First Grade Recommended Prayers

The Sign of the Cross

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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. Amen.

Glory Be To The Father

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. Amen

The Lord’s Prayer (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. Amen.

Grace Before Meals

Bless us, O Lord, and these Your gifts, which we are about to receive, from Your goodness, through Christ our Lord. Amen

Grace After Meals

We give You thanks for all Your gifts, Almighty God, living and reigning now and for ever. Amen.

Second Grade Recommended Prayers

10 Commandments

1.    I, the Lord, am 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.

Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

Third Grade Recommended Prayers

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he arose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 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 the life everlasting. Amen.

Rosary (able to pray the Rosary by himself/herself)

The Five Joyful Mysteries

1.      The Annunciation
2.      The Visitation
3.      The Nativity
4.      The Presentation
5.      The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

The Five Luminous Mysteries

1.      The Baptism in the River Jordan
2.      The Wedding Feast at Cana
3.      The Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
4.      The Transfiguration of Jesus
5.      The Institution of the Eucharist

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries

1.      The Agony in the Garden
2.      The Scourging at the Pillar
3.      The Crowning with Thorns
4.      The Carrying of the Cross
5.      The Crucifixion

The Five Glorious Mysteries

1.      The Resurrection
2.      The Ascension
3.      The Coming of the Holy Spirit
4.      The Assumption of Mary
5.      The Coronation of Mary

Fourth Grade Recommended Prayers

The Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, My Mother! To thee 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.

The Holy Days of Obligation

    • January 1...........................Mary, Mother of God
    • 40th day after Easter.........Ascension
    • August 15..........................Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    • November 1.......................All Saints
    • December 8.......................Immaculate Conception
    • December 25.....................Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

The Seven Sacraments

BAPTISM is the sacrament of rebirth as a child of God sanctified by the Spirit, of unity with Jesus in His death and resurrection, and of cleansing from Original sin and personal sins, and of welcome into the community of the Church. It permanently relates him or her to God with a relationship that can never be erased. It joins him or her to the priestly, prophetic, and kingly works of Christ through His Church on earth.

CONFIRMATION is the sacrament by which those born anew in baptism now receive the seal of the Holy Spirit, the gift of the Father. Confirmation, as the sealing of the candidate with the Spirit, is linked with the other sacraments of initiation, Baptism and the Eucharist. This sealing of the Spirit prepares us for the witness of a mature Christian life, and for the apostolate of living in the world and extending and defending the Faith.

THE EUCHARIST is a celebration of the Last Supper of Jesus with His Apostles and fulfills the command of Jesus, "Do This in Memory of Me". Through the ministry of priests, Christ perpetuates the sacrifice of the cross in an unbloody manner. In this meal, the underlying reality of bread and wine is changed into the Body and Blood of Christ, Who is then given to us for our spiritual nourishment in communion. Because Jesus is really present in the Eucharist we adore Him in the Blessed Sacrament which is always reserved in our Churches.

PENANCE (RECONCILIATION) brings the Catholic God's merciful forgiveness for sins committed after baptism. Sacramental absolution, which follows upon sincere confession of sins, true sorrow, and resolution not to sin again, is a means of obtaining pardon from God. This sacrament also brings about reconciliation with the faith community, the Church, which is wounded by our sin.

THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK is the sacrament for the seriously ill, infirmed and aged. By this anointing the priest asks the Lord to lighten the sufferings of the sick person, forgive their sins, and bring them to eternal salvation. The Church encourages the sick to offer freely their sufferings to Christ and remind them that the Church is with them in their illness.

MARRIAGE is the sacrament whereby man and woman are joined together in an unbreakable bond of married love for the purpose of sharing their mutual love and needs and for the begetting and education of children.

HOLY ORDERS in a special way conforms certain members of the people of God to Christ, the Mediator. In this sacrament, they are given a sacred power to guide and shepherd the faith community, proclaim and explain the Gospel, and guide and sanctify God's people by celebrating and administering the Sacraments, primarily the Eucharist.

Fifth Grade Recommended Prayers

Morning Prayer

My God, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world.  I offer them for all the intentions of your Son’s Sacred Heart, for the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of Christians.  Amen.

Evening Prayer

O my God, I thank you for the gift of this day. Please pardon any evil which I have done and take care of me while I sleep and deliver me from any danger. May your peace be with me and my loved ones. Amen.

Sixth Grade Recommended Prayers

The Beatitudes

1.      Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
2.      Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
3.      Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
4.      Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
5.      Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
6.      Blessed are the clean in heart, for they will see God.
7.      Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
8.      Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The Precepts of the Church

From time to time the Church has listed certain specific duties of Catholics. Some duties expected of Catholic Christians today include the following:

1.      Take part in the Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation
2.      Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year if there is a serious sin.
3.      Receive Holy Communion at least once a year during Easter time.
4.      Keep holy Sunday and Holy Days.
5.      Fast and Abstain from meat on days of penance.
6.      Give your time, talents and money to the support of the Church.

 

Seventh Grade Recommended Prayers

The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy

1.      Advise
2.      Instruct
3.      Console
4.      Comfort
5.      Bear wrongs patiently
6.      Forgive

The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy

1.      Feed the hungry
2.      Clothe the naked
3.      Visit the sick and imprisoned
4.      Shelter the homeless
5.      Bury the dead
6.      Give alms to the poor

Eighth Grade Recommended Prayers

The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

1.      Wisdom is the gift by which the Holy Spirit enables us to judge all things as God sees them.
2.      Understanding helps us understand better what God has revealed.
3.      Courage gives us the courage to do what is right, joyfully, in a difficult situation.
4.      Counsel helps us to know what to do in particularly difficult situations.
5.      Knowledge enables us to see the things of the world as they really are.
6.      Piety helps our worship of God and our regard for people and things connected with God.
7.      Awe in God's Presence (Fear of the Lord) strengthens in us the wholesome fear of offending God and being separated from Him who we love.

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you we cry, the children of Eve; to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this land of exile. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us; lead us home at last, and show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Act of Faith

O 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, 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 have revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived. Amen.

Act of Hope

O my God, relying on Your infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Your grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

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. Amen.