filled teachers, and enthusiastic musicians, choir, lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, welcomers, ushers, and altar servers, who serve their faith community, and make our celebration of mass moving, uplifting, and spirit-filled,

Let Us Pray to the Lord;

For the children of the world, may they be protected from hunger, abuse, illiteracy, disease, neglect, and violence, and allowed to enjoy lighthearted and carefree childhoods, gently molded by God’s laws and loving discipline,

Let Us Pray to the Lord;

For all who suffer: the diseased, the poor, those denied dignity, and those who live without hope, grant them the peace of knowing that Christ the King will never abandon them nor tire of tending to their needs;

Let Us Pray to the Lord;

For those who have died, may they receive the grace of redemption and join their King in paradise,

Let Us Pray to the Lord.

THANKSGIVING DAY

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

For the Holy Catholic Church, as it continues to speak out against all that would destroy human dignity, human rights, and human life, we thank you Lord;

Let Us Pray to the Lord;

For our dedicated pastor, as he comforts the faithful, encourages the hopeless, and inspires those who have lost their relationship with God, we thank you Lord;

Let Us Pray to the Lord;

For this great country, where our voices do make a difference, where we have the freedom to live our lives in accordance with our beliefs, where our potential is not limited by our parentage, and where we have the opportunity to raise our families in comfort and abundance, we thank you Lord;

Let Us Pray to the Lord;

For our friends and family who love us, care for our needs, listen to us in our desperation, comfort us in our sorrow, advise us with caring concern, and, by their selflessness, bring us closer to God, we thank you Lord;

Let Us Pray to the Lord;

For those who provide loving and compassionate care to the ill, the infirm, the elderly, the addicted, the poor, the hopeless, and the abused, we thank you Lord;

Let Us Pray to the Lord;

For the departed, who remain with us in our prayers and our memories, and for the promise of a joyful reunion, we thank you Lord;

Let Us Pray to the Lord.

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

PRAYER OF THE FAITHFUL

For the Holy Catholic Church and especially our diocese, may they preach the word of God with authority and without apology, shepherd their flocks with love and tolerance, and work toward uniting the scattered people of God,

Let Us Pray to the Lord;

For Christians everywhere, may we be courageous in the face of a world preoccupied with sex, materialism and self-indulgence, and meet these challenges with dignity and godliness,

Let Us Pray to the Lord;

For those who are facing the holidays with anxiety because of grief, divorce, estrangement, financial distress, and other personal tragedies, may they be protected from crippling fear and place their trust in the Lord, knowing that they are the clay and God is the potter, always working for their good,

Let Us Pray to the Lord;

For our faith family at ___________, may Gods blessings be showered upon our parish for our support of those in need through the black bag collection for the St. Vincent de Paul Society,

Let Us Pray to the Lord;

For those suffering from illness, depression, disability, addiction, disappointment, poverty, and hopelessness, may they trust that God will not abandon the work of His hands, but will abide with them, sharing their joy and their pain,

Let Us Pray to the Lord;

For those who have died, may they be cleansed of all guilt and sin, and receive God’s mercy, compassion, and the fullness of redemption,

Let Us Pray to the Lord.

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Categories (in alphabetical order)
Adult Faith
Blessings and Special Prayers
Bereavement Prayers
Bullying & Safe Schools
Children’s Prayers
Dignity
French Language Prayers
New:  Graduation
New:  Grace Before Meals
New:  Indigenous Peoples
Justice
Leadership
Life (Prayers for)
Mary
Mercy
Natural Disasters
New Evangelization
Peace
Professional Activity
Retirement
Retreats
School Council Activity
School Improvement & Safe Schools
Special Education & Special Needs
Stewardship
Strategic Planning
Teacher Inservice/Orientation
New:  Traditional Catholic Prayers
Unity
Virtues
Vocation
Wellness

