First week in Ordinary Time
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On the liturgical (Church) calendar we return to Ordinary time. Ordinary Time is called "ordinary" because the weeks are numbered. The Latin word ordinalis, which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word ordo, from which we get the English word order. 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. Green is the color used to signify this time between liturgical seasons.
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Gracious God, please pour your love upon those who have asked to be remembered in our prayers:
Residents of Barnet House -
as they mourn the passing of their beloved friend / family member Mabel.
Mr. McMinn –
husband of Gruenert Center staff JoAnn McMinn
may he be embraced by God’s healing love.
- Cousin of volunteer Camille Aveni, was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. May he find consolation in God’s loving presence and for the doctors treating him.
– Resident of the Barnet House as he mourns the loss of his sister. May he find comfort in God’s love.
Sr. Emily McMullen -
friend of Sister Joan Gercke, for her recovery from a recent stroke
Ellen Sharkey –
for a quick recovery from her injury. May she be surrounded by God’s healing presence
John Mazzoni -
For your tender mercy during his time of illness and suffering.
James Ondimu Ochoki
– For healing for this beloved father, grandfather, father in-law, brother in-law, and uncle to many.
- 6th grader from Sparta for recovery from surgery and return to strength and health.
– Cousin of Cheryl Slate, for strength in suffering and return to health
May the Lord grant consolation and recovery to health.
Father of Debbie McCarthy from the Gruenert Center. For a return to health.
– as she seeks to discern the work she is being called to
Chuck Emering –
Brother of Kris Bulas
as he recovers from his injuries. For patience and endurance during his healing.
- May the love of God, family and friends sustain him as he undergoes dialysis 3 days a week.
- For strength and comfort as she undergoes treatment for breast cancer
Patrick Powis –
Father of Art Powis
for comfort, strength and courage as he faces his illness
- 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.
Rosa Bascietto –
Mother of Joanne Rossi. That the love and respect of her family helps to sustain her and bring her joy.
– Son of volunteer Barbara Mahler, may God watch over him during his illness
Sister of Julie Tatti for strength in suffering and improvement in health
For peace, justice and hope in our world.
Mabel Robbins –
Resident of the Barnet House
Desiree Forlenza –
longtime resident of the DPD- Alexander House
Roseann Majuri –
Sister of David Quinn of the Barnet House.
January 10 – 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.