Family Prayer Night
Resources for Families & Family Prayer Night Devotions Worldwide
Our apostolate within the New Evangelization is to foster spiritual revival within families in the Roman Catholic Tradition.
At the parish level, we do this by providing a free booklet to lay leaders on How To Start Family Prayer Night Devotions. We also encourage individuals and families to:Participate weekly in Family Prayer Night Devotions
Pray together as family every day
Spend an hour a week in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Learn and live the Catholic Faith with unwavering fidelity, joy of heart and absolute trust in God through and in the loving and Immaculate Heart of Mary our Mother
Communitas Dei Patris
(Sponsors of the Global Apostolate)
Communitas Dei Patris (the Latin pronunciation is: Cŏm-ŭn-ē-tăs Dā-ē Pă-trēs) is an association of faithful Catholics that offers new hope to all marriages and families that real, true, and lasting healing and restoration is possible when they genuinely live the precepts of Sacred Scripture, Tradition, and the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
Like the early Church, our association of families and individuals offers mutual spiritual support in living the fulness of the Catholic faith as we pilgrimage to the House of the Father.
Videos listed on our YouTube Channel are family friendly. All are 100% faithful to nearly 2,000 years of official Catholic teachings and Traditions. Learn things about the Faith that will inspire and motivate you to participate more fully in The New Evangelization promulgated by Saint Pope John Paul the Great!
Family Prayer Night is the simple, little way for priests, parents and the entire parish family to evangelize, to bring hearts and souls directly to Jesus, to meet Him, to spend time in His presence, to ask for assistance, to heal the wounds of sin, to thank Him and to love Him.
The Global Apostolate of Family Prayer Night Devotions serves the mission of the rebuilding and restoration of the Catholic Church beginning with the family. This apostolate serves to spiritually unite, support in prayer and provide vision and resources for all the local parish Family Prayer Nights which are under the sole guidance and direction of the parish priest and his Bishop.
Living Catholic teaching in marriage and families, especially purity in love, is inseparable from family prayer and the supernatural graces flowing from the Eucharist.
It is for this reason we developed resources for family prayer in the home, education in chastity and theology of the body, and inspirational media to restore faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
And finally, where families find that they want to become part of an association to promote, support and receive the spiritual benefits of joining together with other families in prayer and mission with total fidelity to the official teachings of the Catholic Church, we formed Communitas Dei Patris. On pilgirmage home as one family of God the Father, we work for the restoration of the Catholic Church on earth inspired by our patron, St. John Paul the Great, hoping one day to return home and repeat his beautiful last words, "Let me go to the house of the Father."
Why Our Apostolate Is So Important
Saint John Paul the Great said in his Letter to Families: “The history of mankind, the history of salvation passes by way of the family. The family is placed at the center of the great struggle between good and evil, between life and death, between love and all that is opposed to love. To the family is entrusted the task of striving, first and foremost, to unleash the forces of good, the source of which is found in Christ, the Redeemer of Man” (#23).
And, near the end of her life, Sr. Lucia of Fatima is quoted as saying, "The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about Marriage and the Family."
St. Agnes Family Prayer Night, 1990-Present
The Inaugural Model for Weekly Family Prayer & Adoration
by Val Bessert, Volunteer Coordinator
As we look back with gratitude over these past few decades of our existence, we can surely count our many blessings! Our Lady has had her mantle over us and has kept us faithful to her commission to have a Family Prayer Night. We are still here! We have gone from a prayer group that met in a small room at St. Agnes Church weekly, to a real prayer family that meets in the larger church with the Sacrament of Reconciliation available, and Mass and Adoration that follow. Although our numbers have varied over the years, we have consistently had a faithful group who regularly attend. We have established loving relationships. We have had to say good-by recently to some of our dearest longtime-members and priest-friends who have passed onto eternal reward, but who have left their legacy in our hearts.
Over the many years, we have hosted a Marian Movement for Priests Cenacle with Fr. Gobbi and area priests, had scapular enrollments, anniversary celebrations, healing Masses, speakers, special feast celebrations, and have provided...
Come Pray With Us
Family Prayer Night
St. Agnes Catholic Church
1484 Ninth Street
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54304
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Confessions are available.
Rosary at 6:30 p.m.
Mass at 7:00 p.m.
Adoration at 7:30 p.m.
Parish’s Family Prayer Night set to mark 25 years
By Jeff Kurowski | The Compass
GREEN BAY — Many of the faces have changed and recently, the day of the week changed, but over the past 25 years, the mission of Family Prayer Night at St. Agnes Church has remained the same. The weekly gathering provides a vehicle to spend time with the Lord in a prayer-rich environment.
Tucson Prayer Night, 1991
Mike & Sally, Volunteer Coordinators
[Edited Personal Letter]
Letter Dated: December 16, 1991
Our first Family Prayer Night was on November 12, 1991. Our pastor has been very supportive. Our core group is small (approx. 20 people) and each night we have had new people attending for a total of 30-50 persons. We have been meeting for 5 weeks now and we are already receiving many blessings.
THe parish is located in a verly poor section of town with many homeless sleeping around the neighborhood. This has had a profound affect not only on our children but ourselves. We had a long discussion with our children about Jesus' call for us to show mercy and compassion towards all and read to them Matthew 25:31-46. We started with the family food basket from the very first night. However, on their own the children made little bags of potato chips to take to the people waiting outside the church. This affected my wife and I and we both felt we should do more. Independently, the Holy Spirit gave the same inspiration to four or five other families!
Responding to the needs of the homeless, on the third Tuesday Family Prayer Night, we had the privilege of (preparing various meals) to feed 65 of our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are hoping as our numbers grow, to be able to feed them throughout the week.
Tucson Prayer Night, 1992
Mike & Sally, Volunteer Coordinators
[Edited Personal Letter]
Letter Dated: February 13, 1992
Our Family Prayer Night in Tucson continues to grow as Our Lady promised. Each week we hear of answered prayers to family situations that seem hopeless. We now average from 100-125 people per week. Our pastor is amazed at the number of people coming weekly and feels Family Prayer Night has been a tremendous blessing to the parish. Our Family Prayer Night Meal Outreach for the homeless continues to grow with the generosity of families reaching out to those in need.
Our Family Prayer Night group felt the need to evangelize...with reference to Divine Mercy. We met with our Bishop who agreed to concelebrate the Mass on Mercy Sunday, April 26, 1992. The Novena will begin on Good Friday and continues with novena devotions and recitation of the chaplet at the daily noon Mass. He has given us permission to promote this as widely as possible.
We can't begin to tell you how much Family Prayer Night means to our family. Sally and I have always wanted to serve Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother in some capacity...
Once again we thank Our Heavenly Father for the tremendous grace of Family Prayer Night. Our warmest regards to you and your family and all the members of St. Agnes Parish (Family Prayer Night).
Update: September 1992
The Global Apostolate of Family Prayer Night Devotions was invited to Tucson in September 1992. By then, the Family Prayer Night Meal Outreach was serving meals 5 days a week to the homeless, and the church was filled to capacity (hundreds of people...standing room only). Also, the good fruits of their weekly devotion were so profound by then that the Bishop of Tucson had assigned three diocesan priests to act as spiritual advisors to Family Prayer Night.