"He was praying in a certain place and when he had ceased, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.'"

In seeing the Master at prayer the disciple of Christ also wants to pray. By contemplating and hearing the Son, the master of prayer, the children learn to pray to the Father.

The catechesis of children, young people, and adults aims at teaching them to meditate on The Word of God in personal prayer, practicing it in liturgical prayer, and internalizing it at all times in order to bear fruit in a new life. Catechesis is also a time for the discernment and education of popular piety. The memorization of basic prayers offers an essential support to the life of prayer, but it is important to help learners savor their meaning.

Catholic Prayers and Practices
Grade by Grade

Precepts of the Church
The Church has given us a list of laws to guide us in growing in our love for God and our neighbors. They are called the Precepts of the Church. These precepts are both reasonable and minimal. They present us with the practical building blocks of prayer, penance, fasting, and generosity. On their foundation we can build a life of living our faith.
  • Participate in Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and rest from unnecessary work.
  • Confess your sins at least once a year.
  • Receive Holy Communion at least during the Easter season.
  • Observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence.
  • Provide for the material needs of the Church according to one’s ability.


My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he
has looked with favor on his lowly servant. 
From this day all generations will call me
blessed: the Almighty has done great
things for me, and holy is His name. He
has mercy on those who fear him in
every generation. He has shown the
strength of his arm, he has scattered
the proud in their conceit. He has cast
down the mighty from their thrones, 
and has lifted up the lowly. He has
filled the hungry with good things, 
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant
Israel for he has remembered his
promise of mercy, the promise he made
to our fathers, to Abraham and his
children for ever.

Based on Luke 1:46-55

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