On Monday, January 21, our parish is hosting "Stop Human Trafficking: Efforts to Keep our Kid Safe" at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall. As we approach this date, please pray this prayer for those who suffer as trafficked persons, as well as refugees, migrants, and others who seek safety from horrific conditions.
At our January Faith Formation gatherings, we learned about the liturgical year of the Catholic Church. We also learned that every Sunday of the Church year is "a little Easter," where we reflect on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus -- the Paschal Mystery. Here is a short article about the Paschal Mystery and what it means for our lives.
To learn more about the liturgical year, visit the liturgical year page on United States Catholic bishops' website.
The longest portion of the liturgical year is the season of Ordinary Time. To explore the meaning of this anything but ordinary season, click here.
Monday, January 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dr. King advocated for the rights and dignity of all human beings. While many of us are very familiar with his story and his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, we may not know what a deeply prayerful life he lived. Read this article to learn more about Dr. King's spirituality and to be inspired to enrich our own prayer lives.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day calls us all to a National Day of Service. Let us not make it only one day, but let us seek out ways to help the marginalized all year round. Additionally, let us not forget that direct assistance is only one way to address needs. We must also find our voices to advocate for those in need, in order to change the systems that cause them to be on the margins.