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December 7


Second Sunday of Advent

    Light the second candle on your family Advent wreath.

  • On December 7, we remember the Americans who perished in 1941 as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that hastened the United States' entry into World War II.  2,403 Americans lost their lives on "a date which will live in infamy,"  as President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared in an address to a joint session of Congress the following day.  Take time today to remember the victims of all wars, our veterans and those currently serving in the military.  Here are some  prayer suggestions from the Archdiocese of the Military Services.
  • December 7 is also the Feast day of the "Martyrs of Africa," approximately 200, many unnamed or for whom there is little if any biographical information. According to Catholic Saints-online, "this is the collective name of those who died for their faith in Africa Latina, the northwestern region of the continent."
    Today, the Catholic faith is spreading rapidly on the African continent, but the Church there is poor and has many needs. Find out how you can help by supporting the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa.
  • On this weekend, many parishes hold the national collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious.
For senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests, that they may enjoy dignified care in their elder years as they continue to devote their lives to prayer and service. Let us pray to the Lord.

R/. Lord, hear our prayer.

For all the elderly in our nation, that they may be treated with respect and compassion and that we as a society may more fully embrace their gifts of wisdom and grace. Let us pray to the Lord.
R/. Lord, hear our prayer.

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