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Religious Education Office

Part of the RCCDSB NETWORK

Prayers by Theme

The prayers below are freely available for non-profit evangelization purposes.
Please use and adapt them as you see fit.

Categories (in alphabetical order)
Adult Faith
Bullying & Safe Schools
Justice
Leadership
Life (Prayers for)
Mary
Natural Disasters
Peace
Professional Activity
Retreats
School Council Activity
School Improvement & Safe Schools
Special Blessings
Special Education
Stewardship
Strategic Planning
Teacher Inservice/Orientation
Unity
Virtues
Wellness

Adult Faith – Prayers, Reflection Exercises and Links

The Door of Faith
(Prayer for Catholic educators/leadership at the start of the Year of Faith)
Faith, Professionalism and Wellness
(5 minute prayer service to open a PA session or day)
 Our Journey in Faith
(Prayer to open board wide school council gathering)
Educating in the Light of Faith
(Suitable for Inservice/New Teacher Induction)
The Gift of Faith 
(Prayer service to celebrate the virtue of Faith)
Disciples and Citizens
(Opening Prayer, TPA Inservice, Curriculum Inservice, Staff or Leadership Meeting)
RCCDSB Adult Faith Resource Page
RCCDSB Year of Faith Resource Page

Bullying and Safe Schools

RCCDSB Resource Package, Reverencing the Dignity of All
(Bullying Awareness Week [Nov 17th-24th, 2013] AM announcements and prayers, classroom exercises)
Scripture Reflections Around Bullying Issues
Anti-bullying prayer service can be built around these reflections.

Justice

Litany of Witnesses to God’s Justice 

Leadership Prayers

April prayer in preparation for Catholic Education Week: “Leading in the Light of Christ”
(Adapted from OCSTA CEW 2012 Advance Kit)
A New Year of Leading and Serving
(Prayer service for leaders in Catholic schools at the beginning of a new calendar year)
Prayer for Leaders in Catholic Education
Waiting in the Upper Room Staff Prayer Service  
Servant Leadership Prayer Service
Living and Working as Church

Life (Prayers to Support Life)

Prayer for Life
(Prayer service to be used before Relay for Life or other activities in support of life)
Prayer for Life by Pope John Paul II

Mary

Prayer to Our Lady Before a Staff Meeting
Prayer to Mary, Mother of Hope
(Adapted from longer prayer in Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation on Jesus Christ Alive in His Church, the Source of Hope for Europe [Ecclesia in Europa], 2003)
Teaching the Rosary to High School Students
(From Engagingfaith.blogspot.com Practical advice for teaching the Rosary, with helpful links resources related to Mary)
Marian Prayers
(Good online collection of classical, papal, litany, novena and other Marian prayers from the University of Dayton’s Mary Prayer Page)
Rosary and Living Rosary Outlines
(See October and May sections of Monthly/Seasonal Prayer Page)
Adult Faith Presentations on Mary
(See Adult Faith Page, under “Mary”)

Natural Disasters

Renfrew County CDSB Resources  
Day of Hope Prayer Service
Catechism Selections for Addressing Questions Arising From Disasters
Algonquin & Lakeshore CDSB Resources
ALCDSB Resources
(Fifteen pages of helpful prayer resources and readings in response to disasters)
Prayer Service of Solidarity (In Light of  Tsunami Disaster)
Sudbury CDSB Prayers
Prayers for Victims of Hurricane Katrina (adaptable to other circumstances)
CARFLEO
CARFLEO Tsunami (2005) Resources
From U.S. Bishops’ Conference
Prayer to Blessed Virgin Mary,
Prayer for Intercession of the Saints,
Prayer to Blessed Trinity
Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet, Illinois
Hurricane Katrina Prayer Suggestions
Solidarity/Relief Effort Pages and Links
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace
Caritas Intarnational

Peace

Prayer Service for Peace
(Can be used as commemoration of September 11th or Remembrance Day)
Reflection on Peace

Professional Activity Prayer Services

New:  Claiming our Role as Global Stewards: Closing the Gaps
(Short prayer service to begin Oct 11, 2013 PA Day, suitable for PLC/Staff Meeting)
 Planting in Hope, Nurturing in Love
(Short prayer service to begin a PA day, PLC or Staff Meeting)
 Faith, Professionalism and Wellness
(5 minute prayer service to open a PA session or day)
Wellness Caring for God’s Temple
(Suitable for opening a PA day or staff inservice)
Making a Difference in our Catholic Schools
(20-30 minute prayer service to open a PA day – can involve 20 or more participants)

The Gift of Catholic Curriculum
(One page prayer service suitable for opening a curriculum inservice meeting)
Educating in Christian Hope
(1 page opening prayer for Curriculum inservice or PA Day)
Learning Together in Wonder and Awe
(Prayer Service to open Professional Activity Day, PLC, Staff Meeting)
Servant Leadership Prayer Service
(Prayer service for leaders in Catholic school systems)
Tending the Fertile Ground of the Heart
(Opening Prayer Staff Meeting, PLC, PA Day)
Teaching and Learning in the Spirit
(Opening Prayer suitable for PA day or inservice)

