LENTEN FAMILY
PRAYER CHALLENGE

Welcome to the Lenten Family Prayer Challenge! The purpose of this challenge is to build the habit of prayer during Lent by praying for family members and uniting these prayers with others throughout the Archdiocese.

We are inviting you to pray each day of Lent for your spouse, children, and/or parents! Knowing that prayer is the life-breath and heartbeat of a Christian home, who better to pray for than our families each day?  

Starting on Ash Wednesday, participants will receive a daily reminder to pray via email or text.  Prayer prompts will be provided to pray for your spouse, your children, and/or your parents.  Each day will have a different theme.  Since the domestic Church reflects the larger Church, on Fridays we will also provide a prayer prompt that invites you to pray for our priests.  For more details on the categories, etc., please see the FAQs below to see the answers to our frequently asked questions.

 While not required, we are encouraging everyone to say their prayer in the noon hour each day so that people all over the Archdiocese can unite their prayers for families! We look forward to you joining us!

To sign up for email and text updates,
simply text LENT20 to 84576.


Video Resources

Kids: God's Story, Prayer

Middle School and High School: Prayer By Catholic Central

Adults: Tips for Praying By Fr. Mike Schmitz

WHAT WE ARE PRAYING FOR

Triduum
The Easter Triduum

Thank you for participating in the 2020 Lenten Family Prayer Challenge! Over 1,800 people joined together to pray for their families and priests. We hope that it was a powerful experience for you and that it has inspired you to continue to pray daily for your family.


As the season of Lent comes to an end and we enter the Triduum and prepare to celebrate Easter, we invite you to continue to hold your family in prayer. While the prayer challenge has come to an end, you may consider praying about the following themes for your family members:


Holy Thursday: Lord, I pray for my family this day. As we recall the model Jesus gave us in the washing of the feet, help us to live our lives in service to one another and our community. Amen.


Good Friday: Lord, I pray for my family this day. As we adore the cross today, we recall the tremendous sacrifice you made for us. Lord, help us to unite our struggles and sacrifices to Your cross, knowing that you can transform our suffering into joy. Amen.


Holy Saturday: Lord, I pray for my family this day. Today, is a day of waiting and hope. Help us to stand firm and give witness to your divine hope in all that we do and in all that we experience. Amen.


Easter Sunday: Lord, I entrust my family to you this day. We rejoice in your resurrection and ask that you renew each of us in our baptismal identity so that we may be beacons of light in the world in which we live. Amen.


Please know of our prayers for you and your family, as we journey closer to the Easter season. If you would like to take a moment to provide some feedback on your experience of the challenge, please click here. Your responses to this very brief survey will be greatly appreciated.  

Sunday
Thanksgiving/Gratitude

Prayer for my spouse: Thank you, Lord, for my spouse—for his/her gifts, presence, and love. This week, I am especially thankful for…  

Prayer for my children: Thank you for my children and for entrusting them into my care. As much as I love them, I know you love them even more, Lord. This week, I am especially thankful for [child’s name and what you’re thankful for].  

Prayer for my parents: Lord, thank you for my parents and the way they care for me. This week, I am especially thankful for…

Monday
Blessing

Prayer for my spouse:  Lord Jesus, please bless my spouse with strength, peace, and whatever else [name] needs this day.

Prayer for my children: Jesus, please bless my children and help them to be a blessing to others. Give [name each child] the grace and wisdom he/she needs for this day and protect him/her from all evil.    

Prayer for my parents: Heavenly Father, please bless my parents. Strengthen them and help them to glorify you in all they do this day.

Tuesday
Community/Friendship/Unity

Prayer for my spouse: Lord, help me to care more about the needs of my spouse, rather than my own, especially in the area of…

Prayer for my children: Please help my children to have good and holy friends. I pray especially for [name a situation, particular friend, or relationship].

Prayer for my parents: Lord, please help my parents to know Your friendship in and through the people in their lives. I pray especially for [name a situation, particular friend, or relationship].

Wednesday
Vocational Discernment

Prayer for my spouse: Thank you for leading me to my spouse. Lord, help me to love my spouse and see him or her through Your eyes today.

