This week, Catholics across the country are encouraged to actively participate in prayers, fasting, a peaceful March For Life, vigils and Mass as we pray for protection and respect for human life from the moment of conception to natural death. Catholics across the country started the annual Nine-day Novena for protection for human life beginning on Wednesday this week, January 19 continuing through Thursday next week, January 27. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life. It is not too late for you to join the novena if you have not already started. You can download the novena or sign up to receive the daily prayers via email or text message here.
Yesterday, Thursday, and today, Catholics across the country are invited to observe a nationwide prayer vigil marking the 49th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 rulings of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton which legalized abortion through nine months of pregnancy. Since those decisions, over 62 million abortions have been performed legally in the United States. Each January, the National Prayer Vigil for Life is hosted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Pro-Life Secretariat, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and The Catholic University of America’s Office of Campus Ministry to pray for an end to abortion and a greater respect for all human life. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the National Prayer Vigil for Life will have a condensed program but will still be open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Vigil program will still be televised by EWTN and live-streamed on the Basilica’s webpage so millions can participate remotely. Please see the adjusted 2022 Vigil schedule and visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for additional information.
Our architectural firm, HDA, picked up comments for the site plan from the City of Phoenix on Wednesday. The HDA team is reviewing the comments to see how they affect the civil and landscape packages that have already gone back into the City from first- round comments. HDA also received the comments on the building package which they are also addressing. At this point HDA needs to focus on getting the site plan addressed and back into the City since it will need to be approved prior to the building being approved for permitting. Any questions, please contact Bob Prezkop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our St. John Bosco School Community (SJB) will be hosting the 15th annual Trivia Night tomorrow, Saturday at 6:30pm. Grab seven of your smartest friends and come join us. Teams of eight at $200 per team will compete in 10 rounds of 10 questions and games and have tons of fun. BYOB and your own food. Dress warm and comfy; we will be playing on the back courtyard this year under the stars with heaters between each table. Don't miss it! Here is the link to the registration.
This event is sponsored by the SJB Dad’s Club. Ten sponsorship opportunities are available for $150. Sponsor a round of trivia with your logo displayed on the screen and company recognition. Contact Brian Wiscombe to sponsor.
Please show your support by voting for our St. John Bosco Preschool in the 2022 Best of Ahwatukee Survey. This year, our own Teacher/Librarian extraordinaire Mrs. Harvey has been nominated for Best of Teacher of the Year. VOTE SJB for “Best Preschool” and Mrs. Harvey for “Best Teacher.” (#83 & #85 on the list of survey items). Voting ends on February 1. Use this link: Best of Ahwatukee Survey. No registration needed to start voting now.