Teaching our children to pray
Praying with the entire Church
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"For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy."
-- St. Therese of Lisieux

Prayer is how we build a relationship with God.  It connects our heart to His and allows us to know him in a personal way.

Every month, an organization called The Apostleship of Prayer features the Pope's prayer intentions for that month.  There is one intention for the entire month and then they share "urgent" intentions, as requested by Pope Francis.  These urgent intentions are based on current events happening throughout the world and which need our attention and support in prayer.  There is a video that's put together each month, featuring the Holy Father explaining the intention for the month.  This month's video is posted below.  There is also a Children's tab on their website which has a worksheet for that month and also tips for teaching children to pray.

Below you'll find the worksheet for this month's intentions, a couple more links to their website, and a reminder to put your child's prayer folder to use.  Also, don't forget - DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME is this weekend.  Spring ahead one hour!  And as always, you'll find our upcoming schedule and our FORMED feature.
Peace, Jenna Ripp
The Pope Video 03 -2017- Support for Persecuted Christians – March 2017
Check out this video: The Pope's prayer intention for March - Persecuted Christians
March 2017 Prayer Intentions
Pope's Prayer Intention - Support for Persecuted Christians: That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.  Read the brief monthly reflection.

Urgent Intention - For the Pope: “I ask, please, for your prayers for me and my collaborators, who until Friday (3/10) will be on retreat.” -Pope Francis
March 2017 Children's Prayer Materials

Worksheet - This has a great explanation, of the Holy Father's prayer intention, for children.  It also has an easy, hands-on activity, that you can do with your child.
The Children's Page provides a great, kid-friendly examination of conscience, also known as a Nightly Examen.  This gives them an opportunity to look back on their day and think about what went well and what they can do better the next day.

Using Your Child's Prayer Folder
At the beginning of the year your child received a prayer folder with the different age-appropriate prayers that they can be learning.  While they should be bringing those folders back and forth each week, I especially encourage you to send them along on April 9th.  Below is a prayer suggestion for each grade.
PreK - Our Father
Kindergarten - Meal Prayer

1st - Guardian Angel Prayer
2nd - Act of Contrition
3rd - Stations of the Cross
4th - Prayer after Mass
5th - St. Michael the Archangel Prayer
2016-2017 Schedule
Schedule Notes
  • March 12 - Class + Nursery is open (1st Communion families have session during 10am class)
  • March 19 - Class + Nursery is open
  • March 21 - Reconciliation (Confession) 6-7pm
  • March 24 - Reconciliation (Confession) 5-6pm
  • March 26 - NO Class + Nursery is open
  • March 28 - Reconciliation (Confession) 6-7pm
  • March 30 - Reconciliation (Confession) 5-6pm
  • April 1 - Feed My Sheep, All Day.  Sign up with your family to volunteer.
  • April 2 - NO Class + Nursery is open
  • April 4 - Reconciliation (Confession) 6-8pm.  Two priests will be available
  • April 5 - Family Stations of the Cross.  Dinner at 6pm. Stations at 7pm.
  • Wednesdays in Lent - Stations of the Cross, 7pm
  • Programs: Lectio: Prayer.  Though prayer is one of the essentials of a thriving faith, we often feel as if we’re talking to ourselves—or, worse, as if we’re talking to no one at all. How can something so vital to the Faith be so elusive?  Now, with the clear teaching and artistry of the Augustine Institute's Lectio series, Dr. Tim Gray masterfully uses the discipline of Lectio Divina to show you how to make prayer an effective effort of love and intimacy. In six video sessions, Prayer: Finding Intimacy with God captures the secret to opening our hearts and minds to Scripture as the means to hear from God and then respond in conversation, basking in his presence and resolving to live in and through his love.
  • Book: The Little Oratory - A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home.  Keeping a faithful prayer life with your family isn't easy. From herding distracted children to managing the seemingly endless litany of prayers and devotions, our spiritual life all too often feels frantic and burdensome.  This isn't the way it should be. Our prayer life, our family life, and our work life should - and can! - be in harmony. When they are, our family is a powerhouse of grace, and Our Lord transforms our home into a little Eden - a little bit of heaven on earth.  With simplicity and holy wisdom, authors David Clayton and Leila Marie Lawler show you how to bring peace to your home by integrating your family into the calm, truly joyful way of Mother Church. Her feasts and seasons, prayers and devotions are gifts that draw us closer to God and unfold before us His marvelous plan of salvation.
  • Movie: Prayer - A Surge of the Heart.  Finding time to pray can be difficult. Modern life is very busy with so many distractions at every turn, and there’s always another job to be done. This inspiring presentation challenges us to make more time for God in our lives and highlights the importance of an ever-deepening life of prayer. It looks at the true meaning of prayer, the different types of prayer, and how we can grow in our spiritual lives. It addresses how to overcome difficulties and temptations, how to find inspiration in the lives of the saints, the centrality of the Holy Mass, and the ultimate goal of prayer.
  • Sunday's Scripture: Check out Opening the Word for a reflection on this Sunday's readings.
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