The Year of Faith: Prayer Suggestions
Ideas For Participating in the Year of Faith
The Vatican has made a number of pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith which can be found on the Annus Fidei website - www.annusfidei.va - or request a copy from Pam in the office. Set out below is a list of suggestions to help individuals and families grow their Faith during this year. It is by no means a comprehensive list and we would like to develop this list with suggestions from parishioners so that we can all help each other with our Faith.
List of Ideas
- In the Vatican’s pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith they ask - “In preparation for the Year of Faith, all of the faithful are invited to read closely and meditate upon Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei.” Click here to read thus on the Annus Fidei website.
- Spend more time in prayer and Eucharistic Adoration – attend some weekday Masses.
- All parents with children in Catechism, set an example by never missing Mass on a Sunday.
- Get up 10 minutes earlier and spend some extra time in prayer.
- Attend a Prayer and Life workshop
- There are several Plenary Indulgences for this year – take the opportunity to purge your sins or help a friend or relative in Purgatory. See the notice board at the back of the Church for more detail. More about plenery indulgences on Annus Fidei website.
- If you don’t already do so, take a few minutes to read and study the Scriptures.
- Read and study the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the slightly smaller Compendium of the Catechism or YouCat. These are available in our repository after weekend Masses. Click here for more.
- Read and study the documents of the Vatican Council II – they look daunting, but are easy to read and understand. More information here.
- Get involved in at least one task for the parish. The Church always needs additional hands to help with the many tasks. If you are not sure how to go about this, contact Don Bowden on 082 555 8721 and he can help you to get involved.
- Make a pilgrimage either to one of the Churches or Shrines designated by Archbishop Stephen Brislin or to another religious site. The designated Churches are: Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Wynberg; St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Strand; St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Malmesbury; St Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Gugulethu; The Schoenstatt Shrines – Constantia, Tamboerskloof and Hanover Park; and, Our Lady of Graces, Mimosa). We will be putting together a leaflet so people can undertake their own Pilgrimages.
- With Schoenstatt right next door to the Church, pray at the Shrine once a week. Normally the shrine is open from 06:20 to about 17:00. During the week there is adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 14:00 to 17:30 during the week and Sundays from 10:30 to 15:00. Or phone the Sisters for special arrangements outside of these times.
- Take some time to pray in your favourite spot – top of the mountain, in nature, hiking, walking on the beach or wherever it may be.
- Attend a retreat.
- Use the amazing opportunity of going to confession. If you celebrate it properly it can be an aid to your Faith, your ongoing conversion and peace.
- The Pope asked for the growth in our devotion to Mary - say a Rosary each day, light a candle and ask our Lady to pray for us to our Lord Jesus. As St. Francis De Sales said “Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence”.
- Love is particularly important for the development of Faith - consider ways of putting your faith into action by serving others.
- Visit a sick / elderly relative or friend.
- Get involved in a Charity (if not already involved) – donate money / time.
- Build a small shrine or prayer focus area in your home for the Year of Faith
- Join an Ecclesia or prayer group.
- Attend a Divine Mercy Holy Hour on the last Monday of each month.
- Attend the Latin Mass on the first Friday of each month.
- Use the web which has a lot of wonderful resources. Give us suggestions for good links.
- For the computer mad – give up half an hour of gaming or internet browsing a day and devote it to: prayer; visiting Catholic websites; saying a rosary; or something related to building your faith.
- Post on your profile on the social networks the words and the happenings of the Year of Faith - every page of the Annus Fidei website - www.annusfidei.va - allows you the ability to share with your friends the particular pages that you like. Sharing this information with your friends is another way to participate in the new evangelization.
- Use the Catholic Online - www.catholic.org - or a similar website as your first port of call for news, both about the Church and world news.
- Start learning more about the saints – our parish website has a feature each month of the “Saint of the week” put together by Maura Robinson. Visit the site regularly for this.
- Catholic Online also has a summary of each Saint - read about the Saint of the day on this website.
- For those who prefer a book buy a book on the saints and study the Saint of the day.
- The Wednesday Word website - www.wednesdayword.org - produces a newsletter each Wednesday which covers the next Sunday’s readings – come to Mass on the Sunday better prepared. There is something here for children as well.
- Subscribe to the Catholic Spiritual Direction website - rcspiritualdirection.com - and receive an email each day with wonderful insights.
- Download an APP onto your smartphone like IMissal or Laudate.
- Start reading a book about our Faith and let us know about good books you have read that we can share with others. Here’s a start –or look in the repository.
- The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer (Fr. John Bartunek)
- Divine Intimacy (Fr. Gabriel of St.Mary Magdalen)
- The Interior Castle, or The Mansions (St. Teresa of Avila)
- Mere Christianity (C. S. Lewis)
- The Practice of the Presence of God the Best Rule of a Holy Life (Brother Lawrence)
- Simply Surrender (30 Days with a Great Spiritual Teacher) (St. Therese of Lisieux)
- The Story of a Soul (St. Therese of Lisieux)
- Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence (Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure, & St. Claude de la Columbiere)
- If you have missed seeing someone you know at Church – call them to see if they are well and if they have lapsed, try and encourage them to return.
- Try to communicate your own experience of faith and charity to your brothers and sisters of other religions, with those who do not believe, and with those who are just indifferent.
- Pray together as a family - grace before meals, prayers before bedtime, family rosary.
- Have a family and friends prayer board where prayer intentions can be posted.
- Keep the feasts of saints after which family members are named.
- Read Bible stories with your children.
- With your children trace the sign of the cross on each other's foreheadsbefore journeys, at bedtime, before school, at the end of family prayers.
- In your Ecclesia groups do something special together – a retreat, extra faith sharing times, visit another Parish, etc.
- Say the Nicene Creed every day.
- Pray a Novena for lapsed Catholics in your family.
- Play some sacred music one evening, instead of the TV, and read a religious book.
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This is traditionally prayed at dawn, mid-day and dusk but can be prayed at any time!
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
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. Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word.
And the Word was made Flesh. And dwelt among us.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we to whom the incarnation of Christ, your 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 Jesus Prayer
This may not usually be considered a daily prayer but certainly it is a common prayer used by Catholics whenever we feel the need to call upon the Lord!
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
O my God, I thank you for having preserved me today and for having given me so many blessings and graces. I renew my dedication to you and ask your pardon for all my sins. Amen.