St. Ignatius Loyola Parish
2810 St. Albans Drive
Sinking Spring, PA 19608
phone:610-678-3767
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October



…Family is the heart of our faith lives…
“Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. Parents should initiate their children at an early
age into the mysteries of the faith of which they are the “first Heralds” for their children.   They should associate them
from their tenderest years with the life of the Church.”  (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2223 and 2225).
What is Family-focused Faith?   

Family-focused faith is valuable time spent in sharing the faith with your children, learning together, renewing interest in
the sacraments and passing along important relational priorities. We have pared back our calendar to free up time for
Mass and a family activity, along with the family participating in Supplemental Learning to augment the learning that
takes place on PREP Sundays.  
What inspires your family?
“Make prayer your first course of action, not your last resort.” – Sharon Jaynes


We’ve all heard the saying…the family that “________” together, stays together, right?  But
have you every thought of putting the word “prays” in the blank space?  Since the month of
October is dedicated to praying the Holy Rosary, let’s focus on doing just that…praying
together as a family.

Praying daily as a family is simple!  
We can pray in all kinds of ways.  Through the course of the year, PREP students are
learning fundamental prayers.  As most family members already know these prayers by
heart they are easy to recite.    Prayers can be said anywhere…as you gather around a
dinner table; in the car on the way to school or sports; or at the end of the night as the kids
lie in their beds.   The  way we pray is not as important as why we should pray.  

So, why should we pray?  
When we are facing challenges or tough times in our lives, it’s easy to remember to ask
God for help. When we are facing difficulties, we talk to God and ask for direction for our
lives. This is especially true when it comes to families.  God is so good and will help us
when we are happy, sad, sick or even when we're in trouble by giving us wisdom, strength
and understanding if we only ask Him. In fact, God is willing to give us many good things as
long as we ask for them in accordance with His Will. Prayer strengthens our relationship
with Him.  Praying as a family strengthens the family bond with harmony and togetherness.  

So what inspires your family?  
Praying together helps your family focus on what’s really important in your lives.  Only your
family knows what it in your hearts and what you need.  This month, we are asking families
to  create their own family prayer.  The prayer does not need to be formal, just a
conversation with your family and God.

What prayers should/could we pray?
There are so many prayers, both formal and informal.  Did you know most Saints
established their own prayer?  If a specific saint is special to your family…see if they have a
prayer.  Below, we’ve given you some examples of prayers your family can say throughout
the week.  Some are traditional prayer and other you may not know. At the end of the
week, on Sunday, say the prayer that your family made.
PREP supplemental learning is a means for students (and families) to enrich their faith through spiritual activities, Bible stories, videos, etc.  
The goal of supplemental learning is for students to explore a deeper relationship with God and their spirituality.  Students will have a different
mission each month.  Click on the appropriate level for the assignments for your child(ren).
 Click here for lessons from past months.
Special prayers for each day of the week:
MONDAY…
would be a good day for SAINT FRANCIS’
PEACE PRAYER

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 is despair, hope. Where there is
darkness, light, and where there is sadness,
joy. Grant that I may not so much seek 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 pardoning that we
are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are
born to eternal life.  Amen.


TUESDAY…
would be a good day to use SAINT
PATRICK’S PRAYER when he asked for:

God’s power to guide me,
God’s power to uphold me,
God’s power to teach me,
God’s eye to watch over me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to give me speech,
God’s hand to guide me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to shelter me,
God’s host to secure me.  Amen.


WEDNESDAY…
would be a good day to say the popular
prayer known as the OUR FATHER or the
Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy
name.  They 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.
THURSDAY…
would be a good time to say the HAIL MARY
– or to learn it if you don’t know it now:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women and bless 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.


FRIDAY…
is the day Jesus died, so it is a day you
might want to learn THE ACT OF
CONTRITION and say it every Friday.

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having
offended Thee and I detest all my sins,
because of Thy just punishments, but most of
all because they offend Thee, my God, who art
all good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly
resolve with the help of thy grace to sin no
more and to avoid the near occasion of sin.  
Amen.


SATURDAY…
already?  This short SERENITY PRAYER is
good for a weekend day, so here’s a good
one:

Lord, God, grant me the serenity to accept the
things I cannot change; courage to change to
the things I can; and the wisdom to know the
difference.  Amen.


SUNDAY…
the Lord’s Day…but a fun day!  Families
should be the focus of this day.
 

Today, say the FAMILY PRAYER you’ve
made together!
Want to print a copy of the week of prayers? Click here!