Prayer for the Respect of Life
Heavenly Father, the beauty and dignity of human life was the crowning of your creation. You further ennobled that life when your Son became one with us in his incarnation. Help us to realize the sacredness of human life and to respect it from the moment of conception until the last moment of death. Give us courage to speak with truth and love and with conviction in defense of life. Help to extend the gentle hand of mercy and forgiveness to those who do not reverence your gift of life. To all, grant pardon for the times we have failed to be grateful for your precious gift of life or to respect it in others. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen
Prayer for the Dignity of Human Life
Lord and giver of all life, help us to value each person, created in love by you. In your mercy, guide and assist our efforts to promote the dignity and value of all human life, born and unborn. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayer for Canadian Home Missions
Heavenly Father, we pray for our Canadian home missions, from sea to sea to sea.
Take into Your care, through our prayer, our brothers and sisters in faith. We ask protection and strength in faith, hope and love.
Grant zeal with compassion to the missionaries who share the Gospel. Let your face shine upon them.
Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.
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Return to School Prayer Service
Education is a life-long experience that leads the students from where they are to where God wants them to be. The start of a new school year is filled with apprehension, excitement and hope as they enter a new stage in life.
As members of the Catholic Women’s League, we are called to pray for our communal well-being. We ask for God’s protection on our schools, staff and students. Together we pray that the Lord will be with them, guiding their journey with all the changes.
Sharon Malec is a Past Calgary Diocesan President and currently serves as Provincial Legislation Chair. As a mother, grandmother and retired school teacher, she is always concerned for the wellbeing of God's precious children. At the request of her CWL Council (St. Martha's, Lethbridge), Sharon prepared a beautiful prayer service for them to pray as the children return to school. They included the Rosary of the day after the Communal prayer, and their Spiritual Advisor, Fr William, gave a final blessing.
St. Martha's Council gifts this service to other CWL Councils with the desire that you will regard it as a living document and adapt it as you feel best serves your members and their families.
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Kathleen Winter composed this program for the 2020 Diocesan Convention and has made it available here for you to use as a resource for future meetings and events. Download copy (in Word so you can edit it to suit your event)
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Novena to Our Lady of Good Counsel
By Pope Pius XII, 23 January 1953
Pray the Novena for nine consecutive days, April 18-26.
Holy Virgin, moved by the painful uncertainty we experience in seeking and acquiring the true and the good, we cast ourselves at thy feet and invoke thee under the sweet title of Mother of Good Counsel. We beseech thee: come to our aid at this moment in our worldly sojourn when the twin darkness of error and of evil plot our ruin by leading minds and hearts astray.
Seat of Wisdom and Star of the Sea, enlighten the victims of doubt and of error, so that they may not be seduced by evil masquerading as good; strengthen them against the hostile and corrupting forces of passion and of sin.
Mother of Good Counsel, obtain for us our most urgent need (say your intention here) and secure for us from thy Divine Son the love of virtue and the strength to choose, in doubtful and difficult situations, the course agreeable to our salvation.
Supported by thy hand we shall thus journey without harm along the paths taught to us by the word and example of Jesus our Saviour, following the Sun of Truth and Justice in freedom and safety across the battlefield of life under the guidance of thy maternal Star, until we come at length to the harbor of salvation to enjoy with thee unalloyed and everlasting peace. Amen
- Our Father
- Hail Mary
- Glory Be
Then three times:
Our Lady of Good Counsel,
pray for us.
Prayer for a Safe Environment
Let us pray
Good and Gracious God
Hear the humble prayer of your people as we implore your mercy for the wrong that has been committed and the harm that has been done.
Bring healing to all who have suffered abuse and restore them to fullness of life.
Grant the spirit of repentance and penitence to all who have broken sacred trust and abused your beloved children. Reconcile us to one another and never allow us to be parted from you.
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your son, who has freed us from sin and death, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer adopted from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Prayer for our Church in these Difficult Times
In every age, you have been our refuge.
Yet again and still, we stand before you
asking for your protection on your holy Church.
For the victims of abuse and their families,
pour out your healing and your peace.
For the Bishops of this country,
continue to inspire their decisions,
and guide them with your Spirit.
For the thousands of good and faithful priests,
who have followed your call to serve you and your people in holiness,
sustain them by your grace.
For the faithful who are angry, confused, and searching for answers,
embrace them with your love,
restore their trust,
console them with your clear Gospel message,
and renew them with your sacraments.
We place our Church in your hands,
for without you we can do nothing.
May Jesus, our High Priest and true compass,
continue to lead her in every thought and action –
to be an instrument of justice,
a source of consolation,
a sacrament of unity,
and a manifestation of your faithful covenant.
Grant this through that same Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
From the National CWL Website
Used with permission from the author Rita Thiron, Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commission
Use this guide to pray the timeless prayers of the rosary. Whether praying on your own or with a group, the meditative repetition of the prayers infuses us with a sense of peace, comfort and spiritual well-being.
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The Seven Sorrows of Mary
The Sign of the Cross
The Act of Contrition –
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.
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Prayer to Our Lady, Health of the Sick
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain,
keeping your faith firm.
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Prayer for the Sick
Jesus, our Lord,
We ask you to have mercy on all who are sick.
Give them your strength and love,
And help them to carry this cross with faith.
May their sufferings be one with yours,
Overcome the power of evil
And lead others to our Father in heaven.
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer for you are Lord for ever and ever. Amen