Living Our Faith

The Living Our Faith section highlights Catholics and Catholic organizations who are living the Catholic faith in their daily lives through their prayer, works, and generous service to the community.

Living Our Faith | Prayer | Sacramentals

Sacramentals are "sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacraments, and by means of which spiritual effects are signified and obtained through the prayers of the Church" (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1667).

Sacramentals include liturgical prayers and rites used in administering the sacraments, funerals, exorcisms and blessings of persons and objects.

Devotions are private prayer and all public, nonliturgical acts of prayer or devotions.

Living Our Faith | Prayer | The Sacraments

The Sacraments

There are seven sacraments in the Church, signs of grace instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, The visible rites of each sacrament make present the graces contained in each sacrament and "bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1131).

The sacraments are:





Anointing the Sick


Holy Orders

Living Our Faith | Prayer | There are many

There are many books, articles, brochures and pamphlets available to help Catholics deepen their prayer lives.

With modern technology, there are also many resources available online.

New media prayer resources include the following:

iPhone applications

iBreviary - for praying the psalter on your iPhone; also includes daily Mass readings.

iRosary - for praying the Rosary or Chaplet of Divine Mercy on the go.

Universalis - has lots of great information about the liturgical year, and some prayers.

Living Our Faith | Prayer | The Lord's Prayer

The Lord's Prayer or the Our Father is the prayer to God the Father taught by Jesus Himself (Matthew 6:9-13). St. Thomas Aquinas called it "the most perfect of prayers." The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes it as "the quintessential prayer of the Church," an integral part of the Divine Office, the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation and of the Eucharist. Its introduction in the Eucharist is "we dare to say," as we address God as "Our Father."

'Our Father who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Living Our Faith | Prayer | Prayers for newlyweds

Prayers for Newlyweds

"Prayers for Newlyweds" is a new book of prayers for the first year of marriage aimed at helping couples develop their prayer life together and and their relationship with one another and with God.

The author is Susan Hannibal, coordinator of the archdiocesan Marriage Preparation Office, part of the Office of Laity and Family Life.

The book discusses prayer life as it is related to romance, communication, sexuality, disillusionment, finance, illness/crisis and family.

Living Our Faith | Prayer | The Liturgy of the Hours (also known as the Divine Office)

"The Liturgy of the Hours (also known as the Divine Office) is the richest single prayer resource of the Christian Church. It provides prayers, psalms and meditation for every hour of every day. It has existed from the earliest times, to fulfil the Lord's command to pray without ceasing," according to, the website that makes the liturgical and devotional resources of the Catholic Church available on the new electronic media.

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