Family prayer has for its very own object family life itself. . . . Joys and sorrows, hopes and disappointments, births and birthday celebrations, wedding anniversaries of the parents, departures, separations and homecomings, important and far-reaching decisions, the death of those who are dear, etc.—all of these mark God’s loving intervention in the family's history. They should be seen as suitable moments for thanksgiving, for petition, for trusting abandonment of the family into the hands of their common Father in heaven.

—Pope John Paul II, On the Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World, #60

The ideas listed below—drawn from the Catechism, traditional prayer practices, and some of the best practices of today's Catholic families—are a good way to begin a habit of family prayer. Go ahead and browse; try out a few ideas that look appealing. If an idea works, incorporate it into your regular family prayer practice; if not, set it aside and move on. Finally, if you are just starting to pray more as a family, try reading "Teaching Children to Pray: Three Reasons to Be Not Afraid."

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The O Antiphons • Praying with Kids
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Let Your Kids Wear Their Prayer
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Pray for the Dead with Your Kids
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Encourage Kids to Pray with Prayer Prompts
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Make Personal Prayer Boxes for Your Kids
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  Help even the youngest children take five minutes a day for personal prayer by making them personal prayer boxes. Here’s how.   by Heidi Indahl   “Everybody be QUIET!  I’m having my personal prayer... Read More

Send Your Kids to School with a Prayer
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Meditative Prayer for Catholic Kids
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Bite-Sized Biblical Prayers for Kids
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  The Bible is replete with prayers you can adapt for family prayer time. These bite-sized prayers are perfect for kids to memorize so they will always have a quick devotional prayer handy.   This article... Read More

Pray with Sacred Art with Your Kids
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5 Words for Toddler Prayer
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Build a Culture of Life Through Prayer
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Pray with the Help of a Saint
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Pope Francis’s Five-Finger Prayer
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  This simple aid to prayer has been popularized by Pope Francis, and it’s perfect for kids. Try this: Using an old glove, write key words on each finger to help your child remember the five... Read More

Te Deum
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  The Te Deum is an ancient (fourth century) hymn of praise traditionally sung during Easter. During your family prayer time or before a meal, try praying it slowly and meditatively with your older kids... Read More

Praying With Your Infant
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  Think your infant is too young to pray?  Below I outline three simple things that can help lay the foundation for prayer as an infant.   by Ryan Langr   This Lent one of... Read More

Sing a Prayer with Your Kids
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    If your family likes to sing, there is no reason why you can’t incorporate that love of music into your prayer time. Here are some ways to begin.   The Catechism of the... Read More

Wiggly Kids? Pray in Procession
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5 Ways to Do Grab-Bag Prayers
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Canticle of Simeon
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  Lord, now you let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled. My eyes have seen the salvation you have prepared in the sight of every people, a light to reveal you... Read More

Kids, Confession, and Coming Out of Hiding
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  My kids don’t like going to confession. That’s okay…I understand their desire to hide from God. But together we’re learning about the wonderful things when we step out from behind the proverbial “bush” into... Read More

12 Thanksgiving Prayer Ideas
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  Make gratitude the main dish at your table this Thanksgiving with these 10 Thanksgiving prayer ideas.   1. Attend Mass before the meal Did you know that the word Eucharist literally means “gratitude” or “thanksgiving”?... Read More

The St. Jude Prayer
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  O most holy apostle, Saint Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of hopeless cases, and of things almost despaired of. Pray for me,... Read More

Fire Up Your Kids’ Prayer by Letting Them Lead
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4 Ways to Pray with Baby
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Dance Your Prayer
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Prayer to St. Michael
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  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly... Read More

Our Accidental Ten-Minute Family Rosary
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  I really, really didn’t want my kids to join my husband and me in our private rosary time. But God had other plans, and that’s how we ended up with our accidental ten-minute family rosary.... Read More

Go On a Pilgrimage
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Pray When You Pass a Church
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Pray for emergency vehicles
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Help Your Kids Encounter God in Nature
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  The next time you take your family enjoy outdoor recreation, tap into the Church’s rich tradition of rejoicing in the natural world—and using it as a path to God.   This article is adapted... Read More

Celebrate Mary’s month
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  For centuries, May has traditionally been celebrated as Mary’s month; and in the northern hemisphere, with the blossoming of spring flowers, that means May crowning ceremonies or perhaps freshening up your home prayer table with... Read More

Teach your kids spiritual discernment
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As teens grow older, they begin to make important life choices for themselves: vocation, career, post-secondary schooling, volunteer opportunities, and relationships, to name a few. You can help them face these decisions by introducing them... Read More

Five Ways Kids Can Write Their Prayer
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Say a prayer before (and after) meals
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Examination of Conscience
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Paper chain prayers
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Ways to practice gratitude and thanksgiving
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Turn your bedroom into a cell
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Light a Prayer Candle
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Introducing Kids to Contemplative Prayer
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Gifts for Jesus
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A Daily Examen for Children and Teens
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Highs and Lows
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Apps for Prayer
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Pray for the Sick
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Answer the Questions That Jesus Asked
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Keep a List of Family Prayer Intentions
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Holy Card Key Chain
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Praying with St. Anthony
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