St. John Damascene gave a classic definition of prayer: “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God” (CCC, no. 2559, citing St. John Damascene, De Fide Orth. 3, 24).
“Prayer is the response of faith to the free promise of salvation and also a response of love to the thirst of the only Son of God” (CCC, no. 2561)
The Catechism clearly defines prayer as a “vital and personal relationship with the living and true God” (CCC, no. 2558). Prayer is Christian “insofar as it is communion with Christ” (CCC, no. 2565), and a “covenant relationship between God and man in Christ” (CCC, no. 2564).
Descriptions of prayer are abundant throughout Christian history. “True prayer,” wrote St. Augustine, “is nothing but love.” Prayer should arise from the heart. “Prayer,” said St. John Vianney, “is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself.””Everyone of us needs half an hour of prayer each day,” remarked St. Francis de Sales, “except when we are busy—then we need an hour.” Definitions of prayer are important, but insufficient. There is a huge difference between knowing about prayer and praying. On this issue, the Rule of St. Benedict is clear, “If a man wants to pray, let him go and pray.”
The new St. Clement’s mobile app has a variety of Catholic prayers installed on it. You can set reminders (great for Lent, or reviving your spiritual journey) to pray certain prayers at certain times or days! Download the app at: myParishapp.com. To link it to St. Clement’s parish, press the 3 line button in the upper left (the hamburger) and put in our zip code – 12866. Contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems.
Come journey with us through song, listening, and meditating on God’s Word, and discussions on living the Word in our lives.
We meet every Thursday at 10:00am
All are welcome. Please join us.
Avail yourself of a quiet space to be in the presence of the Christ. We have a special chapel for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Open during Office Hours, Monday thru Friday
8:30am until 7:00pm (September thru June) – 8:30am until 4:00pm (July and August)
Click for further information on the Catholic Tradition of Eucharistic Devotion.
Lectio Divina Workshop
Come learn, practice, and experience the peace and power of this quiet form of prayer. Readings from Sacred Scripture an prayer movement guided by modern and ancient spiritual masters. A good description of the practice in the Benedictine tradition is here
Meets every Wednesday at 9:00am
Contact Erik Israelson: email@example.com
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Prayed every morning after the 8:00am Mass
Click to learn more about the Prayers of the Rosary.
Holy Hour for Vocations
Ordinarily the 1st Tuesday of the month at 8:45am
Click to discover more about your “Inner Missionary”, the Redemtorist Vocations.
Our Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions
Prayed every Wednesday after the 8:00am Mass
Prayer for Peace
Ordinarily the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 8:45am
Stations of the Cross
Prayed every Friday during the Season of Lent at 7:30am, 12 noon and 5:00pm
St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross Courses
Come learn about the life, writings and spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross and the Carmelites.
Meets every Thursday at 9:00am
Contact Joyce Ponserella: firstname.lastname@example.org