Prayer Encouraged Ahead of Elections

The CJ community has been praying and is encouraging others to do the same ahead of the presidential election on November 8. 
 
Beginning October 31 and through election day, a Novena has been shared during the school’s morning announcements and shared on the school website.
 
“The idea of a Novena before the election came from our Ministry and Service Team,” explained school chaplain Fr. Bob Jones, SM. “We were somewhat blocked, not knowing how to handle all of it.  And then someone said, ‘I think we just need to pray.’"
 
Fr. Bob said several FLIGHT students were asked to write prayers to use leading up to the election.
 
“The students enthusiastically accepted the invitation, and it was a FLIGHT student's suggestion that we invite the other local Catholic schools,” Fr. Bob continued.
 
“In addition to inviting Alter, Carroll and Fenwick to join us in prayer, we have also invited many of our Marianist schools and SND connections and schools to join us,” added Director of Ministry & Service, Kelli Kinnear. “There is great power in prayer, so we all need to lift up our country and world right now.”
 
Along with the Novena, a weekly Rosary has been organized for students in the school chapel.
 
“It was an idea to help students get more prayer in their lives,” shared religion teacher Tim O’Loughlin. “There are no rules... come late, leave early, come every week, come once.  We just want students to know that we're here when they want to come. 
 
“With respect to the elections, we feel our country is in deep need of prayer, so we decided to devote the first sessions to the elections, to all candidates, and all voters,” O’Loughlin continued. “No campaigning, just praying.”
 
Fr. Bob agreed, “The Catholic Church is very clear that it does not endorse specific candidates.  In fact, no one candidate or political party encompasses the entirety of the teachings and social doctrines of the Church.  The Church does, however, ask that the electorate use its well-formed conscience when making a choice between candidates.  So it is in this spirit that we pray - not for a specific candidate, but the country as a whole, for the electorate who will decide, and that peace and justice will prevail.”
 
The weekly Rosary will continue to be held on Wednesday afternoons following the election. The Novena can be found below. 
 
Posted November 2, 2016

Beginning October 31, we will begin praying a Novena with a prayer said each morning, leading up to the elections.  A Novena is an ancient devotion that consists of nine days of prayer. Novenas are often prayed in preparation for a feast day or for a specific intention; in this case our specific intention is for our upcoming elections. We have invited our three other surrounding Catholic High Schools, Alter, Carroll, and Fenwick, in addition to the schools, ministries and communities of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to join us in praying this Novena. You are also invited to join your prayer with ours:

Tuesday, November 8
Mother Mary, Patroness of the Americas, join us in praying for this election.  For what else shall we pray?
Dear Lord, please give our country courage and faith in the decisions that we will take. Please bless us with the best people in positions of power for all levels of our government. We pray that you bring about good people who will be a voice for your people. May your will be done, O Lord.
And may the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Amen.

Friday, November 4
St. Kateri Tekakwitha, who fled to Canada in order to freely practice your faith, join us in praying for this election.  For what else shall we pray?...
Heavenly Father, as we come upon this Presidential election, give all candidates strength and guidance to speak as prepared advocates of our country. Help all citizens to remain poised and respectful. Show us your presence as our nation experiences this significant transition.
And may the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Amen

Thursday, November 3
St. Rita, Patroness of hopeless causes, join us in praying for this election.  For what else shall we pray?  …
We are thankful to be born in a free country and for the opportunity to be able to elect our leaders. God of light, give us the freedom to walk in the footprints of your Son, Jesus.  Let our light shine out for all to see by turning to those who call for our help.  Heal our wounds, heal our community, heal our country.
And may the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Amen.

Wednesday, November 2
St. Thomas More, martyred for your uncompromising faith, join us in praying for this election.  For what else shall we pray?…
Lord, as this election is quickly approaching, grant your grace upon the candidates. Give them the strength and the courage to do what they think is right for our country. Show them your infinite love and may they reciprocate that love in office. May Thomas More, patron saint of politicians, be ever present in this upcoming election.
And may the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Amen.

Tuesday, November 1
St. Frances Cabrini, you who tirelessly built the Kingdom of God in America, join us in praying for this election.  For what else shall we pray…
Lord, help guide us through this election. Help us to know what will be best for this country, and the people within it. Give the candidates the strength to be civil and respectful. Show us your love and grace throughout the next week.
And on this Feast of all Saints, we rejoice in the holy men and women
of every time and place.
May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
And may the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Amen.

Monday, October 31
St. Jude, Patron of impossible causes, join us in praying for this election and these intentions.  For what else shall we pray...
Lord, Please instill in the hearts of the American people that our only true hope is in Jesus! Please help us to fully learn and understand about the different issues and candidates. Please guide our country to the best possible end result. In your name we pray, Amen.
And may the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Amen.