St James Parish Prayer

Prayed on September 24, 2019 by St James Apostle

Loving God, through Your apostle James,
we seek Your guidance and constant protection for our parish community.

Gathered together as Your people, we come as we are,
to live out the Gospel message, in a faith-filled, welcoming and caring community.

Grant us Your help in our weakness,
that we may proclaim to all,
Your abundant goodness.

We praise and thank You for your gifts,
given freely to us.

May we never lose faith in You
and always strive to learn,
in a spirit of strength and gentleness.

On our pilgrimage,
may we be an example of Your love,
to those we meet.

Loving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we ask that You always watch over us
in all we do.

Prayer for the Beatification of our Founder

Prayed on August 24, 2019 by St James Apostle

God our Father, your servant Joseph De Piro
gave witness to the faith
by his service to the poor and his missionary zeal.

May his loyalty to Christ and the Church,
his love for Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God,
his benevolence towards the orphaned
and his constant aspiration to evangelize the world,
give guidance to the Christian people today.

We beg you to grant the favour we are asking you
through his intercession
so that his holiness may be recognized by all
and the Church may proclaim him a Saint.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Prayer for MSSP

Prayed on July 25, 2019 by St James Apostle

Heavenly Father,
through your Holy Spirit you inspired Joseph De Piro to gather around him missionaries full of enthusiasm to preach the Good News of your Son among people who lacked messengers of the Gospel.
As we thank you for your faithfulness with our Society throughout the years, we ask you to continue filling us, Paulist Missionaries, with your Spirit so that in communion, we continue to carry on the mission entrusted to us.
Inspire courageous young men and women to offer their lives for this ministry, so that the Gospel of your Son may reach the ends of the earth. We also ask you to encourage young people to explore religious vocations with the MSSP.
Reward all relatives, benefactors and friends who share in this ministry of evangelisation with your abundant blessings.
We make our prayer through the intercession of Mary Assumed into heaven and the Apostle Paul, through Christ our Lord, whose Gospel we preach.

Paulist Prayer 2016

Prayed on July 24, 2019 by St James Apostle

God of mercy and friend of the poor,
you taught the whole world
through the preaching of the Apostle Paul,
give us the same courageous missionary spirit
as we reach out to our brothers and sisters in need,
so that like him and your servant Joseph De Piro,
we too may be witnesses to your truth in the world.

God of mission grant us your blessing
as we live out our ministry of bringing the good news
of your Son Jesus Christ to your people.

We pray for all in the Paulist family,
through Jesus Christ our friend and companion
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


Paulist Prayer of Commitment

Prayed on June 24, 2019 by St James Apostle

Tonight we rejoice as the Young Paulist Core Team as we take on another

year of Missionary Service.  We give thanks to God for this ministry.


As we continue to be drawn to the warmth of the Paulist spirituality, we

commit ourselves to continue to be builders of bridges and create a

community where other young adults may find purpose and meaning in their

lives. As we do this, may we be open to the Holy Spirit so that, like St. Paul,

we may allow our hidden selves to grow strong in knowing Christ more

intimately and journeying in our Catholic faith.


We commit ourselves to serving our Parish communities by reaching out to

young adults in a caring, loving and welcoming spirit to embody the Paulist

ideals in our daily lives and to include people from diverse walks of life into

our communities.


God of mission grant us your blessing as we embrace our ministry of bringing

the Good News of Jesus Christ to those most in need.  We pray for all in the

Paulist family through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Prayer Process

Prayed on May 24, 2019 by St James Apostle


1. Gratitude: Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.

2. Awareness: Revisit the times in the past twenty-four hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-your-self. Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them.

3 Significant Moments: Identify something you experienced in the last twenty-four hours and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person).

4. Peace: Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, or Him) and to fill you with a deep and abiding peace.

5. Freedom: Speak with God about how He is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself.

6. Others: Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.

7. Pray the Our Father.

House Blessing

Prayed on January 24, 2019 by St James Apostle

Gather as a family (roommates, friends, relatives) in any room you
desire, with a crucifix present.
(Yes you can – and are encouraged to – bless your own home even if a
priest is not available!)


The leader, which the Bishops encourage to be a layperson, begins:
Peace be with this house and with all who live here.
All Respond: Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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The Lord’s Prayer

Prayed on December 24, 2018 by St James Apostle

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Acts of Contrition

Prayed on November 24, 2018 by St James Apostle

I confess to almighty God 
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,
(and, striking their breast, they say:)
through my fault, through my fault, throughout my most grievous fault,
(Then they continue)
 therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
and all the Angels and Saints,
and you my brothers and sisters, 
to pray for me to the Lord our God.
(The absolution of the Priest follows:)
May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life.


From popular and customary use:

Act of Contrition 1

O my God, 
I am sorry for my sins 
because I have offended you. 
I know I should love you above all things. 
Help me to do penance, to do better, 
and to avoid anything that might lead me to sin. Amen.

Act of Contrition 2

O my God, 
I am heartily sorry 
for having offended you, 
and I detest all my sins 
because of your just punishments, 
but most of all because they offend you, my God, 
who are all-good and deserving of all my love. 
I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, 
to sin no more
and to avoid the near occasions of sin.

Act of Contrition 3

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