Prayer BasicsTo the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit!
Prayer is raising your heart and mind to God. When we pray we are having a conversation with God. A conversation has two components – talking and listening. Lots of times we just talk AT God, instead of having a conversation WITH Him. So, here are some basic steps to take for prayer.
Sometimes this means finding a quiet place, other times you just have to block out distractions – closing your eyes can help.
This action-prayer tells your body that you are entering a conversation with God. It addresses God our Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. It reminds us that we are in relationship with God.
After you have spoken, be quiet and listen. Use your heart to listen for and to God. He may not speak so you can hear Him (most of the time He doesn’t), but you can open your soul to hear Him. This takes practice and time to develop. Some people never do. We want you to learn how to listen to God.
Prayers to Memorize
The Lord’s Prayer (Our Father)
The Hail Mary
Grace Before Meals
Guardian Angel Prayer
Act of Contrition
(we say this at Sunday Mass)
Prayer Practices/Devotions to Adopt
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
Elementary Faith Formation resources are for children from Pre-K to 6th Grade and their parents and guardians, as well as the catechists who lead them in this stage of their journey of faith.
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Young/School Age Children
Catholic Icing – Crafts for liturgical year and saints and more!
Look to Him and Be Radiant – Lessons, crafts, coloring pages, book recommendations, and more from a Catholic school religion teacher/Director of Religious Education
Teaching Catholic Kids – parent newsletter published by Our Sunday Visitor, Sunday Gospel reflections, crafts, liturgical season information and saint stories.
Parent-catechists and Parish catechists
Franciscan at Home – For a small subscription you can get in-depth training and mentoring from some of the world’s most respected and renowned Catechetical leaders. (And Beth and Kristofer happen to be two of those Mentors!)
Catechist’s Journey – A Loyola Press sister site for Catechists to learn from and share with one another. Joe Paprocki is the website creator and lead catechist.
The Religion Teacher – Jared Dees’ site with weekly lesson plans, activities, and other useful information and resources for teaching your students.
If you or your parish use a curriculum
Most commonly used in parish catechesis, if your parish uses curriculum from one of these sources, ask your parish catechetical leader or pastor for access codes:
Sophis Press Curriculum Site – Parents or catechists can use the free downloads for Sunday Gospel lessons, current event lessons (for High School), and using Sacred Art for teaching the faith. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for these resources and to sign up to have them delivered to your inbox.)
RCIA Adapted for Children Resources
The Rite of Christian Initiation Adapted for Children is a many-faceted process for children who have not received the Sacraments of Initiation during the normally prescribed times, for whatever reason. These respurces are particularly for them, their parents or guardians, and sponsors, as well as the catechists and parishes who help form them and journey with them as they enter the Church.
Click here to find tons of free resources as well as Holy Owned and Operated’s members-only material.