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Prayer

Prayer Ministries and Groups

You Are Invited to Pray with Us

Is there something or someone missing in your life? Often it may seem like the presence of God in your life is directly proportional to the amount of prayer that takes place there. Are you lonely, tired, worried, ill or stressed? Prayer can make you more aware of God's presence in these places.

In 2 Corinthians at the dedication of the Temple, Solomon prays and invokes the presence of God. "Arise; O Lord God and come to your resting place...may your saints rejoice in your goodness." And isn't that what we all want in our lives — to be a resting place with God, where we can sit and reflect on God's goodness in our lives, and not on the hustle, bustle, and stress that we so often find there now? Prayer is a way of shining a light on God's presence in your life.

As we rest with God we can rejoice in the good things that God has given us, and it changes everything. We feel God in a more powerful way, and this appreciation of God in our lives calls us to pass on these gifts to others. We begin to worry less and to rely more on God.

But how to start this, inviting God to rest in us? It certainly begins in our own one-on-one personal prayer. Prayer can take us from just pleading with God to help us, into a true appreciation of how he does help us, and an understanding of how he calls us to care for others.

Personal time with God is very important, but don't overlook group prayer. Along with our time at Mass, it can have a way of shining a light on our life. It enhances our life with new examples of ways to invite, praise, and reflect on God.  It gives us a new perspective. We see new examples of God's miracles in our own life and in other peoples lives — and there will be miracles!

We are so blessed to be part of a Stewardship Parish that believes that prayer is one of the four pillars of our stewardship. Our parish offers many opportunities for us to grow in our prayer life through group prayer. The way that God answers prayers, yours and others, will amaze you and increase the comfort and power of God in your life. It also will increase your desire to pass His gifts on to others. 

— by Diane Litchney. Diane is a participant in the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Prayer Group, a small group of people who come together each Tuesday at 11AM to praise God and pray for their intercessions, for each other and the parish, and for the world. Everyone is welcome to come to pray with the group, for their special request, or for a request that they hold silently in their heart. All requests are held in the strictest confidence. If you feel burdened, worried, in need of prayer, or don't even know how to begin, please come and visit the prayer group.

Tuesdays after 4PM Mass: Divine Mercy Prayer Group - Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet for the sick & dying before 1st Class Relic of Saint Faustina, in presence of Jesus and Blessed Sacrament. Divine Mercy Holy Hour and Prayer: usccb.org

Thursdays at 9:30AM: Cenacles of Life Rosary after Mass. A “cenacle” is a prayer group that prays the way the Blessed Mother and the Apostles prayed in the Upper Room, awaiting the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

13th at 3PM each month: Fatima Rosary O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.

2nd Saturdays after 5PM Mass: Rosary for World Peace led by Knights of Columbus #12281

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Find a prayer to convey your intentions. 

· from At Home with the Word 2019.  Get your free copy in the church office Tu-F 830am-4pm

· Find more prayers on the MyParish App. [find out how to download it to your mobile device]

Send us a prayer request.  

Prayer

Prayer is communion with God. Prayer can be public or personal, spoken or silent. The psalms are prayers we sing; they have been a part of the Church’s communal prayer since the earliest days of the Church. Prayer is communication with a God who loves us and desires to be in relationship with us.

Jesus teaches us about the importance of prayer. The Gospels record seventeen times that Jesus took time apart to pray. In the Scriptures, Jesus prays often, morning and night. He prays during critical events in his life and he prays before ministering to people in need. Jesus is a model of prayer for us.

Prayer is essential to living a full, Catholic life. The central communal form of prayer for the Church is the Mass. Some of the Church’s most traditional and foundational prayers are as follows:

Grace before Meals

Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your goodness, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Glory to the Father

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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 trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail, Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women; and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you we cry, the children of Eve; to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this land of exile. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us; lead us home at last and show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus: O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

There are also contemporary ways to pray. Talking with God each day, no matter the form or words used, nourishes our relationship and helps it to grow.

  1. Silent prayer or meditation helps us center our thoughts on God’s goodness and offers renewal in a noisy, hectic world.
  2. Lectio Divina is a way of praying with the sacred Scriptures. Find a Scripture passage that speaks to you. Read it out loud and then reflect upon it silently for several minutes. Read it again. Notice any words or phrases that stick with you. Ask God what you are to learn from this passage. Listen.
  3. Keep a prayer journal with all of your wants, needs, thoughts and reflections related to your prayer life.

Prayers for Lenten Devotions: get the prayers here

Every family and household is encouraged to take a renewed look at the penitential practice of prayer this Lenten Season. If families gathered together once each day for the intentions and prayer for that day, we will have begun to deepen our understanding of our baptismal promises, and will be more prepared to “renew” these promises at an Easter liturgy.

A parishioner living alone can also enter into this prayer. Those bringing Holy Communion to the homebound might consider calling one of the homebound each day and praying over the phone with them. There are many other creative ways to build a “habit of prayer” throughout Lent that can continue “forever and ever Amen!”

Read a suggested format of prayers from USCCB for each day of the week for the six weeks of Lent.

Other suggestions to make your life a prayer:

· Attend at least one daily Mass for each week of Lent.

· Spend time in prayer before Our Lord in the Tabernacle. Adoration of the Holy Eucharist is at 9AM Mass on the First Friday of each month

· Begin the practice of offering thanks before every meal, at home and in restaurants.

· Help a refugee family get settled. Pray for peace in war-torn regions.

· Work together in a soup kitchen and converse with persons served.

· Write a letter of faith and encouragement to someone who is incarcerated.

· Visit an elderly or sick person. Take care of an errand for them.

· Be an advocate. Write to an elected official and/or donate to a cause that provides resources to meet the needs of poor and low-income people in your community or in a troubled part of the world.

· Once a week eat meals that total no more than the daily cost allotted by government food assistance programs for your size family. ($7.13 according to the Jan. 2019 USDA Thrifty Food Plan). 

Reference: A Week of Prayers for Lenten Devotions from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 

 

Pillars of Stewardship: Prayer, Service, Formation, Hospitality

 

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