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Prayer Services for General Use

Below are some prayers services that may be used with any group – students, parents, teachers, boards, etc. They are particularly focused on dealing with the challenges of the recent pandemic but could be used in any context.

They are provided in PDF and in Powerpoint formats. For those leading the prayer, all you will need to do is to have readers for the various sections – or allow others to read an individual page in silence if there is a musical selection on the same slide.

Of course, you are welcome to edit the Powerpoint as you wish.

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NOTE: Please see the notes below the prayer services about window and sound sharing.

A Little More Information

This prayer is focused on the things that may be learned during times of difficulty and stress. It revolves around the experience of Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, when he contracted cancer and underwent multiple chemotherapy sessions. There is a section for participants to share things that they have learned during times of difficulty, and the presentation ends with a reflection by Annie Dillard.

The introductory music is an Oregon Catholic Press publication (more information about it may be found HERE on this website), and the closing video is Henrik Chaim Goldschmidt playing an excerpt of "Gabriel's Oboe" by Ennio Merricone.

Click on the image on the left for the Powerpoint file, or HERE.

A PDF version is HERE.

 

This prayer is focused on the unexpected graces that are part of our lives. It revolves around the experience of Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, when he contracted cancer and underwent multiple chemotherapy sessions.

The introductory music is an Oregon Catholic Press publication (more information about it may be found HERE on this website), and the music video is by the Irish cellist, Patrick Dexter.

Click on the image on the left for the Powerpoint file, or HERE.

A PDF version is HERE.

This prayer is focused on the New Testament story of Jesus calming the storm amidst his fightened apostles. It invites a connection to the stormy times of our own lives, and the way that we may trust God to see us through.

The music is an Oregon Catholic Press publication. More information about it may be found HERE on this website.

Click on the image on the left for the Powerpoint file, or HERE.

A PDF version is HERE.

 

This prayer is a two-slide short one. It is based on the "Lasallian Prayer" from Cristo Rey De La Salle High School in Oakland, CA. The prayer is provided in English. On the second slide is a short selection from Annie Dillard's "Pilgrim on Tinker Creek" - provided in English, French, and Spanish. It is suggested that the prayer is read silently by the participants while the short clip from Henrik Chaim Goldschmidt playing an excerpt of "Gabriel's Oboe" by Ennio Merricone.

Click on the image on the left for the Powerpoint file, or HERE.

A PDF version is HERE.

 

Sharing a Powerpoint Window

 

Most of the time, when you launch a Powerpoint presentation, it displays on your entire window. If you do this while on Zoom, that window covers up the Zoom windows.

The way to prevent this is to tell Powerpoint to display it inside of a separate window. See the images on the left for how to do that.

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Choose Slide Show menu from the top bar. Then choose Set Up Slide Show.

In the dialogue box that shows up, choose Browsed by an Individual (Window).
Now it will launch in the same window in which the Powerpoint presentation is shown on your desktop..

Sharing your Computer Sound

 

If you want to share your computer's sound during a "shared screen" session on Zoom, you must specify this on the first screen that shows up when you indicated "Share Screen." Not only would you choose the window that is showing your Powerpoint show - your should have previously launched that show in a separate window - but on the bottom of that choosing screen are two items to check off. See the image to the left.

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Check off the box for Share computer sound.

Check off the box for Optimize Screen Sharing for Video Clip.

Now the sound from the Powerpoint or embedded video in Powerpoint will work best.