Most Precious Blood Church Corpus Christi, TX

Most Precious Blood Church
Corpus Christi, TX


Lord God, you love the innocence and goodness of children.  May their parents guide them in faith and wisdom and protect them from evil.  Bless my own little ones and keep them in your tender care.  May all children experience the near presence of St. Anthony watching over them with his protection.  Amen.


God, our Creator, you blessed
St. Anthony with a loving family to help his Christian formation.  Bless our family and help us grow together in faith by prayer and open concern for each other.

Strengthen the bonds of love among us through our faithful celebration of the Eucharist, which makes us one in Christ.  We thank you, Lord, for our daily bread so that we may share, with all whom we meet, the love and mystery of Christ in human life.

Protect our children and young people in their years of growth and development.  Help them to be pure in heart and faithful to good relationships.  Stand by those members of our family in advanced years.  Grant them the comfort of their faith, their family, and their friends.  We surrender to you our departed loved ones knowing that we will be united in your eternal kingdom.  Amen.

For a mother with child

Almighty and everlasting God, through the Holy Spirit you prepared the body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mary to be a worthy dwelling place of your divine son.  Through the name of the Holy Spirit you sanctified St. John the Baptist while still in his mother’s womb.  Hear the prayers of your humble servant who implores you, through the intercession of St. Gerard, to protect me from the dangers of childbearing and to watch over the child with which you blessed me.  May this child be cleansed by the saving water of baptism and, after a Christian life on earth, may we, both mother and child, attain everlasting bliss in heaven.  Amen.

For catechists

Loving God, Creator of all things, you call us to be in relationship with you and others.  Thank you for calling me to be a catechist, for the opportunity to share with others what you have given to me.  May all those with whom I share the gift of faith discover how you are present in all things.  May they come to know you, the one true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  May the grace of the Holy Spirit guide my heart and lips, so that I may remain constant in loving and praising you.  May I be a witness to the Gospel and a minister of your truth.  May all my words and actions reflect your love.  Amen.

For my child

Lord, may I be so bold as to beg the gift of faith for my child?  I feel like the mother of James and John asking for a special place next to you.  But it isn’t honor or position, recognition or power that I beg.  No, Lord.  I beg something even more outrageous.  I beg that you give my child you.  Give the gift of faith, the gift of knowing you, not just about you.  Give friends, family, and community that enable growth and an intimate relationship with you.  And, further, grant the grace that my child receive you openly, generously, permanently, and with the joy of understanding that faith is a gift.  Lord, forgive me for my bold prayer.  I beg you, please, give my child the gift of faith (Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House Prayer Book, n. d.).

For parents

Lord, thank you for the wonders and mysteries you give.  I know you reveal your own self in the myself of people; and, in many ways, my parents are a mystery to me.  As children, we come to know only a part of you.  Sometimes we can’t understand what is revealed or what we come to yearn for….  These, too, are gifts from you.

You’ve given me the example of really loving your parents.  You did what you said and said what you did, always loving first.  So, Lord, enable me to understand my parents more deeply and to love them better.  I beg you to protect and bless my parents… because they’re part of you and you’re part of them (Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House Prayer Book, n. d.).

For students

O humble St. Joseph of Cupertino, singularly favored by God in the difficulties of study and the worries of examinations, implore the Holy Spirit to enlighten my mind and my memory in the search of God’s truth and wisdom.  Help me, especially, in the decisive moments of examination, protecting me from that forgetfulness and disturbing anxiety which often accompany them so that I may grow in knowledge, love, and service of God from whom flows that wisdom which leads to eternal life.  Amen.

Loving God, each day as I step further into my future, give me the courage, knowledge, and patience that I need.  Help me to love you with all my heart, soul, and strength.  Remind me that you are always with me and that you will never lead me into anything that you won’t lead me through.  Thank you for the gift of my life, the many talents you have given me, and the opportunity of education.  May the way I live be my gift back to you.  Amen.

From the Miraculous Responsory

St. Anthony, with my guardian angel, guide me through the perils of this life and keep me safe.

Pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory be.

Guardian angel prayer

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day be at my side… to light, to love, to be my guide.

Irish blessing

May God grant you always… a sunbeam to warm you; a moonbeam to charm you; a sheltering angel, so nothing will harm you; laughter to cheer you; faithful friends near you; and, whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.


O good St. Gerard, powerful intercessor before the throne of God, wonder-worker of our day, I call upon you and seek your help.  While on earth you always fulfilled God’s designs.  Help me always to do God’s will.  Beseech the master of life from whom all parenthood proceeds to bless me with offspring that I may raise up children to God in this life and heirs to the kingdom of God’s glory in the life to come.  Amen.

