By Joseph Kenny | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: @josephkenny2
Reconciliation, especially focusing on the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation, will be stressed during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated this year from Jan. 18-25.
The week will be highlighted on Sunday, Jan. 22, with an ecumenical prayer service and reception at 7 p.m. at St. Justin Martyr Church, 11910 Eddie and Park Road in Sunset Hills. Rev. Michael Malone, Lutheran ecumenical officer, will preach. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will preside.
VATICAN CITY — Exercise a little courage and go to confession, turn away from selfishness and sin and back to God in the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis urged people at a Lenten penance service.
"When our desire to be healed becomes more courageous, it leads to prayer, to crying out fervently and persistently for help, as did Bartimaeus: 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me,'" the pope said, quoting from the Gospel of St. Mark.
The Lenten season is a time for repentance, conversion, and reconciliation. The parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are joining together to offer numerous opportunities for the faithful to partake in the Sacrament of Reconciliation on the Year of Mercy Reconciliation Initiative to be held March 4-5. Visit www.archstl.org/confession for more information and a schedule.