NEW:  What Makes an Effective Prayer Service?
(One page overview of how to put together an effective prayer service for use in our Catholic schools. Explains individual parts with helpful diagram to illustrate how they fit together.)
NEW:   School Mass Planning Template
(Recommended for staff members planning school Masses, adapted from template in EOCCC’s Curriculum Support for Catholic Schools)

Adult Faith – Prayers, Reflection Exercises and Links

The Door of Faith

(Prayer for Catholic educators/leadership at the start of the Year of Faith)Faith, Professionalism and Wellness(5 minute prayer service to open a PA session or day) Our Journey in Faith(Prayer to open board wide school council gathering)Educating in the Light of Faith(Suitable for Inservice/New Teacher Induction)The Gift of Faith(Prayer service to celebrate the virtue of Faith)Disciples and Citizens(Opening Prayer, TPA Inservice, Curriculum Inservice, Staff or Leadership Meeting)RCCDSB Adult Faith Resource PageRCCDSB Year of Faith Resource Page

Blessings and Special Prayers

New:  Blessing for Crucifixes

(Suitable where crucifixes are being blessed for new school or given out for special purpose. Adapted from various blessings for religious articles)Commissioning Prayer for School Council Chairs(Suitable for use during Mass or as part of a prayer service)Ground-breaking for a New School Prayer ServiceBlessing of Land for a New School(Included in Ground-breaking prayer above, can be used alone)Morning Offering(Composed by Mr. Tony Contant’s class at St. James Catholic School, Eganville)Blessing of Rosaries and Commissioning Prayer for New StaffPrayers for a Priest Who Has DiedPrayer to Bless a New Play StructureChildren’s Prayer Links(Loyola Press website)

Bereavement Prayers

Prayers for a Priest Who Has Died
New:  Prayer for Member of School Community Who Has Died
(Suitable for staff or whole school use; you may wish to include parish priest, if available)

Prayer Service for a Colleague Who has Died
(Earlier version of above prayer. Suitable for staff use)Prayer for a Friend/Colleague Who has Died
(Closing prayer from above prayer service)Catholic Funerals and Eulogies, the Pall and the Flag
(CCCB, 2006.  Explains why Funeral Mass is not proper place for eulogy, and how deceased person may be appropriately remembered during the Mass and homily. Also explains the significance of the pall – reminder of Baptism, new life in resurrected Christ – and flag )Suggested Readings for a Catholic Funeral(From St. John the Baptist Catholic parish, Brighton, MN.  Links to readings are from American NAB translation.  A funeral service in Canada should use the NRSV translation in the Canadian lectionary. Nevertheless, still a good reference list – both for funerals and school memorial services/prayer services)

Bullying and Safe Schools

RCCDSB Resource Package, Reverencing the Dignity of All

(Bullying Awareness Week  AM announcements and prayers, classroom exercises)Scripture Reflections Around Bullying Issues(Anti-bullying prayer service can be built around these reflections.)

Children’s Prayers

Children’s Prayer Links
(Loyola Press website)

Dignity

NEW:  RCCDSB 2018-19 Board Theme Prayer, Reverencing the Dignity of the Whole Person
NEW:Leading With Reverence for the Gift of One Another
(Leadership meeting prayer service based on RCCDSB 2018-19 Board Theme, Reverence the Dignity of the Whole Person)
NEW: Holy Respect for the Children of God
(Leadership meeting prayer service based on RCCDSB 2018-19 Board Theme, Reverence the Dignity of the Whole Person)

French Language Prayers

Various French Language Prayers
(From website of Office Provincial de l’Éducation de la foi Catholique de l’Ontario )

Viens Allons Prier! Quand la prière résonne dans les murs de la famille…et de la vie… (Organisme catholique pour la vie et famille, 2001.  Good collection of basic French language prayers see page 5 and page 6)

New:  Grace Before Meals

NEW:  Grace Before Meals
(Suitable for gatherings of Catholic educators, persons in pastoral ministry)

New:  Graduation

End of School Year Prayer of the Faithful
(Suitable for end of year school Mass or prayer service)