Of a parent

Lord, thank you for the gift of parenthood.  It is a magnificent privilege that you share your parenting with me.  I admit I sometimes do not feel up to the task.  Your gifts require ongoing opening, discovery, and growth.  Grant me the grace to keep unpacking my parenthood.  Give me the clarity to distinguish the wrapping from the gift.  Bestow the strength and perseverance to face the challenges of daily loving now that the loving children require no matter their age.  Help me live as a model of forgiveness, openness, joy, and faith that keeps loving you and others.  Lord, thank you for this most precious gift; but, Lord, you must remain in it for I know it is a gift for a lifetime (Montserrat Jesuit Retreat House Prayer Book, n. d.).

Parent’s prayer

Most loving Father, the example of parenthood, you have entrusted our children to us to bring them up for you and prepare them for everlasting life.  Assist us with your grace that we may fulfill this sacred duty with competence and love. Teach us what to give and what to withhold.  Show us when to reprove, when to praise, and when to be silent.  Make us gentle and considerate, yet firm and watchful.  Keep us from the weakness of indulgence and the excess of severity.  Give us the courage to be disliked sometimes by our children when we must do necessary things which are displeasing in their eyes.  Give us the imagination to enter their world in order to understand and guide them.  Grant us all the virtues we need to lead them by word and example in the ways of wisdom and piety.  One day with them, may we enter into the joys of our true and lasting home with you in heaven. Amen.

St. Basil the Great, c. 329-379

Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd, leading him to life.

St. Bonaventure, 1217-1274

The angels, wherever they may be sent, never stop gazing upon God.  In the same way, the virtuous person, as much as he can, always keeps the memory of God in his heart.

St. Francis de Sales, 1567-1622

Make yourself familiar with the angels and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you.

St. Pio, 1887-1968

Angel of God, my guardian, to whom the goodness of the Heavenly Father entrusts me, enlighten, protect, and guide me now and forever.  Amen.

St. Raphael, archangel

Dear Saint Raphael, your lovely name means “Medicine of God.”  The Lord sent you to young Tobias to guide him throughout a long journey.  Upon his return you taught him how to cure his father’s blindness.  How natural, therefore, for Christians to pray for your powerful help for safe travel and a happy return.  This is what we ask for ourselves as well as for all who are far from home.

Lord God of heavenly hosts, with wondrous wisdom you assign angels and men their varying roles.  Grant that Saint Raphael, who is always serving you in heaven, may protect us during our earthly life.  At the end of our life, may he take us up and bring us to paradise.  This we ask of you through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

St. Thérèse, 1873-1897

God, our Father and Creator through the intercession of St. Thérèse, we ask for insight and wisdom to see the signs of your love in the people and in the events of our lives.  May we discern what we have to do as students and give us the strength to do it.   Grant us success in our work and examinations.  Help us to believe in your great love for each one of us so that we may live in truth and radiate your love in our lives.  Through Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

Student’s prayer

O glorious St. Anthony, divinely endowed with the learning of the saints, I desire to place my studies under your protection.  Guided by your example, I wish to draw all my knowledge from the sacred hearts of Jesus and Mary.  With your assistance I will study in a spirit of penance and pure intention.  May the Father of Light grant me, through your intercession, a clear intellect, sound judgment, and retentive memory.  Help me study perseveringly [so] that I may develop the gifts with which God has [blessed] me and use them according to his divine will.  Dear St. Anthony, aid me to succeed in my studies and examinations, if it be for the greater glory of God and the benefit of my soul.  Amen.


All-knowing God, you blessed St. Anthony with human and Christian wisdom.

You know how important my studies are for my life and the commitment they require of me.  I pray for a firm will to apply myself to this commitment.

May school be for me an arena of life where I may apply to human knowledge the teachings of my faith.  May I continue my studies successfully and be useful to others with Christian responsibility.  Amen.

Teenagers & young adults

St. Anthony, friend of all, I share with you my aspirations and desires.  Help me to be constant in my Christian commitment.  Make me pure in heart.  Give me the strength and courage to realize my worthy ideals. May my studies and work prepare me for life so that I may help anyone who may be in need.  Help me recognize true friends; keep me from all bodily and spiritual harm.  Make me firm in my convictions.  Amen.

To my patron saint

My holy patron saint, your name was given to me in Baptism, that I should often think of you and endeavor to please God as you did in your life on earth.  It is my sincere desire to imitate your virtues and… one day join you in heaven singing God’s praises forever and ever. Often I have been called by your name, but seldom have I shown your constant zeal in striving for holiness of life.  Henceforth, I promise with God’s grace to reject all that is evil and to promote all that is good.  I petition you, my holy patron saint of God, to intercede for me that I, like you, may one day enjoy the bliss of being numbered among God’s saints for all eternity.  Amen.


