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May 14

Elementary:

We begin our prayer in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Have you every been left alone and felt a little afraid or maybe even lost? This past Sunday was the celebration of Ascension of the Lordy and we heard the story of Jesus rising to heaven and leaving his friends behind – but he didn't leave us alone -  he sets the stage here for the giving of his Holy Spirit at Pentecost to be with us until the end.

Now today is the feast of St. Matthias who was chosen by the other apostles as the one to replace Judas.

The disciples and apostles were a new faith family untied by their friendship with Jesus.

No matter who makes up our families, our families are important, so we continue to pray for our families, schools, communities and our world. 

Today we pray for single parents:

Lord, help my care-giving parent to:

Keep our home safe,

join in our games,

help with our school work,

say our good night prayers,

and still have a few moments

left over for themselves.

Give them:

Energy enough to be bread-baker and money-maker,

clothes-patcher and peacemaker,

a hugger and bills-to-pay juggler.

Bless their hands to wipe away our tears,

to reach out when needed,

to hug and to hold,

to tickle and touch.

Lord give them big hearts to share and to care,

to listen and understand,

and to make a loving home.

Loving God,

Bless them always, in Jesus's name we prayer. Amen.

Mary, pray with us for blessings on all our single parents and caregivers:

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.

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

Mary, the Mother of the Church, … [Response: Pray for us.]

St. Matthias … Pray for us ​


High School:

We begin our prayer in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Have you every been left alone and felt a little afraid or maybe even lost? This past Sunday was Ascension of the Lord Sunday and we heard the story of Jesus rising to heaven and leaving his friends behind – but he didn't leave us alone -  he sets the stage here for the giving of his Holy Spirit at Pentecost to be with us until the end of time.

Now today is the feast of St. Matthias who was chosen by the other apostles as the one to replace Judas.

The disciples and apostles were a new faith family following Jesus.

Family, in whatever form, is important so we continue to pray this week for an increased awareness of our responsibilities to our family, our school, our community and our world. 

Some of our families have only one parent. Let us reflect on these words prayed by a single parent:

Lord, grant me:

Time enough to do all the chores,

join in the games,

help with the lessons,

and say the night prayers,

and still have a few moments left over for me.

Energy enough to be bread-baker and breadwinner,

knee-patcher and peacemaker,

ballplayer and bill juggler.

Hands enough to wipe away the tears,

to reach out when I'm needed,

to hug and to hold, to tickle and touch.

Heart enough to share and to care,

to listen and to understand,

and to make a loving home for my family.

Loving God,

We grow up in an unsteady and confusing world.

Help us see that Your ways give us life, and that following You is better than chasing after selfish goals.

Help us to take failure, not as a measure of our self-worth, but as an opportunity or chance for a new start.

Give us strength to hold onto our faith in you, and to keep alive joy in your creation.

In this month of Mary, let us once again pray the special prayer of devotion to her:

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.

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

​Mary, the Mother of the Church, … [Response: Pray for us.]

St. Matthias … Pray for us