If you’re anything like many of our St. Mary’s parents, the summer vacation was spent getting ready for another successful school year. We are familiar with the daily demands of parenting, from helping with homework to volunteering at school. Prayer is another important part of getting your kids back on campus.
How to calm your child’s fears
A child’s perspective can make starting school a new year stressful. Bullying, discrimination, and not fitting in can all be problems for students. Children can also hear what’s going on around the world. Today’s children are challenged to find a balance between academic success and these social issues. Prayer can be a powerful tool in calming a child’s worries. They can trust that Our Lord will answer their prayers and they can put all of their worries in His hands.
Philippians 4 :6-7 tells us to “Be anxious about nothing but in all things by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving; and the peace and love of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts through Christ Jesus.”
We Catholics are reminded daily of the power and importance of prayer. A parent’s greatest gift is to instill faith through prayer. It’s not difficult to learn how to pray; it’s easy to teach your children how to open their hearts and minds to Jesus Christ.
Prayers for a good school year
You don’t need to make the prayers long. Encourage your children to talk to God from their hearts. They can be guided by you praying together with the Lord’s Prayer or using a specially written one for the beginning of the school year. Here’s an example.
“Heavenly Father, I pray that you will keep me safe when I return to school. Your protection is my request. Let me learn from my teachers. Help me to excel in all of my subjects. Help me to be a friend to all and be kind to everyone. I am grateful for all the blessings in your life. Amen”
Parents and Caregivers
Lord, I’m worried about my children going back to school. The world is in trouble right now. I ask you to wrap them in your arms and protect them against any potential dangers. I pray they are compassionate, and kind, and will become responsible citizens in the world. Help them to learn the lessons they need to be successful academically and to use the gifts that you have given them. In Jesus’ Name. Amen”
Encourage your children to pray, and take the time to pray. Making prayer a regular part of your family’s routine will help you find the time to pray throughout the year. We encourage parents and children to offer summer activities. Our staff is committed to proclaiming the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. We believe in teaching all children and encouraging students to enjoy learning. This will help them become well-rounded, contributing members. Contact us to learn more.