Daily Prayers

February 16, 2018

As we get ready to go on Winter Break, we are reminded that even Jesus took time to get away from his ministry in order to pray and be renewed.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, as we go off on vacation trips and take time off next week, keep us safe and help us to use this time to refresh and renew our bodies, minds and spirits. May we return from the break energized and motivated to continue our studies and our growth as your children.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

February 15, 2018

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says that to follow Him we must be willing to carry our own crosses, not heavy and wooden but the ordinary difficulties of ordinary life. Some people carry heavier crosses than others, but Jesus is there to help us bear every one of them.

Let us pray.

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

Lord God, you sent Jesus to offer his life to save us from sin and death. Help us to carry our daily crosses without complaining. Instead, let us offer them to you.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

February 14, 2018

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  In the spirit of the season, we will be focusing on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.  We encourage you to choose one and make it your Lenten discipline this year. We also encourage you to participate in our Power Down to Power Up program for Lent. Turn off all electronic devices for one hour each day and use that freedom to focus on prayer and relationships with others.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, help us to use this season of Lent to grow spiritually so that we can become the people you call us to be.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

February 13, 2018

In Paul’s first Letter to the Corinthians, he tells us, “Let everything you do be done in love.” It is in the same letter that he reminds us that of the three great virtues, Faith, Hope and Love, the greatest is love.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, tomorrow, as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, guide our actions and our words with your gift of love. Let our celebrations be marked by observing your commandment to love one another.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for  us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

February 12, 2018

Today is the birthday of Abraham Lincoln.  As the 16th president, Mr. Lincoln is remembered for preserving the Union of our country and for the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves.

Let us pray.

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

Gracious and glorious God, from the life of Abraham Lincoln we can learn so many lessons: the value of working diligently to achieve our goals, the need to try again when we fail, the strength that comes from hope, the immorality of discriminating against another person because of the color of his skin or her station in life. As Abraham Lincoln was called the Great Emancipator, help us not to forget that you, O God, are the greatest emancipator.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

February 9, 2018

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says, “Happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God.” It has been said that “It’s not having what you want, but it’s wanting what you’ve got” that brings joy. How much time and energy do you spend being disappointed because you don’t have certain material things?

Let us pray.

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

Lord, today, help us to appreciate the things that we do have and not to waste time wishing for material things that we don’t need. Help us put more emphasis on relationships and less emphasis on material goods.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

February 7, 2018

In his Letter to the Ephesians, Saint Paul prays that through the power of the Holy Spirit, our hidden selves will grow strong so that we will be filled with the utter fullness of God.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, send the power of your Spirit into the lives of the sophomores who are spending this day getting to know each other and you in a special way.  Send that same Spirit to each of us, so that as we go about our tasks this day, we will be filled with the power necessary to become the people you have called us to be.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

February 6, 2018

Today the Church remembers Paul Miki and his twenty-five companions, all of whom died for their faith in Japan in the 16th century. Responding to Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples of all nations,” they spread the Good News in the face of persecution, even to the point of death.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, in your goodness you have sent missionaries to all parts of the earth to announce your message of salvation. Help us to treasure our faith and give us the courage to share it lovingly with all those we meet.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

In the name of the Father, the son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

February 5, 2018

Today the Church honors Saint Agatha, a third century Italian girl who refused to deny Jesus and for that she was put to death. Her love for Jesus was so strong that she was willing to die for him.

Let us pray.

Lord God, increase our love for you and our devotion to the Faith. Inspired by the example of Saint Agatha let our words and our choices help us to make you Number One in our lives.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Saint Agatha…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

February 2, 2018

Today is the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.  In the Gospel of Luke we read, “And when the day came for them to be purified, as laid down by the Law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord…” Jesus came from a good Jewish family and throughout his life, practiced his faith with consistency and with fervor. Even while he spoke out against unjust practices by the religious leaders, Jesus never ceased observing the practices of his faith.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, help us to practice our faith with the fervor and the consistency that you did. May we work from within our religious traditions to bring about the unity and the peace that you promise to all believers.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

February 1, 2018

In his Letter to the Galatians, Paul writes: “Faith in Christ Jesus is what makes each of you equal with each other, whether you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a free person, a man or a woman.”

Let us pray.

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

Lord, as we begin Black History Month, let us be mindful of the need to see each person as our equal. Help us to avoid prejudice in all its forms. Through embracing our diversity, help us to discover true unity.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And Let us remember to…pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

January 31, 2018

Today is the feast of St. John Bosco, a priest who lived in the 19th century and is known for educating youth and placing emphasis on love, rather than punishment. As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, we pray for renewed commitment to spreading God’s love in all of our Catholic schools.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, through the intercession of St. John Bosco, may our teachers be equipped to be the best of educators and may our students be truly open to learning.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

January 30, 2018

In Psalm 89 we read, “Happy the people who learn to praise the Lord! They will live in the light of God’s favor. They will rejoice in His name all day and rejoice in His righteousness.”

Let us pray.

