|Resources to help
you guide your
child to grow up
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for the Sacrament of
An illustrated glossary which
you can share with your child
or use on your own.
about the Sacrament of
Daily Faith Sharing
A guide to how to do it
based on the readings from
each week's Sunday Mass
|you guide your
child to grow up
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Parents who are not
Some suggestions about how
you can take part in all this
Here is an easy-to-use,
Bible Study. 18 sessions in all.
Each has a 5-page worksheet
that you all can share. All
you need is your own Bible.
The cost of this is 99¢ per
Get them all in a handy zip
Simply. Sustainably. In
solidarity with the Poor.
This is a 14 step process on
the web site which walks
you through a series of
household exercises leading
to a life more in keeping
with Gospel values.
Exciting but challenging!
|Help your child learn the motions for this key prayer. Touch the forehead, the rib cage, the left shoulder, and then the
right shoulder as you trace on your body the sign of the Cross:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Our Father
This is the very prayer which Jesus taught us. Each child should know it by heart. And for those parents who are Christian,
but not Catholic, you will find the doxology here at the very end.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be
done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our
trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory. Amen.
The Hail Mary
For Catholics, praying with Mary has long been part of our tradition and every child should know this prayer by heart! Of
course, all devotion to Mary leads ultimately to the Lord, but she is our model and guide.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and
blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
The Glory Be
Memorize this prayer! Teach your child to pray it often!
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the
beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
The Apostles’ Creed
This may not be a prayer which your child memorizes in Second Grade. But it is the opening prayer of the Rosary and is
an understandable statement of all that we believe.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell;
the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.
Prayers to Our Lady
Click on the link above to go to a special page with prayers which Catholics pray with Mary.
Prayer Before Meals
This prayer should be memorized by every Catholic child and used at every meal. But it is also a great thing to add to this
a few spontaneous lines, mentioning what's happening in the family or the world, and inviting the children to do the
Bless us O Lord, and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty,
through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer to Our Guardian Angel
Angels, we know, are "messengers from God" and we know that God's message to us is that he loves us and cares for us.
This prayer expresses that and is a lovely nighttime prayer for any child to know by heart.
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day
be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
This might not be a prayer your child memorizes in Second Grade. But why not print this on a card that the whole family
could see in the bathroom in the morning?
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys,
and sufferings of this day in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the
world. I offer them for all the intentions of your sacred heart: the salvation of souls,
reparation for sin, the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the good of my family
and the good of my friends. Please be with me today and protect me forever. Amen.
Again, while not a prayer to memorize, this lovely evening prayer might be placed near the bedside and when you say
goodnight to your child, take it down and prayer it together. As you do, bless your child using words like these: "Good
night, honey. God bless you."
O my God, at the end of this day I thank you most heartily for all the graces I have
received from you. I am sorry for the times that I did not make a better use of them. I
am sorry for all the sins I have committed against you. Forgive me, O my God, and
graciously protect me this night. Dear Mary, my heavenly mother, take me under your
protection. Dear St. Joseph pray for me. Jesus, my friend and companion, thank you for
your sacrifice and for making me strong in my faith. Please give me a peaceful night of