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Prayer Models

TSP Prayer

TSP stands for Thank you, Sorry (forgiveness), and Please (petition) and is good with any age, but particularly smaller children.  This model helps divide prayer time into three sections, so that prayer is not so much a shopping list of requests, but a relationship with God:

Thank you: take time to thank God for all He has done, or for specific answers to recent prayer.

Sorry: Say sorry for mistakes you have made, things you have said or thought that you shouldn't have, and for things you have failed to do.  Ask God for His forgiveness.

Please: Ask God for what you need (most people tend to be best at this part)

An adult can lead by starting with the sign of the cross.  Individuals take turns offering at least one prayer for each category.  They finish by praying together the Our Father

Our World Prayers

This prayer is geared for families with older children.  Our World Prayers get families to focus on issues/events in our world (e.g. right to life, upcoming presidency, our new archbishop, wars, and those sick in the parish).

The families look at articles from newspapers or the parish bulletin to select topics to pray about and/or people to pray for.  Each family member leads a prayer: ‘For....... We pray to the Lord.” the other family members respond: “Lord hear our prayer.”

They finish by praying together the Our Father.

Family Prayers

Family prayer time is a great way to nurture your family's faith. These prayers will help you get started on making family prayer an integral part of family life.  Learn more…

Children’s Prayers

Children are naturals when it comes to praying. The prayers in this section are geared specifically toward children to aid in teaching children to pray. Select one of the children's prayers listed below.  Learn more…


Our Sunday Visitor has created a page with various prayers that can be used while in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  Go to page…

How to Pray the Rosary

The Rosary helps us to pray to Jesus through Mary. When we pray the Rosary, we think about the special events, or mysteries, in the lives of Jesus and Mary.  We reflect on how God works through both the special and the ordinary events of our lives.  Learn more…

Family Nights

Plan time together and enrich your family life. Themes for families and small groups to use at home, including prayer, something to think about, conversation starters, activity ideas for Young Families, Middle Years Families and Adult Families, entertainment, and even snack suggestions.  

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Catholic Parenting 101 - Confronting the Challenges of Bullying

While some conflict between children is normal, bullying is an increasingly common and destructive problem that requires wise and skillful intervention from adults.  

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A Prayer for the Family

This is a website that offers a wide range of resources to help you help your children learn and live the faith and Sunday scripture support.


Five Ways that Parents Catechize their Children

Adult Resources

Praying the Our Father with the Pope

"The words of the Our Father are signposts to interior prayer, they provide a basic direction for our being, and they aim to configure us to the image of the Son. The meaning of the Our Father goes much further than the mere provision of a prayer text. It aims to form our being, to train us in the inner attitude of Jesus" (cf. Phil 2:5).  Read article…

Dictionary of Eucharistic Terms

This dictionary offers a list of words and devotions used around Eucharistic Adoration and a description for each.  Go to online dictionary…

The Real Presence:

An elementary understanding of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
by Lee Ann Schoofs

"The Eucharist is a sacrament giving us the real body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus, the Son of God. Although it does not look like the body and blood of Jesus we see on a crucifix, His Real Presence is hidden within the appearance of a small white consecrated host (altar bread). This is a great mystery, something we cannot fully understand."  Read article…

The Gift of Faith: The Eucharist

The Eucharist is at the very heart of the Church’s life. In the Eucharist Christ Himself is present to His people in the paschal mystery. Rich in symbolism and richer in reality, the Eucharist bears within itself the whole reality of Christ, and mediates to us His saving work.  Read article…

About Eucharistic Adoration

Fr. Jim Martin, author of My Life with the Saints, gives a brief introduction to and explanation as to why he appreciates Eucharistic Adoration.  

Eucharistic Adoration

During our events, we will be participating in Holy Hour which is a form of Eucharistic Adoration and includes Benediction.  Here is some information on these forms of prayers.  

What is Eucharistic Adoration?

Eucharistic can be in the form of a communal prayer such as Exposition and Benediction or Liturgy of the Hours or can be done individually in the reservation chapel.

Holy Family offers adoration during regular business hours through the week and between Masses on the weekends.  Families are more than welcome to come in during that time to pray in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. 

What is Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction?

In this Eucharistic ceremony the priest or deacon places the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance. The assembly usually sings a hymn of praise. A time of silent prayer follows. Special devotions or Scripture readings are often part of the service. Typically the service ends with a hymn of adoration and then the priest blesses the assembly by making the Sign of the Cross over them with the monstrance.

The practice of exposition and Benediction began in the Middle Ages. People did not receive communion very often, so adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was the way in which they connected with Jesus in the Eucharist. The feast of Corpus Christi, or the Body and Blood of Christ, began during this time. On that feast day the Eucharist was placed in a monstrance and carried in procession. Eventually a custom arose in Germany of keeping the Eucharist exposed to view for a certain period of time in church. In France and elsewhere it became the custom to gather in church after work to sing songs to Mary. Over time the two services merged: songs and chanted prayers accompanied the period when the Eucharist was exposed.

Provided by Loyola Press

Holy Family offers this communal prayer opportunity twice a month – the third Tuesday of the month from 7 to 8 pm and the first Monday of the month from 9 to 10 am.  Both are held in the St. Joseph Chapel near the parish office.