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Pilgrim Year of Preparation- September 2018


1- World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation 

In light of his encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis recently instituted the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation to unite the world in caring for all forms of creation endowed by The Creator. In his letter announcing the day he says, "As Christians we wish to offer our contribution towards overcoming the ecological crisis which humanity is living through.  Therefore, first of all we must draw from our rich spiritual heritage the reasons which feed our passion for the care of creation, always remembering that for believers in Jesus Christ, the Word of God who became man for us, 'the life of the spirit is not dissociated from the body or from nature or from worldly realities, but lived in and with them, in communion with all that surrounds us.' (ibid., 216)." Read the full letter here. Find prayers, hymns, and liturgy on care for creation here.

3 – Anniversary of Beatification of Blessed Laura Vicuna

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One of the patrons of WYD Rio (2013). See St. John Paul II's homily at her beatification here.

5 – Feast of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

One of the patrons of WYD Sydney (2008); patron of the poor. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI called her an exemplary model of Christian virtue.

7 – Labor Day

Read the USCCB’s Labor Day Statements on our website, and learn about the dignity of working men and women. Pray for those without jobs, and pray for your own work and vocation in life.

7 – Feast of St. Melchoir Grodziecki

Patron of Archdiocese of Katowice and Diocese of Bielsko-Zywiec, both in Poland. Read about his life here.

8 – Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary scdc-stella-maris-small

In Poland, celebrated as the birthday feast of Our Lady, Queen of Poland. Read Pope Pius XII's encyclical in regards to the Marian Year to commemorate the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

9 – Feast of Blessed Maria de la Cabeza

One of the patrons of WYD Madrid (2011)

10-19 – Anniversary of St. John Paul II’s 1987 Visit to the United States of America

St. John Paul II visited Miami, Columbia SC, New Orleans, San Antonio, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Monterey CA, San Francisco, and Detroit for this ten-day visit to the United States of America in 1987. Read St. John Paul II's homily given at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on September 18, 1987.

11 – Remembrance Day

We remember and pray for the victims of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, their families, and the conversion of heart of those who committed the attacks. Pray also for peace in our time. The USCCB compiled reflections from various community members on the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Clergy and parishioners assist one anotheras a large cross is transferred from one person to another during the Stations of the Cross in Reparation for Abortion, an annual Good Friday procession in Rochester, N.Y. CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier

14 – Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross

Pray for those who have carried and been inspired by the World Youth Day cross since 1984, which continues to travel from Rome through each World Youth Day host country in preparation for the international pilgrimage. One of the original World Youth Day crosses can be found at Centro San Lorenzo (the International Youth Center) at the Vatican in Rome.

18– Feast of St. John of Dukla

One of the patrons of Poland and Lithuania. Read about St. John Paul II's own pilgrimage to Poland during the Jubilee, in his own words.

20 – Feast of St. Andrew Kim 

First Korean-born Catholic priest and young adult martyr (died at the age of 25 in Seoul). Read more about him here.

20 – Catechetical Sunday

Day of prayer for catechists and teachers of the faith. Pray for those who taught you. Find all the details and resources for this celebration here.

21 – United Nations International Day of Peace

Pray for lasting peace and global solidarity. Learn more or join an event here.

22-25 – World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia

Pray for all families, and ask God to guide and bless the participants and their families.

22-23 – Pope Francis in Washington, D.C.

Papal visit the White House; meeting with the U.S. bishops at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington, DC; Canonization Mass of Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. See his full US Papal Visit Schedule.

24 – Pope Francis in Washington and New York

Address to Joint Session of Congress; visit of Catholic Charities of Washington DC; Vespers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.  Visit the Archdiocese of Washington's website for more details.

Pope Francis holds his zucchetto as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)25 – Pope Francis in New York City

Address to United Nations General Assembly; Interfaith Service at 9/11 Memorial; Visit to East Harlem; Mass at Madison Square Garden. Visit the Archdiocese of New York's website for more details.

26 – Pope Francis in Philadelphia

Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul in Philadelphia; Visit to Independence Mall; Visit with Festival of Families on Franklin Pkwy. Visit the World Meeting of Families' Papal Visit website for more details.

27 – Pope Francis in Philadelphia

Meeting with bishops at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary; Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility; Final Mass for World Meeting of Families on Franklin Pkwy. Departs for Rome in evening.

30 – Anniversary of St. Therese of Lisieux’s death

St. Therese, one of the patrons of WYDUSA pilgrims, died on this day in 1897 at age 24. Learn more about the Little Flower here.


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