Prayer for my children: Lord, I desire my children to live their life serving you.  Help them to see the path to which you are calling them. I pray for those who will cross their path and impact their vocation (i.e., future spouse, friends, mentors, etc.).  

Prayer for my parents: Help my parents to continue to live more deeply the vocation that you have called them to. This week, I pray specifically for…

Thursday
Healing and Protection

Prayer for my spouse:  Lord, look into the heart of my spouse and heal anything that needs to be healed in him/her.  Specifically, I pray for [intention].  

Prayer for my children:  Protect [Name] physically, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically this day.  Help him/her to know that he/she can turn to you for strength and guidance.

Prayer for my parents:  Lord, I entrust my parents to you.  I pray for their safety as well as their emotional and spiritual protection.  Take care of them in all the circumstances of their lives, including…

Friday
Role in the Family

Prayer for priests: Lord, I pray for Fr. [List Name here] and the important role he plays in our Spiritual Family. Give him a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit to anoint him in his ministry. Guide him to carry out Your will in all things.  

Prayer for my spouse: Help us to lead our family according to Your ways and give us the opportunity this week to model Christ’s sacrifice in the way we love one another.  

Prayer for my children: Please help me recognize the worth of [Name] and appreciate the irreplaceable role that he/she plays in our family.

Prayer for my parents: Parenthood is a sacred role. Lord, bless and strengthen my parents as they continue to carry out the role you have given them. [Insert any intentions here.]

Saturday
Natural Talents and Spiritual Gifts (Charisms)

Prayer for my spouse:  Lord, please help me to appreciate in a new way the natural talents and spiritual gifts (charisms) you have given my spouse. Today, I am particularly grateful for [name the gift].

Prayer for my children:  Lord, help my children discover their spiritual gifts (charisms) and the plan you have for their lives. Use me in whatever way You need to help nurture these gifts as they grow and mature.

Prayer for my parents:  Lord, please help my parents continue to use their natural talents and spiritual gifts (charisms) to serve You and help them to see the impact they have on other people.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Do you have to be a certain age to participate?
    All ages can participate!  Parents are welcome to adapt the parent prayer so it can be said by younger children.
  • Do I have to say the prayers between 12:00pm and 1:00pm every day?
    While that timeframe is encouraged, it is not required!  What is most important in this challenge is that you take time to pray for your family.  Utilize whatever time of day works best for you.
  • What if I’m not married or don’t have children or parents?  
    While you don’t have to use each prompt, you may consider praying for one of the following intentions:
    - Spouse:  Those called to marriage, your future spouse, single parents, widows, etc.
    - Children:  Those in foster care or emergency care, grandchildren, godchildren, nieces and nephews, etc.
    - Parents:  Those in nursing homes without someone to pray for them, in-laws, etc.
    - Priests:  Seminarians, priests in religious orders, retired priests, etc.
  • Do I have to use the words of the prayer prompts?
    No, you do not.  The prompts are simply a suggestion to give you a starting point.
  • Any tips on how to remember to pray?  I know I’ll get a reminder, but life gets busy!
    One idea:  Copy and paste the prayer for the day into a calendar event on your phone and set an alarm for the same time each week. When the alarm goes off, the prayer will appear on your phone and prompt you to pray.
  • Whose parents are being prayed for?  Am I praying for my parents or are my kids supposed to pray for me?
    Both!  You can use the prayers to pray for your own parents, but you can also ask your kids to pray for you as well!  Since they won’t necessarily sign-up for the reminder each day, you may need to help them.  Some ideas to consider:  
    - Write the prayer prompt on a piece of paper and put it in your child’s lunch so he or she can say the prayer at lunchtime.
    - Take time after dinner to pray aloud the prayer prompt for children.  Then ask your children to do the same using the prayer prompt for parents.
    - Let them know the theme of the day and adapt the prayer prompt to their age level.  
    - Put the prayer prompt somewhere visible for the day (on the refrigerator, by the coats, etc.) and ask someone to read it each day.