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This year's WUCWO Day will be commemorated in a special way: WUCWO women are summoned to a private audience with Pope Francis on 13 May 2023 in the Vatican.
This will be a milestone in the rich history of WUCWO, this possibility given to us is the fruit of God’s tenderness towards us. Pope Francis will address a message to us that we are to listen to personally and then pass on to all Catholic women around the world.
In Kenya, in the presence of 40 women from 24 WUCWO member organisations, 9 members of the Board and the President General, the Kenya Catholic Women's Association organised the WUCWO Day.
The celebration was presided over by Bishop Joseph Mwongela, at Ngong Cathedral, with the theme: “Let us respond to the call to holiness”. Delegations from the dioceses of the country participated and with their wonderful dances, songs and prayers enhanced this day of celebration.
Please find below the proposal for our WUCWO Day 2022, which has been drawn up by the Region of Asia-Pacific.
A special thanks goes to Catherine McGrath, Regional Vice President for Asia-Pacific.
Please find below the proposal for our WUCWO Day 2021, which has been drawn up by the Region of North America.
A special thanks goes to Maribeth Stewart Blogoslawski, Vice President General and Regional Vice President North America.
Please find below the proposal for our WUCWO Day 2020, which has been drawn up by the Region of Latin America and the Caribbean.
A special thanks goes to María de Lourdes Espinoza Rosas, Regional Vice President of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Please find below the proposal for our WUCWO Day, which has been drawn up by the Region of Africa. A special thanks goes to Monique Faye,
African Regional Vice President.
Next WUCWO DAY, May 13th, will come on Sunday, when we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord Jesus. A wonderful day to pray, reflect and enhance all our women to respond to our call to holiness united. For this commitment “we need a spirit of holiness capable of filling both our solitude and our service, our personal life and our evangelizing efforts, so that every moment can be an expression of self-sacrificing love in the Lord’s eyes. In this way, every minute of our lives can be a step along the path to growth in holiness.”(Gaudete et Exsultate 31)
On WUCWO Day, let’s remember this year’s intentions: Suffering women in the world.
I. In this year, we have been especially invited, while sharing the table of the Lord, to contemplate the anguish of our suffering sisters.
Today we pray for “all who are being abused, violated, oppressed, and in situations that deprive them of their dignity.
We pray for mothers yearning for adequate, clean drinking water and proper sanitation, sufficient food and health care for their families.
We pray for those struggling for survival, those broken and alienated, refugees and visible minorities experiencing repeated discrimination, bearing the brunt of indifference and oppression.
We pray for the day when women who are equal in ability have equal rights and can live in peace, joy and harmony” (cf. 2017 Intentions).
May 13, 2016 Jubilee of Mercy
Prepared by Europe
Narrator Pope Francis has given us a gift: he has brought us together to celebrate a very special year, a year dedicated to mercy. This year, we are going to focus on mercy. It will be nice to reflect on how we are living and practicing it in our own communities. The title of the Jubilee reminds us to be: “Merciful as the Father”. We shall pray on this WUCWO day with this theme in mind to help us live in the way he asks us.
The second paragraph of the Bull of Indiction tell us:
May 13, 2015
Prepared by North America Region
FAITH is “NOW”! HOPE looks to the future! LOVE binds it all together! JOY AND PEACE to all!
FAITH is the confidence that what we hope for will happen. Pope Benedict XVI stated “faith is for the sake of hope”.
HOPE in a Christian sense is always hope for others as well. We can always continue to hope, despite all failures, held firm by the great power of love.
LOVE blesses the one who receives it and it blesses you, the giver. Love is the key that opens the gate to peace and joy.
PEACE ever new is a JOY which is shared! The Joy of the Gospel is our gift shared by Pope Francis!
Dear sisters, united in God’s great love for us all, we offer our prayers this WUCWO International Day. We come to You, Lord, as members of your great family, as a gathered community in our corner of your earth. In faith and with love, we bring you our hopes and fears, our joys and sorrows. We take time to give thanks for the blessings we share, for loving friends and supportive family.
“He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mk. 16:16). Recite the Apostles Creed.
“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” (Romans 13:13).
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you should also love one another. This is how you will know that you are my disciples, is how you have loved one another” (John 13:34-35).
WUCWO DAY OF PRAYER, MAY 13TH 2014, PREPARED BY THE AFRICAN REGION
THEME: TRUTH IN ACTION-SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE
A TRUTH IN MY INWARD BEING (CH. 64 6t464645) OR ANY SUITABLE HYMN
wisdom in my secret heart,
O Lord that’s what you desire. (2x)
Willing spirit, Holy Spirit, Willing Spirit,
This is our sacrifice.
2.We offer our minds and hearts,
To you O God at this table
O Lord, that’s what you desire.
3.We bring our gifts to you Lord,
In form of bread and wine
O Lord that’s what you desire.
4.Bless them and change them O Lord
Into your body and blood
O Lord, that’s what you desire.
5.All glory be to the Father,
And to the Son and the Spirit
O Lord, that’s what you desire.
2013 WUCWO DAY OF PRAYER
13 MAY 2013
Based upon our 2013 WUCWO Priority: Peace in Action:
Reduce Poverty, Violence and Trafficking, Support Migrants
2013 WUCWO DAY OF PRAYER THEME: “You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself”
OPENING HYMN: The Servant’s Song (Richard Gillard)
WUCWO DAY OF PRAYER
ASIA PACIFIC REGION
13th May 2012
THEME: “GO NOW YOU ARE SENT FORTH”
OPENING HYMN: HOLY SPIRIT COME
Holy Spirit come, make my ears to hear,
Make my eyes to see, make my mouth to speak,
Make my heart to seek and my hands to each out
and touch the world with your love.
READING: Matthew 13: Verses 16 – 21