Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016
NB: Due to weather related issues, the lecture on Thursday, January 21 will be given by Fr. Walter Wagner, O.P., and the Afternoon of Recollection will be postponed until May 14, 2016, the Vigil of Pentecost.
God wills the Church, because he wills unity, and unity is an expression of the whole depth of his agape. … To believe in Christ means to desire unity; to desire unity means to desire the Church; to desire the Church means to desire the communion of grace which corresponds to the Father’s plan from all eternity (St. John Paul II, Ut unum sint, §9)
The Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena will host the following special events and liturgies during the 2016 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18–25):
Tuesday, 1/19, 7 pm (St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Hall): Parish Study
“St. Vincent Ferrer, St. Catherine of Siena, and the Great Western Schism” — Fr. Innocent Smith, o.p.
Wednesday, 1/20, 7:30 pm (Church of St. Vincent Ferrer): Holy Hour for Christian Unity (Meditation on John 17 by Fr. Walter Wagner, o.p.)
Thursday, 1/21, 7 pm (Church of St. Catherine of Siena): Lecture on Christian Unity
“That The World May Believe: Christian Unity and Evangelization” — Dr. Christopher Ruddy (Catholic University of America)
Fr. Walter Wagner, O.P. will speak on unity and evangelization
Friday, 1/22 (both churches, all Masses): Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
Saturday, 1/23: (Church of St. Catherine of Siena): Day of Prayer for Christian Unity
NB: Due to upcoming weather conditions, this event is now rescheduled for May 14, 2016.
12 pm: Solemn Mass Celebrated according to the Anglican Ordinariate Divine Worship: The Missal Music by the Schola Dominicana of Saint Catherine’s (James D. Wetzel, Choirmaster) Collegium Regale Communion Service – Howells All wisdom cometh from the Lord – Moore Sing, O heav’ns – Amner 1 pm: Refreshments 2 pm: “More an Mere Words: Anglicans and the Journey to Christian Unity” — Fr. James Bradley (Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham) 3 pm: “Unity and Diversity in the Liturgy” — Fr. Innocent Smith, o.p. 4 pm: Eucharistic Adoration 4:30 pm Evensong Mass and Evensong will be celebrated according Divine Worship, a liturgical form authorised by the Holy See that draws on the richness of the Anglican liturgical patrimony
Monday, 1/25: 6 pm (Church of St. Vincent Ferrer): Closing Mass for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity