Let us remember we are in the holy presence of God...
God watches over us
These words are our call to formal prayer. They are heard at the start of each day, at the beginning of each class, and at the outset of meetings and assemblies. They are one of the strongest characteristics of our Lasallian heritage. They are also a call to quiet ourselves and acknowledge the wonder of His holy presence, which surrounds us each and every day. Remembering the presence of God reminds us of the limitless goodness and potential in each person we encounter.
Wherever I go I will find you, my God; There is no place that is not honored by your presence.
– John Baptist de La Salle
Explanation of the Method of Interior Prayer (1739), p. 59
Our Lady of Mount Carmel...
Pray for us
St. John Baptist de La Salle...
Pray for us
Live, Jesus, in our hearts...
The closing for all prayers acknowledges our school’s history. Mary, under her title of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, is patroness of the Carmelite Order. We invoke her name in remembrance of the Carmelite Sisters who founded Mt. Carmel on the Teche. Saint John Baptist de La Salle is the patron saint of educators and founder of the Christian Brothers, the order which established St. Peter’s College. We end formal prayer with the invocation: ‘Live, Jesus, in our hearts forever!’ This, too, is a Lasallian tradition. It a reminder to make all that we do a prayer in union with Jesus and to be like Christ to those whom we serve.
‘Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you’
We pray the school’s Mission Prayer each Friday morning as one body. The Mission Prayer was added during the 2009-2010 school year. It was composed using words and phrases from the Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Belief Statements that were defined by the school community. In addition, students at each grade level are required to learn traditional Catholic prayers in conjunction with their religious studies.
O God, we, your children, remember that we are always in Your holy presence and rejoice in the promise that You watch over us.
Help us to become confident, self-directed, lifelong learners who keep Christ at the center of our words and actions.
Guided by the wisdom and traditions of the Christian Brothers and the Carmelite Sisters, may, we, the members the of Catholic High School family, always work and pray to be a community that reflects the love, justice, and peace of Your Kingdom.
ANGEL OF GOD
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God’s love commits me here.
Ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide.
ACT OF CONTRITION
Oh 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 make up for my sins and to love as I should.
PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL
St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell, Satan and all evil spirits
who wander through the world for the ruin of souls.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
HAIL, HOLY QUEEN
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy;
our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to you do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn, then, O most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
(Leader) The angel of the Lord declared to Mary,
(Response) and she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
(All) Hail Mary…..
(L) Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
(R)Be it done to me according to your word.
(A) Hail Mary……
(L)And the Word was made flesh,
(R)and dwelled among us.
(A) Hail Mary….
(L) Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
(R) That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
(L) Let us pray:
(All) Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts
that we to whom the incarnation of Christ Your Son was made known
by the message of an angel, may, by His passion and cross,
be brought to the glory of His resurrection, through Christ Our Lord.
ACT OF FAITH
Oh my God, I firmly believe that You are one God in three Divine Persons:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
I believe that Your Divine Son became man and died for our sins,
and that He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches,
because You revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.
ACT OF HOPE
O My God, relying on Your infinite goodness and promises,
I hope to obtain pardon of my sins,
the help of Your grace, and live everlasting,
through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
ACT OF LOVE
O My God, I love you above all things,
with my whole heart and soul,
because You are all good and worthy of all love.
I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you.
I forgive all who have injured me,
and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured.
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You all my prayers, works, joys and
sufferings of this day, for all the intentions
of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, throughout the
world, in reparation for all my sins, for the
intentions of all our associates, and for the
general intention recommended this month.
PRAYER BEFORE THE CRUCIFIX AT SAN DAMIANO
Most High, Glorious God, enlighten the darkness
of my heart and give me true faith, certain
certain hope, and perfect charity, sense and
knowledge, Lord, that I may carry out your
holy and true command.
Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee to I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
PRAYER OF ABANDONMENT
Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures – I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father. Amen. (Charles de Foucauld)
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISSI
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 there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, 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 in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
THE SERENITY PRAYER
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can; and Wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever and Ever in the next. Amen.
MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY
The Joyful Mysteries – Mondays and Saturdays
The Annunciation – Mary learns that she has chosen to be the mother of Jesus.
The Visitation – Mary visits Elizabeth, who tells her that she will always be remembered.
The Nativity – Jesus is born in a stable in Bethlehem.
The Presentation – Mary and Joseph take the infant Jesus to the Temple to present him to God.
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple – Jesus is found in the Temple discussing his faith with the teachers.
The Luminous Mysteries (the Mysteries of Light) – Thursdays
The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan – God proclaims that Jesus is his beloved Son.
The Wedding Feast at Cana – At Mary’s request, Jesus performs his first miracle.
The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God – Jesus calls all to conversion and service to the Kingdom.
The Transfiguration of Jesus – Jesus is revealed in glory to Peter, James, and John.
The Institution of the Eucharist – Jesus offers his Body and Blood at the Last Supper.
The Sorrowful Mysteries – Tuesdays and Fridays
The Agony in the Garden – Jesus prays in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night before he dies.
The Scourging at the Pillar – Jesus is lashed with whips.
The Crowning with Thorns – Jesus is mocked and crowned with thorns.
The Carrying of the Cross – Jesus carries the cross that will be used to crucify him.
The Crucifixion – Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies.
The Glorious Mysteries – Sundays and Wednesdays
The Resurrection – God the Father raises Jesus from the dead.
The Ascension – Jesus returns to his Father in heaven.
The Coming of the Holy Spirit – The Holy Spirit comes to bring new life to the disciples.
The Assumption of Mary – At the end of her life on earth, Mary is taken body and soul into heaven.
The Coronation of Mary – Mary is crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth.
PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
V: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
R: and kindle in them the fire of your love.
V: Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
R: And you will renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray:
Oh God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by that same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolations. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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 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 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. Amen.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.
Meeting Spiritual Needs
The spiritual needs of Catholic High students are met in a variety of ways throughout the school year, and spiritual life is developed well beyond daily prayer.
Weekly all-school Masses are celebrated in the Monsignor Disch Gymnasium. Members of the Catholic High community are invited to join to the student body.
Additional Masses are offered at 7:15 am each Tuesday in the school’s chapel.
Annual grade-level retreats are conducted by Campus Ministry teams for all students. Two optional Kairos retreats are offered each year for interested juniors and seniors.
We honor the tradition of First Friday Adoration in our school chapel. Parents and grandparents join students, faculty, and staff in this contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us.
Area pastors, associate pastors, deacons, and other religious work as a pastoral team to offer opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on campus.