On the liturgical (Church) calendar we return to Ordinary time and the familiar green color. Ordinary Time is called "ordinary" because the weeks are numbered. The Latin word
, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word
, from which we get the English word
. Thus, Ordinary Time is in fact the ordered life of the Church—the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent), but in watchfulness and expectation of the Second Coming of Christ.
Lord as I start a new week please help me through and I ask that you stand before me, behind me and to each side of me.
Guide me in all my decisions and aid me in making the right choices for myself as well as others that I am responsible for. May this week bring me closer to you in every way!
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Gracious God, please pour your love upon those who have asked to be remembered in our prayers:
Family of Peggy Zajdel –
Mother of Brother Knight Jim Zajdel as they mourn her passing. May God comfort them in their sorrow.
Family of John Vermeulen
– Father of Gruenert staff Kathy, who passed away this weekend. Jesus, remember him when he comes into your kingdom. (Lk 23:42)
George Crossen –
Resident of the Giuliano House for a return to health.
Christian Lavorgna –
Son of CARE volunteer Ed Lavorgna
May he regain strength and health
- Mother in law of Lourdes Torres. With prayers for perpetual light and eternal rest.
– Friend of volunteer Anna Philhower, for strength and healing as she battles with pancreatic cancer
– For healing
Charlie Raab & Jim Daugherty
- Heavenly Father May You place Your Healing Hands upon our brothers who both have throat cancer.
- Brother-in-law of resident Peter Solensky. May he find comfort and strength from our Lord as he undergoes treatment for cancer.
Jean Craig –
wife of volunteer Bob Craig, as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer.
– During these difficult times. May God come to her assistance and provide comfort.
Robert Konowich –
Uncle of Jake Ferguson. We pray for your healing hand to rest upon Robert and bring him back to wholeness and strength. We pray this with gratitude for protecting his life.
- Mother of Gruenert staff member Lisa Beasley. May the Lord give her strength in body, courage in spirit, and patience in suffering.
- Brother of Julie Tatti. For strength and courage as he deals with cancer. May God’s healing presence surround him.
- grant him the grace and strength to accept the burden of cancer.
- husband of Barnet House volunteer Nina. That his ear is healed and he gets his hearing back.
James Ondimu Ochoki
– For healing for this beloved father, grandfather, father in-law, brother in-law, and uncle to many.
- May the Lord grant consolation and recovery to health.
- May the love of God, family and friends sustain him as he undergoes dialysis 3 days a week.
- a young man of 23 whose lungs are not in good condition, may God draw him near as his final hours approach and for comfort for his loving family.
For peace, justice and hope in our world.
May God bless our staff, residents, friends, volunteers and benefactors.
May he turn his face toward you and give you peace.
– Father of Gruenert staff Kathy
Peggy Zajdel –
Mother of Brother Knight Jim Zajdel
Jack Straus –
Beloved member of the DPD family
– Mother of Joanne Rossi
January 8 - Epiphany -
commonly known as Three Kings’ Day marks a visit to the baby Jesus by The Magi, (the three Kings, or Wise Men). The word 'Epiphany' comes from Greek and means 'manifestation'. It celebrates 'the revelation of God in his Son as human in Jesus Christ'.
January 9 – The Baptism of the Lord
On this day the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord. The Church recalls Our Lord's second manifestation or epiphany which occurred on the occasion of His baptism in the Jordan. It is this day that also marks
So if you have been wondering ‘why and how much longer’ we will be singing Christmas carols in churches with manger scenes still on display, the answer is as of today, it is finished. We now forge ahead in to the ordinary, the regular marked passing of time.
St. Hilary of Poitiers Doctor of the Church -
Born: 315 Died:368
Hilary was born into a rich and well to do family who, like many people of the time, were pagans and believed in many gods. Hilary's studies made him realize that there could only be one God who is eternal, all-powerful and good. He took it upon himself to read the Bible. By the time he finished, he was completely converted to Christianity and was baptized. Eventually he even became a bishop. During his life he wrote many books teaching the people about the faith. His books are used by the Church even today. That is why he is called a Doctor of the Church.