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Our Father

The Apostle's Creed

The Ten Commandments

Invitation to Church

The Tom Castrovinci Prayer

Love is patient - the self-test

The Lord is My Shepherd

From Where Shall Come My Help?

By His Wounds

Peace Prayer of St. Francis

Dedication Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola

The Miracle Prayer

A Prayer for Parents

To Follow Thee More Nearly

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Our Father

Slowly, one line at a time; pause and reflect at the end of each line.

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.


Now again - with even more deliberation.

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The Apostles' Creed (text from the 2011 edition of The Roman Missal) 

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,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died, and was buried;

     he descended into hell;

     on the third day he rose again from the dead;

     he ascended into heaven,

     and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;

     from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy catholic Church,

     the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and life everlasting.  Amen.

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The Ten Commandments

1. I am the Lord, your God: you shall have no other gods but me.

2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

3. Remember to keep holy the sabbath.

4. Honor your father and your mother.

5. You shall not kill.

6. You shall not commit adultery.

7. You shall not steal.

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s spouse.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

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Invitation to Church

The honor of your presence

is requested

at Church this Sunday


The Church needs you.  We are not complete without you.  We are made whole, we are made better, we are made stronger, we are made more capable of completing God's mission, by having you with us.  There are strengths and skills and understandings that are unique to you, that only you can teach us.  We need you; please come.  No matter how long you've been away, no matter what has happened, even if you've never been to church before, there will be someone there to welcome you.


Maybe you think you don't need church.  But we know we need you!  You are most cordially and eagerly invited!


Now Christ's body is yourselves, each of you with a part to play in the whole.  (1 Corinthians 12:27, New Jerusalem Bible)


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The Tom Castrovinci Prayer

Dear Lord,


Grant that I find myself this day still within thy infinite grace

   and mercy.

Hear my prayers of thanks for all that you have done for me,

   and forgive my many sins.

Hear my prayers on behalf of others,

   and help me to be a better Christian man, father and husband.


Through your continued blessing keep me strong in mind and body.

Grant me times of peace.

Let me feel your hand lift from me anxiety and depression

   so my thoughts can be clear and my actions confident.


Most of all keep my family safe and well.

Help us all to make the right choices each day

   so that we may live our lives according to your teachings.


Please allow the rewards of my work to be sufficient for my family

   and keep in my heart to be generous to others in greater need.


I ask these things through Christ our Lord.  Amen 


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Love is patient - the self-test

There’s an old homilist’s trick, but still a good one.  Look at the passage below from First Corinthians.  Wherever you find the word "love" or the word "it" referring to love, replace it with your own name, then ask yourself if the statements are true.  Be honest: really challenge yourself.

Love is patient, love is kind.

Love is not jealous, it does not put on airs,

     it is not snobbish.

Love is never rude, nor self-seeking, nor

     prone to anger; nor does it brood over


Love does not rejoice in what is wrong but

     rejoices with the truth.

There is no limit to love’s forbearance, to its

     trust, its hope, its power to endure.

Love never fails. (see 1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

Then for us who are married we should add "to _______ (spouse’s name)" and ask ourselves again if the statements are true.

Pretty humbling, isn’t it!

IMPORTANT: this is a self-test only; the very nature of being Christian should preclude us from testing anyone else this way.

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The Lord is My Shepherd

Psalm 23 (classic King James Version)


The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

He leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul:

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his

     name's sake.


Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of


I will fear no evil:

For thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort


Thou preparest a table before me

In the presence of mine enemies:

Thou anointest my head with oil;

My cup runneth over.


Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days

     of my life:

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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From Where Shall Come My Help?

(Based on Psalm 121; edited by John Tugman; note - makes a wonderful prayer for others by changing I/my/me to you/your.)

I lift up my eyes to the mountains:

From where shall come my help?

My help shall come from the Lord

Who made heaven and earth.


May He never allow me to stumble!

Let him sleep not, my guard.

No, He sleeps not nor slumbers,

Israel’s guard.


The Lord is my guard and my shade;

At my right side He stands.

By day the sun shall not smite me

Nor the moon in the night.


The Lord will guard me from evil,

The Lord will guard my soul.

The Lord will guard my going and my coming

Both now and for ever.

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By His Wounds

Christ suffered for you,

and left you an example

to have you follow in his footsteps.


He did no wrong;

no deceit was found in his mouth.

When he was insulted,

he returned no insult.


When he was made to suffer,

he did not counter with threats.

Instead he delivered himself up

to the One who judges justly.


In his own body

he brought your sins to the cross,

so that all of us, dead to sin,

could live in accord with God’s will.


By his wounds you were healed.


(1 Peter 2:21-24)

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Peace Prayer of St. Francis

Make me a channel of your peace:

Where there is hatred, let me bring your love;

Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,

And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.


Make me a channel of your peace:

Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope;

Where there is darkness, only light;

And where there’s sadness, ever joy.


O Master, grant that I may never seek:

So much to be consoled, as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved, as to love with all my soul.


Make me a channel of your peace:

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

In giving of ourselves that we receive;

And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

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Dedication Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Receive, Lord, all my liberty, my memory,

   my understanding and my whole will.

You have given me all that I have, all that I am,

   and I surrender all to your divine will,

   that you dispose of me.

Give me only your love and your grace.

With this I am rich enough,

   and I have no more to ask.


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The Miracle Prayer

Lord Jesus, I come before you, just as I am.  I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me.  In your name I forgive all others for what they have done against me.  I renounce Satan, the evil spirits, and all their works.  I give you my entire self, Lord Jesus, now and forever.  I invite you into my life Jesus, I accept you as my Lord, God and Savior.  Heal me, change me, strengthen me in body, soul and spirit.

Come Lord Jesus, cover me with your precious blood, and fill me with your Holy Spirit.  I love you Lord Jesus.  I praise you Jesus.  I thank you Jesus.  I shall follow you every day of my life.  Amen.

Mary my mother, Queen of Peace, all the angels and Saints, please help me.  Amen.


Say this prayer faithfully, no matter how you feel.  When you come to the point where you sincerely mean each word, with all your heart, something good spiritually will happen to you.  You will experience Jesus, and He will change your whole life in a very special way.  You will see.  Fr. Peter Rookey, OSM


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A Prayer for Parents

Dear God, you have given me this child to guide.  I know this child is precious to both you and me.  I need your help to give to this child what is needed.

Help me to be an example of the things that are pure and good.

Give me the wisdom to understand this little one’s needs, because each child is different.

Help me to hear not only what the little voice says, but also what is held in the little heart, because the greatest needs are often the unspoken ones.

Help me to seek and be worthy of this child’s love, because love is a bridge between us over which our souls cross.

And above all, don’t let me forget that ours is a joint stewardship, and that you, in all your wisdom, stand ready to help me in doing my part - if I will but ask in Jesus’ name.  Amen

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To Follow Thee More Nearly  (Original art by Andre Junguet, 1991)

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