pray for the world

Thank you for joining us this Lent as we Pray for Our World. Throughout these forty days, let us unite our prayers with those on the hearts of the children, families, and staff in our sponsor sites. Each Monday, we’ll share new intentions straight from the sites, spotlighting a different region each week. We are deeply grateful for your solidarity in prayer. Together, we will bring hope to those who need it most.

Let's pray for Haiti

Week 5 - March 18

Our week dedicated to prayer for Haiti could not have been more providentially timed. We have all seen the violence and upheaval wracking the country. Where fear reigns, our prayers of hope and peace are needed all the more.

We ask their patron, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours) to shelter them and give them strength during this unfortunate time. 

Haiti Site Intentions 

Please click on the hands after you have prayed.  Come back and pray for these intentions each day this week.


Join Our Haitian Prayer


Jesus, embrace your children in Haiti, we pray.

Be their light in every darkness

and their strength in every difficulty.

Grant them unwavering faith and hope,

and fill them with your peace.



 Thanks for joining us to Pray for Our World this Lent!

Remember to send your messages of hope to those you are praying for

or power up your prayer through fasting! 

Fasting FAQ

 Why fasting?

Our Catholic faith has always treasured fasting as a means of making an offering to God. Our Hebrew fathers in faith made frequent fasts, as did our early Christian Church. Jesus made fasts, and instructed His disciples how to fast well, too. 

We fast by denying ourselves an earthly enjoyment for the sake of remembering, honouring and glorifying the new earth that Christ has won for us. We recall that Christ used His free will to die on the cross to save us from our sins. In turn, we can use our free will to cause ourselves a little discomfort as an act of gratitude and recollection.

Our Tradition holds that there are many benefits to offering fasts. In his “Introduction to the Devout Life”, St. Francis de Sales writes:

“...besides the ordinary effect of fasting in raising the mind, subduing the flesh, confirming goodness, and obtaining a heavenly reward, it is also a great matter to be able to control greediness, and to keep the sensual appetites and the whole body subject to the law of the Spirit; and although we may be able to do but little, the enemy nevertheless stands more in awe of those whom he knows can fast." 

 What if I can’t fast from food?

We often associate fasting with food restrictions, such as bread-and-water or water-only fasting. These are wonderful, but fasting does not have to have anything to do with food or eating to be just as sacred That’s why we called it ‘Fast as You Can.’ We encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to inspire you with an offering that is safe, holy, and meaningful for you.

 As it says in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (emphasis added):

The interior penance of the Christian can be expressed in many and various ways. Scripture and the Fathers insist above all on three forms, fasting, prayer, and almsgiving, which express conversion in relation to oneself, to God, and to others...[They] cite as means of obtaining forgiveness of sins: effort at reconciliation with one's neighbor, tears of repentance, concern for the salvation of one's neighbor, the intercession of the saints, and the practice of charity "which covers a multitude of sins." (CCC 1434) 

The Catechism further suggests, “spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary self-denial such as fasting and almsgiving, and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works)...reading Sacred Scripture, praying the Liturgy of the Hours and the Our Father. In sum, “every sincere act of worship or devotion revives the spirit of conversion and repentance within us and contributes to the forgiveness of our sins.” (CCC 1437-38)

For a great ‘run-down’ on penitential acts and suggested alternatives, we highly recommend Keeping Friday by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

 What if I break the fast accidentally?

Let yourself have a little chuckle, and tell Jesus you love Him. That’s really the heart of any of this. Then you can prayerfully re-commit to your fast. 

 What if I keep breaking the fast?

When we get excited about making a sacrifice for Jesus, sometimes we go a little overboard. Maybe your enthusiasm made your fasting goal a little too ambitious. That’s very natural! Prayerfully consider modifying your fast next week.

 Can I choose another time aside from Friday-Saturday?

We are suggesting Friday night until the Sunday Mass (including the Saturday vigil) for its symbolic significance. Our Jewish brothers and sisters share a Shabbat meal on Fridays, as Jesus and the Holy Family would have. The Eucharist, being the Bread of Life, is the perfect way to break the fast from earthly ‘bread.’ 

However, if ‘Fast as You Can’ means another day of the week for you, then your offering will be no less cherished by God.


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