Prayers and Concepts

(From the MPHM School Handbook--beginning on page 30)

The Sign of the Cross (K)

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


Simple Prayers (K)
Jesus, I love You.
Thank You, God.
God how great You are.


Our Father (Gr. 1)

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. Amen


Hail Mary (Gr. 1)

Hail Mary, full of grace! the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.



Glory Be (K)

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


Angel of God (K)

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule and guide. Amen.


Morning Offering (Gr.1)

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the holy sacrifice of the mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of our associates, for my own intentions and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father.


Prayer Before Meals (Gr. 1)

Bless us, O Lord, and these Your gifts which we are about to receive from Your bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen


Prayer After Meals (Gr. 1)

We give You thanks, almighty God, for these and all Your gifts, which we have received through Christ our Lord. Amen


Acts of Contrition (Gr. 2)

Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to confess my

sins, to do Penance and to amend my life. Amen


Responses to Prayers at Mass

Refer to Missalette


Apostles Creed (Gr. 3)

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 theVirgin 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, sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty. From there 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


Nicene Creed (Gr. 7)

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered, died, and was buried. On the third

day He rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son He is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken

through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.




The Rosary (Gr. 3)

The Rosary is a meditative prayer. It consists of a series of beads on which we pray traditional prayers such as the Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be while we think about special events in the life of Jesus and Mary.


Begin praying the rosary with the crucifix. Pray the Sign of the Cross and the Apostles Creed. On the first bead pray one Our Father, on the next three beads a Hail Mary each and on the next space one Glory Be to the Father.


Begin the first decade on the next bead, say one Our Father and then ten Hail Marys on the row of beads following it. After the decade pray one Glory Be to the Father. Continue the remaining decades with an Our Father on each single bead and ten Hail Marys on each row of beads. Conclude each decade with a Glory Be to the Father.


As you pray each decade, think of one of the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, or Glorious Mysteries, or a special event in the life of

Jesus and Mary.

The Five Joyful Mysteries (Monday & Saturday) (Gr. 5)

1. The Annunciation

2. The Visitation

3. The Birth of Jesus

4. The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

5. The Finding of Jesus in the Temple


The Five Luminous Mysteries (Thursday)

1. Jesus' Baptism in the Jordan

2. Jesus' Self-manifestation at the Wedding of Cana

3. Jesus' Proclamation of the Kingdom of God

4. The Transfiguration

5. The Institution of Eucharist


The Five Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday & Friday)

1. The Agony in the Garden

2. The Scourging at the Pillar

3. The Crowning with Thorns

4. The Carrying of the Cross

5. The Crucifixion and Death


The Five Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday & Sunday)

1. The Resurrection

2. The Ascension

3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles

4. The Assumption of Mary into Heaven

5. The Crowning of Mary in Heaven


Pray the Hail Holy Queen prayer to finish the Rosary (Gr. 5)

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!


The Angelus (Gr. 7)

The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,

R/ and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

R/ Let it be done unto me according to your word.

Hail Mary, full of grace ...

And the Word was made Flesh

R/ and dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace ...

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, R/ that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us Pray:

R/ Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that, we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross,be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.


The Memorare (Gr. 2)

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.


Prayer for the Faithful Departed (Gr. 6)

Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let Perpetual Light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen


Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Your Love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth. O God, Who does instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us by the same Holy

Spirit, a love and relish of what is right and just, and a constant enjoyment of His comforts. Through Christ our Lord. Amen


The Way of the Cross (Stations of the Cross) (Gr. 7)

The Way of the Cross commemorates the passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

1. Jesus is condemned to die.

2. Jesus takes up His cross.

3. Jesus falls the first time.

4. Jesus meets His Mother.

5. Simon helps Jesus carry His cross.

6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.

7. Jesus falls the second time.

8. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem who mourn for Him.

9. Jesus falls the third time.

10. Jesus is stripped of His garments.

11. Jesus is nailed to the cross.

12. Jesus dies on the cross.

13. Jesus is taken down from the cross.

14. Jesus is laid in the tomb.


Act of Faith (Gr. 7)

O my God, I firmly believe that You are one God in three divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe that Your divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the holy Catholic Church

teaches, because You have revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. Amen


Act of Hope (Gr. 7)

O my God, relying on your infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of your grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen


Act of Love (Gr. 7)

O my God, I love You above all things with my whole heart and soul, because You are all good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of You. I forgive all who have injured me and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen


Magnificat (Gr. 8)

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant, and from this day all generations will call me blessed. The Almighty has done great things for me; holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in

every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty- handed. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever. Amen


Prayer of St. Francis (Gr. 8)

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 despair, hope; where there is there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not 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. Amen


Archdiocesan Vocation Prayer (Gr. 8)

Lord Jesus, we ask you to send more servants to your people. Choose from our parishes, from our homes, and from our schools and colleges, an abundant harvest of apostles for your Kingdom; priests, sisters, brothers, and deacons. We pray that those you call may never lose awareness of the

dignity and need of their vocation. O Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, inspire all those whom God calls to say a joyful "yes," as you did at the Annunciation. Amen


The Ten Commandments (Gr. 4)

1. I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me.

2. You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.

3. Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day.

4. Honor your father and your mother.

5. You shall not kill.

6. You shall not commit adultery.

7. You shall not steal.

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.


The Great Commandments (Gr. 4)

1. You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul and with your whole mind.

2. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.




The Beatitudes Gr. 4)

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


The Seven Sacraments Sacraments of Initiation (Gr. 5)





Anointing of the Sick

Holy Orders



Twelve Apostles (Gr. 7)

Peter James Andrew Thaddeus James Thomas John Matthew Philip Simon Bartholomew

Matthias (replaced Judas Iscariot)


The Cardinal Virtues (Gr. 5)






The Theological Virtues (Gr. 7)





The Corporal Works of Mercy (Gr. 4)

Feed the hungry.

Give drink to the thirsty.

Clothe the naked.

Visit the imprisoned.

Shelter the homeless.

Visit the sick.

Bury the dead.


Spiritual Works of Mercy (Gr. 4)

Counsel the doubtful.

Instruct the ignorant.

Admonish the sinner.

Comfort the sorrowful.

Forgive injuries.

Bear wrongs patiently.

Pray for the living and the dead.


Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Gr. 5)

Wisdom, Understanding Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord,


Fruits of the Holy Spirit (GR. 5)

love generosity joy gentleness peace faithfulness patience modesty kindness self-control goodness chastity


Marks of the Church (GR. 7)

One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic


Eucharistic Fast (GR. 7)

General Law - Those preparing to receive Communion must abstain from all food and drink for one hour prior to reception. Exceptions to the Eucharistic Fast - In the case of sickness, medicine may be taken any time before reception of Communion.


Holy Days of Obligation in the United States (GR. 4)

1. Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (January 1)*

2. Solemnity of the Ascension (Forty days after Easter)

3. Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15)*

4. Solemnity of All Saints (November 1)*

5. Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (December 8)

6. Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ (December 25)

* The Archdiocese may defer celebration of certain holy days to the weekend, if the holy day falls near the weekend. These holy days do keep their major rank as solemnities and should always be

celebrated with special care.


Days of Penance (GR. 7)

All Fridays

Days of Lent


General Laws of Fast and Abstinence (GR. 7)

Fast: All adults,18 up to the beginning of their sixtieth (59) year, are bound by the law of fasting. Fasting allows one full meal, but a light breakfast and lunch are not forbidden.

Pastors and parents are to see to it that children while not bound to the law of fast and abstinence are educated and introduced to an authentic sense of penance.


Abstinence: All persons 14 years and older are bound by the law of abstinence. Abstinence means not eating meat.


Days of Fast and Abstinence:

Ash Wednesday

Good Friday

Fridays of Lent (abstinence)

On Fridays, when abstinence is not required by law, acts of penance, especially works of

charity and exercises of piety are suggested. Abstinence from meat is especially recommended but under no obligation by law.


The Laws of the Church (GR. 8)

Traditionally called the Precepts of the Church

1. Celebrate Christ's resurrection every Sunday and holy day of obligation.

• Take part in Mass.

• Avoid unnecessary work and unnecessary shopping.


2. Lead a sacramental life. Receive Holy Communion frequently and the sacrament of penance regularly.

• Receive Holy Communion at least once a year, in connection with the Easter Season, between the First Sunday of lent and Trinity Sunday.

• Receive the Sacrament of Penance at least once a year (annual confession is an

obligation only if serious sin is involved).

3. Study Catholic teaching throughout life, especially in preparing for the sacraments.

4. Observe the marriage laws of the Catholic Church.

• Give religious training to one's children (by example and word).

• Use parish schools and religious education programs.

5. Strengthen and support the Church.

• Support one's own parish community and parish priests.

• Support the worldwide Church.

• Support the Holy Father.

6. Do penance, including not eating meat and fasting from food on appointed days.

7. Join in the missionary work of the Church.


Guide for Examining my Conscience (GR. 2)

The Rite of Penance: The sacrament is the same, of course, but we are asked to take a little more time, go a little deeper in our sorrow, be more aware of the healing Christ. For those not yet familiar with the ritual, we present a brief outline of its basic steps.


Place yourself in God's loving presence. Remember this sacrament is a sign and celebration of the great love and mercy of Jesus, who forgives totally all who approach him with contrite and humble hearts. Assured of God's goodness rather than burdened by fear, review your life with the help of the guide. Resolve to renew your heart.

Beginning the New Rite of Penance:

After entering the confessional or confession room (and being welcomed), make the sign of the cross with the priest, the representative of the loving and forgiving Christ. After some words of greeting, the priest may say an introductory prayer to which you answer "Amen."

Reading of Scripture:

A short biblical passage expressing God's mercy and call to conversion is selected and read by the priest. (This could also be done by the penitent.)

Confession of Sin:

If necessary, the priest will help you make a complete confession, giving counsel and encouragement and suggesting a penance.

Manifestation of Contrition:

The act of contrition is a distinct part of the sacrament. Express sorrow in your own words or use a traditional form.

Words of Absolution:

Representing Christ and the Church, the priest says the words which convey God's forgiveness.

Prayer of Praise and Dismissal:

The priest says one of several possible prayers followed by appropriate words of dismissal.


Examination of Conscience (GR. 4)

How did I show my love for God and others?

Did I usually say my daily prayers?

Did I always obey my parents?

Did I think of others--My parents, brothers and sisters, friends? Was I mean to them?

Was I kind and fair in the way I played and worked?

Did I share my things with others?

Did I hurt others by telling lies or by stealing or by calling them names?

Did I worship God by going to mass and taking part in the celebration?


Sacramental Preparation Policy

First Reconciliation/First Eucharist

1. Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist) as well as First Reconciliation are normally celebrated in the parish to which the family belongs.


2. Preparation for the first celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation takes place in the fall of second grade. Preparation for the first reception of Holy Communion takes place in the spring of second grade.


3. The preparation programs for these two sacraments consists of three main elements:

a. Parent meetings that provide an opportunity for parents to review their own understanding of these sacraments and to consider ways they can assist their children in preparing for these sacraments.

b. Activities to be carried out within the family that foster the child's faith


c. Classroom instruction in either Most Pure Heart Catholic School or the Religious Education Program that reinforces the learning that takes place at home.


4. The attendance of a parent at each of the parent meetings is required. The schedule for these meetings will be published each year in September. If there are circumstances that make it impossible for parents to attend all of these meetings they must contact the pastor, the principal or the Director of Christian Formation in advance of the first meeting of that series to make alternate arrangements. If an emergency situation makes it impossible for parents to attend a session, they must contact the pastor, the principal or the Director of Christian Formation as soon as possible to make alternate arrangements. Only those students whose parents have participated fully in the preparation program will be permitted to join in the celebration of the sacrament.



1. Any eighth grade student who wishes to be confirmed must participate in the Confirmation Preparation Program developed by the parish. This program is designed as a supplement to what is being taught in the Catholic School and Religious Education classes. Although we usually don't know the exact date of Confirmation until January, we will publish a preliminary calendar for the preparation program in September.


2. Some young people may decide to wait with Confirmation. The young person should involve his or her parents in making this decision.


3. If there are circumstances that make it impossible for a parent and the candidate to attend all of these meetings they must contact the pastor, the principal or the Director of Christian Formation in advance of the parent meeting to make alternate arrangements. If an emergency situation makes it impossible for the parent or candidate to attend a session, they must contact the pastor, the principal or the Director of Christian Formation as soon as possible to make alternate arrangement. Only candidates who participate in all phases of the Confirmation Preparation Program will be recommended to the Archbishop for Confirmation.


4. Each candidate is expected to complete a service project that involves ten hours of work that is of benefit to someone outside the immediate family.


5. The sponsor accompanies the candidate during the time of preparation. A sponsor must meet these criteria:

a. baptized and confirmed as a Catholic;

b. someone who actively lives out his or her faith and can serve as a role model for the candidate;

c. at least sixteen years old;

d. not the candidate's parent;

e. a person the candidate feels comfortable talking with.


6. The responsibilities of the sponsor include:

a. attend the scheduled candidate/sponsor sessions;

b. assist the candidate in selecting, carrying out and evaluating the service project;

c. reflect with the candidate concerning the meaning of Confirmation and Christian faith;

d. write a letter recommending that the candidate be confirmed.

e. present the candidate for confirmation to the bishop.


7. In special cases the candidate may decide to have one person serve as sponsor during the preparation program and a second person serve as sponsor at the actual time of confirmation.


8. A special preparation program will be planned for older individuals who are seeking to be confirmed.


Children not already Catholic

1. Under normal circumstances children of catechetical age will be required to participate in formal religious education for one full year before celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation.


2. Special classes will be arranged for these students to supplement what is being taught in the regular classroom (Catholic School or Religious Education).