Parish Family and Family prayers:
Prayer for My Parish - Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Lubbock, TX
Almighty God, my parish is composed of people like me.
I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly if I am.
It will be holy if I am.
Its pews will be filled if I help fill them.
It will do great work if I work.
t will be prayerful if I pray.
It will make generous gift so many causes if I am a generous giver.
It will bring other people into its worship if I invite and bring them.
It will be a parish family of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith, of compassion, charity and mercy if I — who make it what it is — am filled with the same qualities.
Therefore, with the help of God, I will dedicate myself to the task of being all the things that I want my parish to be.
Bless my journey, Lord God, I will dedicate myself to the task of being all the things that I want my parish to be.
Bless my journey, Lord God that I might follow Jesus and build the Church for you glory.
Prayer for Families from My Catholic Life
God, Our Father, loving and merciful, bring together and keep all families in perfect unity of love and mutual support.
Instill in each member the spirit of understanding and affection for each other.
Keep quarrels and bitterness far from them, and for their occasional failures instill forgiveness and peace.
May the mutual love and affection of parents set a good example.
Instill in children self-respect that they may respect others and grow in mature independence.
May the mutual affection and respect of families be a sign of Christian life here and hereafter, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Prayer for Families from the USCCB:
We bless your name, O Lord,
for sending your own incarnate Son,
to become part of a family,
so that, as he lived its life,
he would experience its worries and its joys.
We ask you, Lord,
to protect and watch over this family,
so that in the strength of your grace
its members may enjoy prosperity,
possess the priceless gift of your peace,
and, as the Church alive in the home,
bear witness in this world to your glory.
We ask this thought Christ our Lord.
A Family Prayer from Loyola Press
Praise be to God who made us a family.
Praise be to God for the love that we share.
Praise be to God for sending us Jesus.
Praise be to God for teaching us to care.
Help us, Lord Jesus fill our lives with your Spirit.
Help us, Lord Jesus teach us how to forgive.
Help us, Lord Jesus grant us wisdom and patience.
Help us, Lord Jesus in your grace may we live.
Come, Holy Spirit fill our lives with your gifts.
Come, Holy Spirit help us serve other's needs.
Come, Holy Spirit teach us faith, hope, and love.
Come, Holy Spirit guide our thoughts and our deeds.
Be with us, God we ask Mary to help us.
Be with us, God we look to Joseph for aid.
Be with us, God may we respect one another.
Be with us, God may our hope never fade.
Hear us, Lord Jesus watch over our family.
Hear us, Lord Jesus help our faith to grow strong.
Hear us, Lord Jesus come and dwell in our hearts.
Hear us, Lord Jesus to you we belong.
Spirit, we praise you you invite us to know you.
Spirit, we praise you may we walk in your light.
Spirit, we praise you may we find you in all things.
Spirit, we praise you all day and all night.
A Family Prayer Starter from Loyola Press
Give us new eyes, Lord, to see our lives in the light of your love.
Too often our fear, neediness, anger, or hurt fog our vision.
Help us to see your providence in the glory of trees, lakes, and cloudless skies.
Help us to see your generosity in the many gifts we enjoy each day.
Help us to see your wisdom in the rhythm of the days, the weeks, the seasons, and the years.
Help us to see your image in the faces of everyone we meet and to know your goodness in the joy and love we feel for one another.
We ask you this because we know you love us.
Prayer by Thomas Merton from Thoughts in Solitude:
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.