Resources for the Fifth Week of Ordinary Time, the National Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking, and More!
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• This informative video provides a quick overview on the problem of human trafficking during this week of special prayer for freedom and healing of victims and survivors of human trafficking. Download this MP4 file and post it on your parish website or share it in a social media post. It also makes an excellent discussion starter for presentations about human trafficking. This free weekly resource is available to myUSCCB members and nonmembers.
Exclusively for myUSCCB members:
• On Sunday, February 8, share this prayer asking for the intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita on behalf of victims and survivors of human trafficking and other forms of slavery. Feature this prayer in your bulletin or in a social media post. Also available in Spanish!
• From Ash Wednesday (February 18) to Easter (April 5), a place in the home should be set aside for prayer. Distribute this prayer as a bulletin insert or flier to encourage a greater emphasis on family prayer during the upcoming Lenten season.
• As the Year of Consecrated Life continues, check out these suggestions for dioceses, parishes, and families to foster vocations to consecrated life in a convenient one-page format. Use this resource as a discussion starter to plan how your Catholic community will participate.
• This week, we celebrate St. Scholastica whose feast day is February 10. Scholastica is the patron saint of women religious and the sister of St. Benedict. Use this feature in bulletins, newsletters, websites, and in social media posts.
• This week, Paulist Father Larry Rice provides advice on how Catholics can prepare themselves for hospitalization in an era when many health care facilities do not have full-time Catholic chaplains. Use this brief article in bulletins, newsletters, on parish websites, and in social media posts.
• What is human trafficking and what has the Church said about it? Use this article as a bulletin insert for catechesis, and to educate outreach volunteers on the topic.
• This week’s shareable image portrays the pain and desperation of a victim of human trafficking in a photo illustration of a young woman with a message of hope from the Lord through the prophet Ezekiel. Also available in Spanish!
• A bride and groom with a quote from 1 Corinthians (Use for National Marriage Week, February 7-14)
• An image of St. Josephine Bakhita (Feast day is February 8)
• Pope Francis anoints a hospitalized man (Use on February 11 for the World Day of the Sick)
• Spanish text also available!
• Fr. John Crossin reflects on the newsworthy topics of race relations and justice in the United States and ecumenical efforts to address them. Check it out here.