Archive for January, 2012

Mon., Jan. 23rd: Day of Eucharistic Adoration

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Sunday, Januray 22nd is the 39th Anniversary of the final decision of Supreme Court in the case of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.  Monday, January 23, 2012 has been designated by our Bishops as a day of penance and reparation for the sin of abortion and a day of prayer for the legal protection of unborn children.

On Monday at St. Mary Church in Salem, following the 8:15am Holy Mass, the Most Holy Sacrament will be exposed for the adoration of the faithful, with Benediction at 2:30pm.  All are encouraged to spend some time in prayer before our Lord, both in reparation for the sin of abortion and all sins against the sanctity of human life as well as beseeching Him for the legal protection of the unborn and most vulerable.

January 18th through 25th: Chair of Unity Octave/Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Since 1908, a period of eight days (January 18th through 25th, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul) has been set apart for the express purpose of seeking “that unity which was prayed for by Christ Himself.” This was the inspiration given by God to Father Paul Wattson. Fr. Paul, along with Mother Lurana White, founded, within the Episcopal Church, the Franciscan Society of the Atonement in Graymoor, New York. Father Paul, who converted to Roman Catholicism along with Mother Lurana in 1909, considered the Octave the greatest project which came from Graymoor, and even though it was overshadowed by the less-specific “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” during his own lifetime, he rejoiced that those separated from the Catholic Church felt called to observe the January period as a time of prayer for unity.  The Octave, as originally conceived by Father Paul and approved by Pope St. Pius X, reflects the unchanging truth that there can be no real unity apart from union with that Rock, established by Christ Himself, which is Peter and his successors. The traditional prayers and daily intentions as set by Father Paul Wattson are as follows: