RESOURCES

Free Prayer Resources
For Adults, Families & Children

Saturday, March 6, 2021
Updated 10:50am

In addition to participating in the sacramental life of our parishes, all Catholics are called to holiness through daily prayer. As one way of encouraging members of our community to grow closer to Christ through prayer during this time of trial, sacrifice and suffering, we recommend the following resources for prayer and reflection which can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

This Week’s Recommended Resources
Third Week of Lent

New! Lent with Our Lady 2021
Daily & Weekly Spiritual Exercises

This Week’s Wisdom from Pope Francis
Third Week of Lent
Prayer for the Sons & Daughters of Abraham
Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Iraq (March 5-8, 2021)

Almighty God, our Creator,
you love our human family
and every work of your hands.

As children of Abraham, Jews, Christians, and Muslims,
together with other believers and all persons of good will,
we thank you for having given us Abraham,
a distinguished son of this noble and beloved country,
to be our common father in faith.

We thank you for this man of faith,
who obeyed you completely, 
left behind his family and native land,
and set out for a land he did not know.
We thank you, too, for the example
of courage, resilience, strength of spirit,
generosity, and hospitality set for us
by our common father in faith.

We thank you in a special way 
for Abraham’s heroic faith, 
shown by his readiness even to sacrifice his son
in obedience to your command.
We know that was an extreme test,
yet one from which he emerged victorious,
since he trusted unreservedly in you,
who are merciful and always offer us
the possibility of beginning anew.

We thank you because,
in the blessing of our father Abraham,
you made him a blessing for all peoples.

We ask you,
God of our father Abraham and our God,
to grant us a strong faith,
a faith that abounds in good works,
a faith that opens our hearts to you
and to all our brothers and sisters;
and a boundless hope
capable of discerning in every situation
your fidelity to your promises.

Make each of us a witness of your loving care for all,
particularly refugees and the displaced,
widows and orphans, the poor and the sick.

Open our hearts to mutual forgiveness,
and in this way, make us instruments of reconciliation,
builders of a more just and fraternal society.

Welcome into the abode of peace and light 
all who have died,
particularly the victims of violence and war.

Assist the authorities in the effort
to seek and find the victims of kidnapping,
and in a special way,
to protect all mothers and children.

Help us to care for the earth, 
our common home, 
which in your goodness and generosity,
you have given to all of us.

Guide our hearts in the work
of rebuilding this country,
and grant us the strength needed
to help those forced to leave behind
their homes and lands,
enabling them to return in security and dignity,
and to embark upon a new,
serene, and prosperous life. Amen.

Franciscan Media
Short Videos for Lent

Holy Land Pilgrimage with Father James Martin, SJ
Short Video Series

Learning to Pray with Father James Martin, SJ
Short Video Series

On Retreat with Terry Hershey
Spend a Few Minutes Living in the Present Moment

Ignatian Spirituality Resources

Praying with Father Gary Caster

Father Jim’s Faith & Family Videos
Especially for First Holy Communion Families

A Franciscan Night Prayer
The Assisi Project: Podcast & Print Versions

Beatification of Blessed Carlo Acutis

The Living Rosary Virtual Retreat

Praying the Rosary with Father Jim

Daily Prayer Resources

Praying with Pope Francis

Praying with Our Pastor

Assisi Project Podcasts

Assisi Project Online Retreat 2020
The Franciscan Spirit for Advent & Christmas

Beyond the Habit with Cokie Roberts

Stories of Mother Teresa
Catholic Relief Services Video Series
Each Episode: Approximately 2 Minutes

Franciscan Media
Struggling with Depression?
Each Episode: Approximately 1-2 Minutes

The Good Samaritan
Catholic Relief Services Video Series
Each Episode: Approximately 3-5 Minutes

CTS101: Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic Relief Services Video Mini-Course
Each Episode: Approximately 4 Minutes

Wild Goose TV
Metanoia: A Journey with Christ Into Conversion

The Ministry of the Wild Goose is part of Franciscan Pathways, a non-profit outreach of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (TOR). The Ministry of the Wild Goose works in partnership with 4PM Media, a Catholic media company, to produce high quality resources that will enhance our spiritual journey. Each episode last approximately 30 minutes. During the coronavirus pandemic, these videos are free (with registration).

Wild Goose TV
The Wild Goose: Discovering the Holy Spirit

The Ministry of the Wild Goose is part of Franciscan Pathways, a non-profit outreach of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (TOR). The Ministry of the Wild Goose works in partnership with 4PM Media, a Catholic media company, to produce high quality resources that will enhance our spiritual journey. Each episode last approximately 25 minutes. During the coronavirus pandemic, these videos are free (with registration).

Cardinal Sean’s Virtual Retreat
Christ: Our Light in the Darkness

Night Prayer Retreat with Bishop Mark O’Connell

Resources for Adults

The Kids Bulletin

Resources for Families with Children

New! Video Resources for Elementary School Kids

Check back soon for additional resources! If you have questions or need further suggestions about daily prayer during these difficult and uncertain times, please contact Father Jim at frjim@ccgronline.com or Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@ccgronline.com.

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Liturgy of the Hours

In his First Letter to the Thessalonians, Saint Paul writes: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thess 5:16).” For centuries, Christians have puzzled over what it means to pray without ceasing. But one ancient practice provides an answer: the Liturgy of the Hours.

Since the middle ages, the Church has used a daily practice of prayer called the “Divine Office” or “Liturgy of the Hours” to mark and sanctify the various hours or times of the day: morning, afternoon, evening, and night. It uses a four-week cycle of psalms, canticles, and scripture read- ings to draw us into deeper relationship with Christ and the Church by uniting us with the Lord and each other through prayers of petition, praise, and thanksgiving.

At ordination, our deacons and priests make solemn promises to pray with the Divine Office each and every day. However, the Liturgy of the Hours is not just for deacons, priests, and those consecrated to religious life. Countless lay men and women around the world make the Liturgy of the Hours the foundation of their daily prayer and worship. Indeed, in Canticum Laudis, the Apostolic Constitution of the Church, we read: “The purpose of the Divine Office is to sanctify the day and all human activity. The Divine Office is the prayer not only of the clergy but of the whole People of God.” The Liturgy of the Hours can be prayed alone or in groups. If you are interested in praying online, please click on the link below:

If you have questions or need further suggestions about daily prayer during these difficult and uncertain times, please contact Father Jim at frjim@ccgronline.com or Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@ccgronline.com.

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The Assisi Project
Need Prayers?

Founded in 2007 by Father Jim and Cliff Garvey during their first pilgrimage to Italy, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscan in Spirit. Our mission is to help believers of all ages and backgrounds grow closer to Christ, to the Catholic Church, and to each other through the intercession, inspiration, and life example of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi.

Members of the Assisi Project range in age from 17 to 94 and live in Holy Family Parish, Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish, throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, all across the United States, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Spain, and Angola. Part of our work together is our prayer together. So we pray each day for all who ask for our prayers all around the world. If you would like the Assisi Project to pray for you, your family, your special intention, or the soul of a deceased friend or loved one, please contact Cliff at cgarvey@ccgronline.com.

During this time of pandemic, when we are encouraged to remain at home, all are invited to pray and reflect on the Gospel Life by visiting assisiproject.com and making use of the many resources on our website (including our Daily Prayers, Franciscan Rosary, Way of the Cross, and more than fifty reflections and stories about Saint Francis and Saint Clare). Come and pray with us online! May the Lord give you peace — now and always!

Learn More: The Assisi Project

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WeShare
Safe & Easy Electronic Giving

Electronic giving is available at both Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. It is safe and simple to make online donations to your home parish using a credit cared or debit card. Donations can be made on an ongoing or one-time-only basis. And it takes just a few minutes to set up a secure personal account. For assistance or more information about this important fundraising resource for the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, please contact Father Jim at frjim@ccgronline.com. Thank you for your generous support for our parishes during these difficult times! Peace, blessings, and many thanks to all!

Support Holy Family Parish
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About Us

Established in 2014, the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport is a collaborative of two historic parishes: Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. Working together as a Roman Catholic community united in prayer, fellowship, and service, we are committed to living the Gospel of Christ, sharing God’s love and mercy with all people, and rebuilding the Church in Gloucester & Rockport. All are invited! All are welcome! Always!

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