National Marriage Week is February 7-14, 2018. “The upcoming observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 11) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family.” For more information go to: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/national-marriage-week.cfm
Today’s first reading is again about Jonah. At first, he ran away from God’s call. Today, we hear how he listened and answered God’s call. To what are you being called? Do you embrace God’s call or run from it? Why not watch Bishop Barron’s video on Intentional Discipleship. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aO0H0Cdn3C4
“The Respect Life Program begins anew each year on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October. The program is highlighted in liturgies and marked by special events. The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities publishes new materials each year to call attention to numerous human life issues. These materials are especially helpful for priests, parish groups, schools, and other organizations.” For these materials and more information visit the USCCB website. It can be found at : http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/respect-life-program/index.cfm
Pray with us to Our Lady of Sorrows:
O most holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and death of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion, and awaken in my heart a tender commiseration for those sufferings, as well as a sincere detestation of my sins, in order that being disengaged from all undue affection for the passing joys of this earth, I may sigh after the eternal Jerusalem, and that henceforward all my thoughts and all my actions may be directed towards this one most desirable object. Honor, glory, and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and to the holy and immaculate Mother of God. Amen.
To read more about John the Baptist visit the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia website: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08486b.htm
World Meeting of Families Catechesis Series
The USCCB is excited about the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) being held in Philadelphia in September 2015. We are presenting a series of short articles focused on the WMOF Catechesis Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive and its implications for our daily lives. We will follow the timing suggested by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by exploring one theme each month leading up to the World Meeting.
For more information go to: http://www.marriageuniqueforareason.org/category/world-meeting-of-families/
We are now two weeks into Lent. Is your Lenten Journey bringing you closer to Christ? Are you ready to become the person God created you to be? To read Pope Francis’ Lenten message go to…http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/lent/documents/papa-francesco_20141004_messaggio-quaresima2015.html