by Cori Hilsgen
The Catholic Worker House recently hosted its first family prayer night, which nearly 20 people attended to recognize and to pray for peace in families.
Family Prayer Night is interdenominational and is open to anyone who would like to attend. The night includes a potluck meal from 6-7 p.m. and then includes activity and prayer from 7-7:30 p.m.
The theme for the first Family Prayer Night was “Peace”. Children and families made fabric streamers and painted names and symbols of people and places that they felt were in need of peace. The night included introductions, singing songs and walking around the neighborhood block singing about “peace” and waving the peace streamers.
The evening ended with prayers for peace.
Katie Gould, who is a live-in volunteer at the Worker House and also a member of the leadership team, said prayer night is a good way for children to get involved.
“It was so fulfilling to see so many little children have an opportunity to get involved with our mission here at the Catholic Worker, a true sense of our community here in St. Joseph,” Gould said.
The Catholic Worker House, located at 35 – 2nd Avenue SE, is a house of hospitality and a Catholic Worker is a community dedicated to loving and serving others through prayer and clarification of thought. That includes hospitality and social action. The house opened in February and is preparing to welcome guests by early fall.
Currently, six residents live in the house.
The next Family Prayer Night will be held on Monday, Aug. 13. The event is open to the public.