Thursday, December 2, 2021

Mission Statement & Prayers

CYO Mission

To offer to all youth sports and recreation programs emphasizing friendly
competition through good sportsmanship modeled by adult participants.

To invite all participants, Catholic and otherwise, youth and adults,
to share in the life of their faith community.

Purpose of CYO

In CYO programs, emphasis rests not on the number of games won or lost,
but on the participants' attitude in victor or defeat.

Learning how to lose is just as important as learning how to win.
Learning how to win graciously is more important than winning itself.

CYO programs serve the needs of all youth.  They enable the gifted
to excel, the less gifted to participate and improve.

Principles of fair play and sportsmanship must govern every game.
Dishonesty has no place in CYO competition.

"Run to win," St. Paul advises (I Cor. 9:24).  In CYO athletics, all who compete can win,
if they run to win the real prize; closer union with Jesus Christ.

CYO Opening Prayer

To Father in Heaven,
we ask your blessing on the game
we are about to play.

Give each one of us the courage to play this game
in a manner which by our words and our actions
is pleasing to you.

Let us enter into this competition
in a spirit of sportsmanship and
with a respect for the members of the opposing team.

We ask You, Father to bless each one of us,
especially the coaches, officials,
parents and players.

Keep us under the protection of your son, Jesus Christ,
and help us be aware of his presence with us in this game.

-Amen

CYO Closing Prayer

Thank You Lord for this game.

We hope we played and will always play
in a manner that is pleasing to you.

-Amen

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