Time to center in God and practice solidarity with others
CHICAGO. USA.-Distance is no obstacle to join in prayer during this season of Lent. Neither is the situation created by Covid19. The Teresian Association in Chicago is well aware of this and will continue its long tradition of praying together every Friday of Lent starting on February 19th.
“We take turns among us to prepare the prayer”, explains Beth Alcazar, one of the organizers.
The one-hour prayer starts at 7pm Chicago/ 8pm Eastern and 5pm Pacific time. It is usually centered on the following Sunday Gospel readings “but it is up to the creativity of members to prepare the prayers in whatever way”, she explains
After the prayers, the community used to gather to share only soup for dinner and to share monetarily whatever amount they collect to a chosen solidarity project.
In the past, the group has contributed to a food bank, another year to a street children project in Congo, last year, to a project by the Chicago youth for the homeless youth, and this year they are proposing to contribute to a new project in South Florida to help the farmworkers.
This tradition is open to friends and whoever wants to join. And anyone can join, from anywhere, even more so this year because the activity will be virtual!
Identify yourself, your geographical area and your motivation. You will receive the zoom link.