Graduation Prayer ServiceSome Graduation Thoughts (Ideas that might help preparing address to graduating students)

Looking Back and Looking Ahead: The Value of Friendship (End-of-year student reflection sheet and prayer exercise on the subject of friendship)

Indigenous Peoples

New:  Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle

(From OLGC website: Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle is a Catholic coalition of Indigenous people, bishops, lay movements, clergy, and institutes of consecrated life, engaged in renewing and fostering relationships between the Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Site also has various prayers in Indigenous languages, Indigenous prayers in English)
New:  Orange Shirt Week School Morning Announcements & Prayers:  Sept 25-29, 2017
(A week of announcements, prayers, reflections and links to prepare for Orange Shirt Day as follow-up to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission).New:  Prayer for Truth and Reconciliation(Prayer of repentance and solidarity with Indigenous Peoples following Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission)RCCDSB Kateri Tekakwitha Page
RCCDSB World Religions Page – Scroll down to “Indigenous Spirituality” section.

Justice

Litany of Witnesses to God’s Justice

Leadership Prayers

NEW:  Holy Respect for the Children of God
(Leadership meeting prayer service based on RCCDSB 2018-19 Board Theme, Reverence the Dignity of the Whole Person)
NEW: Leading With Reverence for the Gift of One Another
(Suitable for opening PA Day, PLC, Retreat)
New:  Maintaining Relevance Today, Tomorrow and Into the Future
(Prayer for Catholic Educational staff and leaders on the ongoing relevance of Catholic education for today’s world)

New:  Walking Forward Together. Prayer for Leaders in our Catholic Educational Community (Liturgy of the word to open a daytime meeting of leaders in local Catholic educational community, including clergy or parent councils, administrators, senior admin etc., with focus on dialogue, honouring one another’s gifts, and walking forward together)

New:  Ste. Marguerite: Model for Leaders in Catholic Education
(Prayer service begins with brief life of Ste Marguerite d’Youville, followed by Gospel, reflection, prayer of faithful, closing prayer. Suitable for board leadership team or directors council meeting. Prayer composed for Memorial of Ste. Marguerite, Oct 16, but easily adapted for use at other times)

Integrating the Catholic Faith Through Critical Analysis of the Arts, Media and Technology (Prayer for Catholic Educators to begin school year, focusing on integrating Catholic faith through a critical analysis of the arts, media & technology)

Leadership in Demanding Times (Prayer service with brief adult faith reflection on leadership. Suitable to open leadership meeting)

April prayer in preparation for Catholic Education Week: “Leading in the Light of Christ” (Adapted from OCSTA CEW 2012 Advance Kit)

A New Year of Leading and Serving (Prayer service for leaders in Catholic schools at the beginning of a new calendar year)

Prayer for Leaders in Catholic EducationWaiting in the Upper Room Staff Prayer ServiceServant Leadership Prayer ServiceLiving and Working as Church

Life (Prayers to Support Life)

New: Thank You for the Gift of Me
(Suitable for the end of Theme Three unit in the Fully Alive Program)

Prayer for Life (Prayer service to be used before Relay for Life or other activities in support of life)

Prayer for Life by Pope John Paul II

Mary

New:  Fatima 100 Year Anniversary Morning Prayers: Wed Oct 11, Thurs Oct 12, Fri Oct 13, 2017
(Each day briefly recounts events leading up to and including Fatima apparitions, their messages, Miracle of the Sun, and finishes with a prayer.)

New:  Following Jesus With Mary (Prayer service to open a PA Day, PLC or staff meeting. Reflects on the role of Mary in early Church and in our lives.)

Prayer to Our Lady Before a Staff Meeting
Prayer to Mary, Mother of Hope (Adapted from longer prayer in Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation on Jesus Christ Alive in His Church, the Source of Hope for Europe , 2003)

Teaching the Rosary to High School Students (From Engagingfaith.blogspot.com Practical advice for teaching the Rosary, with helpful links resources related to Mary)

Marian Prayers
(Good online collection of classical, papal, litany, novena and other Marian prayers from the University of Dayton’s Mary Prayer Page)
Rosary and Living Rosary Outlines
(See October and May sections of Monthly/Seasonal Prayer Page)

Adult Faith Presentations on Mary (See Adult Faith Page, under “Mary”)

Mercy

NEW:  Living God’s Mercy
(Prayer highlighting our call to be the merciful hands and feet of Jesus. Suitable for elementary and secondary use.)

Natural Disasters

Renfrew County CDSB Resources

Day of Hope Prayer ServiceCatechism Selections for Addressing Questions Arising From DisastersAlgonquin & Lakeshore CDSB ResourcesALCDSB Resources (Fifteen pages of helpful prayer resources and readings in response to disasters)

Prayer Service of Solidarity (In Light of  Tsunami Disaster)
Sudbury CDSB Prayers
Prayers for Victims of Hurricane Katrina (adaptable to other circumstances)

CARFLEO
CARFLEO Tsunami (2005) ResourcesFrom U.S. Bishops’ ConferencePrayer to Blessed Virgin Mary,Prayer for Intercession of the Saints,Prayer to Blessed TrinityRoman Catholic Diocese of Joliet, IllinoisHurricane Katrina Prayer SuggestionsSolidarity/Relief Effort Pages and Links
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace
Caritas Intarnational

New Evangelization

New:  Putting out into the Deep. A Prayer for Catholic Educators in the New Evangelization
(Suitable for opening a staff meeting, PA day or conference)

Peace

Prayer Service for Peace
(Can be used as commemoration of September 11th or Remembrance Day)

Reflection on Peace

Professional Activity Prayer Services

New:  Following Jesus With Mary
(Prayer service to open a PA Day, PLC or staff meeting. Reflects on the role of Mary in early Church and in our lives.)

New:  You Are the Light of the World
(Short prayer service to open PA day, staff, leadership or school council meeting)
New:  Claiming our Role as Global Stewards: Closing the Gaps (Short prayer service to begin Oct 11, 2013 PA Day, suitable for PLC/Staff Meeting)

 Planting in Hope, Nurturing in Love
(Short prayer service to begin a PA day, PLC or Staff Meeting)
 Faith, Professionalism and Wellness
(5 minute prayer service to open a PA session or day)
Wellness Caring for God’s Temple
(Suitable for opening a PA day or staff inservice)
Making a Difference in our Catholic Schools
(20-30 minute prayer service to open a PA day – can involve 20 or more participants)

The Gift of Catholic Curriculum (One page prayer service suitable for opening a curriculum inservice meeting)

Educating in Christian Hope (1 page opening prayer for Curriculum inservice or PA Day)

Learning Together in Wonder and Awe (Prayer Service to open Professional Activity Day, PLC, Staff Meeting)

Servant Leadership Prayer Service (Prayer service for leaders in Catholic school systems)

Tending the Fertile Ground of the Heart (Opening Prayer Staff Meeting, PLC, PA Day)

Teaching and Learning in the Spirit (Opening Prayer suitable for PA day or inservice)

Retirement

Prayer for Retiring Cleaning Staff Member

Retreat Prayers and Outlines

Nurturing the Seeds of the Kingdom
(Prayer to Invoke Holy Spirit at start of a staff retreat)

Staff Twilight Retreat Outline (From EOCCC’s Curriculum Support for Catholic Schools)

Confirmation
New:  Confirmation Retreat Opening PrayerNew:  Confirmation Retreat Closing Prayer (Can be shortened/simplified to suit needs)

New:  Daily Prayer to the Holy Spirit
(For student use in preparation for receiving Sacrament of Confirmation)

School Council Prayers

New:  You Are the Light of the World
(Short prayer service to open PA day, staff, leadership or school council meeting)

