January 21-27

JANUARY 21 Mon Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr
Heb 5:1-10/Mk 2:18-22 (311)

22 Tue USA: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
Heb 6:10-20/Mk 2:23-28 (312)

23 Wed Weekday
[USA: Saint Vincent, Deacon and Martyr; USA: Saint Marianne Cope, Virgin]
Heb 7:1-3, 15-17/Mk 3:1-6 (313)

24 Thu Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Heb 7:25—8:6/Mk 3:7-12 (314)

25 Fri The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle
Acts 22:3-16 or 9:1-22/Mk 16:15-18 (519)

26 Sat Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops
2 Tm 1:1-8 or Ti 1:1-5 (520)/Mk 3:20-21 (316)

Neh 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10/1 Cor 12:12-30 or 12:12-14, 27/Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21 (69)

An interesting group of saints this week, starting with St. Agnes (January 21) , the brave young girl martyred at the beginning of the 4th century for going against the state. She’s a reminder of the power of women in our church and a wonderful example of the holiness young people can attain.

The Conversion of St. Paul (January 25) and his two disciples, Timothy and Titus (January 26). What would our church be without them? The Church Unity Octave begins today with prayers that God give a converting grace to the Christians churches that they become the one church Jesus prayed for.

St. Francis de Sales was a great communicator when a fractured Europe needed communication. Would he be interested in the internet today?

St Maryanne Cope was a American nun who, after founding two hospitals in upstate New York, served lepers in Hawaii. She reminds us of the heroic service women religious have given to the church in the United States and in the world.

January 22 is a day of prayer for the legal protection of unborn children. A major issue in society today.

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