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Additional Prayers and Devotions

Our Catholic heritage is full of many beautiful prayers and devotions. Here are just a few. Additional prayers may be found at Prayer Before Mass Receive, O Holy Trinity, One God, this Holy Sacrifice of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which I, Your unworthy servant, desire now to offer to […]

Novena Prayers to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

First Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Behold at thy feet, 0 Mother of Perpetual Help, a wretched sinner who has recourse to thee and confides in thee. 0 Mother of mercy, have pity on me. I hear thee called by all the refuge and the hope of sinners: be then, my refuge […]

Prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

O Lord Jesus Christ, who gave us your Mother Mary, whose renowned image we venerate, to be a Mother ever ready to help us; grant we beseech You, that we who constantly implore her motherly aid, may merit to enjoy perpetually the fruits of Your redemption, Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen. Mary’s […]

Doctrinal Foundation of Devotion to the Sacred Heart

Doctrinal Foundation of Devotion to the Sacred Heart by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Most of us know that Devotion to the Sacred Heart is part of our Catholic religion. We have known from childhood about the nine first Fridays. We often recite the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Annually we celebrate the solemn feast […]

Daily Devotion to the Sacred Heart

O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore You, I love You, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer You this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to Your will. Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in You and for You. Protect […]

Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most sacred Heart of Jesus, pour down Your blessings abundantly on Your holy Church, on the Supreme Pontiff, and on all the clergy. Grant perseverance to the just, convert sinners, enlighten infidels, bless our parents, friends, and benefactors, assist the dying, free the souls in purgatory, and extend over all hearts the sweet empire of […]

Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Lord Jesus Let my heart never rest until it finds You, who are its center, its love, and its happiness. By the wound in Your heart pardon the sins that I have committed whether out of malice or out of evil desires. Place my weak heart in Your own divine Heart, continually under Your protection […]

Funeral Symbolism

Symbols Used at the Funeral Liturgy A Catholic funeral liturgy celebrates the life, death and resurrection of Christ and how, through Baptism, the deceased shares in the life of Christ. At a Catholic funeral liturgy many symbols are used to express the dignity of the deceased as a child of God. The funeral liturgy begins […]

Funeral Rites

Funeral Rites The Vigil (Wake) During the Vigil for the deceased, commonly known as the wake, the wake service will be held. This is the beginning rite of the funeral. The celebration of the wake service is the time for the Christian community to offer both prayer and consolation to the family of the one […]

Planning a Funeral

Step One Choose Readings Old Testament Readings New Testament Gospel Readings Prayers of the Faithful Prayers of the Faithful-1-blank Prayers of the Faithful-2-blank Step Two Click on this link for a music suggestion list. All music needs to be approved by the Pastor or Director of Music/Liturgy. Step Three Choose who will participate. Roles available in […]