“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” proclaims John the Baptist in today’s Gospel as Jesus comes to him to be baptized. We hear those words proclaimed again each Sunday when we are invited to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. Jesus, before he was led like a lamb to slaughter, shared his Body and Blood with his closest friends and asked that they continue to do this in his memory. We are indeed blessed to be called to this Eucharistic meal.
St. Bernardine’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner is coming. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 1st , 5:30 pm. to 8:00 pm. Our Spaghetti Dinner will be one more social event which gives us an opportunity to meet, eat, and have a good time. Please check the Chimes for more details.
Next week, our special collection supports the Church in Latin America. For many living in Latin America and the Caribbean, a rising secular culture, difficult rural terrain, and a shortage of ministers make it difficult for people to practice the faith. Your donations fund catechesis, marriage and family life programs, and seminarian formation so people grow closer to Christ. Please prayerfully consider supporting this collection to share your faith with our brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Thank you.
Some of you may have received a letter from Cardinal Cupich asking that you make a pledge to the 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal. The “church” part of the appeal will be organized in February. Please, respond as generously as you can.
Each year between the dates of January 18-25, Christians around the world are called to devote time to pray for unity among all Christians. We know that Jesus prayed for his disciples to remain one, as he and his Father are one, “that the world may believe” (John 17:21). Praying for Christian unity supports the task of evangelization, which is central to Renew My Church and one of the core priorities of the Second Vatican Council.
As we give thanks for all God’s blessings in the beginning of the New Year we ask for the gift of unity for all Christians and people of good will.
God bless you,