Welcome to Bringing Faith Home
Bringing Faith Home provides ideas to help deepen and grow your family's faith. As we begin the new school year, we thought it important to being with the foundation of God's Kingdom in our homes: prayer.
Clearly it’s important to pray, but don’t we all get into a family prayer rut? As Pope Francis reminds us, “The Lord tells us: 'the first task in life is this: prayer.' But not the prayer of words, like a parrot; but the prayer, the heart: gazing on the Lord, hearing the Lord, asking the Lord.” May the ideas offered below bless your family prayer time.
With our prayers and support,
The St. Gabriel Faith Advisory Committee
New Ideas for Family Prayer Time
From the St. Gabriel Catholic School Advent Calendar 2016
Thursday, December 1st - Ask God to help you when you are doing something hard.
Family: Read about Mary's visit to Elizabeth, Luke 1:39-45.
Friday, December 2nd - Be extra helpful to your teachers today.
Family: Pray a decade of the Rosary together.
Saturday, December 3rd - Pray for everyone who serves our nation.
Family: Say a prayer before the family Crèche (Manger), Crucifix, or Mother Mary.
Sunday, December 4th (Second Sunday of Advent) - Talk to God about something close to your heart.
Family: Light two purple candles on your Advent wreath.
St. Paul tells us to "pray without ceasing."
Mother Teresa said, "Children need to learn to pray, and they need to have their parents pray with them."
Sister Theresa of Ireland says, "It is from the family that the child is supposed to get the first spiritual formation, and within the family it is meant to nurture and grow."
So how do we do this? Start simple, and take both structured and "in the moment" steps. Ideas to consider:
Change up bedtime and mealtime prayers. Find many beautiful prayers on-line and in apps.
Add a weekly or monthly family rosary time. Offer it up for a family intention.
At Sunday dinner, have each family member say one thing that they are anxious about in the upcoming week, and have everyone pray for that intention through the week. (Keep a family journal to help them see God's power in their lives!)
Teach your child about intercessory prayer by finding out which saint is the patron of the worry in your child's life, and ask for that saint's friendship and intercession for their prayers.
Choose a scripture of the week to post somewhere in your house, such as "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil 4:13)
Help children contemplate scripture by imagining themselves as one of the persons in the Gospel stories as it is read. Children love this personal interaction with Jesus.
Pray with your child when he’s lost something of value, experienced bullying, feels sick, or is frustrated by his sister.
Pray joyfully over good test grades, a soccer goal, news that grandma is recuperating.
Go on a prayer walk, and pray for each family as you pass their house.
Model "life as prayer”: thank God for the new morning; seek help for a big decisions; or rejoice in a new baby you know.
Encourage spontaneous prayers spoken from the heart and even SING! As St. Augustine said, "Those who sing pray twice!"
Take a look at your own family, you know what works best. Remember that prayer is nothing more than communication with God Find your family's Catholic prayer style, and go! Beautiful moments await!