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Prayers

The Act Of Contrition

O my God,
I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee,
and I detest all my sins because of thy just punishment,
but most of all because they offend Thee, My God,
who art all good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace,
to sin no more, and to avoid the near occasion of sin.
Amen.

Prayer for Summer

Dear God,
You made the four seasons,
Each summer arrives as part of your perfect pattern and will,
This summer, help me to see
Not only the enjoyment of vacations, but the joy of your will.
Help me to feel not only the pleasure of a warm sun,
But the contentment of a life guided by you
Help me to know, not only the satisfaction of a project completed,
But the fulfillment of a heart filled by you.
Help me to see you in all things,

Memorial Day Prayer

Dear God, On this day we remember the sacrifices made for us
By those who were willing to give their lives
To ensure that our own would be spent in freedom.
Let us never forget to pray, not only for the dead,
But also for those still living and working
in the cause of freedom around the world.
As we celebrate and enjoy this time,
Give comfort and grace to those men and women
Who have sacrificed so much for our sake.
St. Martin, St. George and St. Joan of Arc:
pray for the protection of our soldiers in their efforts,

A Prayer For Advent

Lord Jesus,
Master of both the light and the darkness,
send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.
We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day.
We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.
We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.
We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.
We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.
To you we say, "Come, Lord Jesus!"
Amen.

- Henri Nouwen

A Family Prayer in Solidarity

Lord as we walk through this holy season of Lent help us to remember those
who do not have the things we take for granted, enough food and clean water,
a comfortable house, good schools and hope for the future.
We pray for all the people at Saint Eugene's Parish and for all the people in Haiti.
We pray that our sacrifices and our offerings will help to ease the troubles of life for them.
Give us awareness that our parishes are united in a common bond in faith in You.
Through these prayers and offerings may we grow in our knowledge of