Aid to the Church in Need, a pontifical charity, has designated Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 as Red Wednesday: a day dedicated to drawing attention to persecuted Christians throughout the world. It is hoped that each parish and school in the Diocese will consider organising an event for Red Wednesday. Below are some suggestions of how you can commemorate that day from wearing red to saying a prayer.
What your parish or school community can do: First and foremost, every parishioner is being asked to PRAY for our persecuted sisters and brothers in a special way in commemoration of Red Wednesday. “Prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is good beyond measure, with his Son Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit” (CCC 2565).
It is our hope that many will also feel called to DO SOMETHING MORE and respond to that invitation by sharing their talents and gifts with their local parish and assisting their parish in coordinating an event.
Aid to the Church in Need has not asked that parishes or communities commit to any particular event, but that all people DO WHAT WE CAN. Suggestions include:
Offering mass on #RedWednesday for persecuted Christians
Wearing red and actively inviting other people to wear red
Organizing a vigil or a moment of prayer
Leading a rosary or joining with others in praying a rosary
Choosing special universal prayers to include in a celebration.
Prayer of the Faithful On Red Wednesday, and at Masses on the Sunday prior to Red Wednesday, Sunday November 19, please include at least one petition for persecuted Christians in the Prayer of the Faithful. ACN-Canada has provided sample petitions. You can also use one or more of these throughout the year. https://files.acn-canada.org/2018/10/Prayer-of-the-faithful.pdf
Organizing a presentation on religious persecution or religious freedom with the help of Aid to the Church in Need
Using social media to publicize the event and raise awareness of the cause using hashtag #RedWednesday
Holding a fundraiser to help the affected communities
Aid to the Church in Need has prepared documents (stories about persecution, a poster, texts for a mass or rosary, etc.) to facilitate organizing your event. You can download the package by clicking here.
How to list your event:
As parishioners often live and work in different areas of the city, the Catholic Pastoral Centre is compiling a list of events scheduled by parishes, schools and communities to maximize opportunities for #RedWednesday participation. To help us in sharing this information with others throughout the diocese, please email details of your event to the Director of Social Justice & Outreach Ministry, E-mail Theodoric Nowak or phone 403-218-5516.