Office of Evangelization

Diocese of Cleveland


By: Ascension Press

Material Overview 

Oremus: A Guide to Catholic Prayer is a Catholic prayer study program that will teach you the essentials of a fruitful prayer life and how to pursue the Father as He constantly pursues us.



About the Program

“Say Your Prayers”

Do you find it easy to pray? Is prayer an integral part of your day? Do you hear God’s voice in your daily life, and know how to respond accordingly?

For many of us, the answer to these questions is, “no.” We all desire an intimate relationship with God. But, since learning to “say our prayers” as children, we never moved beyond rote recitation to an authentic conversation with God.


Not Just For Mystics

In Scripture we read of profound interactions people have with God. We hear of Saints who seemed to have a direct line to Him their entire lives. But most of the time we feel like this is far beyond our reach. After all, we’re not prophets, and certainly not (yet) Saints!

For most of us prayer becomes a source of frustration as we struggle to calm our minds and find even a few minutes to set aside to pray. In our busy lives prayer is seen as a luxury, when in reality it is at the foundation of a healthy spiritual life.

The good news is you can overcome your difficulties with prayer, and it is easier than you might think.


Oremus – Let Us Pray

The Oremus study program teaches you the essentials of an effective and fruitful prayer life. Over the course of eight weeks you will discover how God speaks to you, even in the smallest encounters. Following the Tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints, you will learn how to express yourself to God in prayer, and how to hear his voice.



Home Preparation 

Participants are provided with specific scripture passages to pray with each day. They will also keep a journal (provided in the workbook) of their prayer experiences.

DVD Presentation 

Fr. Mark Toups presents a powerful lesson on prayer and offers spiritual direction and encouragement to participants.

Group Discussion 

Participants will discuss the DVD presentation and share insights and experiences from their previous weeks’ prayer.



  1. What is Prayer?
  2. Before You Pray
  3. Lectio Divina
  4. Relational Prayer
  5. Spiritual Senses
  6. Discernment with Prayer
  7. Dealing with Distractions
  8. Desolation and Consolation



  • Become aware of God’s presence in your life
  • Discover the simple yet profound steps of Catholic prayer
  • Learn how to respond to God and express yourself in prayer
  • Discover how to hear God’s voice in Scripture, in your heart, and in ordinary moments.
  • Learn how to overcome frustrations, distractions, and dryness in prayer.
  • See that desolation and consolation are a normal part of everyone’s walk with God.
  • Grow in your relationship with God and those around you.



Online Access available

Risk free preview pack available


Included Resources

This Starter Pack contains everything a leader needs to begin the Oremus: A Guide to Catholic Prayer Study, including:

  • 3 DVD Set (Eight, 30 min. sessions)
  • Student Workbook
  • Leader’s Guide



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