The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated between the symbolic feasts of St. Peter (January 18th) and of St. Paul (January 25th), has a very local focus in 2012. This will allow Catholics in the Archdiocese and their ecumenical neighbors to get up-close and pray together in a church hosting a WPCU ecumenical service in their area.
Neighborhood Celebrations: Representatives of the Ecumenical Metro Chicago (formerly the Ecumenical Millennium Committee), composed of seventeen Catholic, Episcopal, Orthodox and Protestant churches, are facilitating WPCU ecumenical services throughout the Chicago area during the WPCU. Catholic churches involved in preparing WPCU ecumenical services include: St. Dismas, Waukegan; St. Joseph Libertyville; St. Isaac Jogues, Niles; St. Martha, Morton Grove; St. Mary, Riverside and St. Christopher, Midlothian. St. Gertrude, Holy Name Cathedral, St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Ferdinand and St. Ailbe, Chicago. For updated information on locations for these services please visit the website for the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs - www.archchicago.org/departments/ecumenical.
City-Wide Celebration: The Annual WPCU prayer service, normally celebrated in January, has been postponed until Trinity Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm. This change will allow greater participation by the members of the seventeen EMC churches. Cardinal George and other judicatory leaders are scheduled to participate on Trinity Sunday. For more information as plans develop, please also visit www.archchicago.org/departments/ecumenical.
Global Celebrations: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed by millions of Christians throughout the world. It is sponsored by the Vatican and the World Council of Churches which includes Orthodox and Protestant Churches. This year the sponsors chose the churches in Poland to plan the 2012 service. Representatives of the Polish churches chose the theme “We will all be changed by the Victory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (cf. 1 Cor 15:51-58.) – a theme of resurrection and hope. For more information please visit the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute website - www.geii.org.
Everyone is welcome to attend a service and encouraged to personally pray the Lord’s Prayer once each day during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18-25, 2012.