Prayer Moments: A New Semester

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A short prayer experience from 365 Prayers for Catholic Schools and Parish Youth Groups

By Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Let’s work together

Lord, we pray for a year of good health and success. May we each grow and develop in mind, body, and spirit. May we be granted the wisdom to maintain the proper balance in life and the prudence to make significant contributions to this community.

May we always be willing to make sacrifices that enable others to grow and that lead to the flourishing of this community. Lord, keep us humble and grateful as we strive to give our best to pave the way for a wonderful future. Amen.

▪ What attitude can we adopt to help us perform to the best of our abilities?
▪ What are some of the things we can do to be “a person for others”?
▪ In what ways are we empowered to do great things when we feel the presence of God?

Striving to be the best we can be

Good and gracious God, as we begin this school year, we pray that we may feel your presence and that it provide us with a source of comfort and strength. May all those who are new to this community feel welcomed and continuously encouraged to be themselves, sharing their gifts and talents in abundance. For those
who are returning, may they continue to grow in wisdom, faith, and love. May their confidence in themselves and their abilities lead to a further enhancement of this great school community.

God, we pray that this year will be one to remember. Fill it with happiness, growth, peace, and good health. Let all of our efforts and good works reflect the love, acceptance, and kindness that Jesus showed to us. We ask this through your Son, our Savior and friend. Amen.

▪What can we do as individuals and as a class to ensure this school year is a great one?
▪ What can we do to help those who are new to this community to feel welcomed?
▪ What can we do to remain true to the intentions we had at the beginning of the semester?

Excerpted from 365 Prayers for Catholic Schools and Parish Youth Groups, by Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi. Copyright 2016. Published by Twenty-Third Publications ( Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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