New School Year Loving God, our creator, our savior, our companion, Bless this journey of a new school year that we undertake today. Refresh our souls And renew our spirits As we embrace the beautiful ministry you have called us to. We welcome those who are part of this community and we Ask that that you strengthen them to share the wonderful gifts you have given them. Lord make our hearts pure as wee prepare for the return of students to this school, And may you guide them to return with open hearts and minds eager to learn. We ask this in your name, Amen. Meetings Lord we ask You to preside over our meetings and our labors, and to bless all our endeavors. Help us to build a community united in harmony of love and service. We thank you Lord, for everything which widens our knowledge and equips us more fully to the task of life and living. Teach us to know our own strengths that we may use to the fullest extent the gifts and talents which you have given us. Help us to share a loving concern for each other at all times. Above all, Lord, help us to really know you, for this is the beginning and the end of all wisdom, this is eternal life. We ask through Jesus, Your Son, and our brother. Amen. New Year Blessed are You, loving God, for You have created a wide and wonderful world for us to live in. We ask Your blessing on us as we embark on the journey of this new year. Be our ever-near companion, and spread the road before us with beauty and adventure, and freedom from harm and evil. On this journey, may we take with us hearts wrapped in wonder so that we can rejoice in all that we shall meet. Along with the clothing of wonder may we have room in our luggage for a mystic map by which We can find invisible meanings of the events of this journey of possible disappointments and delays, of possible break-downs and rainy- day troubles. Always awake your Sacred presence and Your divine compassionate love, may we see in all that happens, in the beautiful and the bad, the mystery of Your holy plan. Grant us all wisdom to support our Principal __________________________ in his/her leadership at (name of school) ____________________________. May your blessing, loving God be upon us throughout this journey which we desire to make in union with Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Start of a New School Year e u y a’s r. Lord Jesus, you are with us as we commenc o r e r wo k Help us to understand the importance of educating the children in our school. Bless all of our children and their parents. Guide us in our decisions and open our hearts in friendship to each other. May we show particular care to those in most need. May we welcome, especially, those who are shy and uncomfortable. And may this meeting of ours result in many benefits for the children on whose behalf we gather. Amen. Beatitudes for Teachers Blessed are you to take the time to listen for you to help me To know that if I persevere, I can be understood. ls e r o o e e bd o h ry p o tk Be s da ey uwh n v r i met ‘u r u ’ r a emyts sa dd te frme ak n o h m o For often I need time rather then help. Blessed are you who stand beside me as I enter new and untried ventures, For my failures will be outweighed by the times I surprise myself and you. Blessed are you who asked for my help, for my greatest need is to be needed. Blessed are you who understand that it is difficult for me to put my thoughts into words. Blessed are you who with a smile encourage me to try once more. Blessed are you who never remind me that today I asked the same question twice. Blessed are you who respect me and love me as I am, just as I am, and not as you wish I were. Amen. Teach us Good Teach us good Lord to serve You as You deserve, to give and not to count the cost. To fight and not to heed the wounds, To work and not to seek rest, To labour and not to ask for any reward Save that of doing your will O God. Amen. New Year Heavenly Father, as we begin this new year, we are walking into the unknown. As a staff we face the future not knowing what these days, weeks and months Will expect for us. Be with us as we journey. Be present in our lives so that Your light will shine through to all those we deal with. Fill us with hope and trust your abiding love. Deepen our faith to see all of life through Your eyes. Fill us with the trusting assurance that You are with us in joy and in sorrow. Thank you for the enduring gift of Catholic education. Walk with us Loving Creator through this New Year. We make this plea through Jesus Christ your Son. Amen. New School Year n hs e c o l e r I ti n w sh o y a… We pray: To live deeply, with purpose To love freely, with detachment To live justly, with compassion To live wisely, with humility To live lovingly, with fidelity To live mindfully, with awareness To live gratefully, with generosity To live fully, with enthusiasm Help us to hold on with vision, And to daily renew it in our hearts. Amen. Bless Our Time God of Love, bless our time together. United in our mission, we will work in Your service, transcending envy and resentment, calling forth the giftedness of one another. Grace us, we pray, with a new sense of mystery, a new experience of Your presence, a new commitment to Your Gospel, A new dedication to Your reign. May your Spirit be our inspiration and may our work contribute to the coming of Your reign through Christ our Lord. Amen. Open the Doors Loving God, Make the doors of this school wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship; narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and strife. Make it a threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling block for learners, nor to straying feet, but rugged and strong enough to turn a k h e e’ f o r s b c tetmp r o p we. God, make the door of our school (name of school) _______________________ The way to Your eternal reign. Amen. A Teachers Thanksgiving Lord Jesus, we thank You for those who are ah r d ee o a … g te e h r td y people who are part of our lives and who share our ministry. Unite us, Your people, as we strive to bring the Good News of our love to the community of our school. Bring us, each of us, Your peace, love and vision for the children we serve, from day to day. n ul s v e d o r rs n e I o r ie wen e Y u p e e c … Your hope, Your spirit of unity and Your conviction for our future. Give us a sense of belonging to the community and a spirit of renewed commitment to our ministry. h o ds a e hn p n s May teL r ’ fc s ieu o u , The sun rises to meet us, h pr o G ds o e n a e h i e f i T eS it f o ’ lv iv d tecrl o c our friends. Amen. Prayer of St. Francis Assisi Lord make me an instrument of Your peace, Where there us hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon, Where there is doubt, faith, Where there is despair, hope, And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much Seek to be consoled, as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved, as to love; For it is giving that we receive- It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. The United Nations Rights of a Child hl e v rwh r a e i t o d C i rne e y eeh v ar h t… g Affection, love, and understanding Adequate nutrition and medical care, An education Full opportunity for play and recreation, A name and nationality Special care for disabled, Priority for relief in time of disaster, Learn to be a useful member of society and to develop individual abilities, Be brought up in a spirit of peace and universal love, Enjoy these rights regardless of race, colour, sex, religion, national or social origin Amen. Jesus Gift of Love In his gentleness and weakness Jesus calls us to take the path of service and humility. This does not mean that we deny our gifts, our abilities, our responsibilities. He reveals that we are called to receive a new power from God. The gift of the Spirit, not for our own glory but for the glory of God, the work of God. This power will allow us to do the impossible: to live in communion with the poor and the broken, to be brothers and sisters to all people, to respect and appreciate those who are strange and different, to love our enemies, to be creative builders of a totally new order: The Kingdom of Love, To be a sign in our broken world Of the unity and love of the Blessed Trinity. Amen. Looking for the Light of Your World God of wonder, our hearts are looking for the warmth of Your love, and our minds are looking for the light of Your World. Wake us up to the new morning that is waiting for us. Increase our longing for Christ our Saviour, and give us the strength to grow in Love. That the dawn of His coming will find us Rejoicing in His presences and welcoming the light of His truth. Amen. Lighting of A Candle O God, as light comes from this candle, may the blessing of Jesus Christ come to us, warming our hearts and brightening our way. May Christ our Saviour bring life into the darkness of this world, and to us, as we wait for his coming. Amen. Prayer for Christian Unity Christ, You are our wisdom, teach us the unity that lies in diversity. Christ, You are our light, illuminate the paths that will lead to our reconciliation. Christ, You are our song, move us from discord to harmony. Christ, You are our alpha, our origin, bring us back into Your encircling arms. Christ, You are our omega, our destiny, unite us in our faith, hope and love. Amen. Prayer for Inner Peace Spirit of God, breathed into our hearts n e u ’e u rci , i J s s rs re t n o lifts us up with new life, new courage, new passion today. Spirit of God, breathed into our midst n e u ’e u rci , i J s s rs re t n o transform us with new fellowship, new vision, new joy today. Spirit of God, breathed into the world in Jesus; resurrection. work through us to change the face of the earth. Amen. Prayer Of Contemplation and Action Be Silent-Listen-Know the Spirit is in you Be Silent-Listen-Know the Spirit Be Silent-Listen-Know Be Silent Be yourself Be yourself in the Spirit Be yourself in the Spirit-love God Be yourself in the Spirit-love God-love others Be yourself in the Spirit-love God-love others as yourself. Amen. Living Under the Influence of the Holy Spirit Lord, as we gather here this evening We recall your promise to be present When two or three are gathered in your name. We know that without you here among us, and within each one of us, we will labour in vain. All: Unite us, Lord, in your Spirit. We rejoice that we are blessed and called together to work in your name. We pray that we will respond generously to this opportunity to serve you in others and that we will grow in our Christian calling. All: Unite us, Lord, in your Spirit. Inspire us with your Spirit of wisdom; plant seeds of your vision in our hearts and minds; give us humor and give us humility through our work with each another, in the coming about your Kingdom. All: Unite us, Lord, in your Spirit. We ask that working together will