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

Lord, you have given us this day and for that we give you praise. We praise you for the many gifts you bestow on us and we ask you to help us to remember that everything comes from you. Let all that we do today give praise to you.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…  pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

January 29, 2018

In his Letter to Timothy, Paul tells us to remember who our teachers are and to put into good use the lessons we have learned. Yesterday, we began Catholic Schools Week. Many people have made and continue to make great sacrifices so that we can enjoy a Catholic education at Saint Mary’s.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this school community. Help us to appreciate the gift of learning in an environment that focuses on the teachings of Jesus. Bless those who have given us this opportunity.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…  pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

January 26, 2018

Today is the feast of Saints Timothy and Titus.  In his first Letter to Timothy, Paul writes, “Do not let people disregard you because you are young, but be an example to all believers in the way you speak and behave, and in your love, your faith and your purity…You have within you a spiritual gift…do not let it go unused.”

Let us pray.

In the Name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Lord, as we go through this day, help us to remember who we are as children of God. Do not allow us to use our age as an excuse, but rather, help us to be shining examples of faith by what we say and do.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Saints Timothy and Titus…  pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.

In the Name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

January 25, 2018

Today is the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul. A well-known enemy of Christians, Paul encountered Jesus after being literally knocked off of his high horse. This encounter with Jesus immediately changed Paul’s heart and he became a passionate disciple of Christ.

Let us pray.

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

Lord Jesus, fill our hearts with love for you. Send your Holy Spirit to those whose hearts have been hardened against you and your Church. Like Saint Paul, may those who were once your enemies become your most passionate followers.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Saint Paul the Apostle…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

January 19, 2018

Today is the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. We pray for those who are there, speaking for those who cannot. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”

Let us pray.

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

Lord God, we pray for an increased respect for all human life. Increase our compassion and love, so that we may reverence all life, be it a child in the womb, an elderly person, a family marginalized by poverty, or a penitent prisoner. Help us as a nation to recognize that none of us has the right to judge the worth of another person’s life. Today we especially pray for children in the womb and the women who carry them. Guide them and protect them.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Mother of the Innocent…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

January 18, 2018

In the Gospel of Mark, a man asks Jesus to heal his withered hand. Jesus tells him, “Stretch out your hand.” The man does and he is healed.  God will answer our prayers, but we need to make some effort in the process.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, give us the courage to reach out to you and not be afraid to seek your help. Increase our faith so that we can participate with you in our own redemption.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

January 17, 2018

Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Anthony of the Desert. Born in 1195, St. Anthony gave up all of his belongings and moved to the desert to live a life of fasting and prayer. Known as the father of all monks, St. Anthony is a great example of how dedication to prayer can make one a gentle person of wisdom.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, guided by the example of St. Anthony; help us to be more devoted to you. Give us the discipline to make prayer the center of our lives.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Saint Anthony…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other

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

January 16, 2018

In his Letter to the Galatians, Paul says, “There are no more distinctions between Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female, but all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” Martin Luther King, who our nation celebrated yesterday, said “I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Let us pray.

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

Lord God, help us to avoid prejudice in all its forms. We pray that the dream of Martin Luther King, through the promises of Christ, will be realized in our midst.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…  pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other

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

January 12, 2018

The writer of the Letter to the Hebrews says, “Every day keep encouraging one another…” We can easily get so wrapped up in our own lives that we forget that we are part of a community. My day may be going fine, but what about my classmates? Am I sensitive to what they are going through? We need each other.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, today help us to see the needs in the people around us. Give us the words of encouragement that our friends need to get through this day. Help us to be a source of strength for each other.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for each other.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

January 11, 2018

A man with leprosy once walked up to Jesus and said, “Sir, if you want to, you can cure me.” Jesus immediately touched him and the man was healed. This leper made the first move. He went to Jesus with full confidence that what he needed would be done for him. Do we have faith like that?

Let us pray.

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

Lord, increase our faith this day. Give us the confidence to know that there is nothing that you can’t do for us. We only need to ask.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…  pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for us.

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

January 10, 2018

In the Gospel of Mark we read about Jesus waking early in the morning to go off by himself to pray. Often in the Gospels, Jesus is found seeking solitude in order to make time for being alone with God. If Jesus, the third person of the Blessed Trinity, needed to make time to pray, how much more do we need to make time to be alone with God?

Let us pray.

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

Lord, just as your Son, Jesus, found strength, comfort and joy in spending time with you, help us to make time in our lives to do the same. Give us the discipline needed to be faithful in prayer.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

January 9, 2018

Among the corporal Works of Mercy is the call to give shelter to the homeless. Jesus said that whenever we do this to the least of his people, we do it or him. Today, the proceeds from our dress down day will go to Project Rebuild, our school’s way of living out this corporal Work of Mercy.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, thank you for the generosity placed in the hearts of all who are participating in today’s dress down day. Increase in all of us the desire to serve your people and in so doing, show our love for you.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.

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

January 8, 2018

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus. The crowds who watched heard the voice of God say, “This is my beloved Son.  Listen to Him.”

Let us pray.

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

Lord, your Baptism showed the way for all of us who need to make changes in our lives in order to become what we were meant to be. Help us today to recognize your voice and to listen to you as you guide us through our lives.

 Saint Marcellin Champagnat…  pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

January 3, 2018

On January 2, 1817, St. Marcellin Champagnat started the Marist Brothers, dedicated to making Jesus known and loved through the education of young people. For 201 years, schools like ours have been guided by the Marists to bring the Gospel alive under the protection of our Blessed Mother.

Let us pray.

Lord, as we celebrate the two hundred and first anniversary of the Marists, we pray in thanksgiving for the Marist brothers and lay people who have served St. Mary’s High School. We ask you to help us continue the mission to make Jesus known and loved and to bring young people to Jesus, through Mary.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

December 15, 2017

Advent is a time of preparing for the coming of the Lord. How are your Christmas preparations coming?

Let us pray.

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

Lord, within the busyness of all that is taking place in our lives these days, help us to find time to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.  Help us to prepare a way for the Lord in our hearts.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

December 14, 2017

Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St. John of the Cross, a sixteenth century priest and doctor of the Church. In his great work, Dark Night of the Soul, St. John writes about his own spiritual crisis, when he had difficulty sensing God’s presence in hi life. The Dark Night is part of most people’s spiritual journey. The key is to trust in God to bring us through these times into the light of His presence.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, although sometimes we have difficulty in knowing you are with us, we ask for the grace to continue to look for you. In the Spirit of this season, help us to stay awake and be on the lookout for your coming in every aspect of our lives.

Saint John of the Cross…pray for us.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…  pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

December 13, 2017

Today the Church honors Saint Lucy, a third century virgin and martyr. As a teenager Lucy was know for her tremendous faith and her beautiful eyes. After refusing to marry a pagan man he had Lucy arrested, tortured and eventually put to death for her faith. Legend has it that the man had Lucy’s eyes removed during the torture, but that God replaced them.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, through the intercession of Saint Lucy, patroness of the blind, give us clear vision to see you as we prepare for your coming this Advent.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.December 12, 2017

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas. In the Gospel of Luke we hear Mary say to the Angel, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.” Mary’s willingness to allow God to be the author of her life brought Jesus into our lives.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, thank you for coming to us as one of us.  Give us the faith of Mary so that we may be able to say yes to whatever you desire of us.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Our Lady of Guadalupe…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

December 11, 2017

As we begin the second week of Advent, we hear how John the Baptist fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah. His is the voice that cries out, “Prepare the way of the Lord.” How are you preparing for the coming of the Lord?

Let us pray.

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

Lord, we join our voices with the early Church as we cry out, “Come Lord Jesus.” Come into our world with your Spirit of justice. Come into our homes with your Spirit of peace. Come into our hearts with your Spirit of love.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

December 7, 2017

On this date in 1941, the Japanese air and naval forces attacked the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor.  We remember, with gratitude, the servicemen and women who lost their lives in that attack, as well as all those who have given their lives in the service of our country.  In this time of war against terror, we are especially aware of the need to come together as a nation to seek justice and peace.

Let us pray.

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

Thank you for the people who volunteer to serve our country in the armed forces. In this season of Advent, when we recall the words of Isaiah who spoke of a time when there would be no more war, we pray for a fulfillment of that prophecy, so that we can live in peace. We pray especially for the troops who will spend this Christmas season in harm’s way.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace … pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

December 6, 2017

Today is the feast of Saint Nicholas, a fourth century bishop whom many associate with the legendary figure of Santa Claus. When he heard about a man who had no money for his daughters’ dowries, Saint Nicholas, who had a rather large inheritance, went by at night and threw three bags of gold over the fence, one for each daughter. Although this gave rise to the tradition of giving gifts at Christmastime, St. Nicholas was simply living out Christ’s command to love one another by giving to those who need.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, as we prepare for the celebration of your birth, help us to focus on the true meaning of Christmas.  Give us generous hearts and a willingness to respond to the needs of the poor in our midst. Help our Advent giving drive to be successful.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our God Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

December 5, 2017

In Psalm 27 we read: “One thing I ask of the Lord, to dwell in His house all the days of my life.” At this time of year, many of us are compiling lists of things we want for Christmas. The psalmist reminds us that given only one gift to choose, the most important is a right relationship with God.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, today we ask you to strengthen our relationship with you. As we face the many distractions of the commercial Holiday Season, help us to keep our focus on the true meaning of the seasons of Advent and Christmas: to ready ourselves for your coming into our hearts.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our God Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.

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

December 4, 2017

Yesterday we began the season of Advent.  This is a period of four weeks of preparation for the coming of Jesus on three levels:  The coming of the Christ-child at Christmas; the second coming at the end of time; and the on-going coming of Christ in our hearts and lives.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, as we enter into the season of Advent, help us to focus on the things that will best prepare us to be ready for you when you come at last.  May this time of waiting be a time of renewal of commitment to the Gospel.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our God Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to …pray for each other.

