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Beginning the School Year Prayer Service

Set the tone with students and teachers for a new year of Religious Education. Use this printable Beginning the School Year  Prayer Service  with one class, or an entire program to place yourselves and your year in the presence of God! Download available in English and Spanish.


Prayer Service to Begin a New Year of Religious Education

The end of summer is setting in, and the “back to school” advertisements are making their inevitable debut. School and parish religious education programs are about to get underway if they have not already begun. As leaders, catechists, children, and families gather together again or for the very first time, planning an event that brings together all of the participants in your program will set the tone for a new year of religious education. The Beginning the School Year Prayer Service  is a wonderful resource to help leaders plan an effective “back to religious education” gathering and is easily adapted to be completed in virtual settings!


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About the Beginning the School Year Prayer Service

The Beginning the School Year Prayer Service is flexible and simple. It is designed so that a catechist can use it with a single class or a leader with an entire program. You may even wish to invite the parish priest to welcome and address the participants during the prayer service. In any instance, the prayer service will place your students and your year in the presence of God.

The Beginning the School Year Prayer Service includes a Scripture reading, traditional prayer, and the option for music and song. It also includes a special blessing of the Religion texts that the students will learn from and be inspired by throughout the year. The Scripture reading and Prayers of the Faithful allow for the participation of readers, who can be catechists or students. At the very end of the prayer service, a fitting sign of peace is shared among all program participants.

Additional Resources

If you are looking for more resources to kick-start your program, you may like an exclusive eBook offering helpful tips to first time catechists as they embark on their first year of teaching religion education classes, or an eBook offering suggestions to prepare Parish Catechetical Leaders for a new year of religious education.

What are some ways you plan to kick off your religious education program for the year? We would love to hear about the events and resources that work best for you as you begin a new year of religious education.