Daily Prayers

Monday, May 10

Mark 1: Created in the Image of God Expand Image

Call to Prayer:

Each year, Catholic schools in Canada participate in a week-long celebration to remember and share the gift of Catholic Education. This year, we have been called to embrace the theme, Those who Hope in the Lord will Renew their Strength. We begin our celebrations in our schools this week by focusing on what it means to be a Catholic School by promoting the Five Marks of a Catholic School

In our Catholic schools, we believe that all members of our school communities are children of God and we seek Him in our lives. By God's design, we reflect his own mysterious, wondrous nature. Understanding how we are made in God’s image helps us to see the basis for human dignity and the purpose of our life and work.

Let us pray:

+ In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Dear God, how honoured we are to be created in Your image and in this we are set apart from the rest of creation. You have made us to be like You from the beginning. We live life to the fullest, whether at work or at rest, whether in the world or at home, when we imitate You. We receive Your grace to do all things that show forth Your glory. Help us to live this day so that Your image may be visible through us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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

Tuesday, May 11

Mark 2: Catholic Worldview Expand Image

Call to Prayer:

In our Catholic schools, we believe that the Catholic faith provides a framework for learning and life. A Catholic Worldview is about integrating our Catholic Faith with our daily living that is shaped by the revelation of a God who creates and sustains everything; declaring it good and giving humanity a special relationship to reflect the Divine image and likeness. Our faith shows a God who desires to heal, forgive and redeem all who are broken by sin. This is proclaimed most clearly through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the followers of Jesus Christ spread hope throughout the world as we witness to the Good News of this story in word and deed. 

Let us pray:

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

Loving God, thank You for the gift of hope which helps us keep our hearts and minds focused on the goal of eternal life with You in heaven. Through hope, our actions take on a new direction and purpose of building up the Kingdom of God where all people will be united as one family. By focusing on our Catholic Faith, we can aspire to be models of Christ through our actions of love, forgiveness, compassion, and acceptance formed by our Catholic traditions. May the story of our salvation be known and shared, offering the encouragement that comes from knowing Jesus walks with us. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.

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

Wednesday, May 12

Mark 3: Faith Permeation Expand Image

Call to Prayer:

In our Catholic schools, we believe the Catholic faith is permeated into our curriculum so that contemporary culture is critically evaluated in light of “The Truth.” Catholic schools have a specific mandate – that being to help bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all who enter our doors. Our Catholicity is everywhere and remains at the core of all that we do! Faith is integrated into every learning experience in our schools. Our schools inspire students to reach their full academic, spiritual, social and physical potential. Students in Catholic schools learn to be critical thinkers who evaluate facts in light of their faith and values. They explore issues of the day guided by the Church’s social doctrine. We prepare students to grow in their commitment to the Gospel’s call to be intentional disciples who actively transform the world into a better place for all of God’s peoples.

Let us pray:

+ In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Loving God, help us see the world through the lens of our Catholic faith so that our words and actions are permeated with our Catholic virtues, values and beliefs. Let us be filled with all the joy, peace, goodness and knowledge that we are able to teach one another in faith.  May the life and ways of Christ permeate our lives so that anything is possible. For we believe that when Jesus has first place in our lives, we can pray, ask, and receive hope and grace. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.

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

Thursday, May 13

Mark 4: Witness Expand Image

Call to Prayer:

Today we gather to celebrate World Catholic Education Day. We give thanks to God each day for so many things, but today especially, we give thanks for the privilege of our Catholic Schools.

In our Catholic schools, we believe that our staff and students witness to others a life lived in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Pope Francis has said that the Catholic Church gives an authentic witness of God’s love for all men and women only when it fosters the grace of unity and communion. We can accomplish this by living up to the example set by Jesus Christ as a teacher and servant, revealing the Gospel by actions and not just words. Catholic schools with educators sustained by Gospel witness are places of faith where our students find their voice to be witnesses in the world.

Let us pray:

+ In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Loving God, we are signs of Your presence whenever we bear witness in this world Your glory, Your love and compassion, Your kindness and care, Your justice and peace. We pray that all people yearning to know Christ and the Church may encounter Him through the faithful and be transformed through the power of the Gospel. Inspire us to go out and make disciples by teaching others about the hope that lives in our hearts. Strengthen us to become luminous witnesses to the saving grace of Your Son, Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

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

Friday, May 14

Mark 5: Community Expand Image

Call to Prayer:

In our Catholic schools, we believe our students, staff and parents are honoured as distinct and unique while being brought together in a spirit of communion. Our Catholic school community belongs to all and each person has a significant contribution to make. We create a school environment that reflects the value and dignity of each individual. We strive to fulfill the responsibilities of his or her role in a conscientious and wholehearted manner. We cooperate with one another out of a spirit of mutual respect as sisters and brothers in Christ. We recognize the power of day-to-day personal encounter as a witness of truth and share the joy and hope of our Catholic faith.

Let us pray:

+ In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Loving God, You are present to us whenever we gather as a community of faith. We pray that our schools will be a bit of heaven where everyone feels accepted, loved, safe and cared for. Help our schools and our local communities be places of faith so that we can help others believe in You. Fill us with Your Spirit so that as one Body of Christ, we may reflect Your light and love each other and the whole world. We ask this of Jesus, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

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