ANNOUNCEMENTS OF CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AZERBAIJAN – JANUARY 17, 2021 – SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR JANUARY 17, 2021, SECOND SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME


Announcements of the Apostolic Prefecture

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The week from 18th to 25th January for more than a hundred annually is dedicated to prayers for the unity of Christians. In the current situation, we cannot organize a special public event, but we invite you to individually pray during this week in these intentions, as well as make personal efforts to strengthen unity in our lives, in our families, as well as in relationships with others.

Activity of the Catholic Church and the possibility to visit the church during quarantine time

The current pandemic situation does not allow us to publicly gather for liturgical celebrations. 

However, churches will be open during this period. We invite you to contact any of our priests about the possibility to visit the church (either in Khatai or in Ganjlik) for personal prayer, a dialogue with a priest, and the receiving the sacraments.

We remind you that during the sacrament of confession, as well as during every visit to the church, it is necessary to strictly observe the rules of quarantine (social distance, wearing masks and hands disinfection).

For all questions about the visit of the church, receiving sacraments, Holy Masses and other celebrations, services and needs, you can contact our priests.

We continue online broadcasts of Holy Masses in Russian on Sundays at 11:00 on our YouTube channel.

Dispense from the duty of personal participation at Sunday Mass and holy days of obligation:

We remind you that at the present time, due to the continuing ban on public services, the ordinary of the Apostolic Prefecture of the Catholic Church in Azerbaijan temporarily exempts faithful Catholics from the obligation of personal participation in Mass on Sunday and holy days of obligation. This exemption is valid until further notice.


Liturgical calendar for the next week

20 January, Wednesday, Optional Memorial of Saint Fabian, pope and martyr and of Saint Sebastian, martyr

21 January, Thursday, Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

22 January, Friday, Optional Memorial of Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr

24 January, Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Sunday of the Word of God