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USCCB: pray, fast for grandparents

July 26, 2013

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking Catholics to pray, fast, and abstain from meat on July 26 for “grandparents, that they may be cherished by their families as they continue to witness to fidelity, love, and sacrifice.”

July 26 is the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandparents of our Lord.

In December 2012, the US bishops announced a call to prayer and penance whose “overall focus is to invite Catholics to pray for rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious liberty. Campaign components include monthly Eucharistic holy hours in cathedrals and parishes, daily family rosary, special Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses, fasting and abstinence on Fridays, and the second observance of a Fortnight for Freedom.”

The Friday prayer and fasting intentions change weekly; the links below describe how to receive the intentions in advance.


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  • Posted by: filioque - Jul. 26, 2013 8:45 PM ET USA

    Why does the USCCB put out these calls for prayer, abstinence, and fasting on the day we are supposed to do it? Can't they get their act together enough to give us a week's notice?