Happy New Year! This weekend we close the chapter of 2023 and look with great hope for the possibilities to come in 2024. The coming year will be marked by many Moments of Grace. Is your Church of the Home ready to recognize and embrace those moments? How about moments of prayer?
After the year devoted to reflecting on the documents and studying the fruits of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis has proposed that 2024 should be marked as a year dedicated to prayer. This year of prayer is to prepare us for the Jubilee Year of Hope in 2025.
While the Year of Prayer officially began on December 3rd, we embrace the turning of the calendar year as a hallmark to reflect and grow in our prayer life. What better resolution can you make for 2024 than to grow closer to God through prayer.
Every Church of the Home is encouraged to reflect on their life of prayer: what they pray, how they pray and why they pray. This is for two reasons:
To encourage a deepening of prayer life and love of God;
For each of us to help at least one other person to pray during the Year of Prayer.
There are numerous ways to pray. Not one way fits everyone. This year, explore the different prayer types and discover how each member of your Church of the Home prefers to pray.
A new ‘Pause for Prayer’ video resource has been launched from the Archdiocese of Birmingham in England to accompany all on the Year of Prayer journey.
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Each year, the Church celebrates the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on New Year’s Day, January 1.
While it is a holy day of obligation most years, in 2024 it will not be a holy day of obligation, but all are invited to celebrate this important solemnity.
The solemnity of Mary, Mother of God dates back to the earliest days of the Church. It is also recognized as the Octave, or eighth day of Christmas. As the Second Vatican Council stated, “Clearly from earliest times the Blessed Virgin is honored under the title of Mother of God.”
The fact that it falls on the first day of the year is a beautiful means the Church gives us to usher in the New Year and bring honor to Our Lady.
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READINGS FOR THIS WEEKEND’S MASSES
VIRTUALLY SUNDAY REFLECTION
This is the time of the year when we are given the chance to choose anew. What does it look like to choose the new dawn of possibility? Hint: it has something to do with love. Join Steve as he reflects on this weekend's scripture.
This Weekend's Bulletin
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The Parish Lyceum will feature a variety of topics, guidelines, and relevant information to nurture the PIESS of our lives – physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and social.
Newest Member in our Family of Faith
Ruby and Res
Ruby isn't sure if she's meeting Baby New Year or just Nicholas. Either way, she wishes everyone a Happy New Year and not to be apprehensive of the year to come!