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May 11

Elementary:

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Have you ever been sick with a cold or flu or something else? Isn't it much better to feel healthy and alive. Today is Canada Health Day and we pray for good health and healing for all who are ill.

This coming Sunday we also celebrate Mother's Day and pray for the best for all mothers and caregivers.

Loving God, we thank you for the love of the mothers and care givers you gift to us,

whose love is so precious and healing that it can never be measured,

whose patience seems to have no end;

who gift us with a good start in becoming good people.

May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them.

We ask a blessing for good health on all peoples everywhere.

Bless them with your own special love.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother.

Amen.

Mary, our spiritual mother, pray for us:

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 our death.  Amen.

Tomorrow is World Fair Trade Day and we pray that all producers of goods receive fair prices, decent working conditions and solid trading to ensure a good future for them, their families and their communities. Amen.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Mary, the Mother of God, pray for us.​


High Schools: ​

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Today is Canada Health Day. Today we are reminded that health and healing are essential parts of our baptismal call. This means that we take responsibility for our personal health: to prevent illness and while also seeking to make choices towards a living a healthy lifestyle. Good health is all about the physical, emotional, social and spiritual health of our schools and communities while respecting God's creatures and the caring for the whole earth.

This coming Sunday we also celebrate Mother's Day.

Loving God, we thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us,

whose love is so precious and healing that it can never be measured,

whose patience seems to have no end. 

We thank you for motherly caregivers

Who have gifted us a good start in becoming good people.

May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them.

We pray for those mothers and caregivers who fear

they will run out of love or time, or patience.

We ask you to bless them with your own special love.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother.

Amen.

Mary, our spiritual mother, help us never take for granted all those who bring life into the world and nurture it in love:

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 our death.  Amen.

Tomorrow is World Fair Trade Day and we pray that all producers of goods receive fair prices, decent working conditions and solid trading to ensure a good future for them, their families and their communities. Amen.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Mary, the Mother of God, pray for us.

 

Catholic Education Week Prayer for Friday, May 11, 2018

Be Joyful in Hope: In Creation

INTRODUCTION

Leader: 

Let us begin our prayer with the sign of our faith.

All:         In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

OPENING PRAYER

Leader: 

Father of all Creation,

We praise you for the wonders of the world you have gifted to us.

We give thanks for the air we breathe, the water we drink, the mountains and hills we roam, the deserts and valleys that give us space, the wilderness that teems with life and for all living creatures.

We praise you for all you have provided for us through your creation and we thank you for the role you have given us as caretakers of that gift.

Be patient with us as we learn to act in ways that are better caretakers of the earth. Lord of Hope, birth your hope in us through the seed of a new vision for how our world could be.               

We pray this in your name,

All:         Amen.

SCRIPTURE – Genesis 9: 12-17

 12 God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13 I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." 17 God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth."

The word of the Lord.

All:  Thanks be to God.

REFLECTION

Have you ever had a time when you really want to do something or go somewhere and the people around you said, "yes we will do that later"...and then it did not happen.  It is disappointing to think of a promise of something good ahead and then not have it happen.   Usually we can understand the reason why it could not be done:  it cost too much, there wasn't enough time, the ride or event was closed or broken, or the weather changed.  It can feel sad or even angry when this occurs. 

God made a promise to us.   He promised to never flood the earth again. And he promised to show a sign every time it rains that he is keeping his promise, a rainbow.  God did this on his own, the promise does not end, it is for every living thing including our pets, and there are no conditions!! God trusts us to be people who are faithful to the commandments and try our best every day.  Every time you see a rainbow in a sky be filled with the joyful hope that God is keeping his promise.

TAKE AWAY ACTION

               Look for rainbows in your life.  Where do you see God showing his promise to you?

Did he do something special for you? Do you see rainbows in others' smiles? Do rainy days end with color in the sky? 

               Something fun to try:  blow some bubbles outside and as you blow think of all the worries you are letting go.  As the bubble floats in the air look to see if God has a rainbow in that bubble showing His promise of love for you.  Be Joyful in the Hope God is everywhere!!

LORD'S PRAYER

CLOSING PRAYER

Leader: We give you thanks and praise, O God of creation, for the grandeur of all that you have made, saying We thank you, God.

For the healing waters of creation, which bring pleasure and health, purity and life,

We thank you, God.

For the richness of the Earth that brings forth fruits and flowers, a pleasure to taste and a joy to behold,

We thank you, God.

For the soaring birds of the air, the crawling creatures on the Earth, the gliding fishes in the seas, for all creatures great and small with whom we share this precious web of life,

We thank you, God.

For the rays of sunlight in day, the deepening mystery of night, the wonder of the stars, and the call of the unknown in the universe,

We thank you, God.

O merciful Creator, guide us in our joyful hope of fulfilling the promise of the covenant. 

As people of faith, may we look to the skies and see the rainbow of promise.   Your covenant of faithfulness and love extends to the whole creation. We pray for the healing of the earth, that present and future generations may enjoy the fruits of creation, and continue to glorify and praise you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever,         

​All: Amen.