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Written by Sherry Curp   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 19:31

The Diocese of Lansing, Michigan just started a Year of Prayer, to coincide with and complement the Year of Faith. See This is the prayer the Bishop of Lansing has directed to be recited at every Mass in the diocese during this year:

Let us pray that every person within
the Catholic Diocese of Lansing
will come to know and love our Lord Jesus Christ
in a personal way,
grow in maturity as a disciple of Christ,
become actively engaged in the full life of the Church,
and joyfully utilize his or her gifts
for building up the Kingdom of God
and the salvation of souls.

A talk by Deacon Dan Foley introducing the Year of Prayer is here.

The Bishop of Lansing has also promulgated a pastoral letter: Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord.

I have not yet had time to read it in detail, but I want to recommend it, and Deacon Foley's introductory talk, to anyone who would like to see what an attempt at a diocese-wide embrace of the New Evangelization can look like. I especially appreciate the pastoral wisdom that recognizes that any such effort must begin with sustained communal prayer.

Some excerpts:

Until we have encountered Jesus at a deep and personal level, at a heart level, our engagement in the life of his bride, the Church, will remain quite limited. … Jesus calls us his friends. Friendship is built on communicating with one another. Prayer is communicating and so we need to pray….

We also need to pray because the task ahead is daunting. In begging God’s help, we acknowledge that what we cannot do ourselves can be accomplished by the grace of God.

So as we say at Mass, “Let us pray.” As a diocese, let us join in a long Year of Prayer, starting on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, and ending on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. This time frame coincides with the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Lansing on Aug. 4, 1937, and the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the patroness of our diocese and our cathedral, dedicated on that date in 1913.

We also will join the universal Church which has been called to a Year of Faith by Pope Benedict XVI, beginning Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, and concluding on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. This period also includes the Ordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome during October 2012 (the 50th anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council) when the bishops will advise the Holy Father on the theme of the new evangelization.

… I invite all of our parishes, schools and agencies, our houses of consecrated men and women, and all families and individuals to pray that all of us in the Household of Faith will become friends with Jesus and a community of witnesses to the world.


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