Come pray for World AIDS day

Letter to the editor

11/30/2011 10:00 PM

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World AIDS Day is an opportunity for our City and Church to pause and remember those who live with, and have died of AIDS. It is also a time to be thankful for the many healthcare providers, community organizations, research entities, and the dynamic pharmaceutical research programs that are providing new drugs therapies to combat the disease. We are also thankful for this cooperative spirit in the ongoing fight against this pandemic

The many faces of HIV/AIDS in our Chicago Community and the world highlight the universality of this disease in affecting the daily lives of so many.

While this service is organized by Catholics, it is not meant to be only for Catholics. We welcome all people of faith to join us on this Solemn Evening of Prayer for People who live with HIV/AIDS, their families, friends and loved ones, and in memory of those who have go on to new life.

We understand through Catholic Social Teaching that it is not enough to feed the hungry, or shelter the homeless, we must also tend to peoples basic needs to help them to live with dignity. We have to promote the dignity of every person and of the whole person.

This prayer service is being sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House, and the Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach Ministry.

It will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, located at 1107 N. Orleans, on December 1, 2011 at 6:30PM, with a reception to follow.

Parking is available at the Church’s parking lot at 363 W. Hill across the street from the Church

All are welcome.

Joe Murray
Chair, World AIDS Day Prayer Service

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