The Year of Prayer

Pope Francis has asked that 2024 be a ‘Year of Prayer’, as a preparatory year for the Jubilee Year of 2025. This short Sycamore course about prayer, with five sessions, can be run in your parish or community, in person or with a remote group.

Five sessions about Christian prayer and the adventure of the spiritual life. For those who are just beginning, and also for those who have been praying a long time! These sessions can help your parish or community enter into the Year of Prayer in 2024, as a preparation for the Jubilee Year of 2025. For more information about the Jubilee Year see the website of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales here.


(1) THE POWER OF PRAYER [“Film 8” in Series: click here to view]

What is prayer? Does prayer make a difference? How to pray.


(2) PRAYING WITH THE BIBLE [“Film 6” in Series: click here to view]

What is the bible? Can we trust the bible? How the bible can change your life.


(3) HOW TO PRAY [“Film 19” in Series: click here to view]

The amazing adventure of prayer. Four basic ways of praying. Prayers and devotions to help you through the day.


(4) PRAYING THE MASS [“Film 15” in Series: click here to view]

The meaning of the Mass. The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.


(5) MERCY AND MISSION [“Film 16” in Series: click here to view]

Forgiveness and the Sacrament of Confession. Healing and the Sacrament of the Sick. Christian mission and the call to share our faith.


Please note that the accompanying “Film Number” (e.g. “Film 8”) refers to the complete list of Sycamore films and not to the order of each module in this course.

You can find the complete list of Sycamore films here and the complete list of Session Guides here. The “Film Number” and “Session Number” is a fixed code number so you know which film is being referred to, even if it appears in different places in different courses.

If you are using Sycamore as a central part of your sacramental preparation and catechesis, see the page here about Sycamore and sacramental preparation.

If you are using the YouCat readings as part of your course, see the page here about using the YouCat.

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