increase the communion among us as members of your Body on earth. May the communion we experience give us new courage in all that we do for you. All: Unite us, Lord, in your Spirit. Grant us the willingness to be open to each other, to respect each other, top listen to each other, to be honest with each other, to be supportive of each other, for the sake of your Kingdom. All: Unite us, Lord, in your Spirit. Amen. A Childs Grace God is great and God is good, And we thank God for our food; By Gods hand we must be fed, Give us Lord our daily Bread. Amen. Child's Prayer for Protection Angel of God, my Guardian dear, To whom God's love commits me here; Ever this day, be at my side To light and guard To rule and guide. Amen. Healing Prayer Lord Jesus, you are my helper and healer. Help me to see that I need to be healed. Help me to want to be healed. Help me to ask you to heal me. Help me to believe that I will be healed. Help me to receive the ways you chose to heal me. Help me to patient with the time it takes to heal. Help me to trust in your healing power. Help me to grateful to you for healing me. Help me to pray for those who desire to be healed. Help me to thank those who heal others. Help me to appreciate the care of all healers. Help me to welcome all who have the gift of healing. Help me to hope that all will be healed. Help me to love those who are dedicated to healing others. Help me to rejoice when I witness your healing power. Help me to heal others as you heal me. Amen. Please Give Us Loving God, please give us The attention to see you the reason to recognize you the mind to understand you the wisdom to find you the courage to believe you the ears to hear you the eyes to see you the mouth to reveal you the feet to meet you the hands to feed you the arms to embrace you the heart to contemplate you the spirit to love you the life to reflect you. Thank you for being with us, amoung us and in us. Amen. The Spirit of God The Spirit of God is present in the stillness of the night, The Spirit of God is present in the mending of a fight, The Spirit of God is present in the gently blowing breeze, The Spirit of God is present in the calming of the seas, The Spirit of God is present in the gently falling rain, The Spirit of God is present in the healing from all pain, The Spirit of God is present in the silence of the heart, The Spirit of God is present in the doing of our part, The Spirit of God is present in the sorrows of our day, The Spirit of God is present in the joys that come our way. The Spirit of God is present in the words we know are true, The Spirit of God is present in h o ds r s I o e o ” teL r ’ wo d “ L v Y u . Amen. Prayer to Mary Mary we hail you. You are full of grace You are graced with the fruit of your womb. You are blessed with our Saviour the and Lord. You are the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. Mary we honour you. You are the servant of the Lord. o r h ods i t icpe r Y ua eteL r ’ f s ds il. You are the disciple filled with the Holy Spirit. You are the humble messenger who visited Elizabeth. Mary we bless you. You are blessed amoung all women. You are the chosen one who bore Jesus our brother. You are the mother of Jesus and our mother. You are the loving servant of us all. Mary we pray to you. You are the one to help us believe in Jesus our brother. You are the one to help us accept to be chosen. You are the one to help us welcome Jesus. You are the one to help us spread the joy of Christmas. Mary pray for us, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. Finding Jesus Let us pray that we may see Jesus in those we meet, in those we live with and those we work with. Let us see Jesus in the bright and questioning eyes of the child. Let us see Jesus in the discouraged and hopeful eyes of the teenager. Let us see Jesus in the worried and courageous eyes of the parent. Let us see Jesus in the soft and peaceful eyes of the grandparent. Let us see Jesus in the dedicated and engaging eyes of the teacher. Let us see Jesus in the warm and caring eyes of the nurse. Let us see Jesus in the prudent and responsible eyes of the doctor. Let us see Jesus in the comforting and assuring eyes of the friend. Let us see Jesus in the feeble and glassy eyes of the victim. Let us see Jesus in the sad and lost eyes of the drug addict. Let us see Jesus in the sorrowful and anguished eyes of the homeless. Let us see Jesus in the betrayed and hurt eyes of the divorcee. Let us see Jesus in the veiled and devastated eyes of the rejected. Let us see Jesus in the perplexed and painful eyes of the abused. Let us see Jesus in the frightened and annihilated eyes of the mentally ill. Amen. Night Prayer Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord my soul to keep; And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Dear Lord protect me through the night Wake me with the morning light. Amen. Prayer to the Holy Spirit Come Holy Spirit Be our Life and our Guide. You are the secret of God You are the grace of God You are the love of God ALL: Be with us, be in us, be our guide. You are the whisper of silence You are the source of creation You are the wind of power ALL: Be with us, be in us, be our guide. You are the breath of life You are the dove of peace You are the fire of love ALL: Be with us, be in us, be our guide. Remove our fear Remove our sadness Remove our guilt ALL: Be with us, be in us, be our guide. Give us faith Give us truth Give