Retreat Prayers and Outlines

Nurturing the Seeds of the Kingdom
(Prayer to Invoke Holy Spirit at start of a staff retreat)
Staff Twilight Retreat Outline
(From EOCCC’s Curriculum Support for Catholic Schools)
New:  Confirmation Retreat Closing Prayer
(Can be shortened to suit needs)

School Council Prayers

New:  Commissioning Prayer for School Council Chairs
(Suitable for use during Mass [after homily or before final blessing] or as part of a prayer service)
New:  Planning the Road Ahead in our Catholic Schools
(Prayer service regional school council gathering, suitable for strategic planning)
Stewards of God’s Gifts
(Prayer service to open board wide school council gathering)
 Our Journey in Faith
(Prayer to open board wide school council gathering)
Charting the Future in Challenging Times [with Lenten Reflection]
(From School Council Professional Development Evening)  
Building a Culture of Wisdom and Peace
(Opening Prayer for School Council Gathering)
Catholic Schools:  Educating the Soul
(Opening Prayer for School Council Gathering)
Catholic Schools:  Educating the Soul in a Tecnhological Age
(Opening Prayer for School Council Gathering)

School Improvement and Safe Schools Prayers

School Improvement and Safe Schools Planning Prayer
(Safe Schools PA day opening prayer)
Catholic Schools:  Safe Places to Grow
(Prayer service for school improvement planning, safe schools and student achievement PA days)

Special Blessings and Prayers

New:  Commissioning Prayer for School Council Chairs
(Suitable for use during Mass [after homily or before final blessing] or as part of a prayer service)
Ground-breaking for a New School Prayer Service
Blessing of Land for a New School
(Included in Ground-breaking prayer above, can be used alone)
Morning Offering
(Composed by Mr. Tony Contant’s class at St. James Catholic School, Eganville)
Blessing of Rosaries and Commissioning Prayer for New Staff
Prayers for a Priest Who Has Died
Prayer to Bless a New Play Structure

Special Educator Prayers

Embracing the Road to Independence
(Prayer service to open PA day for EAs and ECEs working with special needs students)
Helpers on the Road to Independence
(Prayer service to open PA day for EAs and ECEs working with special needs students)Prayer for Assistive Technology Teachers
(Prayer before working with students using AT)
Ephthata – Be Opened
(Prayer service for special needs educators inservice)
Every Educator a Special Educator
(Prayer to begin Special Education inservice or PA Day)
See Also Jan Bentham’s Prayers:
A Prayer for Our Special Children
(Prayer asking God’s blessings on our Special Needs Students and those who care for them)
A Tale of a Good Samaritan Teacher
(A Parable for Teachers based on Luke 10)

Stewardship Prayers

Stewardship Prayer
Stewardship of God’s Gifts
(One page prayer service to begin a PA day)
Stewards of God’s Gifts
(Prayer service to open board wide school council gathering)

Strategic Planning

Planning the Road Ahead.  A Prayer for Strategic Planning in our Catholic School Board
(Prayer service to open a strategic planning session for Board Parent Involvement Council)
Planning the Road Ahead in our Catholic Schools
(Prayer service regional school council gathering, suitable for strategic planning – slightly adapted from prayer above)

Teacher Inservice/Orientation Prayers

Bringing the Light of Christ’s Gospel to the World
(New Employee Orientation session opening prayer – easily adaptable to other staff gatherings)
Servants of the Good News
(Opening Prayer for Staff PA Day/NTIP/Leadership)
Fostering a Eucharistic Life
(Opening Prayer for Inservice/Staff or Leadership Meeting)
Disciples and Citizens
(Opening Prayer, TPA Inservice, Curriculum Inservice, Staff or Leadership Meeting)
Reaching out Through our Distinctive and Inclusive Story
(Easily adapted as staff prayer for a variety of occasions)
Labourers in a Wondrous Harvest
(Suitable for opening a teacher inservice or professional activity for teachers/administrators)
A Year of Growth and Blessings
(Prayer for end-of-year new teacher inservice)
Educating in the Light of Faith
(Suitable for Inservice/New Teacher Induction)

Unity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Announcements, 2014
(Morning announcements adapted from resources posted on Vatican’s website)
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Announcements 2011 
(From Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2011.  These daily prayer services can also be used individually as prayers for unity among Christians on other occasions)

Virtues

Faith
The Gift of Faith
(Prayer service to celebrate the theological virtue of Faith)
Hope
Educating in Christian Hope
(1 page opening prayer for Curriculum inservice or PA Day)
Planting in Hope, Nurturing in Love
(Short prayer service to begin a PA day, PLC or Staff Meeting)
Day of Hope Prayer Service
(Prayer service for natural disasters)
Rejoicing in Hope
(Prayer to celebrate gifts of Joy and Hope in Catholic Schools)
Love 
NEW:
Prayer to Celebrate Love and Family 
(Prayer service for Catholic schools)
The Virtue of Love
(2 page school prayer service on the virtue of love)
More virtues-related resources on Virtues, Equity & Inclusivity Page

Wellness

 Wellness Caring for God’s Temple
(Suitable for opening a PA day or staff inservice)
Caring for the Temple
(A practical reflection on what it means to care for the temple of ourselves)
Faith, Professionalism and Wellness
(5 minute prayer service to open a PA session or day)