November’s Christian Quality: PRAYERFUL


gem-prayerful-2016“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
 —Philippians 4: 6-7

This month’s Christian quality is PRAYERFUL, which means to quietly or outwardly express our love, praise, gratitude and requests to God. Students can show that they are prayerful by reverently participating in classroom prayers, and by thanking God always for their gifts in life.

What does it mean to be “PRAYERFUL?” Prayer is a relationship, wherein we humbly communicate, worship, and sincerely seek God’s face, knowing that He hears us, loves us and will respond, though not always in a manner we may expect or desire. Prayer can encompass confession, praise, adoration, supplication, intercession and more.

In addition, our attitude in prayer is important. We must not be haughty, but humble (Ephesians 4:2; James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:6, etc.). Seen in this light, to “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) means that we must always strive to have a prayerful attitude. Our prayers must come often and regularly, not from legalistic duty, but from a humble heart, realizing our dependence on God in every aspect of our lives.

Congratulations to the following students who were voted by their classmates, teachers and peers to receive The Catholic GEM “Going the Extra Mile” Award for PRAYERFUL in November 2016!

  • TYKE – Grace Doyle
  • KDGN-TUCKER – Eoin Kerr
  • KDGN-BONNY – Annie Tran
  • GRADE 1A – Mia Grady
  • GRADE 1B – Abigail Hoffman
  • GRADE 2A – Audrey Medlin
  • GRADE 2B – Kolby Vu
  • ROOM 3A – Josephine Love
  • ROOM 3B – Samantha DiCrisi
  • ROOM 4A – Cianna Gagliardino
  • ROOM 4B – Cameron Le
  • ROOM 5A – Julia Smith
  • ROOM 5B – Ocean Nguyen
  • ROOM 6A – Piper Tyssee
  • ROOM 6B – Mallory Mottles
  • ROOM 7A – Christian Teske
  • ROOM 7B – Kelley Rood
  • ROOM 8A – Kevin Sullivan
  • ROOM 8B – Cristina Gotuzzo

Jacob Shipley, SSJ Class of 2011, guest speaker for GEM Christian quality of PRAYERFUL. Jacob is currently serving at SSJ Parish as Assistant Liturgy Coordinator.