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Angels & saints

Angels…  all about…  guardian…  magnificent servants of God…  stories

Archangels…  about…  feast…  Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael…  Raphael…  rosary

Blessed Miguel Pro…  printables & more

Blessed Virgin Mary…  Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal…  Our Lady of the Rosary

Prayer cards…  A – H / L – M  / OP – R / S – V /// credits /// saints: A – E / F – J /
K – PR – V

Saints…  about…  by date / name…  feast days (book)…  Franciscan…  fun facts archive…  lives…  of Carmel…  of the day…  patron…  sqpn*

St. Anthony (finder of lost things)…
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (American saint)…
St. Nicholas (Santa Claus)…
St. Peter Julian Eymard (the Our Father)…
Story of the miraculous medal
Symbols of the saints in art
Venerable Solanus Casey (kids’ activities)…           


All Saints Press (children’s resources)…

Beatitudes for kids…  activities & more…  pamphlet…  songs

Blest are we
Catechetical Sunday
Catechists’ page
Catholic faith education news
CCD teaching ideas
Finding God
Harcourt lifelong catechesis
Holy Spirit Interactive Kid Zone
Maryknoll magazine..
Miracles of Jesus coloring pages

Pope Francis…  activities …  prayer

Prayers…  for students…  for teachers…  God of love, mercy, strength, justice


Religious education resourcesRoman Catholic Church

Rosary for kids…  2…  books…  coloring pages…  DVD…  edible…  projects


Seven sacraments…  activities (lessons)…  coloring books: printables / to buy…  resources

Society of Christian doctrine
St. Thomas Aquinas kids
St. Juan Diego Guild for children
St. Jude Shrine kids page
Teaching Catholic kids
The Vatican today


American Catholic: What’s your mission?
At home with our Catholic faith

Catholic…  family & kids…  ideas & more…  kids!

Child fun
Come pray the rosary (virtual: English/Spanish)…

Creating family unity
Domestic church

Families with purpose…  blog…  website

Family on bikes

Keeping kids Catholic…  Catholic Dads…  Catholic Digest…  Catholic Exchange…  Family Life Center…  Fathers for Good…  Ignitum Today…  Integrated Life…  Lighthouse Media (book)…  Real Presence…  St. Joseph’s Vanguard

Mothers’ prayers
Praying with your children
Raising Catholic kids
Reach the world
Safety tips
Sharing good books
Texas Catholic
Tips on raising your children Catholic
What every Catholic should know

Kid stuff

Activity village (coloring pages, printables, puzzles, & more; terrific site!)…  facebook…  rss feed…  what’s new

Angels…  coloring…  crafts…  more ideas

Birthday fun for kids…  crafts…  games…  ideas…  origami…  printables

Cartoon kids resources
Chemistry fun for kids

Coloring…  book fun…  educational…  kid explorers…  more pages…  still more pages

CPL’s Dr. Doppler activities (8)…
Crayola coloring pages
Disney family fun printables
Easy science experiments
Enchanted Learning
EWTN kids
Fisher-Price printables
How to make a puppet
Jokes by kids
Kid explorers coloring pages

Kids’…  pages…  puzzles…  room…  turn central

Kidz page

Nick…  Jr...  kids

North Pole

Oriland origami… shadowbox frames (book)…

Paper Dali (free coloring pages for kids; awesome site)…

PBS…  Arthur…  games…  kids

Polly’s… pals…  place

Praize kidz

Puzzles…  for kids…  place…  printable crosswords

Sesame Street
Space weather for kids
Windows to the universe (astronomy for kids)…
Yahoo! kids

Kitchen fun

101 ideas for kids’ lunches
Back to school eat series
Baking with kids
Barefoot Books: Kids’ kitchen (book)…

Betty Crocker…  birthday party cakes for kids…  kids’ recipes

Bisquick for kids
Candy recipes (80)…
Cook’n for kids

Cooking…  for kids…  with kids

Eating well
Food network

Fun…  creative pancakes (video)…  food café: 20 ideas for healthy kids’ snacks…  foods & kitchen activities…  things

GMA recipes for kids
Hershey’s kitchens: Fun 4 kids
Holiday craft & recipe ideas
How to cook with kids (video series)…
How to make rainbow cupcakes (YouTube)…
Kid-size kitchen (crafts)…

Kids…  cooking club…  in the kitchen…  recipes for fun (spiral-bound book)…

Kitchen…  rules…  safety for kids (2-5 yr-olds)…

Kraft foods
Life lessons: Kids helping in the kitchen (videos)…

Nourish interactive…  rss feeds (blog, printables, recipes, lesson plans, articles for parents, contests)

Pillsbury…  cookies…  Doughboy fun…  kids’ recipes

PBS kitchen chemistry
Seven fruit & veggie snacks for kids
Soft sugar cookies
Why teach kids cooking activities?
Williams-Sonoma kids in the kitchen: Food fun (hardcover book)…

