The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that 'Our daily family prayer is the first witness of the Church's living memory' (CCC 2685) therefore do pray daily as a family. But, just in case you really find it difficult, then pray as often as possible in the week… but don't drop your family prayer, for don't forget that 'A family that prays together stays together'.
We suggest that around 15 minutes is an ideal time for your daily family prayer. It is best if each family member has his/her own Bible & that each member has some part in the Prayer.
We have given each family the 'Prayers for the plain man' by William Barclay, which has a morning and evening prayer. We suggest you use it during your prayer. You may also collect a copy of the 'Apostleship of prayer' leaflet from our church for the mass readings or you may take the Mass reading from the church calendar, (Daily Flash or 'Word Among us' if you have subscribed to it) . Your prayer may start and conclude with a hymn. Adapt this prayer as necessary.
A Daily Family Prayer Pattern
After the Sign of the Cross use these or similar words:
Jesus is the Head of our home. Being inspired by His teachings and example, let us on our part seek to make our home before all else a dwelling place of love, diffusing far and wide the goodness of Christ.
(This verse may be written down and fixed with a magnet on the fridge or any other prominent place)
Blessing of our family
You may use this or any other suitable prayer
Bless this house, O Lord, we pray.
Keep it safe by night and day.
Bless these walls so firm and stout,
Keeping want and trouble out.
Bless the bedroom and the Hall,
Let Thy peace lie over all.
Bless the doors that we employ
keep them open to love and joy.
Bless the windows shining bright,
Letting in your heavenly light.
Bless our kitchen, the fire-place there,
With smoke ascending like a prayer.
Bless our family here within.
Keep us pure and free from sin.
Bless us all, that we may be
Fit, O Lord, to dwell with Thee.
All make the sign of the cross and the children take the blessings of the parents and elders present.