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

December 1, 2017

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells the story of the poor widow who offered her last two small coins. He says, “I tell you truly, this poor widow has put in more than anyone. She has given all that she has.” Anyone can donate what he or she would otherwise be throwing away. The true Christian gives that which is considered of value.

Let us pray.

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

Dear God, as the Advent season gets underway, may we learn to give not of our surplus, but of our substance.  Help us to respond to our Advent Giving Drive with generous hearts.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

November 30, 2017

Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Andrew, one of the twelve Apostles. In Matthew’s Gospel, we hear how Jesus saw Andrew and his brother, Simon Peter, fishing and he invited them to follow him and become fishers of men. Andrew immediately began to follow Jesus and spent his life spreading the Good News.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, like Saint Andrew, may our answer to Jesus’ invitation to follow him always be an immediate “Yes!”

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Saint Andrew…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

November 29, 2017

Tonight the junior class will receive their class pins and rings. Each pin and ring, with its symbols, is a sign of the wearer’s connection to the great tradition that is St. Mary’s. It is also a sign of the connection to the immediate community of the student’s graduating class, as well as our school community’s connection to God.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, thank you for the members of the class of 2019 and for the presence of your love that has helped to bond the members of this class together. As they pray together this evening, may they come to a deeper appreciation of their place in our tradition and may we all continue to grow as a school community.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

November 28, 2017

In the Letter of James, we are warned about uncontrolled language. James compares the tongue to the rudder of a ship, saying that this very small muscle has great power over the entire person because of the words we speak. How often do we speak without thinking? How often do we use words that offend?

Let us pray.

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

Lord, help us to control our language.  Help us to become people whose words reflect our goodness.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…  pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

November 27, 2017

Yesterday, the Church celebrated the feast of Christ the King. Jesus came to show us that great leaders use their position not for personal gain, but for the good of the people in their charge. In Jesus, we see the true King who lays down his life for his people. In Christ’s kingdom, the law of love rules.

Let us pray.

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

Lord Jesus, we pray for all of our elected officials and for all world leaders, that they will exercise their power for the good of the people they serve.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

November 22, 2017

Today is the feast of Saint Cecelia. Cecelia lived in the second century and was martyred for refusing to renounce her faith in Jesus. Her death consisted of three days of continual torture, which she endured by singing praises to God. The Church designates Cecelia as the patroness of all musicians. If you know a musician, wish him or her a happy feast day today.

Let us pray.

In the name of the Father the Son nad the Holy Spirit.

Lord, through the intercession of St. Cecelia, help us to endure our trials with perseverance and to cherish the gift of music in our lives.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Saint Cecelia…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

November 21, 2017

Psalm 118 begins by saying, “I give thanks to you, God, for you are good, your love is everlasting!” Tonight is our annual seniors versus faculty basketball game.  This community-building event that will also benefit the people of Puerto Rico is an opportunity for the love that abounds here to be shared and to grow.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, we thank you for the spirit that abounds in our school community. As we celebrate this evening, keep us mindful of the many gifts you have given us. Help us to respond with hearts of gratitude and willingness to share. We also pray for the people of  Puerto Rico and all others still recovering from natural disasters.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

November 20, 2017

In the Gospel of Luke we read of how a blind man asks Jesus to allow him to see. Jesus responds by restoring his sight and proclaiming that it was the man’s faith that saved him. The healing was a gift; the ability to see is a gift. We all have been given so many gifts from God each day.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, as our nation readies to celebrate Thanksgiving, help us to show our appreciation to you and to our loved ones. To you and to them we are grateful for our material goods, for our abilities, for our relationships and for the many opportunities placed before us. We are truly blessed.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.

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

November 16, 2017

In his Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul tells us that we each have gifts given to us by God and we are to use these gifts to build up God’s kingdom.  This weekend, many of our classmates will be using their gifts to bring joy and entertainment to those who come to see the performing arts show.

Let us pray for their success.

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

Lord, thank you for the many and varied gifts that you have bestowed on the members of our school community.  Be with the students who will be performing this weekend.  Help us all to encourage one another to use our gifts.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.

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

November 15, 2017

Today the Church honors Saint Albert the Great, a 13thcentury Dominican theologian who wrote extensively in the fields of science, philosophy, and religion.  We invoke St. Albert to pray for us in our religion classes here at Saint Mary’s as we seek to grow in our understanding of our faith.

Let us pray.

Lord, thank you for the gift of being in a Catholic School where we are able to learn about you and your Church. Through the intercession of St. Albert the Great, may we come to a fuller understanding of your call in our lives. Help us to grow in our faith and our ability to articulate it.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Saint Albert…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

November 14, 2017

As we receive our report cards today, it is good to remember that these are instruments to help us grow.  The report card tells us how we are doing and in what areas we need to work harder. Let us join in the attitude of the psalmist who says: “Teach me the way in which I should walk, O Lord; For to You I lift up my soul”

Let us pray.

