Here’s Prayers for a Catholic Groundbreaking Blessing

by Sister Marlita Henseler on August 4, 2013

Ever wonder what kind of prayers are said at a groundbreaking of a Catholic Church? Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Marlita Henseler, Parish Leader of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community, Newton, WI shares some of the July 31, 2013 groundbreaking blessing. Franciscan Sisters’ Archivist Sister Caritas Strodthoff documents with photos of this historical moment.

St.-Thomas-the-Apostle-Catholic-Church-Newton-WI-groundbreaking-2013Lord bless this ground this evening and each of us who have worked or contributed to provide this place on which a church will be built. You have built us into a worshipping faith community over the past 12 years, since our first groundbreaking, and we are grateful…

Brothers and sisters, let us ask God, our all-powerful Father, that the work begun today will contribute to the building up of God’s kingdom and help us to be united with Jesus, the cornerstone of our faith…

That God may transform into a living temple of his glory all whom he has gathered here and have faith in Jesus Christ…

That God in his power may be the rock on which we build this church in faith and Catholic-Church-Groundbreaking-Servicelove,..

That this dwelling place of God always be a place of peace and joy for all those who will undertake the work on this building and for those who will worship here…

That all present here may continue to be shaped into living stones through their faith in Jesus and their service to others…

Lord you built a Holy Church, founded upon the apostles with Jesus Christ as its cornerstone. Grant that your people, gathered in your name, may love you and grow as the temple of your glory.

God of love, we praise your holy name, for you have made us your temple by baptism and inspire us to build upon earth churches dedicated to your worship. Look favorably upon your children. Keep all the workers safe and secure throughout this project and may each step progress with your blessing. Enable us to continue to grow into the temple of your glory, until, shaped by your grace, we are gathered by your hand into the heavenly city. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.




One thought on “Here’s Prayers for a Catholic Groundbreaking Blessing”

  1. Sister Mary Ann says:

    Such a joy and hope for the Church to be at the groundbreaking of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish! The faith and hard work of the people of the parish with Sister Marlita is now being realized in a very Franciscan endeavor–“Constructing a Church!” St. Francis is surely helping to guide these good people! Count on my prayers as this new Church goes up!

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