Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 17, 2021

Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you.
— 1 Corinthians 6:19a

Letter from the Bishop

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On January 23-24, 2021, the Diocese of Joliet parishes will take up an important collection, funding relief efforts in two parts of the world in great need.

Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa

The Church in Africa is joyous and faith-filled, but it also has unique pastoral challenges due to poverty, high rates of disease, food shortages and migration. The Solidarity Fund is an opportunity for us to stand with the people of Africa. Our contributions support Catholic education, family life programs and child protection initiatives that help strengthen and build the growing African Church. The Church in Africa needs your help to ensure that all the faithful have access to resources to help them grow in the faith. To learn more about the collection and whom it supports, visit

Collection for the Church in Latin America

For many living in Latin America and the Caribbean, a rising secular culture, difficult rural terrain, and a shortage of ministers makes it difficult for people to practice the faith. Your donations fund catechesis, marriage and family life programs, and seminarian formation so people can grow closer to Christ. To learn more about the collection and whom it supports, visit

Partnership in Mission, Diocese of Joliet

In response to the Gospel’s call, Partnership in Mission seeks to form servants for the work of missions and justice as we reach out in service, relief and friendship to our brothers and sisters around the globe. We presently send medical, construction, outreach and university teams to Bolivia, the Philippines, Uganda and the Navajo Nation, as well as responding to national disasters here in the U.S.

During this time of pandemic, the need is great and it is as difficult as ever to raise the necessary funds to support this work. Please prayerfully consider supporting this collection to share your faith with our brothers and sisters in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean at your parishes on January 23 and 24, or by giving online at

Paz y bien,
Most Reverend Ronald A. Hicks
Bishop of Joliet

Funds received for the combined Latin America/Africa collection in the Diocese of Joliet will be disbursed to the USCCB Office of National Collections, for the benefit of the Collection for the Church in Latin America and the Pastoral Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa, as well as the Diocese of Joliet Missions Office for support of their missionary efforts in Africa and Latin America.

Sunday’s Readings

First ReadingSpeak, Lord, for your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19).

Psalm — Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will (Psalm 40).

Second Reading — Your bodies are members of Christ; glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20).

Gospel — The first disciples saw where Jesus was staying and they stayed with him (John 1:35-42).

Readings for the Week

Wednesday, January 13: Heb 2:14-18; Ps 105:1-4, 6-9; Mk 1:29-39

Thursday, January 14: Heb 3:7-14; Ps 95:6-11; Mk 1:40-45

Friday, January 15: Heb 4:1-5, 11; Ps 78:3, 4bc, 6c-8; Mk 2:1-12

Saturday, January 16: Heb 4:12-16; Ps 19:8-10, 15; Mk 2:13-17

Sunday, January 17: 1 Sm 3:3b-10, 19; Ps 40:2, 4, 7-10; 1 Cor 6:13c-15a, 17-20; Jn 1:35-42

Monday, January 18: Heb 5:1-10; Ps 110:1-4; Mk 2:18-22

Tuesday, January 19: Heb 6:10-20; Ps 111:1-2, 4-5, 9, 10c; Mk 2:23-28

Wednesday, January 20: Heb 7:1-3, 15-17; Ps 110:1-4; Mk 3:1-6

Thursday, January 21: Heb 7:25 — 8:6; Ps 40:7-10, 17; Mk 3:7-12

Friday, January 22: Heb 8:6-13; Ps 85:8, 10-14; Mk 3:13-19, or any of a number of readings for the Day of Prayer

Saturday, January 23: Heb 9:2-3, 11-14; Ps 47:2-3, 6-9; Mk 3:20-21

Sunday, January 24: Jon 3:1-5, 10; Ps 25:4-9; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mk 1:14-20

Click here to find the daily readings on the USCCB website