Students flood wall with prayers

Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Ocala’s prayer wall welcomes students and staff to place intentions and pray for one another. (COURTESY)

OCALA | When Principal Megan Losito of Blessed Trinity Catholic School saw the idea of a prayer wall, she commissioned her husband, Michael John (Little Mike), and his father, Michael Joseph (Big Mike), to build one for the school. She thought it would be perfect to brighten up a mural that had darkened over the years, making the entrance of the school feel closed in. Because of the high student traffic, she hoped the prayer wall would get visibility and activity.

Her fourth-grade daughter and second-grade son painted the letters. They cut out different colored slips of paper and added different color buckets. She explained, each color represents a different prayer intention: family, friends, teachers, church, country, school, and more. “I love seeing students and faculty use the wall during the day,” said Losito. “Students will pause and take a colored slip for a special intention, fill it out and place it in the wall.” Most times the prayers are for family and friends.

Blessed Trinity Catholic School in Ocala’s prayer wall welcomes students and staff to place intentions and pray for one another. (COURTESY)

Losito was not surprised at the response because each week students bring stewardship envelopes to Mass. They write down how they will offer their time, talent, or treasure each week, “Their drawings and pictures are so elaborate and they always so proud to show me what they are offering to Jesus,” she said.

“When we first put the wall up in August 2019, my sister-in-law had been diagnosed with breast cancer and found out she was pregnant. Each of my children wrote a prayer and they were the first two on the wall,” Losito noted. “Today, my sister-in-law is cancer free and my niece will turn one in January.”

By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic, December 16, 2020