We humbly pray You, O God our Father,
to bless the Catholic Women's League of Canada.
Bless our beloved country,
our homes and families.
Send Your Holy Spirit upon us
to give light to our minds
and strength to our wills
that we may know and fulfill
Your great law of charity.
Teach us to share with others
at home and abroad,
the good things You have given us.
This we ask through Our Lord Jesus Christ
and the intercession of our patroness,
Our Lady of Good Counsel.
Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel
Mary, Our Lady of Good Counsel:
filled with the Holy Spirit,
you were a faithful disciple of Jesus, your Son.
Intercede with your Son for us
that we may be faithful to our baptism,
fervent in prayer,
and generous in the service we give
to our sisters and brothers.
May the spirit of the living God,
who graced you with the gift of counsel,
lead us in the way of truth and love.
With the help of your prayers,
may we come to rejoice forever
with you and the great company of saints
in the kingdom of heaven.
2017-18 Theme Prayer
Spirit of the Living God open our hearts and minds to experience the unconditional love of God.
Empower us with the gifts of your Spirit so that we may respond to God’s call in joyful service.
Inspire and bless members of the Catholic Women’s League
so that the fruits of your Spirit may be evidenced in all that we say and do.
CWL Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Good and gracious God, we give thanks for the many blessings that we receive from You through Your Divine Spirit.
Open our hearts and minds as we ask for your guidance in developing practical ways that will best reflect the Catholic Women's League today and tomorrow.
Breathe into us right judgement and courage to know and understand Your will in our endeavours.
Move in us so that our work may be holy.
Be with us always so that in all things, we may act under the influence of Your holy inspiration.
We ask this in Your holy name.
Prayer for our Church in these Difficult Times
In every age, you have been our refuge.
Yet again and still, we stand before you
asking for your protection on your holy Church.
For the victims of abuse and their families,
pour out your healing and your peace.
For the Bishops of this country,
continue to inspire their decisions,
and guide them with your Spirit.
For the thousands of good and faithful priests,
who have followed your call to serve you and your people in holiness,
sustain them by your grace.
For the faithful who are angry, confused, and searching for answers,
embrace them with your love,
restore their trust,
console them with your clear Gospel message,
and renew them with your sacraments.
We place our Church in your hands,
for without you we can do nothing.
May Jesus, our High Priest and true compass,
continue to lead her in every thought and action –
to be an instrument of justice,
a source of consolation,
a sacrament of unity,
and a manifestation of your faithful covenant.
Grant this through that same Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
From the National CWL Website
Used with permission from the author Rita Thiron, Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commission
Advent Wreath Prayer
Week 1 Light 1 purple candle
Stir up your might, we beg you, O Lord and come, so that we may escape through your protection and be save by your help from the dangers that threaten us because of our sins. We ask this of you who reign forever and ever.
Week 2 Light 2 purple candles
O Lord stir up our hearts that we may prepare for your only begotten Son, that through his coming we may be worthy to serve you with pure souls. We ask this through the same Christ Our Lord.
Week 3 Light 2 purple candles and 1 pink candle
We humbly beg you O Lord, to listen to our prayers, and by the grace of your coming bring light into our darkened minds. We ask this of you who reign forever and ever.
Week 4 Light all 4 candles
Stir up your might, we pray O lord, and come, rescue us through your strength so that salvation, which has been hindered by our sins, may be hastened by the grace of your gently mercy. We ask this of you who lives and reigns forever and ever.