USA    BISHOPS ORGANISE 'SINGLES' JUBILEE
The US Episcopal Conference has organised a Jubilee Day for Single People on 27 April.
   The Bishops' initiative seeks to emphasise the mission of single persons in the world, and the contribution they can make if they are aware of the Lord's call, which is no different than that of all other lay members of the Church.
   Given the great variety of personal situations included in the 'singles' category (youth, adults, widows and widowers, separated, divorced, consecrated, etc.), the Episcopal Conference proposed to dioceses and parishes that the Day be celebrated in the manner considered most appropriate. The parish of Ss. Peter and Paul in Milwaukee, for instance, will invite all the unmarried of the area to a dinner to find out how they are received by the local Catholic community.
   The objectives of the Jubilee Day are to help singles understand the need to dedicate more time to prayer, formation, and parish activities; to live the sacramental life more intensely, practice charity and share their faith with others, making their home a "domestic church" open to persons with difficulties. In addition, they should be more socially committed, have the courage to go out to exhibitions, weddings, etc., and tell others in similar circumstances about the Jubilee Day dedicated to them.
   Zenit (available soon)
13/3/00

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