The spiritual tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola shared with Jesuit secondary schools and universities around the globe provides the foundation of who we are at Bishop Canevin High School. In today’s world, Bishop Canevin is committed to academic excellence and spiritual growth within a community of faith that is centered on respect, responsibility, and reverence. The opportunity for enriching faith experiences at Bishop Canevin complements the academic learning that takes place in the classroom. From prayer before each class, to annual retreats for all classes and service-oriented mission trips and activities, to monthly Mass in the chapel, students can not only learn about spirituality and faith–they live it.
At Bishop Canevin, we emphasize the education of the whole person – heart, mind, body and soul. Students are prepared for a life anchored in faith, a life enriched by learning, and a life enhanced by service to others. By incorporating the Ignatian mission and philosophy in all aspects of student life at Bishop Canevin, young men and women develop as leaders who are confident in their faith and are ready to share it with the world. Through the promotion of Catholic values and a moral code by which to live, we build a strong spirit of community, collaboration and collegiality.
While service hours are mandatory for the students, we hope as guardians of your students you will want to be involved too. Most of the service opportunities listed for the students also allow adult involvement as well. In fact, some service opportunities your student may want to be involved in mandates an individual adult be with them, like serving at the humane society in Pittsburgh. Please consider participating with your student in service as it is a great opportunity to get involved in your local community as well as help your student complete their service requirement.
Please consider making a prayer request to the Bishop Canevin Community. We pray every morning, in each class, and in the afternoon. We also have adoration on Mondays and mass on Fridays. For your prayer request, either big or small we will pray for them at the Friday mass by including them in our intentions.
Prayer for Anxiety
God, who is more than we can ever comprehend, help us to seek you, and you alone.
Help us to stand before all that we could do and seek what you would do, and do that.
Lift from us our need to achieve all that we can be and instead, surrender to what you can be in us.
Give us ways to refrain from the busyness that will put us on edge and off center, give us today your peace.
Prayer for Difficult times
O Lord our God, grant us to trust in your overshadowing wings. Protect us beneath them and bear us up. You will carry us as little children, even to our grey-headed age you will carry us still. When you are our strong security, that is strength indeed. But when our security is in ourselves, that is but weakness. Our good abides ever in your keeping, but in diverting our steps from you we have grown perverse. Let us turn back to you at last, Lord, that we be not overturned. Unspoiled, our good abides with you, for you are yourself our good. We need not fear to find no home again because we have fallen away from it; while we are absent our home falls not to ruins, for our home is your eternity.
Prayer for Studying
Most blessed Lord, send the grace of your Holy Spirit on me to strengthen me that I may learn well the subject I am about to study and by it become a better person for your glory, the comfort of my family and the benefit of your Church and our Nation. Amen.
Prayer for a Test
Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding.
Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance.
Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally.
Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm.
Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion.
I ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
St. Thomas Aquinas
Prayer for Healing
Heavenly Father, I thank You for loving me. I thank You for sending Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to the world to save and to set me free. I trust in Your power and grace that sustain and restore me. Loving Father, touch me now with Your healing hands, for I believe that Your will is for me to be well in mind, body, soul and spirit. Cover me with the Most Precious Blood of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. Cast out anything that should not be in me. Root out any unhealthy and abnormal cells. Open any blocked arteries or veins and rebuild and replenish any damaged areas. Remove all inflammation and cleanse any infection by the power of Jesus’ Precious Blood. Let the fire of Your healing love pass through my entire body to heal and make new any diseased areas so that my body will function the way You created it to function. Touch also my mind and my emotion, even the deepest recesses of my heart. Saturate my entire being with Your presence, love, joy, and peace and draw me ever closer to You every moment of my life. And Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit and empower me to do Your works so that my life will bring glory and honor to Your Holy Name. I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
-Saint Padre Pio
Prayers for Loss of a Loved One
Bless those who mourn, eternal God, with the comfort of your love that they may face each new day with hope and the certainty that nothing can destroy the good that has been given. May their memories become joyful, their days enriched with friendship, and their lives encircled by your love.
– Vienna Cobb Anderson
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. You have provided me with more than I could ever have imagined. You have surrounded me with people who always look out for me. You have given me family and friends who bless me every day with kind words and actions. They lift me up in ways that keep my eyes focused on you and make my spirit soar. Also, thank you, Lord, for keeping me safe. You protect me from those things that seem to haunt others. You help me make better choices and provide me with advisors to help me with life’s difficult decisions. You speak to me in so many ways so that I always know you are here. And Lord, I am so grateful for keeping those around me safe and loved. I hope that you provide me with the ability and sense to show them every day how much they matter. I hope that you give me the ability to give to them the same kindness they have provided to me.
I am extremely grateful for all of your blessings in my life, Lord. I pray that you remind me of just how blessed I am and that you never allow me to forget to show my gratitude in prayer and returned acts of kindness.
Thank you, Lord. Amen.
– By Kelli Mahoney