Year of Prayer Parish Resources

1% Prayer Challenge

Evangelical Catholic, a campus outreach ministry,  has developed an effective strategy that can be used in a parish or a program to foster a stronger life of prayer in your parishioners. This can also be used with a book distribution (sale or give away).

Two book options in English, one in Spanish , are identified:
THE FIFTEEN MINUTE SOLUTION by Gary Jansen ($3-5/book in a bulk buy)

A QUIET PLACE by Fr. John Bartunek ($2-3/book in a bulk buy)


Use the PRAYER CHALLENGE at 1% challenge to launch a prayer movement in your parish!

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Eucharistic Holy Hour Guide For Parishes:

English: November 2019 | December 2019 | January 2020 | February 2020 | March 2020 | April 2020
Spanish: Enero 2020 | Febrero 2020 | Marzo 2020 | April 2020 
MC Holy Hour Outline

The Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation is grateful to Catholic speaker and scholar Stephen Binz who has provided us with the following excellent collection of resources for the new

Sunday of the Word of God (January 26, 2020).

To see what topics Stephen offers for parish missions and events click here.

Pope Francis has issued an apostolic letter entitled “Aperuit Illis,” Instituting the “Sunday of the Word of God” for all dioceses and churches throughout the world. “I hereby declare that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the word of God.”

The first-ever “Sunday of the Word of God” will be held on January 26, 2020. Pope Francis suggests that parishes undertake “initiatives to make the sacred Scripture more accessible to believers, to increase their gratitude for so great a gift, and to help them to strive daily to embody and bear witness to its teaching.”
With this in mind, let me suggest two such initiatives for every parish:

  1. Parishioners bring their personal or family Bible to Mass with them on this Sunday so that the celebrant can offer a prayer of commitment and blessing over the people as they hold their own Bibles.
  2. Parishioners bring their Bibles home to be enthroned in their homes, using the enthronement service I have provided. Please click on the links below for these two initiatives.
Enthrone the Bible in Your Home
Click below to access a prayer service for enthroning the Bible. You may make as many copies as you wish for your family or the families of your parish. Print on both sides to create a four-page booklet. It is available in English and Spanish. Thanks to the American Bible Society – Catholic Initiatives.
Blessing of Bibles at Sunday Mass
Click below to access a blessing prayer over the Sunday Mass congregation for Sunday of the Word of God. Instruct the people to bring their personal or family Bibles to Mass, then offer this prayer of commitment and blessing.

Announcement for Pulpit, Bulletin, Newsletters, and Social Media

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has instituted the Sunday of the Word of God, to be celebrated annually on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. For the Sunday Masses of January 25-26, we ask you to bring your personal or family Bible to Mass with you. We want to emphasize the importance of the Bible in Catholic life and encourage one another to read and study it as a regular part of our lives as disciples of Jesus. During the Mass we will have a commitment and blessing prayer as you hold your Bibles. After Mass we will provide you with a service to enthrone and honor the Bible in your homes.

More information about “Sunday of the Word of God” with links to “Enthrone the Bible in Your Home” and “Blessing of Bibles at Sunday Mass” may be found here:

I hope that this new universal celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God will bring many of God’s people to give new emphasis to the sacred Scriptures and learn to listen to God’s word as a regular practice in their lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. I invite you to read the new apostolic letter of Pope Francis, which is a beautiful teaching on the centrality of Scripture for our Catholic life. Click here to read “Aperuit Illis.”

Additional liturgical resources forwarded from the Office of Worship: Click here

The Office of Evangelization and Faith Formation of the Diocese of Orange proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ in obedience to the Great Commission (Mt 28:16-20).  Parish faith formation imparts the saving truth of Jesus Christ faithfully, assessing the needs of individual parishes, promoting dialogue and networking for parish staff members involved in all Faith Formation Ministries.

Pope Francis has given us a new inspiration for the New Evangelization: “Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say that we are “disciples” and “missionaries” but rather that are always “missionary disciples.”  (The Joy of the Gospel)

Workshops on Prayer

Parishes are invited to schedule one of the workshops described below. To identify a date for one of these, please contact Karlo Campana at Speaker Jenny Cochrane has a Masters of Theology from the Augustine Institute and is the host and producer of Fullness of Grace videos with Rev. Quan Tran. She is a member of the New Evangelization task force and consulted on the Diocesan Catholic Identity and Faith Formation task force. She is a prayer group leader, trained spiritual director, and retreat leader. Her passion is prayer. Jenny is married with two children.

1) Going Deeper in Prayer: Growing in Intimacy with God through prayer
According to St. Thérèse of Lisieux, “Prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” Explore ways to deepening your relationship with God through prayer. Learn the languages of prayer: words, melodies, gestures, and iconography and the expressions of prayer: vocal prayer, meditation, and contemplation. Practice age-old methods of prayer to come to a closer relationship with our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ. Learn how to speak to God from your heart and listen for God’s response.

2) Christian Meditation
According to St. Augustine, “You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” Come learn methods of meditation, focused on resting in Christ. Explore the riches of Catholic spirituality in meditation on Scripture and Christian art, music, literature, and the rosary. Discover a deeper sense of peace in Christ through meditation. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27).

3) Praying the Mass
Considering that the Mass is the source and summit of Christian life, explore ways to enter more fully into the mystery of the heavenly liturgy. Come to a deeper understanding of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – the biblical roots, and the offering of Christ made present to us today.


Book Distribution


by Fr. John Bartunek ($2-3/book in a bulk buy)

by Gary Jansen ($3-5/book in a bulk buy)