Daily Prayers

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.