Catholic prayers fall into four types:
  • Adoration: Praising God.
  • Contrition: Asking for God’s forgiveness.
  • Petition: Asking God for a favor.
  • Thanksgiving: Showing God gratitude.

Throughout the bible, we are given many examples of people who prayed. Even Jesus, the Son of God, prayed. Being able to pray is an amazing privilege.

As a child I was always told ‘the fewer the words, the better the prayer’.


  • try to touch base with God at least in the morning and the evening.
  • talk to God just like you would talk to a friend.
  • you don’t have to pray for a long period of time.
  • God delights in a simple word or mantras like “Lord, I love you.” or “My Lord and my God – help me today”

If you can’t find the words to pray try reading a verse from scripture:

  • Let David’s words in the Psalms enliven your prayers.
  • Try pondering over a verse in the Gospels that strikes you, ask God to work that truth into your heart.
  • Let the words of Paul’s letters give you specific prayer requests for yourself and the people you love.

Parents – when was the last time you prayed for your children?

Children – when was the last time you prayed for your parents?


Try to make prayer an integral part of your day – look for prayer moments in your day!


  • Jesus invites us to expect God to work. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7).
  • In the Our Father prayer we are reminded ‘let thy will be done’.


There are a number of prayer groups in the parish which you are always welcome to attend