New:  Commissioning Prayer for School Council Chairs
(Suitable for use during Mass or as part of a prayer service)
New:  Planning the Road Ahead in our Catholic Schools
(Prayer service regional school council gathering, suitable for strategic planning)
Stewards of God’s Gifts
(Prayer service to open board wide school council gathering)
 Our Journey in Faith (Prayer to open board wide school council gathering)

Charting the Future in Challenging Times
(From School Council Professional Development Evening)

Building a Culture of Wisdom and Peace (Opening Prayer for School Council Gathering)

Catholic Schools:  Educating the Soul (Opening Prayer for School Council Gathering)

Catholic Schools:  Educating the Soul in a Tecnhological Age (Opening Prayer for School Council Gathering)

School Improvement and Safe Schools Prayers

School Improvement and Safe Schools Planning Prayer
(Safe Schools PA day opening prayer)

Catholic Schools:  Safe Places to Grow (Prayer service for school improvement planning, safe schools and student achievement PA days)

Special Education & Special Needs

New:  Special Olympics Opening Prayer

Embracing the Road to Independence (Prayer service to open PA day for EAs and ECEs working with special needs students)

Helpers on the Road to Independence (Prayer service to open PA day for EAs and ECEs working with special needs students)

Prayer for Assistive Technology Teachers
(Prayer before working with students using AT)
Ephthata – Be Opened (Prayer service for special needs educators inservice)

Every Educator a Special Educator (Prayer to begin Special Education inservice or PA Day)

See Also Jan Bentham’s Prayers:
A Prayer for Our Special Children (Prayer asking God’s blessings on our Special Needs Students and those who care for them)

A Tale of a Good Samaritan Teacher (A Parable for Teachers based on Luke 10)

Stewardship Prayers

Stewardship Prayer

Stewardship of God’s Gifts (One page prayer service to begin a PA day)

Stewards of God’s Gifts (Prayer service to open board wide school council gathering)

Strategic Planning

Planning the Road Ahead.  A Prayer for Strategic Planning in our Catholic School Board
(Prayer service to open a strategic planning session for Board Parent Involvement Council)

Planning the Road Ahead in our Catholic Schools (Prayer service regional school council gathering, suitable for strategic planning – slightly adapted from prayer above)

Teacher Inservice/Orientation Prayers

New:  Following Jesus With Mary
(Prayer service to open a PA Day, PLC or staff meeting. Reflects on the role of Mary in early Church and in our lives.)
New:  You Are the Light of the World
(Short prayer service to open PA day, staff, leadership or school council meeting)

Bringing the Light of Christ’s Gospel to the World (New Employee Orientation session opening prayer – easily adaptable to other staff gatherings)

Servants of the Good News (Opening Prayer for Staff PA Day/NTIP/Leadership)

Fostering a Eucharistic Life (Opening Prayer for Inservice/Staff or Leadership Meeting)

Disciples and Citizens (Opening Prayer, TPA Inservice, Curriculum Inservice, Staff or Leadership Meeting)

Reaching out Through our Distinctive and Inclusive Story (Easily adapted as staff prayer for a variety of occasions)

Labourers in a Wondrous Harvest (Suitable for opening a teacher inservice or professional activity for teachers/administrators)

A Year of Growth and Blessings (Prayer for end-of-year new teacher inservice)

Educating in the Light of Faith (Suitable for Inservice/New Teacher Induction)

New:  Traditional Catholic Prayers

Unity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Announcements, 2014
(Morning announcements adapted from resources posted on Vatican’s website)
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Announcements 2011
(From Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2011.  These daily prayer services can also be used individually as prayers for unity among Christians on other occasions)

Virtues

Faith
New:  Daily Morning Announcements for Monthly Virtues
New:  Theological Virtue of Faith Morning
Announcements
(Short daily reflections on some aspect of virtue with practical application to school life, ending with prayer. Targeted for elementary, easily adapted for secondary use.)
The Gift of Faith

(Prayer service to celebrate the theological virtue of Faith)Hope

Educating in Christian Hope

(1 page opening prayer for Curriculum inservice or PA Day)Planting in Hope, Nurturing in Love(Short prayer service to begin a PA day, PLC or Staff Meeting)Day of Hope Prayer Service
(Prayer service for natural disasters)

