Christian Unity Week: January 18-25
We live in a world marked by diversity in language, culture, and even climate. We express faith in diverse ways. Celebrating this diversity, we are nonetheless faithful to Christ's call for the unity of his Church.
Annually Christians everywhere during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will gather together throughout the world in prayerful communion with Jesus Christ in prayer, that they may be one" (John 17:21). This annual celebration unites Churches in the common quest for Christian unity. This special week was first observed in 1908 and continues to be celebrated annually from January 18-25.
This year our scriptural theme comes from the Gospel of John where Jesus says to the Samaritan woman at the well, "Give me a drink." In our quest for Christian unity Jesus gives us the living water we need for the journey. Please join us again as we pray and work for the communion of all, joining our prayer to that of the Lord Jesus Christ. "that all may be one" (John 17:21).
Today's bulletin contains some simple questions to help us prayerfully reflect upon a biblical theme for each day. This week, take the time to explore what the different aspects of Christian unity, and what it means in the lives of one another, and for our world today.
This Thursday, January 22nd is acknowledged as Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Let us remember in our prayers the precious gift of life and creation within the womb of a mother.
We pray for parents awaiting the birth of their child. May God bless and guide them in the role and responsibilities.
I went to Northwestern hospital a few weeks ago to visit good friends of mine, Dino and Grace Pastore, who celebrated the recent arrival of their new born son, Dino Orlando Pastore. They graciously let me hold their baby that was born only 12 hours ago. My heart was rapidly pounding as they placed him in my arms. I'm not that good with infants.
When you hold a baby, you know that God is real. You marvel at the miracle of life before you. In a funny and sacred way, it felt like the baby was actually holding me.
May God Give Them Eternal Rest
We celebrated the wonderful journey of faith taken by two of our life-long parishioners. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Larry Morrissey, Sr. and Helen Buddenbaum. Larry died at the age of 78, and Helen lived to be 100. Both had a great love for the Lord.
Yes, God is there as we experience the circle of life!