Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 19, 2021
Every year, between January 18 (the Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter) and January 25 (the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul), Christians around the world are invited to celebrate a week of prayer for the unity of all Christians, to reflect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and to share fellowship. This year’s theme, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses a call to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the church and the human family. During this week we, and indeed all Christians, are invited to reflect on what it means to be the people of God, and how we are called to proclaim and to respond to the acts of God in the world.
God of wisdom,
Grant us humility to hear Your voice, to receive Your call,
And to share Your dream for the unity of the Church.
Help us to be awake to the pain of disunity.
Where division has left us with hearts of stone,
may the fire of your Holy Spirit inflame our hearts.
Inspire us with the vision of being one in Christ, as He is one with You,
so that the world may believe that You have sent Him.
This we ask in Jesus’ name.
The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord - January 11, 2021
Yesterday the Church celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. A new year, and indeed a new life through baptism, calls each of us to stir up the spirit in our lives and to arise as children of God. At Mass on Sunday we renewed our baptismal promise to turn away from sin and live our lives according to the Gospel. Today, let us pray for continued transformation as we seek to follow Jesus in word and action.
Who, when baptized in the River Jordan and as the Holy Spirit descended upon Him,
Solemnly declared Him Your beloved Son,
Grant that your children by adoption, reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, may always be pleasing to You.
Grant, we pray, that we may be inwardly transformed through Christ to arise in faithfulness to Your will in our lives.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Welcome to our new online space to pray, reflect and journey together in faith! - January 4, 2011
The global pandemic we find ourselves living through today has, in many ways, changed the way we live our daily lives. It is easy to become discouraged and frustrated when we can’t do the things we want to do – and our faith is no exception. With limited capacities in our churches and restrictions on how we gather, we have to find new ways to connect with one another and celebrate the faith we share!
Hopefully, our Virtual Chapel will help us to do just that. Our Niagara Catholic Chaplaincy Team will fill this page with reflections and prayers to help us navigate our daily challenges and celebrations. In the column on the left you will find liturgical and prayer resources including livestreamed and recorded Masses and prayer services for students, staff, and families. To the right will be daily prayers, online retreats, and other resources to help you live out the liturgical year in your classroom or at home with your family.
Check back often for updates!
Be well and be blessed,
Niagara Catholic Board Chaplaincy Leader
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