Rejoicing in Hope
(Prayer to celebrate gifts of Joy and Hope in Catholic Schools)
Love 
NEW:
Prayer to Celebrate Love and Family

(Prayer service for Catholic schools)

The Virtue of Love
(2 page school prayer service on the virtue of love)
More virtues-related resources on Virtues, Equity & Inclusivity Page

Vocation

NEW:  Prayer for My Vocation
(Suitable for use with career day/retreat)

Wellness

Prayers/Prayer Services
NEW:  Morning Wellness Prayer

NEW:  Prayer Before a Wellness Activity (Quick prayer to begin wellness workshop/activity.  Suitable for elementary, secondary and adult use)

NEW:  Joy and the Wellness of God’s Peace
(Suitable for all levels. Originally composed as part of RCCDSB Wellness Week package. This version is updated with minor changes)

Wellness Caring for God’s Temple

(Suitable for opening a PA day or staff inservice)
Caring for the Temple
(A practical reflection on what it means to care for the temple of ourselves)
Faith, Professionalism and Wellness
(5 minute prayer service to open a PA session or day)

Additional Wellness Resources (from Adult Faith Page)
Adult Faith Reflection
Bringing our Lives to the Altar

(Printable reflection sheet invites users to review where God has been seeking them out during the week, and to unite their lives with the gifts of bread and wine brought to the altar at the Offertory of the Mass. Recommended for use with Simplified Overview of the Mass.)

Prayer:  An Active Encounter With God (One page graphic illustration of how prayer arises from the encounter between the Blessed Trinity’s overflowing communion of love and the ordinary events of our lives. God reaches out and we respond).

The Healing Power of Jesus in My Life (Invites us to look at how Jesus heals and empowers us to be agents of His healing for one another, using the story of Jesus’ healing of the paralytic person in Lk 5, 17-25)

Reflecting on our Adult Faith. Ten Modules for Individual or Group Reflection (Suitable as part of school staff meeting or part of twilight retreat)

Hope and Joy
Biblical Quotes About Hope and Joy (Six pages of quotes from the Bible that speak about hope and joy – good for individual reflection/meditation)

Image of GodCleansing the Lens:  Letting Scripture Speak to our Image of God (Provides some key terms to helping understand what the Bible says about God, with scriptural quotes for meditation and reflection)

Images of a Healing God in Scripture – Letting Scripture Heal our Image of God
(Outline for 1-2 hour workshop outline on healing our image of God based on concepts outlined in Cleansing the Lens resource above)

Indigenous SpiritualityKateri Television (Twelve videos produced by Villagers Media for Canadian Catholic Aboriginal communities.

Topics covered: How we teach, commuity healing, reconciliation, healing of addictions, a gift to the Church, social justice.)

Program One. Medicine Wheel Healing: How it StartsProgram Two. Medicine Wheel and Christian FaithProgram Three. Medicine Wheel Spirituality: A Gift to the ChurchProgram Four. Medicine Wheel:  A Way of LifeProgram Five.  Medicine Wheel: How We TeachProgram Six. Medicine Wheel: Healing & Reconciliation & Social JusticeProgram Seven.  Medicine Wheel as Pastoral MinistryProgram Eight  Medicine Wheel:  ReconciliationProgram Nine.  Medicine Wheel: Community HealingProgram Ten. Medicine Wheel: Healing of AddictionsProgram Eleven.  Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of HopeProgram Twelve.  St. Kateri Takakwitha: A Healer’s SaintThe Legacy of Kateri Tekakwitha (YouTube video about St. Kateri and other North American saints and holy people)

Lectio Divina
Lectio Divina Simplified Overview & Opening PrayerPrayer Before Lectio Divina (Short prayer to pray before Lectio Divina exercise)

Lectio Divina – Template  (An outline for the ancient exercise of praying God’s word)

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