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Lesson Notes: Intercessory Prayer

March 11, 2018

Intercessory Prayer

We like to teach about prayer in the big categories: worship (praise), contrition (I’m sorry), gratitude (thank you), and supplication (please), and intercessory prayer falls in that last category.  We pray for others and we ask them to pray for us.  Sounds simple, right?  But this lesson helps us unpack it a little.

Teaching your kids to pray for others is an outstanding way to help them grow in holiness.  They learn duty, empathy, and charity, among other things.  It fights against a child’s tendency toward being self-centered and helps them grow stronger as a Christian as they realize that their prayers actually make a difference.

I remember my relationship with my kids actually taking a giant leap forward as I would ask for their prayers.  “I’m going to have a challenging day today.  Can you pray for me?” Just asking something like that implies trust.  It sends a message that they are moving into the grown-up world.  It says, “I value your prayers.”  It opens faith-based conversations.  So much good can come from this one tiny habit!

The flip side is helping your kids get in the habit of asking for prayer.  If you want them to feel comfortable asking you, you probably need to open those conversations.  Does your son have a test today?  “I’ll pray for you.”  If you get in the habit of having that kind of conversation with your Family Formation aged kids, you are going to be so happy when they get older and still bring their prayer needs to you!

The other piece of asking others to pray for you leads to a conversation on the Communion of Saints.   Mary, angels, Saints – those in heaven are always in the presence of God and are ready to bring our needs before Him, and the last part of this lesson encourages you all to develop relationships with them.

Partners in the Gospel: Give Him 5

November 6, 2017

Partners in the Gospel

Next in our series of creative ways people find to spread the Gospel, we’re excited to share the work of a ministry that is near and dear to our hearts; Give Him 5.  Michelle gives all credit to the Holy Spirit, but we’re so glad we can benefit from all the ways she cooperates with His inspiration!


Advent candles-2Do you want Advent to be more meaningful this year? Get your kids excited to wait upon the Lord with the Give Him 5 prayer bag. Each bag includes all the tools you need to help your child pray and encourage a friendship with Jesus.

  • The five-minute sand timer is a fun reminder to get started and when it runs out you won’t want to stop praying.
  • The “Begin with FAITH” prayer cards will guide your child through their conversation with Jesus using the FAITH message.
    • F– find a quiet place
    • A– ask Jesus to be with you
    • I – tell Him what is important to you
    • T– thank Him
    • H– ask for His help in your life
  • You’ll also get a Give Him 5 Pocket Cross, a scroll explaining why to pray, and a handy bag to keep it all together.
  • In addition, be sure to use the great audio prompts you can find on their homepage.

Bags are great for ages 4-99 years and you can use the code “Prayer” to receive 15% off your entire order. Contact Michelle for bigger discounts offered for churches, schools, and groups.

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Lesson Notes: Divine Mercy Sunday

April 17, 2017

Happy Easter, everyone!

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This week’s lesson is on Divine Mercy Sunday, a fairly new celebration established by Pope John Paul II in 2000.  The heart of all is a series of visions given to a young Polish nun less than 100 years ago.  As Jesus was teaching her about the amazing depths of His mercy, he instructed Sr. Faustina to keep a diary so the teachings could be shared.

In this Family Formation version of the message, we’ve boiled it down to a couple of mnemonic devices that will make it easy for your family to remember and picture God’s boundless mercy.

First of all, the ABC’s of Mercy:

  • Ask for His mercy.
  • Be merciful to others.
  • Complete trust

And second, because God’s mercy is a feast of graces … the richest food … a whopper of a deal … (do you see where we’re going with this?)

The Big Mercy Burger is a silly analogy with a serious message.  As you work your way through all the meditations on the burger toppings*, your kids will get a fuller picture of the richness of God’s mercy and how they can better participate in it.

You should also have a CD of people actually praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and a helpful pamphlet explaining it.  Try it at least once this week: not only will your kids have their memory assignment nailed, but your family will be better prepared for Sunday’s beautiful celebration!


*Yes, I realize that sounds ridiculous.  Just open the packet and try it, okay?

Looking for an easy way to pray?

March 14, 2017

Try Pope Francis’ 5-Finger Prayer:

5 finger prayer

Hat tip to Church Pop (via Lisa)

Image Credit: Catholic Link Library of Resources

50 ways to talk to God

December 13, 2016

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This week, while we’re particularly focusing on prayer, think outside the box of what you normally do.  Just as there are many (many, many) ways to let someone know you love them, there are many (many, many) ways to have a conversation with God.

I’ve posted this article before, but now is a perfect time to re-read!

50 Ways to Talk to God, by Meg Hunter-Kilmer

And remember:

Christianity is so much more than a list of rules and pious practices, friends. It’s a relationship, a love like none you’ve ever known before. It’s the meaning of life, the God of the universe made man for you. Please don’t be content with empty prayer and an unabandoned heart. Ask for more. He always answers that prayer.

Worldwide Children’s Eucharistic Holy Hour

October 3, 2016

I don’t know how this has escaped our attention until now, but THIS FRIDAY all the children of the world are invited to participate in a Eucharistic Holy Hour.  It will be broadcast from our own Cathedral and Bishop Andrew Cozzens will be the presider.


The EWTN broadcast begins at 10:00 a.m., but will go on for 40 hours giving everyone an opportunity to participate.  The broadcast concludes on Saturday, Oct 8, from the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.  How cool is that!

Watch the video for Bishop Cozzens’ invitation and you can find a few more details in this National Catholic Register article and here, on EWTN’s schedule page.  (More in the Press Release  near the top of their home page.)

UPDATE:  If you hope to participate in this event at the Cathedral, please email Nancy Schulte from the archdiocese to check on seat availability and get instructions.
And please remember that our perpetual adoration chapel here at Church of Saint Paul is always open and children are always welcome!  You can stop in for a full hour or even a short visit.  If you would like a little more information about Adoration Etiquette, check out this article from our archives.

Who is my patron Saint?

February 26, 2016

CCC 956

In the novena section of this week’s lesson we offer a simple variation in which you ask the prayers of your patron, but just how do you know who that patron might be?

There are several ways to determine this, and all are good ideas:

  • Your patron could be randomly chosen.
  • Your patron could be someone who shares your name.  (This is also sometimes referred to as  your name day.)
  • Your patron could be the one who celebrates their feast on your birthday.
  • Your patron could be someone with whom you share a common interest.  (For example, St. Joseph is a patron of fathers.  St. Luke is a patron of artists.  St. Nicholas is a patron of children.  St. Thomas Aquinas is a patron of students, etc.)
  • Your patron could simply be a saint you’ve chosen as a special friend.  (For example, many people feel an affinity to St. Therese for her very simple way of following Jesus, or to St. Francis deSales for his practical advice.  This category of patron can just be thought of as a friend you’d like to invite out for coffee.J)
  • All of the above.  You don’t have to limit yourself to one patron.  Just as you may ask many earthly friends and family members for prayer, you can do the same with your heavenly friends.


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