Pray for Priestly Vocations
Posted on: Jan 21, 2018
I hope everyone’s New Year is off to a GREAT start and you’re holding fast to your resolutions!!!
Our 2nd graders will receive their First Reconciliation this Tuesday and it’ll be AWESOME!! They’ll be nervous before their first confession (just like we all were J) but everything will go great – I’m so proud of them!! One of the things I enjoy most about being a priest is celebrating the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion with our 2nd graders – it fills me with pure joy as I see our little ones grow closer and closer to our Lord. Please pray for them as they receive this wonderful sacrament and keep them in prayer as they prepare for their First Communion on April 22.
A great big shout-out of THANKS to everyone who has made an Offertory Commitment for this year – I GREATLY appreciate it!!! If you haven’t made a commitment yet, please, please, please do so – there are commitment envelopes on the tables in the narthex or you can stop by the parish office to get one. I committed to giving $3 more every week and I’m hoping you can do the same. Thanks again!!!
Bishop Foys has declared that this year is a Year of Prayer for Priestly vocations – from November 26, 2017 to November 25, 2018. It’s very important to pray for men who are discerning whether God is calling them to the priesthood. Discernment is a process that helps you figure out what God is calling you to do with your life. Discernment involves developing an intimate and personal relationship with the Lord.
The most important aspect of discernment is prayer – conversation with God. Prayer is essential in discerning what God’s will is for your life. Prayer allows us to be attuned to the still, small voice within us that leads us to God’s will. In prayer, we begin to listen with our hearts as we feel that call to move into a deeper relationship with Christ.
In today’s culture it can be difficult to hear God’s call – I know it was for me. The clatter and clutter of daily life can drown it out. It’s easy to become wrapped up in the pleasures of the world and not hear – or not want to hear – what God is asking you to do. The Lord makes his will known in subtle ways. He’s not going to call your cell phone or send you a text-message revealing his plan for your life.
The seminary is the perfect place to find out if you are being called to serve God’s will as a priest. The daily routine of Mass, community prayer, and classes provides a beautiful rhythm to life that allows for a proper discernment. In my own experience, the friends I made at seminary helped me immensely in discovering what God was calling me to do. Also, the support of the priests at seminary is invaluable.
Please pray for the seminarians in our Diocese and for those discerning if God is calling them to be a priest. Keep an eye on the Messenger for Diocesan vocation events during this Year of Prayer. We’ll continue to pray the Prayer for Vocations at the end of all of the weekend Masses throughout this Year of Prayer.
How about those Xavier Musketeers – they’re 16-3 and ranked #11 in the polls!!! Could this be the year they make it to the Final Four, maybe even…..a championship?? I hope so!!!
There are 4 teams left in the NFL playoffs…..so, I’m picking the Patriots to square off against the Vikings in the Super Bowl. And the winner will be………….the Minnesota Vikings!!!
Peace & grace,