Journeying in the Faith – Prayers for the New Year

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‘We are all God’s children

and will try to live, love, work

and serve as Jesus taught us.’

Prayers for the start of the new year


In the new year may we remember
Today’s decisions shape tomorrow’s outcomes
That living each moment the best we can
Creates a harmonious life.

May we remember
By holding fast to integrity
Others see we are trustworthy.

When times are rough
May we remember to turn in
To our close and ready source of comfort.

As we start a new year at St Joseph’s
May we remember that each new moment
Can be a fresh beginning.

And may we especially remember that
Personal peace preserved leads to
World peace, well deserved.”


St Joseph’s School Prayer

 At the beginning of this new year we turn to God our father with our school prayer

Dear Heavenly Father

Friends of all children

Bless our school here in Christchurch

Bless the pupils and the staff who work here.

You chose St. Joseph to be the father of Jesus.

Help us to serve you as he did, and to live, love, work and serve

as Jesus taught us.



Help us to serve You as St. Joseph did.

Help us to serve You as St. Joseph did.


God be in my Head

 As we begin the new year let us remember God is never far…

 God be in my head,

And in my understanding;

God be in my eyes,

And in my looking;

God be in my mouth;

And in my speaking;

God be in my heart;

And in my thinking;

God be at my end,

And at my departing.



“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become – because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. . .It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.”   

C. S. Lewis


“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Theodore Roosevelt


“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible”

St Francis of Assisi