Parish Religious Education Program
Prayer: The Faith Prayed (Catechetical Theme for 2016 -17)
Our Lord’s disciples frequently observed him interrupting his journeys in order to spend long hours alone in prayer to his heavenly Father. They were moved to ask him to teach them to pray. May we be moved this year to do the same as an essential element of our discipleship. May we all draw closer to the Lord & to one another through a deeper & more faithful commitment to prayer, in private & with others, in communion with the sacramental life of the church.
What the saints have said about prayer:
St Therese of Lisieux – “… prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward
Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and love, embracing both trial and joy.”
St. Francis de Sales says that “everyone of us needs half an hour of prayer each day except when
we’re busy – then we need an hour.”
St. Theresa of Calcutta – “I don’t think there is anyone who needs God’s help & grace as much as I
do. Sometimes I feel so helpless and so weak…I rely on him twenty-four hours a day. I cling to God
through prayer. I realize that praying to him is loving him.”
- Why do you pray? When do you pray? How do you pray?
- What are you doing to deepen your prayer life?
- What is your favorite prayer?
1st Grade PREP students at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church made Easter baskets at their Family Night. The baskets were delivered to the Rose Garden Home Mission in Covington.