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Pope Francis’ Message for Lent

“Lent summons us,
and enables us,
to come back to the Lord
wholeheartedly
and in every aspect of our life.” Pope Francis

To read Pope Francis’ entire message for Lent 2018, go to:  http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/lent/documents/papa-francesco_20171101_messaggio-quaresima2018.html

Lent Begins Next Week

Be sure to check out your religion publishers for Lenten Ideas. OEC also has ideas on Pinterest (just go to our Facebook page and click on the link). Try “liking” Sadlier for ideas for family during Lent. Loyola, Our Sunday Visitor, RCL Benziger and Plaum also have websites to check out.

Pope Francis calls for respecting silence during Mass

ROME – Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Holy Eucharist by encouraging priests not to be in a hurry and neglect the moment of silence following the Mass’s opening prayer.

To read more go to: https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2018/01/10/pope-francis-calls-respecting-silence-mass/

Catholic Relief Services – Rice Bowl Project

CRS 2018 Rice Bowl

Are you ready to encounter Lent with CRS Rice Bowl?  This Lent, join the more than 14,000 families and faith communities for a faith-filled experience that offers the opportunity to engage daily in the spiritual pillars of Lent:  prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Ready-made lessons and materials/resources such as prayers, pulpit announcements, prayer intentions, Stations of the Cross, stories of hope, videos and more are available at no cost.

In addition, the Mission Office is offering two free workshops (English and Spanish) to aid you and your team in preparing and implementing the CRS Rice Bowl program without a hitch.  Here are the registration links:

English Workshop (Jan. 19 at 8:30 am) – http://archgh.cvent.com/2018CRSRiceBowlWorkshop

Spanish Workshop (Jan. 18 at 6:30 pm) – http://archgh.cvent.com/2018CRSTallerPlatodeArroz

For more information please contact the Mission Office at 713-652-8231 or hochoa@archgh.org.

Plato de Arroz – Programa cuaresmal de fe en acción de Catholic Relief Services

Únete a casi 14,000 comunidades de fe en 180 diócesis alrededor de los Estados Unidos y juntos  serviremos a nuestros hermanos y hermanas más necesitados alrededor del mundo mientras formamos a nuestras familias y comunidades de fe en solidaridad global.  Te invitamos a ser parte de la Cultura del Encuentro como discípulo misionero con Catholic Relief Services (CRS) esta cuaresma a través del programa  Plato de Arroz.  El programa consta de lecciones ya listas y materiales/recursos tales como oraciones, Via Crucis, historias de esperanza, videos, etc. disponibles sin costo alguno.

Con el fin de facilitarte la preparación y puesta en acción del programa, la Oficina de Misiones ofrece un taller en español el jueves 18 de enero, 2017 de 6:30 a 9:00 pm.  Aquí está el enlace para registrarte:

http://archgh.cvent.com/2018CRSTallerPlatodeArroz

Otro taller se ofrecerá en inglés el viernes 19 de enero de 8:30 am a 12 del mediodía:  http://archgh.cvent.com/2018CRSRiceBowlWorkshop

Para mayor información comunícate a la Oficina de Misiones al 713-652-8231, hochoa@archgh.org.

National Migration Week January 7-14

On the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis invited us to, “embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty and environmental degradation to leave their homelands.”

Respond with meaning

Communities can respond to Pope Francis’ invitation by commemorating National Migration Week from January 7-14. National Migration Week is a chance to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants—including immigrants, refugees and survivors of human trafficking. It is a special opportunity for the Church in the United States to live out the Share the Journey campaign, a global effort to show love and honor the dignity of our migrant and refugee neighbors.

Get resources

Visit sharejourney.org to download Justice for Immigrants’ National Migration Week toolkit, including sample petitions and ideas to engage your community.

Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

Today the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, religious. She was the daughter of Andrew II, King of Hungary, and wife of Duke Louis IV of Thuringia. She is famous for her great kindness and inexhaustible charity towards the poor and the sick. November 19 is the feast day of St. Elizabeth of Hungary in the Extraordinary Form.

To learn more, you can go to:

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2017-11-17

Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

Today the dioceses in the United States celebrate the memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin. St. Cabrini is the first United States citizen to be canonized.  She was born in Lombardy, Italy, one of thirteen children. She came to America as a missionary, founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to care for poor children in schools and hospitals.  To learn more go to: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2017-11-13

 

Support the Fortnight for Freedom 2017

To learn more about how you can join in prayer to protect and preserve our religious freedom read the corresponding article in the June 13th edition of the Catholic Herald on page 2 or go  to:  http://www.archgh.org/resources/fortnight-for-freedom/

 

Saint Boniface Saint of the Day for June 5

St. Boniface’s story can be found at https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-boniface/

Prayer of St. Boniface

Eternal God, the refuge and help of all your children,
we praise you for all you have given us,
for all you have done for us,
for all that you are to us.
In our weakness, you are strength,
in our darkness, you are light,
in our sorrow, you are comfort and peace.
We cannot number your blessings,
we cannot declare your love:
For all your blessings we bless you.
May we live as in your presence,
and love the things that you love,
and serve you in our daily lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.