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

Lord, thank you for the opportunities you give us to grow. Help us to learn about ourselves from the grades that we receive today. As we evaluate our progress, inspire us to always reach to climb higher.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

 

November 13, 2017

Today is the feast day of Saint Frances Cabrini. Born in Italy, Mother Cabrini founded the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1880. Pope Leo the twelfth urged Mother Cabrini to go to the Unite States to help the Italian immigrants there. She and her sisters then founded an orphanage, hospitals, schools and convents. Today the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus care for immigrants and those in need in 15 countries.

Let us pray.

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

Today we pray for all immigrants; those who leave their homes for a variety of reasons and struggle with the challenge of being accepted in a new country where they try to make better lives for themselves and their families. Through the intercession of Saint Frances Cabrini, may these children of yours find welcome and acceptance.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Saint Frances Cabrini…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

November 9, 2017

Tomorrow our nation will celebrate Veterans Day.  This holiday, first created at the conclusion of World War I as Armistice Day, is our nation’s official celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. The original congressional resolution stated: “It is fitting that the recurring anniversary be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.”

Let us pray.

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

Lord, we thank you for the many men and women who have served our nation and the world by serving in the military. We pray for our service men and women deployed around the globe and for peace throughout the world.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Our Lady, Queen of Peace…pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.

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

November 8, 2017

In Paul’s Letter to the Romans, he tells us to “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.” Jesus reminds us that by following the law of love, we have all of the commandments covered.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, you gave us your Commandments to help us to know how to live in ways that please you. Help us to strive daily to live your law of love.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

November 7, 2017

One hundred years ago the Blessed Mother appeared several times to three children in Fatima, Portugal. These apparitions of Our Lady have been confirmed as genuine by the Church and for a century, Catholics have turned to Our Lady of Fatima for help and have heeded her call to pray the Rosary for peace on earth.

Today in our church, the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be on display until 8 pm.

Let us pray.

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

O Most Holy Virgin Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, you were pleased to appear to the children of Fatima and reveal a glorious message. We implore you, inspire in our hearts a fervent love for the recitation of the Rosary. By meditating on the mysteries of the redemption that are recalled therein, may we obtain the graces and virtues that we ask, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Our Lady of Fatima…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

November 6, 2017

When we sing the 69th Psalm, the refrain comforts us with the assurance that the Lord hears the cry of the poor. Our God does not turn a deaf ear to those who are in need. On the contrary, it is for those who are most in need that God sends his Spirit of justice and mercy.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, as we continue our Thanksgiving food drive, help us to bear in mind that we are your arms and legs. Make us extensions of your love in the world so that we can help to feed your beloved children. Give success to the work of our hands.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

November 3, 2017

Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Martin De Porres. St. Martin lived in the early 17th century in Peru. A religious brother in the Dominican order, St. Martin spent his days praying, fasting, cooking and cleaning in the monastery. He begged for money that he used to take care of the poor. He is the patron saint of social justice.

 Let us pray.

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

Jesus, you came to lift up the lowly and set captives free. Through the intercession of St. Martin de Porres, give justice and peace to those who are unjustly persecuted. Increase in us a desire to stand up for the least among us.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
St. Martin de Porres…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

November 2, 2017

Today is the feast of All Souls. On this day, Christians remember their deceased relatives and friends with respect. In the Book of Maccabbees we are told that it is a good and noble thing to pray for the dead.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord our God, we remember with love, these friends and relatives of our school community who have died this past year: Lawrence Abbatangelo, Aforme Agawu, Thomas E. Curran, Sr., Elijah Fisher, Joy Friend, Neil Goldfarb, Ruth Maria Klement, Kathleen O’Connell, David Ross, Mark Shaffer, Lorraine Dudley Stanfield, James A.Tomlinson, and Hector Warner, Sr.
May they rest in peace. Amen. And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Our Lady of Consolation…pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
October 31, 2017
Today is Halloween, or All Hallows Eve: the day before All Saints Day.
The Bible tells us that a saint is a holy one of God – one who has a close relationship with God. Although the Church has formalized a process of recognizing certain people for their particular holiness – we are all called to sainthood – to be counted among God’s beloved.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, as we celebrate Halloween, keep us mindful of the need to remember the saints who have gone before us and of our call to sainthood. Bring joy and success to our Halloween Dance-A-Thon. Keep us and all the children who will go trick-or-treating safe today.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

October 30, 2017

In the Gospel of Luke, we read of Jesus seeing a woman who is bent over with crippling back pain. Without a word, he goes to her and lays hands on her, healing her of her illness. Jesus showed great compassion for a sister who was suffering.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son ad the Holy Spirit.
Lord, your compassion is endless. Please help us to imitate you by loving and caring for those around us every day.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
October 27, 2017

In Psalm 119 we read the plea: “Turn my eyes away from looking at foolish things Lord, and keep me focused on your way.”

