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Want advance notice about Friday fast intentions?

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Jun 14, 2013

Each Friday recently, the CWN headlines have included an announcement about a call from the US bishops for prayer, fasting, and abstinence from meat, in support of a particular cause. (This week’s cause is fatherhood, as today’s CWN story explains.) Several readers have asked whether there is a way to get earlier notice of these prayer intentions. There is.

The weekly fasts are part of a campaign called the Call to Prayer, in which (among other things) the US bishops have asked the faithful to pray and abstain from meat every Friday, leading up to the feast of Christ the King on November 24 and the end of Year of Faith. Each Friday, the fast is dedicated to a different intention.

Readers can find more information about this prayer campaign, and sign up for regular email announcements and reminders, by visiting the Call to Prayer web site.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Retired01 - Feb. 01, 2018 6:46 PM ET USA

    What kind of Catholic Church are we...? A Catholic Church that does not obsess about abortion.

  • Posted by: Foundas - Feb. 01, 2018 5:24 PM ET USA

    This should be a "no brainer" for the bishops to take a public stand against the Catholic senators and representatives but where are they? I guess they don't want to jeopardize the amount in the offering plates and to scare the folks in the pews. What a pity!

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jan. 31, 2018 10:30 PM ET USA

    It is money. Fear of losing grants. Fear of losing tax status. Remember Pelosi and Feinstein comments. Once in bed with devil, hard to get free. Too many Bishops have equated the murder of unborn innocents as equal to social justice issues. The bishops who support this have danced with the devil for too long. They now have no backbone to resist the SIREN song of money.

  • Posted by: begnoche7263 - Jan. 31, 2018 11:19 AM ET USA

    Don't hold your breath. Most bishops, it seems, do not even hold their own priests accountable for heretical homilies let alone a politician being pro-death. I have asked the USCCB to hold these politicians accountable several times in the past. I have been ignored mostly and finally told they as a group cannot/will not. It is a shame and a scandal. A few public statements of excommunication would go a long way.

  • Posted by: donakows3881 - Jan. 30, 2018 9:19 PM ET USA

    "You cannot be a single issue voter, because then they've got you." -- Kenneth Povish, Late Bishop of Lansing, Michigan.

  • Posted by: shrink - Jan. 30, 2018 3:10 PM ET USA

    Very little chance that any senator listed above, except McCaskill, will pay a political price. Still, do keep asking the right question: “What kind of Catholic Church are we…." This question has been asked for 50 years, and the only USCCB answer has something to do with seamless garments.. #USCCB ;>)

  • Posted by: timothy.op - Jun. 15, 2013 4:05 PM ET USA

    Excellent! Thank you!