Prayers and Resources


Sign of the Cross

Our Father

Hail Mary

Glory Be

Act of Contrition

Nicene Creed


Ten Commandments

The Great Commandment


Order of the Mass

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Holy Days

Works of Mercy

Way of the Cross


Sign of the Cross

In the Name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit,


Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy 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.


The Our Father for Kids

(Like the Pledge of Allegiance or anything else we say both often and quickly, the meaning of the Our Father, with its old-fashioned language, can be lost on children.  Here’s a translation for kids.)

     Our Father who art in heaven,

     God, who lives in heaven,

     Hallowed be thy name,

     Your name is holy.  You are holy.

     Thy kingdom come.

     May our world become a place where all live the way you want them to live.

     Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.

     May things happen exactly as you want them to here on earth, just as they do already in heaven.

     Give us this day our daily bread.

     Each day give us the things we need to stay alive.

     And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

     God, when we do something wrong, forgive us in the same way that we forgive other people who do wrong things to us.

     Lead us not into temptation.

     Help us not to think about doing things that are wrong.

    But deliver us from evil.

    Keep us away from all that is not loving and good.


     Yes.  I believe.  It is true. 

taken from:  At Home with our Faith

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now, and at the hour of our death.


Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.


Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins.

In choosing to sin, and failing to do good,

I have sinned against you and your Church. 

I firmly intend, with the help of your Son,

to do penance and to sin no more. 


Nicene Creed

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.



The Sacraments

Sacraments of Initiation



Sacraments of Healing


Anointing of the Sick
Sacraments of Service


Holy Orders

Ten Commandments
        1. I am the Lord your God.  You shall not have strange gods before me.
        2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
        3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s day.
        4. Honor your father and your mother.
        5. You shall not kill.
        6. You shall not commit adultery.
        7. You shall not steal.
        8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
        9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
        10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

The Great Commandment

 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 

Luke 10:27


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 of 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.

   Matthew 5:3-10

Order of the Mass

Introductory Rites

Entrance Song


Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling with Holy Water or Penitential Rite

Glory to God

Opening Prayer

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading – usually from Old Testament

Responsorial Psalm

Second Reading – from New Testament Letters

Gospel Acclamation



Profession of Faith – Nicene Creed

General Intercessions

Liturgy of the Eucharist

Offertory Song – Presentation of the Gifts

Preparation of the Bread and Wine

Invitation to Prayer

Prayer over the Gifts


Acclamation – Holy, Holy, Holy

Eucharistic Prayer with Acclamation

Great Amen

Communion Rite

Lord’s Prayer

Sign of Peace

Breaking of the Bread

Prayers before Communion

Lamb of God

Holy Communion

Communion Song

Concluding Rite

Silent Reflection or Song of Praise

Prayer after Communion




Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Courage – Fortitude

Wonder and Awe – Fear of the Lord



Right Judgment – Counsel

Reverence – Piety

Fruits of the Holy Spirit











Holy Days

(observed in the United States) 

December 25 – Christmas, the Nativity of the Lord

January 1 – Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

40 Days after Easter – Ascension of the Lord

August 15 – Assumption

November 1 – All Saints Day

December 8 – Immaculate Conception

Works of Mercy

 Corporal – for the body

Feed the hungry.

Give drink to the thirsty.

Clothe the naked.

Shelter the homeless.

Visit the sick.

Visit the imprisoned.

Bury the dead.
Spiritual – for the spirit

Warm the sinner.

Teach the ignorant.

Counsel the doubtful.

Comfort the sorrowful.

Bear wrongs patiently.

Forgive injuries.

Pray for the living and the dead.

Way of the Cross

            1. Jesus prays in the Garden of Olives.
            2. Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested.
            3. Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin.
            4. Jesus is denied by Peter.
            5. Jesus is condemned by Pontius Pilate.
            6. Jesus is scourged and crowned with thrones.
            7. Jesus is made to carry the cross.
            8. Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus.
            9. Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.
            10. Jesus is crucified.
            11. Jesus promised the kingdom to the thief who repents.
            12. Jesus speaks to his mother and his friend John.
            13. Jesus dies on the cross.
            14. Jesus is laid in the tomb.