Update: March 31, 2011 – Call for Day of Prayer & Fasting

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PRESS RELEASE: MARCH 31, 2011


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ACC Calls for Day of Prayer & Fasting on APRIL 15

American Catholic Council today called upon Catholics all over the United States to set aside a day of prayer and fasting on Friday, April 15 for the renewal of the promises of the Holy Spirit in the Second Vatican Council. ACC is in the last stages of planning a national meeting in Detroit on Pentecost Weekend (June 10-12, 2011) to celebrate the Spirit of the Second Vatican Council and to recommit Catholics to the renewal promised by Vatican II.

We will pray together for the renewal of the promises of the Holy Spirit evidenced in the Second Vatican Council. And we will pray for re-commitment and courage so that, as Cardinal Dearden said 35 years ago, we may “unlock the structures of the Church and world so that the spirit and energy of our people can flourish and contribute to renewing our communities.”

We suggest, at a minimum, that you join with other Catholics in the Prayer to Reclaim the Vision at 8 am and 8 pm (printed below).  For a complete packet of suggested prayers, scripture readings and meditations, CLICK HERE.

PRAYER TO RECLAIM THE VISION OF VATICAN II

Gracious and Holy God, we join together today in prayer for all who seek to reclaim the vision and spirit of Vatican II anywhere, and all those who will gather in Detroit this Pentecost.

May we be anointed by your Spirit to share in divine creativity in solving the challenges of carrying out Vatican II’s empowerment of the baptized; Send forth your Spirit!

May we benefit from the diversity of gifts you have bestowed on all your people and work toward recognizing and using those gifts fully and inclusively; Send forth your Spirit!

May we be open to Your grace and steadfast in the face of scorn, opposition and dismissal; Send forth your Spirit!

May we always remember all those who have gone before us, both blazing prophets and quiet souls, who have labored for freedom, truth and dignity for your people; Send forth your Spirit!

May we join our footsteps with those of your Son, as the journey of Holy Week begins, embracing the anguish of Calvary while looking ahead to the Alleluia of a resurrected Church; Send forth your Spirit!

May we be strengthened by the solidarity of this communal prayer and through the grace and power of the God who lovingly weaves us all together in a tapestry of love, so that we can do more than any one of us dreams alone; Send forth your Spirit!

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