Let us remember we are in the holy presence of God.
The words, “Let us remember we are in the Holy presence of God” are our call to formal prayer. They are heard at the start of each day, at the beginning of each class, and at the outset of meetings and assemblies. They are one of the strongest characteristics of our Lasallian heritage. They are also a call to quiet ourselves and acknowledge the wonder of His holy presence, which surrounds us each and every day. We respond, “God watches over us.” Remembering the presence of God reminds us of the limitless goodness and potential in each person we encounter.
Wherever I go I will find you, my God; There is no place that is not honored by your presence.
John Baptist de La Salle
Explanation of the Method of Interior Prayer (1739), p. 59
We pray the school’s Mission Prayer each Friday morning as one body. It was composed in 2009 using words and phrases from the Mission Statement, Vision Statement, and Belief Statements that were defined by the school community. Students at each grade level also learn traditional Catholic prayers in conjunction with their religious studies.
O God, we, your children, remember that we are always in Your holy presence and rejoice in the promise that You watch over us.
Help us to become confident, self-directed, lifelong learners who keep Christ at the center of our words and actions.
Guided by the wisdom and traditions of the Christian Brothers and the Carmelite Sisters, may, we, the members the of Catholic High School family, always work and pray to be a community that reflects the love, justice, and peace of Your Kingdom.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel...
Pray for us
St. John Baptist de La Salle...
Pray for us
Live, Jesus, in our hearts...
The closing for all prayers acknowledges our school’s history. Mary, under her title of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, is patroness of the Carmelite Order. We invoke her name in remembrance of the Carmelite Sisters who founded Mt. Carmel on the Teche. Saint John Baptist de La Salle is the patron saint of educators and founder of the Christian Brothers, the order which established St. Peter’s College. We end formal prayer with the invocation: ‘Live, Jesus, in our hearts forever!’ This, too, is a Lasallian tradition. It a reminder to make all that we do a prayer in union with Jesus and to be like Christ to those whom we serve.
The spiritual development of students is rooted in Catholic tradition through the liturgy, prayer, service, and retreats, all of which invite a deeper love of God, others, and self. There are numerous aspects of Campus Ministry to aid families in developing their unique relationship with God, including personal development, practical experience, and theological study. The active presence of religious on campus and weekly all-school Masses are vital parts of the school’s ministry.