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January 15, 2017. Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

News and Notes:  You might keep three special intentions in your prayers this coming week.  On Monday, January 16, our nation will observe the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., so prayers for an end to racial discrimination would be fitting.  From Wednesday, January 18, through Wednesday, January 25, Catholics will join other Christians around the world in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  During this week we pray that with the wise guidance and powerful assistance of the Holy Spirit, the divisions among Christian denominations would be resolved and the visible fractures within the Body of Christ would be healed so that we would all be completely one in the Lord Jesus. Finally, next Monday, January 23, we will celebrate the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn on the 44th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion in our country.  This day beckons us to give thanks to God for the precious gift of life, and to pray for greater reverence for the sanctity of life in all its stages and stronger legal protection for unborn children.  May our gracious God hear and answer these and all our prayers according to his saving will. 

Blessings to all of you in the week ahead!

 

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