us freedom ALL: Be with us, be in us, be our guide. Give us courage Give us wisdom Give us serenity ALL: Be with us, be in us, be our guide. Give us your life Give us your love Give us your joy ALL: Be with us, be in us, be our guide. Fill us with wonder Fill us with gratitude Fill us with praise. ALL: Be with us, be in us, be our guide. Holy Are Your Ways Help me to understand, Lord, that what counts is not the road traveled, but simply putting my hand in yours and journeying side by side with you, Lord Jesus -- 0 you who are the joy of my journey and also the repose in the Father's home! Holy, holy is the Lord, for eternal is his love. Amen. Prayer to Jesus Lord Jesus we bless you, You are the Son of God. You are the Brother of us all. You are the Friend of the poor. You are the Consoler of the lonely. You are the Healer of the sick. You are the Hope of the weak. You are the Peace of the dying. Lord Jesus we love you, You live with us. You live for us. You live in us. You hear us. You protect us. You save us. You love us. Lord Jesus we thank you, You walk with us. You suffer with us, You cry with us. You pray with us. You work with us. You laugh with us. You give us your Spirit. Lord Jesus, we bless you, we love you, we thank you. Amen. Prayer of the Faithful Loving God, we give you thanks for calling us to be your friends. Through our prayers, enrich us with your love and strengthen us to reach out to others in love. For peace among nations and in all the troubled parts of the world, for peace where there us violence and fear, for peace amoung neighbors within families and communities, for peace in our hearts, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer. For greater love in and amoung communities who profess faith in the same God, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer. For those who bear any kind of pain: physical, emotional, the loss of love and friendship, the loss of loved ones through death, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer. Through the power of the Holy Spirit you enable us to offer these prayers in hope and love. Listen to your people in need. Through Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen. Thanksgiving Prayer Thank you for making me apart of your creation. Thank you for deciding that free will, remembrance and self awareness is apart of existence, even down to the smallest particle. Thank you for making more than one of us, so we can love each other. Thank you for making light a rainbow, instead of just one colour. Thank you for letting us have loneliness, so we can come together in love. Thank you for letting us have ignorance, so we can become wise. Thank you for having childhood, so that we can become mature. Thank you for letting me see through the eyes of my children, and letting them see you in my eyes. Thank you for my friends and relations who remind me to love the whole tapestry of life and not just the prettiest colours. Thank you for best friends, who remind me of your love when I need it. Thank you for unconditional love. Thank you for letting us have sunrises and sunsets that people call birth and death. Thank you for the trees and flowers that are growth of love and awarness in our hearts. Thank you for the birds and beasts that are the thoughts taking on a life of their own. Thank you for all of life. Thank you for letting us know that you are there, by the way you respond to the prayer of our hearts. Thank you for all unanswered prayers. Thank you for letting me be wronged, so that I can know the complete joy and compassion of forgiveness. Thank you for letting me be like you. Amen. Second Sunday of Advent Lord open my eyes, So I might see your light. Lord open my mouth, So I might speak your truth. Lord touch my ears, So I might hear your voice. Lord lift me up, So I might walk in your presence. Lord breathe on me, So I might receive your Spirit. Lord purify me, So I might see your face. Lord heal me, So I might walk with you. Lord give me your peace, So I might share your peace. Lord welcome me, So I might be with you now and forever. Amen. Spirituality of Advent A time to listen A time to wait At time to prepare A time to pray A time to rejoice A time to forgive A time to be forgiven A time to heal A time to be healed A time to welcome A time to be welcomed A time to give A time to receive A time to love A time to be loved A time to speak A time to decide A time to act A time to pray A time to rejoice Let us live by the Spirit of God. Let us accept Jesus as our way, our truth and our life. Let us give glory to our loving God during this Advent and Forever. Amen. Prayer to Jesus If you are lonely, ask Jesus to give you his Spirit of Love. The Holy Spirit will come to you and Jesus will be your Friend today and everyday. If you are sick, ask Jesus to give you his Spirit of Consolation. The Holy Spirit will give you strength and Jesus will be your Healer to day and everyday. If you are discouraged, ask Jesus to give you his Spirit of Wisdom. The Holy Spirit will give you peace, and Jesus will be your Way today and everyday. If you are doubtful, ask Jesus to give you his Spirit of Understanding. The Holy Spirit will give you knowledge and Jesus will be your Truth today and everyday. If you are sad, ask Jesus to give you his Spirit of Joy. The Holy Spirit will fill you with gladness and Jesus will be your Life today and everyday. The Holy Spirit is in you, with you and for you today