Prayer Resources

As our lives are continually affected by the uncertain times we are living in, please know that St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is here to serve you.  We hope that these prayer resources can bring you some comfort and peace. And may we always remember that even in the darkest of storms, Jesus is always present to be right beside us to guide us closer to him each and every day.


Resources for Lenten Catholic Spiritual Practices

Spiritual practices may include any activity which quiets the mind and connects you to God’s Spirit that is within us, deepening our relationship with the Divine.  The gifts of the Holy Spirit, including things like joy, kindness, patience, endurance, and understanding are then nourished and can grow in our lives. 

Parishioner Recommended: 

Our very own Seton Parishioner, Donna Kocinski, sent in the following videos as a way to share some of her favorite ways to pray with music.  We hope you find them helpful on your prayer journey.  Part of her email reads: 

Hi Sue!
Song is my favorite prayer.  I've been hoping for a chance to send a few suggestions for the Comfort in Prayer section of the Seton website (you may be sorry I'm accepting your invitation to email you!)

I accidentally discovered this version of the popular song:  "Be Not Afraid" by Catholic Artists from Home

One of the Catholic artists is Father Rob Galea from Australia; he caught my attention with "I Surrender to You" by Father Rob, at World Youth Day with Pope Francis 

There are several albums of Home Isolation Sessions that Father Rob has recorded and posted on his website: frgministry.com. I listen to them randomly, but if I had to pick one to say is the most comforting at this time, I'll pick the one that Father happens to sing with his mother who lives in Malta. This song is called "Shelter" - Fr. Rob Galea feat. Anne Galea (Fr. Rob's Mother).

If you have ways in which you find comfort in prayer, please don't hesitate to let us know!  Contact Sue Switalski, Pastoral Minister or call the Christian Formation Office at 262-782-8982. We would love to share your thoughts with others.


Those listed here are just a sampling of ways to grow in your faith:


Lent Prayer: Week 5

God of Infinite Compassion,
I believe that you are the source of everything good.
You pour grace and love into my heart every day.
In this time of Lenten prayer and reflection,
Help me to release the chains of sin that weigh me down.
As I offer you this prayer, may I be guided by your Son, Christ Jesus,
To love this world as he loved this world,
Guided by his example of sacrifice.
Without your support and guidance, I am truly lost.
May my fears of this world be transformed
Into a life that continuously cultivates Your Kingdom
Through my thoughts, words, and actions.
Lord, in this time of Lent, bring me back to you.


Lent Prayer: Week 4

God of Hope and Grace,
This week I am reminded of your saving grace for me.
Your grace can find me in the midst of darkness - 
If only I open my heart to feel it. 
There is mercy and life given to me in Christ Jesus.
As I pray this week,
May I surrender in complete trust of God's love 
Just as Christ surrendered his life on the cross.
So as to continually live and grow as a disciple.
Lord, in this time of Lent, bring me back to You. 


Lent Prayer: Week 3

God of Mercy and Forgiveness, 
I know in my mind that you are with me today and always,
Always ready to release me from my sinful and destructive ways. 
This third week of Lent, 
Help my heart believe completely in your presence in my life, 
To fully accept Your love and forgiveness. 
In doing so, may I then share that same love and forgiveness you have for me
With everyone that I encounter.
Lord, in this time of Lent, bring me back to You. 


Lent Prayer: Week 2

Lord God,
Your voice is calling me back to You in this season of Lent.
Each day, may I take time to answer that call with an open heart and an open mind.
Bring me to your truth and allow my response to bring me closer to you.
Help me let go of my pride, heal my heart, and realign my steps
So as to trust in you completely.
Lord, in this time of Lent, bring me back to You. 


Lent Prayer: Week 1

God of Never-Ending Mercy,
Prepare me for these coming weeks of Lent
Empty me of all things that take me away from You.
May Your voice be my only guide as I grow in Your love.
Lead me through the darkness and breathe into me a new life,
A life that willingly shares the merciful love that You give me every day.
Lord, in this time of Lent, bring me back to You.


Comfort in Scripture

Psalm 62:5-9

In God alone is my soul at rest.
God is the source of my hope.
In God I find shelter, my rock, and my safety.


Deuteronomy 31:8

It is the LORD who goes before you;
he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you.
So do not fear or be dismayed.”


Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.
They are plans for good and not for disaster,
to give you a future and a hope.”


Psalm 46: 2-8

God is our refuge and our strength,
  an ever-present help in distress.
Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken
  and mountains quake to the depths of the sea,
Though its waters rage and foam
  and mountains totter at its surging.

Streams of the river gladden the city of God,
  the holy dwelling of the Most High.
God is in its midst; it shall not be shaken;
  God will help it at break of day.
Though nations rage and kingdoms totter,
  He utters his voice and the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
  our stronghold is the God of Jacob.


A Prayer for Peace during COVID-19

Dear Lord,

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) affects our world, we continue to pray.
We invite you into our hearts, Lord — hearts that have so much on them right now.

Amidst our fear, disappointment, confusion, uncertainty, grief, anger, frustration and more...
We invite you in, Lord. 

We know you are bigger.
May we be given a peace and understanding of cancellations and social distancing rules.

May we act with humility to not just preserve our own safety and health, but to look beyond ourselves
and think of how our actions will affect others.

May we be alert to the ways we may help those around us, and give us the grace to step forward
without hesitation to be men and women for and with others, for Your greater glory.

Come to our aid, Lord.

Open our ears to hear your voice in these troubled times, may we listen and be prudent
and may we draw ever closer to you.

Amen.

- By Megan Sheehan, communications coordinator, Campus Ministry Marquette University


Comfort in Song

How Beautiful by Twila Paris

Holy Darkness - Dan Schutte

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) - Matt Redman

Blessings - Laura Story


Other resources...

Daily Lectionary Scripture Readings


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