Dear Parish Family,
“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” ~John F. Kennedy
Remember to call the office by 4:00 today to make your Mass reservations.
NOVENA FOR LIFE: This Novena is offered each year by the bishops of the United States for the respect and protection of every human life. Each day, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information. You can find the daily prayers here and/or have them emailed to you daily (the national novena actually starts this Thursday, January 21st):
I will also provide the daily prayers here:
DAY 1 –
May the tragic practice of abortion end.
Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be
At every stage and in every circumstance, we are held in existence by God’s love. The presence of an illness, disability, or other challenging situation never diminishes the value of a human life. God does not call us to perfection of appearance or abilities, but to perfection in love. Christ invites us to embrace our own lives and the lives of others as true gifts.
Abortion tragically rejects the truth that every life is a good and perfect gift, deserving protection. This violent practice ends the life of a human being at its very beginning and horribly wounds all those involved. But Christ came that we “might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10), taking on human flesh for the sake of our redemption. May our culture experience the power of God’s transforming love, that all eyes may be opened to the incredible beauty of every human life.
Acts of Reparation
- Take a break from television and movies today. Consider spending
some of that time praying with today’s reflection.
- Pray the short prayer “Every Life is Worth Living,” reflecting on the gift of human life. (Also available to order or download.)
Heavenly Father, thank you
for the precious gift of life.
Help us to cherish and protect
this gift, even in the midst of
fear, pain, and suffering.
Give us love for all people,
especially the most vulnerable, and help us bear witness to the truth that every life is worth living.
Grant us the humility to accept help
when we are in need,
and teach us to be merciful to all.
Through our words and actions, may others encounter the outstretched hands of Your mercy.
We ask this through
Christ, our Lord.
Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.
One Step Further
Abortion is frequently a topic in the news, political debates, and everyday conversations with family or friends. Because abortion can be a controversial and emotional issue in any arena, many of us may feel intimidated when the topic arises, not knowing what to say. Another Look at Abortion provides a basic overview and summarizes key points. This article will help you be better prepared to witness to the sanctity of human life.
Friday 2nd Week Ordinary
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
January 22, 2021
First Reading: Hebrews 8:6-13
Now our high priest has obtained so much more excellent a ministry as he is mediator of a better covenant, enacted on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second one. But he finds fault with them and says:
the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will conclude a new covenant with
the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the
covenant I made with their fathers
the day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt; for they did not stand by my covenant and I ignored them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant I will establish with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds and I will write them upon their hearts. I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach, each one his fellow citizen and kin, saying, “Know the Lord,” for all shall know me, from least to greatest. For I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sins no more.
When he speaks of a “new” covenant, he declares the first one obsolete. And what has become obsolete and has grown old is close to disappearing.
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 85:8 ,10, 11-12, 13-14
Kindness and truth shall meet.
Show us, O LORD, your mercy,
and grant us your salvation.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
R. Kindness and truth shall meet.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
R. Kindness and truth shall meet.
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and salvation, along the way of his steps.
R. Kindness and truth shall meet.
Gospel: Mark 3:13-19
went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He
appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles, that they might be with him and
he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out
demons: He appointed the Twelve:
Simon, whom he named Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.
[Jesus] appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles, that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. Mark 3:13-19
Jesuit Father James Martin is editor-at-large of “America” Magazine and the author of several best-selling books, including “The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, Jesus: A Pilgrimage”and “My Life With the Saints.” In an interview on the NPR program “On Being,” Father Martin was asked about his vocation to the priesthood. But he made this important point:
“Everyone has a vocation. The most fundamental vocation is to become the person whom God created. And it’s both the person you already are and the person God calls you to be . . . A vocation is your deepest identity, [whether] being called to married life, or being a lawyer, or a teacher . . . I believe that your deepest desires, the things that you’re drawn to, the person you’re called to be, are really God’s desires for you.”
As Jesus called the Twelve who would be his Apostles, Jesus calls us to the work of making the Kingdom of God a reality. That call, as Father Martin has found, is discerned in whatever life we find joy and fulfillment, in whatever work we do in which we experience the satisfaction of contributing something positive to the common good. Our response to our vocation can be realized as parents, as students, as neighbors, as parishioners; we can live our call to “apostleship” in our homes, schools, offices or construction sites.
To follow Jesus is to understand that we have been called by God to realize his Kingdom in the time and place we are, in the work that give our lives a sense of meaning and purpose.
Spouse or single person, lawyer or builder, teacher or cook, clerk or student, God has called us all to the vocation of revealing his presence in the holy integrity of our lives.
Lord Jesus, help us to respond to your call to be Apostles in our time and place, within our parishes and communities. May our everyday kindnesses to one another and quiet offerings of comfort and support make us your Church: a community dedicated to your justice and compassion.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I
believe that You are present
in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
I ask You to come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You, trusting that you are already there and I unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.