We often expend much of our energy on things that are trivial, and in doing so, we have little left for the important things in life. The Scriptures remind us that we need to place our efforts and our energy in the things that are Godly.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, like the psalmist we ask you to keep us focused on you. Grant us wisdom and knowledge that we may serve you with joy, putting our efforts into the things that really matter.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to …pray for each other.

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

October 26, 2017
Jesus said, “The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed that a person took and planted and grew into the largest of shrubs.” Faith is like that seed. We just need a small amount of faith and if we nurture it with prayer, it will grow tremendously.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, give us that mustard seed faith. Help us to nurture our faith with prayer and to help others grow by our acts of love.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Mother of God…pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
October 25, 2017
Today and tomorrow members of the sophomore class will be on retreat. We remember them and the seniors who are with them in our prayers.
In his letter to the Ephesians, Saint Paul prays that through the power of the Holy Spirit, our hidden selves will grow strong so that we will be filled with the utter fullness of God.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, send the power of your Spirit into the lives of the sophomores who are spending a day getting to know themselves and you in a special way. Send that same Spirit to each of us, so that as we go about our tasks this day, we will be filled with the power necessary to become the people you have called us to be.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to..pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
October 24, 2017

Today the Church honors St. Anthony Mary Claret, a Spanish bishop who lived in the 19th century. As a missionary from Spain to Cuba, he took on the middle name Mary as a sign of his great devotion to our Blessed Mother.

Let us pray.

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

Father, you have given us the Blessed Virgin Mary as our Mother. Like Saint Anthony Claret, help us to know and love Mary more and more, that, through her intercession, we may increasingly know your Son.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.

Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.

And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

October 20, 2017

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says,“Woe to you, Pharisees!  You are clean on the outside while on the inside you are filled with wickedness.” If there was one thing that really bothered Jesus, it was a hypocrite.  Anyone can act holy.  But do we really live the message of the Gospel?  Jesus challenges us to respond to the letter of James, which says, “Be doers of the Word, not just hearers of it.”Let us pray.

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

Lord, help us today to be people of integrity.  Allow our actions to demonstrate our faith.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.

Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.

And let us remember to… pray for each other.

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

October 19, 2017
Through the prophet Isaiah, we are reminded that we are all precious in God’s sight. God says: “Even if a mother could forsake her own child, I will never forget you; I have carved you in the palm of my hand.” During Respect Life month, let us remember just how precious the gift of life, in all its stages really is.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, help us to be respectful of all people at every stage of life. Today we pray for the unborn, for the poor, the elderly, the terminally ill and for all those whose lives are threatened. Make us defenders of those who are unable to defend themselves.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
October 18, 2017
Today the Church celebrates the feast of St. Luke, author of the third Gospel and the Book of Acts. The theme of Luke’s Gospel is that Jesus came to save all people, especially those considered least by society.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, you came to bring good news to the poor and to set captives free. Help us to continue the mission of your Church as we reach out to all people without prejudice, bringing the Gospel to those who need it the most.
Saint Luke, the Evangelist…pray for us.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
October 17, 2017
Today the Church honors Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop of Antioch who, after 40 years of preaching the Gospel, was arrested and put to death for his faith. Ignatius lived out the words of Saint Paul, who in his letter to the Romans says, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel.”
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, through the intercession of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, give us the courage to spread the Gospel by our words and our actions. Never let us be embarrassed to be known as believers in you.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
October 13, 2017
In the Book of Acts, we find this description of the early Church: “The many miracles and signs worked through the apostles made a deep impression on everyone. They shared gladly and took care of each other’s needs. Day by day more people were added to their number.” Sunday, we will show a similar picture of the Saint Mary’s High School community to those who come to our Open House.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, we pray for the success of our Open House. Help us to show the things that are great about this school to all the people who come on Sunday. Just as you added to the number of disciples in the Book of Acts, move the hearts of those coming to visit us to see how they can find a home in our school community.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
October 12, 2017
Today, members of the freshman class will be on a retreat. We remember them and the six seniors who are with them in our prayers today.
In his Letter to the Ephesians, Saint Paul prays that through the power of the Holy Spirit, our hidden selves will grow strong so that we will be filled with the utter fullness of God.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, send the power of your Spirit into the lives of the freshmen who are spending this day getting to know themselves and you in a special way. Send that same Spirit to each of us, so that as we go about our tasks this day, we will be filled with the power necessary to become the people you have called us to be.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
October 11, 2017

In Paul’s Letter to the Philippians we read, “Don’t worry about anything, pray about everything, and don’t forget to thank God for His answer.” Today, as we take our tests, let us not allow worry and anxiety to stand in our way. Rather, let us do our best, pray that it’s blessed, and let God take care of the rest.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, give us the peace that passes all understanding as we go about our tasks this day.  Help us to concentrate, to remember and to apply our knowledge as we take our tests.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary Our Good Mother …pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.

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

October 10, 2017
In the parable of the Final Judgment found in Matthew 25, Jesus tells us that when we give water to anyone who is thirsty, we are doing it for Jesus. The Church calls this a Corporal Work of Mercy. Thus, anyone who brings water in this week for the hurricane victims in Puerto Rico is doing a Corporal Work of Mercy.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, we thank you for the many blessings we enjoy in our lives. Help us to show our gratitude for those blessings by being instruments of your mercy to our brothers and sisters in need. Give success to the H2O for Puerto Rico drive this week.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
October 6, 2017

The Church dedicates the month of October to Mary and tomorrow is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  The Rosary is a simple, meditative prayer form that helps us to focus on significant events in the life of Christ. The common prayer of the Rosary is the Hail Mary, which is based on the conversation that Mary had with Elizabeth as recorded in the Gospel according to Luke.

Together, let us pray this prayer of the Church.

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

Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, and blest is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God,
Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Our Lady of the Rosary…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

October 5, 2017
In Luke’s Gospel, we hear Jesus say, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Jesus isn’t talking about farming; he’s talking about the need for his followers to get out and spread the Good News. How will you answer this call?
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, thank you for the people who have answered the call to serve you as priests, consecrated religious brothers and nuns and dedicated lay ministers in the Church. Send your Spirit into the hearts of the students in our community so that more of them will answer your all to serve.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.
October 4, 2017
Today is the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.  Francis lived in the 11th and 12th centuries. As a young man he gave up his family’s wealth and devoted his life to simplicity, prayer and service.  Several orders of men and women have been founded on Francis’ model of poverty, simplicity and service to the people of God.

Let us pray the prayer of Saint Francis.

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

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O divine 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.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Saint Francis of Assisi…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.

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

October 3, 2017
October is Respect Life Month. In the book of the prophet Jeremiah, we read, “Before I knit you in the womb, I knew you; Before you came to birth I consecrated you.”
As we reflect on these words that God speaks through Jeremiah, we come to see that even before birth, we are unique individuals, loved by God as his children. Even before we were born, God knew us. Even before we were born, we were considered special by God.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, thank you for loving us and considering us special, from the very moment we were conceived. Help us to see all people, even those yet to be born, as precious.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
October 2, 2017
Today the Church celebrates guardian angels. Psalm 91 reminds us that God will charge his angels to guide us so that we are never alone. No matter what you go through today, God will place His angels beside you to help you through.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, thank you for your unlimited love. May your angels protect us as we go through this day.Help us to know that we are never alone.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.
September 29, 2017

Today is the feast of the archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Angels are spiritual beings mentioned in the Bible as messengers of God. They announce God’s presence, they protect God’s people and they lead the heavenly praises of God.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, today we thank you for the angels you have placed in our service.  We ask the archangels to protect the soccer teams as they play the night games this evening. We ask that you send your angels with the seniors who will be on retreat this weekend.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
God’s holy angels…pray for us.
Our Lady, Queen of Angels…pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.

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

September 28, 2017

Today is the feast of Saint Wenceslaus, a tenth century king of Bohemia whose love for Jesus inspired him to be a compassionate and kind leader of his people. He was known for his tender care for the poor and oppressed in his land.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, work in the hearts of those entrusted with authority in our society. Help them and all of us to love you with our whole hearts, to treat others with kindness and compassion and to defend justice.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Saint Wenceslaus…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

September 27, 2017
Today is the Feast of Saint Vincent de Paul. Saint Vincent lived in the 17th century. He formed a group of people whose mission was to bring good news to the peasants of France. That group has grown into a worldwide society that continues to spread the Gospel by doing works of charity. The volunteer work that our own Campus Ministry performs is an extension of this response to Jesus’ call to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and help the needy among us. If you know anyone named Vincent, wish him a happy feast day today.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, pour out your blessings on the works of charity performed by the students of Saint Mary’s. Through the intercession of Saint Vincent de Paul, give success to the works of our Campus Ministry, so that your love will be spread to those who are less fortunate than we are.
Saint Vincent de Paul…pray for us.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
September 26, 2017
Today the Church remembers Saints Cosmas and Damian, who lived in the third century. Twin brothers and physicians known for treating people for free, they were eventually martyred. If you know any physicians or people named Cosmas or Damian, wish them a happy feast day today.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, through the intercession of Saints Cosmas and Damian, may we have the courage to profess our faith no matter the cost. Give us the same compassion that led these two saints to care for others without seeking any reward.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.
In the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
September 25, 2017
In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says, “No one lights a lamp and covers it with a bowl or puts it under a bed. Instead, it is put on the lamp stand, so that people will see the light as they come in.”
In the same way, we must not hide the gifts and talents that God has blessed us with. Rather, we must use our gifts for the good of all people.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, thank you for the talents and abilities you have given us. Help us to cultivate our gifts and to place them in the service of your people.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.
In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

September 22, 2017

In his Gospel account, Luke tells us that Jesus traveled accompanied by the Twelve Apostles and several women. The importance of women to the spread of the Gospel extends from the time of Jesus, throughout history, to this very day. Whether they are canonized saints, our own mothers, women religious or Mary, our Blessed mother and patroness, women have played an important role in the life of the Church.

