St. James hosts World Day of Prayer

  • Feb. 27, 2011 1:00 p.m.

Christians in more than 170 countries around the world and 2,000 communities in Canada will gather Friday for World Day of Prayer.

Locally, St. James Catholic Church will be hosting this year’s event, to be held at Our Lady of the Valley Church. 

The women of Chile invite people to reflect on the many gifts that God has given each of us — and our call to share those gifts. Join with them in the celebration as we ask a question that draws us into the bible, into the real context of Chilean lives and communities. There are several steps we will take together as we address the questions asked in this year’s them: How Many Loaves Have You?

The Republic of Chile stretches between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountain Range in the extreme southwest of South America. It borders to the north with Peru, Bolivia and Argentina to the east, with Antarctica to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

In the 16th century Spanish explorers came to Chile and went on to conquer it, although there was strong resistance from the indigenous peoples, especially the Mapuches in the south. The conflict went on for four centuries and continues even today with disputes about the ownership of the lands. Chile began its independence Sept. 18, 1810,  the date established as “National Independence Day.”

Please join us, and invite your friends and family to attend the World Day of Prayer service and learn more about Chile and its unique culture and heritage and to gather to pray and act in solidarity with the people of Chile.

Guest speaker will be Cathy Brothen who has lived in Chile and worked with the women there.

Our Lady of the Valley Church is at 10102 Middleton Dr., Vernon. The service starts at 1:30 p.m. There is lots of parking and level entry into the church. Everyone is welcome.