PRAYERS AND RESOURCES
Below are Prayers to know and Treasures of the Catholic Faith
The Great Commandment
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it. "Your shall love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:36-39
The eight (8) Beatitudes are the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-12). Jesus tells us the rewards that will be ours as his faithful followers.
I LEARN the Beatitudes
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 righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean in 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 righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
I LIVE the Beatitudes
I am blessed when I know that I can do
nothing without God's help.
I am blessed when I comfort those who
are sorrowful or in pain.
I am blessed when I treat others with
patience and gentleness.
I am blessed when I treat everyone
fairly and share what I have with those
I am blessed when I forgive others
and treat everyone with kindness.
I am blessed when I put God and his
laws first in my life.
I am blessed when I do my best to be
at peace within myself and with others.
I am blessed when I speak and do what
know is right even when others do not.
Examination of Conscience for Children-Preparation for First Reconciliation
Responsibilities to others
Have I been obedient and respectful to my parents?
Have I lied or been deceitful to them or to others?
Have I been mean, stubborn or rebellious?
Have I talked back to parents, teachers or other adults?
Have I pouted and been moody?
Have I been selfish towards my family, friends and others?
Have I gotten angry at them? Have I hit anyone?
Have I held grudges or not forgiven others?
Have I treated other children with respect or have I made fun of them and called them names?
Have I used bad language?
Have I stolen anything? Have I returned it?
Have I done my homework and household chores?
Have I been helpful and affectionate toward my family?
Have I been kind and generous with my friends?
Knowing our responsibilities
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Bible Study Resources
- An online Bible from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) online bible.
- Learn how to find a Bible verse
- Article describing five basic Bible facts
- Article from the USCCB on Understanding the Bible
- List of all the parables told by Jesus
- Gifts of the Holy Spirit
- Catholic Social Teaching-Seven Themes of (for children)
- Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching (adults and teens)
- 40 Lenten Activities for Catholic Families
GIVING THANKS 2021- FROM MEMBERS OF OUR PARISH
Members of our extended parish staff gathered reflections on the meaning of giving thanks and the many things, big and small, we have to be thankful for. Hopefully this will inspire you to do your own reflection on Thankfulness!
I am thankful for so many things, not only wonderful family and friends, a roof over my head, food to eat and my health but also all the everyday wonders that I often take for granted. I give thanks for: sipping coffee and watching the birds in the bird feeder outside my kitchen window every morning; the comings and goings of all the people in and out of the faith formation office sharing stories, hugs, smiles, and laughter; everyone on the faith formation team who dedicate themselves to ministering to all our parishioners especially the children and teens; the energy and smiles of the children in the faith formation classes; the gorgeous sunsets especially this time of year; the welcome respite as I lay my head on my pillow at the end of the day.
My 5 years as pastor in Rocky Hill, my forty years of priesthood, for the awesome outpouring of support and prayers for my 40th anniversary and people who so generously planned and executed the parish celebration, for the staff especially during the past two years during the Pandemic and especially for the awesome love of the Lord in all ways and times.
In addition to the usual things (which I am supremely grateful for): health, family, most excellent job with excellent co-workers, home and hearth, I am grateful for crunching pine cones, a beautiful sunset, Aldi chocolate, a really good cup of coffee (and my husband making that really good cup of coffee), audio books that magically appear on my phone, crossword puzzles, LOTS of travel, nature, and a million other things.
COVID was a time of great testing, reflection, learning and ultimately gratitude. May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Romans 15:13).
I am deeply grateful for thirty-three years of being part of the Catholic community of Rocky Hill, twenty years of marriage, eighteen years of parenthood, the angels who have helped me care for my mom for the past few years and the gift of faith which sustains me every day.
I am especially thankful to have finally seen my two daughters, grandsons, and son in law who live in England after a long 2 ½ years of COVID separation.
I am thankful for my family and the opportunity to help the young members of our parish to find their way into God's love. I am grateful to all the positive people around me to help me be successful in all things that I try to do.
I am thankful for the abundant blessings God has provided to me and my family: our home, our health, our extended family and friends, our faith community, our jobs, our meals and the opportunities to share our faith with those around us.
I am grateful to God for giving me the faith and strength to get through life’s challenging days, my third grade students who lift and fill me up every time I see them, the wisdom, grit, and compassion God has instilled in me, and I am grateful to be grateful!
I am grateful for our faith formation team and catechists who are some of the hardest working people I have ever met. They inspire me to bring the joy of our faith to our students and families. I am grateful for the amazing teens we have in our Confirmation program whose presence and trust helps my faith continue to grow. Most of all, I am grateful to be able to gather as a community of followers even with COVID restrictions and pray for peace and health for all. On a personal note, my heart is bursting with love as I welcomed my second grandson to this world in October. I feel blessed beyond words.