Let us pray.

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

Lord, we thank you for the women who have taught us and nurtured our faith. Bless our mothers, our aunts, our sisters and our women teachers who have touched our lives in many powerful ways.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

 

September 21, 2017

Today is the feast of St. Matthew, the tax collector.  Matthew heard the call of Jesus and gave up his extremely high-paying job and very easy lifestyle to become a member of the unpopular followers of Jesus.  In the end, he realized that spiritual wealth is far greater than material possessions. If you know anyone named Matthew, wish him a happy feast day today.

Let us pray.

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

God, help us to place value on the things that really count.  Give us strength to resist the overwhelming temptation to strive for material goods and instead, put all our energy into working towards becoming the people you call us to be.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Saint Matthew…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.

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

 

September 20, 2017

In the first Letter of Peter we read: “If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”
Today the Church celebrates the Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs. These Korean priests and more than 90 Korean lay men and women were tortured in the late 19th century, but remained steadfast in their faith. If you know anyone who is Korean, wish them a happy feast day today.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, through the intercession of these Korean Saints and Martyrs, give us the strength to stand up proudly and live our faith, no matter what people around us may be saying or doing. Increase religious tolerance and respect in our world so that acts of terror in the name of religion will cease.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

September 19, 2017

Today is the feast of Saint Januarius, Bishop of Naples, Italy in the third century who, after hiding many Christians from the persecution of Diocletian, was caught himself and beheaded. If you know anyone from Naples, wish them a happy feast day today.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, give us the faith of the martyrs who, like Saint Januarius, were willing to die rather than give up their faith in you. Help us to be willing to sacrifice for others so that we can spread your love.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

September 18, 2017

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Jesus is warning us of the danger of placing material goods over our spiritual and emotional well-being. If our relationships with people and with God are not right, all the money in the world will not make us happy.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Lord, help us to grow in our appreciation for one another and for you. Teach us to value what is truly important, so that we will become the people you have created us to be.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…. pray for us.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

September 15, 2017 

In the Gospel of John, Jesus looks down from the cross at the figures of Mary, his mother, and John, his beloved disciple and says, “Son, behold, your mother.” Today is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Mary, who stood by her son in his moment of greatest suffering, is given to us by Jesus, as our mother. In a very special way, our school community can relate to this spiritual reality.  United by our connection to Saint Mary’s, we are never alone in our own suffering.

Let us pray.

Lord, thank you for the gift of your sweet mother.  May the model of her compassion form us as we grow this year.  When we are hurting, help us to turn to you and to one another.  When we see pain in our brothers and sisters, give us the compassion necessary to reach out in love.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Our Lady of Sorrows…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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

 

September 14, 2017

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.  Originally looked upon as a symbol of complete and utter failure, Jesus changed the cross into a symbol of victory over sin and death.  Jesus carried His cross, died upon it and rose from death to give hope to all who suffer. How can you find hope in the struggles that are the crosses you bear?

Let us pray.

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

Lord, give us the strength to carry our own crosses today.  Help us to share your love with each other in order to make our crosses lighter and give us all the ultimate victory.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat… pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother… pray for us.
And let us remember to… pray for each other.

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

 

September 12, 2017

Today is the feast of the Holy Name of Mary.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is a model of faith. She said yes to God, even when she was afraid and confused. She stood at the foot of the cross, and as her heart was breaking, accepted the will of God. Our school takes Mary’s name as our own. We can look to Mary as our inspiration and our role model.
Let us pray.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, and blest is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to …pray for each other.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
September 11, 2017

On September 11, 2001, at 8:46 a.m., a hijacked passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.  At 9:03 a.m., a second hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston, crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center and exploded.  Then, at 9:43 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, killing all 58 passengers, four flight attendants, and both pilots on board, as well as 125 occupants of the Pentagon.  Twenty minutes later, Flight 93, hijacked and planned to crash into the capital building in Washington, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.

Today on the first floor in Immaculata and Marist Halls you can find a memorial with the names of alumni, family members and others with connections to the Saint Mary’s family who were lost on 9/11. Today we honor them and all who were lost on that day.

Let us pray.  

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Dear Father in Heaven, on this day we are reminded of the broken hearts that resulted from the tragedy of 9/11.
We remember the enormity of that tragedy.
We remember its senselessness.
We remember the devastation caused by it.
Yet, we also remember the examples of your love made present by the actions of so many.
Lord, protect us from all evil; from those who offend and those who take offense.
Continue to heal our world, our nation and especially the families who have suffered the loss of loved ones.
Bring wholeness to those who are hurting.
It is hard, Lord, not to hate, not to harbor vengeance.  Yet you call us to love.
Give us your peace.
May your peace settle once again upon our land and the world.
We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, victim of violence, bringer of peace and reconciliation.

Saint Marcellin Champagnat…pray for us.
Mary, Our Good Mother…pray for us.
And let us remember to…pray for each other.

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