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3 minutes a day, 24 hours of peace

The 3-Minute Retreat invites you to a short prayer break online.
Anytime, day or night, spend some quiet time in prayer and reflection.
LoyolaPress: A Jesuit Ministry

The Rosary

The Rosary is an ancient, beautiful, and powerful prayer of devotion to God through devotion to Mary by means of a series of prayers and meditations on the life of Jesus and Mary. In it we find all that life offers: pains and joys, but also always the hope that only a loving, protecting, saving Father can truly give. The Rosary is a prayer of hope.

Pray a virtual Rosary

Daily Mass Readings

Children Learn To Pray 

Children's Prayers & Practices

Prayer For Peace Among Nations

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father,
guide the nations of the world into the way of justice and truth,
and establish among them that peace which is the fruit of righteousness,
that they may become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

cf The Roman Missal, c. 1973 ICEL

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."

The Ten Commandments

1. I am the Lord your God.  You shall not have strange gods before me.
Put God first in your life before all things.

2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Respect God's name and holy things. Do not use bad language

3. Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day.
Take part in the Mass on Sundays and holy days. Avoid unnecessary work on these days.

4. Honor your father and your mother.
Obey and show respect to parents and others who are responsible for you.

5. You shall not kill.
Do not hurt yourself or others. Take care of all life.

6. You shall not commit adultery.
Show respect for marriage and family life. Respect your body and the bodies of others.

7. You shall not steal.
Respect creation and the things that belong to others. Do not cheat.

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Tell the truth. Do not gossip.

9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
Be faithful to family members and friends. Do not be jealous.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.
Share what you have. Do not envy what other people have. Do not be greedy.

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12; Luke 6:20-23) [CCC, #1716]

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

Moral Practice

Corporal Works of Mercy
(for the body) [CCC, #2447]
Feed the hungry.
Give drink to the thirsty.
Clothe the naked.
Shelter the homeless.
Visit the sick.
Visit the imprisoned
Bury the dead.
Spiritual Works of Mercy
(for the spirit) [CCC, #2447]
Counsel the doubtful.
Instruct the ignorant.
Admonish the sinner.
Comfort the sorrowful.
Forgive injuries.
Bear wrongs patiently.
Pray for the living and the dead


Examination of Conscience

Before celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation, take the time to examine your conscience. Look at your life. Compare your actions, and choices you have made, with the Ten Commandments.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • When have I not done what God wants me to do?
  • Whom have I hurt?
  • What have I done that I knew was wrong?
  • What have I not done that I should have done?
  • Are there serious sins I did not mention the last time I confessed?
  • Have I done penance? Have I tried as hard as I could to make up for past sins?
  • Have I changed my bad habits?
  • Am I sincerely sorry for all my sins?

In addition to confessing your sins, you may want to talk to the priest about one or more of the above questions.

For children visit: Examination of Conscience for Kids

The 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.

First Communion Parent Prayer

Lord, give us the wisdom and the courage to help our children as you would …
to develop in them a Christ-like love for all people …
to nurture in them a desire to give and not simply to take …
to teach them to be doers of Your Holy Word.
Guide us in our parental responsibilities;
strengthen our love as a family
so that we may work together in coming closer to You.

May we be the expression of Your love to our children
so that each day will be as today …
Your love received and shared …
to help us be one in the Body of Christ.


Computer Prayer

LORD who lives beyond data
yet who is all knowing,
we ask Your blessing.

Bless our machines and their programs,
their ordered manner of accumulating and storing,
the speed with which they enable us,
the style and type that they offer.

But save us from machine-like routine,
help us not to move so fast
as to miss what is important.

May our computers free us from data-slavery:
to be more aware of opportunities
to serve people,
to enjoy creation,
to be Church.

Teach us right relationships:
Creator to creations,
God to people, people to God
people to machines, machines to people.
Help us to be good stewards of our creations.
LORD, who lives beyond data
yet who is all-knowing,
we ask Your blessing.


Courtesy ParishSOFT with acknowledgement: Ministry Data Services

A Family Prayer

God made us a family.
We need one another.
We help one another.
We love one another.
We play together.
We work together.
We celebrate together.
We praise God together.
Thank you, God, for our special family.

Shared from St. Paul's Catholic School, 105 St. Paul St., Sellersburg, IN