and everyday. Amen. Apostles Creed I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ, his only son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary: He suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, died, and was buried: He descended into hell: On the third day he rose again: Ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father: I believe in the Holy Spirit: The holy catholic church: The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins: The resurrection of the body: And the life everlasting. Amen. Beginning of School Year Prayer We give you praise, O God, for everything that is new and beautiful, for everything which holds promise and brings us joy. Bless us as we start this new school year with our friends and teachers Help us to make the most of every chance we have to start afresh. May we show love to one another and to all. May the new beginning of this school year remind us that You give us chances to start over again and again. Help us to forgive others as we receive Your forgiveness. Help us to learn and to work together. Help us to listen when we should and to know the best words when we speak and when it is better not to speak. We thank you for our friends Help us to be good friends this year. Help us to be patient with ourselves and with others. Bless our school and keep us safe. Be with us as we travel each day. Help us to be aware of your love shown to us in the people around us. Bless all those who care for us In school and at home. Help us show our care for them and to say sorry when we need to. May (our saint) protect us And help us to live as well as we can Giving thanks and glory to God as they did. Amen. Child's Prayer Dear God most high, hear and bless Thy beasts and singing birds: And guard with tenderness Small things that have no words. Amen For Happy Hearts We thank Thee Lord, for happy hearts, For rain and sunny weather. We thank Thee, Lord, for this our food, And that we are together. Amen God Hear My Prayer God in heaven hear my prayer, keep me in thy loving care. Be my guide in all I do, Bless all those who love me too. Amen. Hail Mary Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen. Je Vous Salue, Marie Je vous salue, Marie, pleine de grâce, Le Seigneur est avec vous. Vous êtes bénie entre toutes les femmes Et Jésus, le fruit de vos entrailles, est béni. Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu, Priez pour nous pauvres pécheurs, itn n e à ’ ue e or h Mane a t t l e r d n temo t Amen. r. Lord my God hear me now Lord, my God, hear me now, Please come to this place. Change my heart to do Your works and help others see Your face. I thank you, Lord God, for always helping me. Your love for all is unconditional, n h t o tl l a s e s ’ a dta’ h w ilaw y b . Please show me Your works nh l i o ’e df i tewi leY uv ma e d. Teach me to admire the beauty, n o e l tlz ’ a dt r aieilnever fade. God, just know I love you, and my love will never cease. ’ p as o r oy a l Il r ieY u h l n me and try to work for peace. Amen. Morning Prayer Now, before you run to play, Let me not forget to pray, To God who kept me through the night And waked me with the morning light, Help me Lord, to love you more That I even loved before, In my work and in my play, Be with me through the day. Amen. Prayer to the Holy Trinity Glory be to the Father, Who by his almighty power and love created me, making me in the image and likeness of God. Glory be to the Son, Who by His Precious Blood delivered me from hell, and opened for me the gates of heaven. Glory be to the Holy Spirit, Who has sanctified me in the sacrament of Baptism, and continues to sanctify me by the graces I receive daily from His bounty. Glory be to the Three adorable Persons of the Holy Trinity, now and forever. Amen. Prayer to your Guardian Angel Angel of God, my guardian dear, o o o’ oe t wh m G dslv commits me here. Ever this day, Be at my side, To light and guard, Rule and guide. Amen. Our Father Our Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, On earth as it is in Heaven, Give us this day, Our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses As we forgive those who trespassed against us. And lead us not into temptation But deliver us from evil. Amen. Notre Père Notre Père, qui es aux cieux Que ton nom soit sanctifié, Que ton règne vienne, Que ta volonté soit faite Sur la terre comme au ciel. o r’u n te an e e o r Donne-nous auju dh i or p i d c ju Pardonne-nous nos offences, Comme nous pardonnons aussi à ceux qui nous ont offenses Et ne nous soumets pas à la tentation, Mais deliver-nous du mal. Amen. Remembrance Day Prayer God our Father, your Son Jesus gave up His life to free us from the power of sin and death. e h we s h t h r ae to e s n iig p n ’ i o oh r. H s o du ta teg e ts lv i i gvn u o eslefr te s f Today we remember those who fought and died for our freedom. We ask you to less and console them together with their families. Help us to understand the sacrifices they made in leaving their loved ones to face the horrors of war. May we never forget their generosity. May your Holy Spirit give us the courage to resist evil in all its forms and show us how to be peacemakers through prayer and action, lest we forget those who fought, suffered and died that we might have the freedom and peace we enjoy today. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen. The Morning Offering O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.