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As Catholics, we recognize that prayer is of the utmost importance. In our mission to act with the Church to help the poor overseas, we begin with prayer. As we reach out to our sisters and brothers, we first seek God's grace and guidance, and then we work, animated by the Spirit that connects us.

Each month, we publish a new prayer that we ask the Church to join us in praying. Seeking God's guidance together, we are drawn closer together, and perhaps get a peek beyond the veil at the Kingdom he has promised, as together we work to make that Kingdom a reality for all.

We invite you to join us in praying this prayer with us each month, sharing it with families, parishes, and networks, so our hearts may be one and steadfast as we turn again to the work of the Lord: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick and the captive.

And so we pray ...

Our Prayer for September

Benediction for a New School Year

Lord of All Wisdom,

As we open our school year, we pray that your Spirit may always be found in our midst.

May our school be a place of safety.

May our school be a place of equality.

May our school be a place of truth.

May our school be a place of growth.

May our school be a place of joy.

May our school be a place of faith.

May our school be a place of hope.

May our school be a place of love.

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Lord, bless our students, faculty and staff:

The citizens of our school with whom we will share our classrooms and corridors this year.

Bless the families who have trusted our institution with their precious children.

Help us bless our community and be blessed in turn by the community.

May we look back on this school year in times to come

And say that this was a time when we found something wonderful and new in ourselves

And recall a place that was more than a school,

But a family.

For where two or three are gathered in your name

There are you.

Father of all, we ask in your name

Bless this school.

All: Bless this school!


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"In prayer, God keeps calling us, opening our hearts to charity."

— Pope Francis

Light a candle and say a prayer for your loved ones and our brothers and sisters around the world. Your intentions will be remembered at Mass offered in St. Stephen's Chapel at Catholic Relief Services world headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.