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.
Visit sharejourney.org to download Justice for Immigrants’ National Migration Week toolkit, including sample petitions and ideas to engage your community.
Great tool—Had to share! “In 2000 the National Conference for Catechetical Leaders commissioned a series of twelve articles to explore central themes from the General Directory for Catechesis. In 2015, the NCCL Evangelization Committee invited twelve catechetical leaders to revisit the original twelve articles and offer contemporary reflections on the original themes. Throughout the first half of 2016 we will be presenting the original article with the 2016 article. We invite you to share your reflections on both articles in the Comment Section after the articles.” http://www.21stcenturycatholicevangelization.org/feature.html
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
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.
“St. Monica was married by arrangement to a pagan official in North Africa, who was much older than she, and although generous, was also violent tempered. His mother Lived with them and was equally difficult, which proved a constant challenge to St. Monica. She had three children; Augustine, Navigius, and Perpetua. Through her patience and prayers, she was able to convert her husband and his mother to the Catholic faith in 370. He died a year later. Perpetua and Navigius entered the religious Life. St. Augustine was much more difficult, as she had to pray for him for 17 years, begging the prayers of priests who, for a while, tried to avoid her because of her persistence at this seemingly hopeless endeavor. One priest did console her by saying, “it is not possible that the son of so many tears should perish.” This thought, coupled with a vision that she had received strengthened her. St. Augustine was baptized by St. Ambrosein 387. St. Monica died later that same year, on the way back to Africa from Rome in the Italian town of Ostia.” (Catholic Online)