World Day of Prayer in-person event renews sense of community
Notre Dame Catholic Church hosted the annual event on March 4, which this year was themed “I know the plans I have for you” (Jeremiah 29:11).
This year’s Global Day of Prayer had more meaning for the participants who attended, given that it had been almost two years since everyone could come together in community to celebrate.
Notre Dame Catholic Church hosted the annual event on March 4, which this year was themed “I know the plans I have for you” (Jeremiah 29:11). Women from England, Wales and Northern Ireland prepared the service for 2022. They focused on encouraging people to reflect on the changes and challenges these countries have faced over the centuries as they evolved independently and collectively.
The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) coordinates the World Day of Prayer event in Canada. He is also one of the founders of this global prayer movement.
“It’s a celebration of faith, but it’s also a celebration of community, especially bringing different faiths together in Moose Jaw,” said organizer RoseMary Hartney.
Normally, a group of Moose Jaw women would come together to create the service, but preparations this year have been scaled back due to the ongoing pandemic, she continued. Instead, participants will follow the service by watching a pre-recorded video.
“It’s an opportunity for people to come together. As you can see, when they gather at the door, some of them haven’t seen each other (for a while). So it’s a big event for them to come, and especially today and on a bad day like this,” Hartney said. “…It’s a good feeling when people get together.”
This year’s Global Day of Prayer is the first held in person since 2020. The event was one of the last gatherings held before governments forced residents into lockdown due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, a virtual service was created last year that people could watch online.
“This year, we weren’t sure. This year we were hesitant whether it would be in person or not, but we said we had a great facility here and people could come,” Hartney said. “And at first glance, half an hour ago, I was wondering if someone was coming, but now they’re here.”
Getting together in person is wonderful because community is important, she continued. It has become evident over the past two years that community has been lacking, as well as brotherhood.
“The Church is about the people, not the building,” she added, “and that’s important.”