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Praying and Prayer Groups

“Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God”
(St. John Damascene, CCC 2559).

God invites us into a relationship with Him that is both personal and communal. He speaks to us through His Son, Jesus Christ, the Word-made-flesh. Prayer is our response to God who is already speaking or, better yet, revealing Himself to us. Therefore, prayer is not merely an exchange of words, but it engages the whole person in a relationship with God the Father, through the Son, and in the Holy Spirit.

How do I pray?

Various forms of prayer are presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 2623-2649). These various forms include prayer of bless or adoration, prayer of petition, prayer of intercession, prayer of thanksgiving, and prayer of praise. 

Prayer groups at St. Gabriel Catholic Church

Numerous groups meet regularly in our parish and practice a diverse range of prayer styles, including the Rosary, Liturgy of the Hours, Centering Prayer (Holy Listening) and Lectio Divina.  All groups warmly welcome new members.  Learn more about these groups here.


Note:  Most of the text on this page is from the USCCB's webpage on prayer.


Find information on parish prayer groups here.


Find common Catholic prayers here.

Find prayers of The Rosary and a tutorial here.

Find prayers for the protection of human life here.

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