Being Catholic

BeingCatholic
'Go and make disciples of all nations'. ... Jesus is calling you to be a disciple with a mission!
-Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis, Waterfront of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, XXVIII World Youth Day, Sunday, 28 July 2013
 
 
 
 

Archdiocese of Boston

 
 

66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184-3839
Telephone: 617-254-0100
Snow Phone Line – (617) 746-5991

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Bethany Chapel
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
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It is the goal of the Pastoral Center to remain open during inclement weather unless travel conditions make it hazardous to get to work. In the event the offices are closed or there is a delay in opening, an announcement will be sent out via the IRIS system. In addition, notice will be recorded on the Snow Phone Line –  (617) 746‐5991 – no later than 5:45 a.m.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Our Lady of Fatima
160 Concord Road
Sudbury, MA 01776-2353
978-443-2647
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Why We Pray

The  Catechism of the Catholic Church  (CCC 2559) states, “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.”

Prayer can be calling upon God for assistance.  God desires closeness with us, an intimate relationship.  Prayer is communication with God that allows our relationship with Him to develop and grow.

"For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy." - Saint Therese of Lisieux

Everyone is called to live a “vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. This relationship is prayer.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2558

We can pray alone or with others; we worship together as parish communities at Mass and pray as families. Prayer can be public or private.  It can be formal or spontaneous. There are many types of prayer and many different styles of worship, but all center on living and experiencing our relationship with the living God. Each person can develop his or her own style, routine, and rhythm of prayer. Prayer is an essential component of being a Catholic. Prayer helps us form a sense of security and a deeper awareness of our dependence on God.