Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25, 2021

Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit cf. John 15 : 5 – 9

Jan 18 · [ THEME ] Called by God: “ You did not choos e me but I chose you ” (Jn 15 : 16a)
† MEDITATE Gen 12:1-4 · The call of Abraham | Jn 1:35 -51 · The call of the first disciples

Jan 19 · Maturing Internally: “ Abide in me as I abide in you ” (Jn 15 : 4a)
† MEDITATE Eph 3:14-21 · May Christ dwell in our hearts | Lk 2:41 -52 · Mary treasured all these things

Jan 20 · Forming One Body: “ Love one another as I have loved you ” (Jn 15 : 12b)
† MEDITATE Col 3:12-17 · Clothe yourself with compassion | Jn 13:1 -15;34-35 · Love one another

Jan 21 · Praying Together: “ I do not call you servants any longer . . . but I have called you friends ” (Jn 15 : 15)
† MEDITATE Rom 8:26-27 · The Spirit helps us in our weakness | Lk 11:1 -4 · Lord, teach us to pray

Jan 22 · Letting One self be Transformed by the Word : “ You have already been pruned by the word … ” (Jn 15 : 3)
† MEDITATE Deut 30:11-20 · The word of God is very close to you | Mt 5:1 -12 · Blessed are you

Jan 23 · Welcoming Others: “ Go and bear fruit, fruit that will last ” (J n 15 : 16b)
† MEDITATE Gen 18:1-5 · Abraham hosts the angels | Mk 6:30 -44 · Jesus’ compassion for the crowds

Jan 24 · Growing in Unity: “ I am the vine , you are the branches ” (Jn 15 : 5a)
† MEDITATE 1 Cor 1:10-13;3:21-22 · Is Christ divided? | Jn 17:20 -23 · As you and I are one

Jan 25 · Reconciling with All of Creation: “ So that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete ” (Jn 15 : 11)
† MEDITATE Col 1:15-20 · In him all things hold together | Mt 4:30 -32 · As small as a mustard seed

 

http://www.christianunity.va/content/unitacristiani/en/settimana -di-preghiera -per-l-unita/en.html

 

 

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection
of the Unborn – January 22, 2021

Universal Prayer

For the legal protection of unborn children and for loving
support for their mothers before and after their births.

May all who suffer from participating in abortion turn
to God’s loving forgiveness.

For public servants: May God grant them the humility,
wisdom, and courage to defend all human life.

For our nation: May God unite us in peace and respect
for each other and reverence for all human life.

May friends and families of women with difficult
pregnancies provide loving, life-affirming support for
both mother and child.

 

Spirituality
R E F L E C T: On the Prologue of John · John 1:1-18
https://bible.usccb.org/bible/john/1

P R A Y:  The “9 Days for Life” Novena · January 21 – 29, 2021
https://www.usccb.org/resources/9-days-life-2021-novena-english

L E A R N:  From St. John Paul II · Encyclical Evangelium Vitae
https://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_25031995_evangelium-vitae.html

S U P P O R T:  The Gabriel Project of the Diocese of Arlington
https://helpforpregnantwomen.org/en/home

March For Life 2021
January 29th

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Seton Lake Ridge WILL NOT have a bus going to the March for Life this year.  

It will be the responsibility of individual marchers to provide his/her own transportation such as driving oneself or riding public transportation.

Seton Lake Ridge Parishioners who wish to march together should meet at 11:45am on the National Mall side of 12th St. & Madison.

Questions? Need more info? Email respectlife@setonlakeridge.org

 

Friday, January 29, 2021
Pre-Rally Concert with Matthew West:
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Rally Program:12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
March:1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Rose Dinner(virtual):7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For access to the Live Stream directly to your inbox, sign up here: https//p2a.co/Bla5nXt

Catholic Charities Ball 2021
Friday, February 5th

“By the Grace of God”

His Excellency, Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington
And the 2021 Ball Leadership, Invite you to Support our Neighbors in Need and View
“By the Grace of God”, A Video of Generosity and Service.
Which will premier in lieu of our traditional Ball onFriday, February 5, 2021

 All gifts benefit the tens of thousands of men, women and children served through Catholic Charities’ programs in the 21 counties and 7 cities of our Diocese.

The Ball is our largest annual fundraiser and we rely on your generosity to sustain our work of helping the less fortunate throught the year.
To donate click here

 

 

Walking with Moms in Need
A Year of Service

Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.

The 25th anniversary year of Evangelium vitae gives us a wonderful opportunity to assess, expand, and communicate resources to pregnant moms and families in need. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is inviting, parishes, through the support of their bishop and pastor, to join a nationwide effort, from March 25, 2020 to March 25, 2021, entitled “Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.”

For this Year of Service, the USCCB Pro-Life Committee is developing education, pastoral, and action-oriented resources for parish use, such as:

  • Tools for documenting an inventory of local resources for pregnant mothers in need
  • Ideas for improving parish responses
  • Prayers for building a culture of life and a civilization of love
  • Reflections on the teachings of Evangelium vitae, Evangeli guadium and Laudato si

During May, the month of Mary, we invite you to join your parish family in daily praying to our Blessed Mother on behalf of all mothers in need:

O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust. Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers facing difficulties.

Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers in need. Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion.

Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.

Amen.

 

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