Second week in Ordinary Time
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Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
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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.
JoAnn McMinn –
as she grieves the loss of her husband. May she find consolation in friends and family.
Lori Burton –
May you Fill her heart with your comfort, Fill her body with your strength and her everyday with your rest.
- 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.
Rich McGinn –
Husband of Gruenert Center staff member JoAnn McGinn
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 18 –
Martin Luther King Day
We remember the gentle, patient courage of Dr. King, as he made the teachings of Jesus the literal rule for loving: refusing the temptation to render an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth but rendering instead good for evil; nonviolently offering the other cheek to those who, blinded by hate, taunted and loving those who chose to be his enemies and persecutors; following his Lord in showing the greatest love of all by laying down his life for others. Lord, give us the courage to live by what we say we believe and to accept the teachings of Christ as codes of conduct rather than mere words of inspiration.
January 21- Feast of Saint Agnes – Patron Saint of Girls
Not much is known about St. Agnes who lived during the last half of third century except that she was very young—12 or 13—when she was martyred. Legend has it that Agnes was a beautiful girl whom many young men wanted to marry. Among those she refused, one reported her to the authorities for being a Christian. She was arrested and confined to a house of prostitution. The legend continues that a man who looked upon her lustfully lost his sight and had it restored by her prayer. Agnes was condemned, executed and buried near Rome in a catacomb that eventually was named after her.
There is a long standing tradition among some cultures that on the eve of Saint Agnes, January 20, a young girl could learn of her future husband. For example, in England a girl would take sprigs of thyme and of rosemary, sprinkled them three times with water, put one on each side of her bed, and then recited: “Saint Agnes, who’s to lovers kind - Come ease the trouble of my mind.”
She would then see in her dreams the face of her future husband.
January 22 – Day of Prayer for Protection of the Unborn
The over 56 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.” The annual March for Life in Washington D.C. will be held on this day drawing hundreds and thousands of peaceful protesters seeking to raise awareness of this issue and its impact on the mother, the father, as well as the unborn child.
Rachel's Vineyard weekends for healing after abortion are in our diocese. Married couples, mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings of aborted children, as well as persons who have been involved in the abortion industry have come to Rachel's Vineyard in search of peace and inner healing. The weekend is a lot of work but yields a fruitful harvest for all who are willing to labor there. To learn more please contact:
Project Rachel: (973) 777-8818 ext. 269. All calls are confidential.