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Oblates Daily Prayer February 29th, 2024

Every day the Oblate Community and Family in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales publish a short reflective morning prayer video, created by members. Please join in daily from where you are.



Visit their Youtube channel for more videos: https://www.youtube.com/@TheOblates 


Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh Visits Oblate Ministries in Sylhet February 28th, 2024

From Fr. Séamus P. Finn, OMI, Director of OMIUSA JPIC and OIP
(Originally Published at OMIUSA.ORG)

As you are aware, We have worked closely with Oblates  in Bangladesh for a number of years  and particularly in the Diocese of Sylhet, where Bejoy D’Cruze, OMI, was the founding Bishop, before he moved on to his present assignment as Archbishop of Dhaka.

The Oblates continue to have the number of ministries in the diocese and this posting yesterday reminded me of the vitality and energy that sustains their mission presence.

This celebration was on the occasion of visit to the diocese by the Apostolic Nuncio, Most Rev Kevin S. Randall, Bangladesh. – Fr. Séamus Finn, OMI

From the original post of Face book:

His Excellency Most Rev. Archbishop Kevin S. Randall, The Apostolic Nuncio to Bangladesh spent the last day in Sylhet, visiting Baluchor, Khadim, Caritas and Bishop House. Thank God and all who spent your energy for his safe and successful pastoral visit to Sylhet Catholic diocese. _ Fr. Soroj Costa, OMI


Take Action to Support Migrant Ministry under Threat February 26th, 2024

The Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing Annunciation House in El Paso, a network of migrant shelters that has been in operation for almost 50 years, and aims to shut it down. Paxton’s legal action appears to be part of a broader Republican push to target Catholic nonprofits serving migrants at the border amid an effort to make immigration a key 2024 election campaign issue.

Maryknoll’s Office for Global Concerns provides a way to show solidarity to Annunciation House and to send a message to the attorney general. Interested in more information, click here and here.

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VISIT THE WEBSITE TO TAKE ACTION: https://maryknollogc.org/action/join-us-solidarity-annunciation-house 


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Sacred Heart Church -Oakland, CA – Greenteam Sees Success February 26th, 2024

By Fr. Jack Lau, OMI, Sacred Heart Church -Oakland, CA – GreenTeam

Sacred Heart Green Team-Oakland in Feb. 2023; seeing the blight of litter on our streets and in our community realized, the solution “starts at home.” So, we began to chart how much trash we collected in front of our house or apartment. Each month we would tabulate those numbers and publicize it in our Church Bulletin.
 
We are elated and astonished to report that the Sacred Heart Green Team and parishioners removed 1,448 gallons of trash from our streets!
 
This “practice” of cleaning up our streets and community finds it strength in the quote from St. Martin de Porres: “Everything, even sweeping (even picking up trash from our streets), scraping vegetables, weeding a garden and waiting on the sick could be a prayer, if it were offered to God.
 
Imagine if every house of worship in our city could come together in this simple practice of mindfulness/prayer, while caring for “Our Common Home.” (“Lo’Eshe/Love Life-Oakland”)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2024 Lenten Resources February 21st, 2024

We invite you to join us this Lent to take actions to help preserve God’s great gift of Creation.

Our friends at Interfaith Power & Light, in partnership Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and EcoLatinos, have produced downloadable calendars that can be adapted for your community & with different actions you can take during Lent.

Invite your communities to distribute them as bulletin inserts during worship on an upcoming Sunday. Each year, these calendars go up on refrigerators and bulletin boards across communities, and open many conversations about environmental stewardship and climate action.
 
SAMPLE ACTION


Ways to eat for good

“Christians have fasted from meat during Lent for generations. Try eating vegetarian today and check out Oxfam’s Eat for Good resource online for other ways to use your fast to bless others”: bit.ly/eat4good



Visit their website to download the calendars:

 ipldmv.org/lent 


“May this season serve as a reminder of our interdependence and our call to care for our common home.”

 

 

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