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Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on,
 with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.


• Hal Borland •

Happy New Year!
 
Toward the end of his life St. Francis told his friars, “Let us begin again, for up until now, we have done little.” New Year’s, the Feast of the Epiphany, and the Feast of Baptism of Jesus are annual reminders to begin again because the work of Christmas doesn’t end. Our work of living as seekers, pilgrims, prophets, and wise ones continues, despite uncertainty and discouragement.
 
Fr. David McBriar reminds us that the Magi were seekers. “They didn’t have exact directions and weren’t sure where they were going.” Yet, they embarked on a journey beyond the familiar, beyond the comfortable, “in the hope of finding the Holy somewhere along the way.” That is also our invitation. Each new day invites us to open our hearts, minds, and souls to new possibilities. We are invited to actively seek the light of God’s presence in our world today beyond the familiar and comfortable, beyond cynicism and negativity, beyond setbacks and pushbacks.
 
On this new day, in this new year, let us begin again to live and work together for the sake of Mother Earth and for the sake of future generations.
 

Come over, join this day just begun.
For wherever we come together,
We will forever overcome.
 
New Day’s Poem by Amanda Gorman
Read full Poem here

AN INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE: POPE FRANCIS’ SYNODAL PROCESS
Pope Francis has invited the entire People of God to journey together in a global listening process called “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” What does it all mean?

The word “synod” is rooted in a Greek term denoting a “journey together.” The synod process, therefore, is a journey of the whole church, an encounter with the Good News and with one another. It is about listening … listening to one another and listening to the Holy Spirit active among us in our time.
 
The Wheaton Franciscan and IBVM communities invite you to three virtual Listening Circles in response to Pope Francis’ synodal invitation.

All sessions will take place over Zoom. There will be two opportunities within the week to participate. Click here for the Invitation and Registration information. Registration is required.
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON THE CLOSING OF OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS CHAPEL 

Because of the surge of the Omicron variant, and because of our deep love and care for all, we have made the difficult decision to close Our Lady of the Angels chapel until further notice. This includes all Sisters living off-campus, Covenant Companions, and the faith community. 
 
Please continue to stay connected with us through this newsletter and Sunday Livestream. As always, we hold you in our thoughts and prayers and ask for your thoughts and prayers as we support one another through this challenging time. 

Livestream Update
In late November, we informed you of a scheduled equipment renewal and system upgrade scheduled for January 2022. That time has come.

The week of January 10, audio visual installers will begin crawling through our 65-year-old attic to install new cabling for an improved livestream experience. The initial equipment and system were not intended for weekly services. Meeting the needs of this new ministry arose with the pandemic.

We are deeply grateful for your continued patience and ask for your prayers that this upgrade will go well. The technicians and installers anticipate the work to be completed before Sunday, January 16, but given the age of the building, promises cannot be made. Please check back next week on the status of livestream equipment update.

Please continue to check our website and this newsletter for updates on the liturgy schedule.
 

If you miss the livestream of the service, you will find it archived on our YouTube Channel. We have temporarily suspended the podcast of the Sunday homily. We will let you know as soon as possible when it will resume. Archived Podcasts are available here.

As we welcome January, we are happy to share a new Weavings reflection, The new reflection "Growing Into Peace"
by Karen Diersen 
can be read here.
Our Collaborators page introduces you to new organizations that we collaborate with to meet the needs of our time. Click here to view the featured organizations for January.
ALSO NEW ON OUR WEBSITE THIS WEEK
Seeking further inspiration? You may be interested in the following resources:
 
Ten things Pope Francis and Catholic social teaching taught me about the economy
 
 Pope launches synodal process to discern Holy Spirit's call to the church
 
 The Epiphany of the Lord: Look to the Magi as models
 
World Peace: A peaceful world begins with peaceful thoughts.

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