The annual World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life will be observed in the Catholic Church on February 2 and celebrated in parishes on the weekend of February 6-7.
Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life in 1997. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.
In honor of the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life, Bishop Mark will celebrate the Proclaim! TV Mass on February 7. This year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Bishop’s Office is not formally inviting men and women religious who serve in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to attend the Liturgy, but the Bishop will acknowledge their ministry and service during his homily.
As always, the Mass will air live at 11:00 a.m. on WATM ABC 23 and will be rebroadcast that night at 9:00 p.m. on Atlantic Broadband channel 9.