JANUARY 23 Mon USA: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
[USA: Saint Vincent, Deacon and Martyr; USA: Saint Marianne Cope, Virgin]
5 Heb 9:15, 24-28/Mk 3:22-30
24 Tue St Francis de Sales, Bishop Doctor Heb 10:1-10/Mk 3:31-35
25 Wed Conversion of St Paul Apostle Feast Acts 22:3-16 or Acts 9:1-22/Mk 16:15-18
26 Thu Sts Timothy and Titus, Bishops Memorial 2 Tm 1:1-8 or Tit 1:1-5 /Mk 4:21-25
27 Fri Weekday [Saint Angela Merici, Virgin] Heb 10:32-39/Mk 4:26-34
28 Sat St Thomas Aquinas, Priest Doctor Memorial Heb 11:1-2, 8-19/Mk 4:35-41
29 SUN 4TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Zep 2:3; 3:12-13/1 Cor 1:26-31/Mt 5:1-12A
The Conversion of St. Paul (January 25) and his two disciples, Timothy and Titus (January 26). What would our church be without them? During the Octave for Church Unity we pray that God give a converting grace to all the Christian churches that they become the one church Jesus prayed for.
St. Francis de Sales ( Jan 24) was a great communicator when a fractured Europe needed communication. He the patron of publishers; would he be interested in the internet today? St. Thomas Aquinas (Jan 27) is one of the great teachers of the Church.
Two women saints this week are reminders of what women have done in the church. St. Angela Merici (Jan 27)began a community to teach children. Big need today. St Maryanne Cope (Jan 23) was a American nun who, after founding two hospitals in upstate New York, served lepers in Hawaii.
January 23 is also a day of prayer in the United States for the legal protection of unborn children. A major issue in society today.