Links & such

Catholic…  clipart…  dictionary…  defense directory…  for kids…  links…  pages directory…  supply…  youth

Christian iconography
Immaculate heart
Kids connect
St. Joseph’s Indian School


CAMM’s friendly defenders (flash cards)…

Catholic…  child…  coloring books…  education bingo & concentration games…  kids music

Free e-books for Catholic kids
Glory stories (saints)…

Hank the Cowdog…  about…  audio (1st book)…  author…  books (covers)…  excerpts (printables)…  fun & games…  handouts (activities)…  my personal favorite: The Case of the Halloween Ghost…  website

Holy heroes (coloring books)…
Hoops & Yoyo (ecards)…
I Can Only Imagine (song)…
KIDiddles (song pages)…
KIDSFREESOULS (newspaper for kids)…
Kids’ stuff (…
Love Note (religious items)…
Ministry of the arts (shopping)…
New York Times: The Learning Network
Our Sunday Visitor
Sister Rose goes to the movies (reviews)…
Teaching Catholic kids (links)…
Time for kids (magazine)…
World almanac for kids

Prayers & more

Birthday blessing

Catholic…  being…  kids…  prayers…  sites for kids

Children learn to pray
Christian place for Catholic kids
Family prayer
For children
Fun for kids

Glory be for kids…  activities…  basis…  prayer…  special…  song (more)…  printable…  with actions…  worksheets & more

JClub: a Catholic place for kids…  printables…  stories

Kids’ prayers
Lord, teach us how to pray

Marian prayer corner…  prayers

Miraculous medal of Mary (virtual novena; printable prayers)…

Prayer place
Prayers for students

Rosary…  pray…  virtual

Stations of the Cross for children & families…  audio…  fifteen candles…  illustrated…  printables…  puppet show (YouTube)…  resources…  virtual walk…  visuals

School ideas


Catholic homeschooling…  Catholic…  favorite resources…  Harrington harmonies…  homeschooling…  In the heart of my home…  Jon’s resources…  Keeping it Catholic…  Charlotte Mason…  printables…  sites…  St. Francis de Sales…  Maureen Whitmann…  Upside down (Hearts for home)…

CBBC newsround
Dictionary plus
Grade 6 homework helper
KidZone math
Mrs. Nicolo’s page
Online learning haven
Printable works
Pronounce names
Refdesk for kids
School Express
Story it!
Word hippo

 & holidays

Advent…  anticipation & hope…  books…  calendars (more)…  candles songchildren’s prayers…  countdown…  crafts/activities…  creating prayers of petitions…  definitive guide…  for kids…  gospel talk…  history/meaning…  ideas (blog)…  liturgical season…  making a wreath…  meditations…  more calendars…  more crafts…  more resources…  paper chain…  place mat…  prayers & customs…  Praying Advent…  preparing children…  printables…  resources…  resources for kids…  Santa calendar…  season…  teaching…  traditions… twelve days…  videos & activities (free fun)…  wreath…  wreaths & more (eHow)…  wreath prayer

Christmas…  100 homemade gift ideas…  festive family fun…  five easy crafts…  free & fun…  games, coloring, & more…  inspiration…  recipes…  songs…  North Pole…  ornaments…  stories & poems (more)…  traditions…  Origami: calendar boxes / ornaments / treats for trees…  Prayer of a single person…  Presence not presents…  Santa Claus…  about…  North Pole Times (news, games, & more)…  origin…  setting up a news alert…  village…  website (site index)…  St. Nicholas…  about (more)…  anecdote…  biography…  bishop (more)…  chapel tour…  chapels…  crafts (more)…  devotions…  ecards…  facts…  feast…  gift giver (more)…  history…  miracles & deeds…  patron (more)…  prayers…  printables…  saint…  societies…  story…  visit…  who is…  wonder worker…  White Christmas (holiday animations)…

Easter…  activities…  eggs: crafts (video) / sequined (video: Karen Kormondy)…

Holy Week…  activities…  events…  game…  journey

Lent…  activities (more)…  devotions…  explaining the season (animated)…  free activities for kids…  fridge art…  games & more…  how to Lent with kids…  observances…  prayer: chain / pots…  resources (more)…  songs…  talking to kids…  traditions & rituals

Valentine’s Day…  activities…  bingo…  candy…  chocolate boxes…  coloring pages…   conversation hearts…  craft table…  crafts…  heart pops…  paper dolls…  recipes…  valentines


Catholic…  blog…  teens…  youth networking

Chrysalis: Walk to Emmaus for youth…
Disciples now: The place for Catholic teens
Ignitum today (blog for JP2 & B16 generations)…
Lent for young people

Life Teen…  about…  blog…  Edge…  home…  media…  patron saints

Prayer book for teens
St. Patrick: HSI youth
Why young adults need Ignatian spirituality

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