World Day of Prayer for Vocations (This Sunday)

Just want to give you a heads up that this Sunday (April 17, 2016) is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

It is so important to pray for vocations. I am sure we all know that the Church needs more men and women in service to the Lord. As someone who spend a signficant amount of time discerning a religious vocation, I can attest that it is a beautiful and fulfilling life! I may not have had a vocation but I have never regretted my time with the Little Sisters.

And, if you are a parent, please be open to your child having a possible vocation. I was blessed to have parents who supported my decision to discern a vocation. However, during my time with the Little Sisters, I saw so many parents who disapproved (and actively opposed) their daughters’ vocation. This opposition caused a lot of pressure and angst that affected the women’s ability to truly discern God’s plan for them.

For information and prayers for vocations go here and here.

 

Saints and Feast Days in January 2016

I know I am putting this out extra early since it isn’t even Christmas yet; however, I am starting my yearly blogging break starting next week and I didn’t want to wait until January to put this up.

Thus, without further ado, here it goes:

Saints and Feast Days in January 2016

Image by SorbyPhoto (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

Saints and Feasts

January 1Mary, Mother of God (solemnity, holy day of obligation)

January 1: First Friday Devotions (optional)

January 2:  Sts. Basil & Gregory, priest (obligatory)

January 2: First Saturday Devotions (optional)

January 3: Epiphany observed in United States (solemnity)

January 4: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious (obligatory memorial)

January 5: St. John Neumann, bishop (obligatory memorial)

January 6: Official feast day for Epiphany  (Solemnity)

January 6: St Andre Bessette, religious (optional memorial)

January 7: St. Raymond of Pennafort, religious (optional memorial)

January 10: Baptism of the Lord (feast)

January 12: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, religious (optional memorial)

January 13: St. Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor of the church (optional memorial)

January 20: St. Fabian, pope and martyr (optional memorial)

January 20: St. Sebastian, martyr (optional memorial)

January 21: St. Agnes, martyrs, virgin and martyr (obligatory memorial)

January 22: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children (United States)

January 23: St. Vincent of Zaragossa, deacon and martyr (optional memorial)

January 23: St. Marianne Cope, Virgin (optional memorial)

 January 25: Conversion of Saint Paul (feast)

January 26: Sts. Timothy and Titus, bishops (obligatory memorial)

January 27: St. Angela Merici, religious (optional memorial)

January 28: St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Childhood of Jesus.

January 1: New Year’s Day

January 18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Tweetable: Saints and Feasts in January 2016

World Day of Prayer

“How many loaves have you?” Deuteronomy 8:7-10

Do you know about the Women’s World Day of Prayer? Until yesterday, I hadn’t. The WDP was started by a woman named Mary Ellen James in 1887 in response to the problems she saw new immigrants and other facing  in her day.

The World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical event, and its purpose to encourage woman to pray for each other and encourage one another. In particular, women are encouraged to pray for women in other countries and cultures. The World Day of Prayer is on the first Friday of March each year and is focused on a different country; this year being dedicated to praying for the people of Chili. (You can learn more about the World Day of Prayer here and here.)

So let us today pray for all join in for praying for all women, especially for the women of Chili!

(Linked to Fearless Friday.)