Today: live webcast from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, of Mid-Morning Prayer at 10:30 am EST & a Mass of Thanksgiving at 4 pm EST with Cardinal Dolan.
January 9 – 14, 2012 is National Vocations Awareness Week
Ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s call.
This Tuesday, February 8 at 2 pm, Covenant Radio (WRYT) will air a recording of the St. Louis Abbey Benedictine Monks’ Solemn Latin Vespers of the Immaculate Conception. Can’t wait? Listen to the chant online, whenever you like, at the St. Louis Abbey website.
This week, January 9-15, the Catholic Church in the U.S. celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week. The Archdiocese of St. Louis website states:
God calls us all to live our faith and seek out our vocation to become a deacon, priest, religious sister, married or single person. Perhaps God is calling you to the priesthood or consecrated life. Will you have the courage to follow your heart? We are all called to love and serve Him and one another. As we continue to walk in the light of Christ and to serve our Lord with our whole heart, mind and soul, may we be filled with the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and seek to forgive all who have hurt us. National Vocation Awareness Week is a time for reflection. During the weekof January 9th-15th, we encourage all Catholics to:
• Take time to pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.
• Reflect on our own vocation and strengthen our personal relationship with Christ.
• Educate our young people about the importance of silent prayer and taking the time to truly
• Listen to God’s voice in our hearts.
More info and resources can be found at For Your Vocation, including:
One day each month, the Benedictine Monks at the St. Louis Abbey ask the Abbey family for prayers for vocations. Please join us today, November 12, 2010.
It is time now for us to rise from sleep. — St. Benedict
Raymond Burke, that is!
Much missed by the faithful of St. Louis, Archbishop Emeritus of St. Louis and current Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura will be made a Cardinal in November.
Head to CongratulateBurke.com and let him know how you feel!
One day each month, the Benedictine Monks at the St. Louis Abbey ask the Abbey family for prayers for vocations. Please join us today, October 8, 2010.
Listen and attend with the ear of your heart. — St. Benedict
One day each month, the Benedictine Monks at the St. Louis Abbey ask the Abbey family for prayers for vocations. Please join us today, September 10, 2010.
The Hands of Christ
God gives a priest
the hands of Christ
to hold the staff
that leads and guides
God gives a priest
the hands of Christ
to break the bread
of Life to be
His body for His people.
God gives a priest
the hands of Christ
to know the nails of agony
fastened in loneliness to wood
by and for His people.
God gives a priest
the hands of Christ
raised within the shuttered room
to calm to strengthen and to bless
giving what they do not possess
God’s peace for all His people.
– Ralph Wright, O.S.B.
Vocation Director, Saint Louis Abbey
I just got word that Sister Mary Joseph of the Carmelites of the Divine Heart of Jesus will be undergoing surgery next week, followed by chemotherapy. I have worked with Sr. Mary Joseph for many years. She is, to quote the Saint Louis Catholic, “a wonderful, energetic and holy woman of God.” I don’t know any more details, but please keep this incredible sister in your prayers.
Sharing Christ’s Priesthood
by Mike Aquilina
Our Sunday Vistor ©2009
“We are all priests of God; each one of us called to serve God in our own way”
Sharing Christ’s Priesthood is a light bible study that focuses on how we, as Catholics, share in Christ’s priesthood. Designed for use privately, or in study groups, Aquilina presents a very organized outline designed to give participants a greater understanding of exactly what a priest is.
Aquilina explains that seemingly conflicting ideas of the priesthood are not conflicting at all. We are all called to some aspect of the priesthood: whether is be the ordained; the common; and/or the priesthood of Christ.
Using scripture readings, Church teaching, and history, Aquilina takes readers from Genesis to the New Testament. Each session begins with an assigned Bible reading and thoughtful questions intended to bring the readings into perspective. Each session ends with an “In Practice” section which suggests ways to actually apply the various aspects of Christ’s priesthood to your own daily life.
Once again, Aquilina has presented a complicated idea in an easy to grasp and thought-provoking way.
This review was written as part of the Catholic book Reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on Sharing Christ’s Priesthood.
Wednesday through Friday, EWTN is providing live coverage of the special Year for Priests concluding events in Rome:
Priests Today – LIVE ( 3 hrs)
Speeches and presentions focusing on the conclusion of the Year for priests.
Wed 6/09/10 10 AM ET / 7 AM PT
Vigil for Priests – LIVE (90 Mins)
Pope Benedict XVI leads the Vigil for the closing of the Year for Priests live from St. Peter’s Square.
Thu 6/10/10 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT
Thu 6/10/10 5:30 PM ET / 2:30 PM PT
Holy Mass for the Cconclusion of the Year for Priests – LIVE (2 hrs)
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Holy Mass concluding the Year for Priests on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Live from St. Peter’s Square
Fri 6/10/10 4 AM ET / 1 AM PT
Fri 6/10/10 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT
The Year for Priests comes to a close this week with three days of special events in Rome. Zenit reports:
Year for Priests Closes This Week in Rome
City Gathers Priests From Around the World
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 8, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Priests from around the world are gathering in Rome this week for the official closing of their year.
The Year for Priests, called by Benedict XVI, draws to a close with a Wednesday through Friday program of events. All the priests of the world have been invited to the celebration, which is being promoted by the Congregation for the Clergy and has as its theme: “Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of Priests.”
The program’s first day, Wednesday, will take priests to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls to reflect on the theme “Conversion and Mission.”
The archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joachim Meisner, will give a conference, which will also be transmitted to the Basilica of St. John Lateran.
This will be followed by Eucharistic adoration with the possibility of going to confession, and a Mass presided over by Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, in St. Paul’s Outside the Walls. Another Mass will be presided over by Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, secretary of the Congregation for Clergy, in St. John Lateran.
On Thursday, priests will gather in the Basilica of St. Mary Major, with the theme “Cenacle: Invocation to the Holy Spirit With Mary in Fraternal Communion.”
That day, the archbishop of Quebec, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, will give a mediation in St. Paul’s Outside the Walls (also to be transmitted to St. John Lateran). This will again be followed by adoration and the possibility of confession. Masses will be celebrated by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Pope’s secretary of state, in St. Paul’s; and by Archbishop Robert Sarah, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, in St. John Lateran.
Thursday evening, the priests will meet in St. Peter’s Square for testimonies and music, dialogue with Benedict XVI and Eucharistic adoration and benediction. There will also be television linkups with Ars, the Cenacle in Jerusalem, and poor neighborhoods of Buenos Aires and Hollywood.
Finally, on Friday, June 11, Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the theme will be “With Peter, in Ecclesial Communion.” That day the Pope will celebrate a 10 a.m. Mass, during which the clergy will renew their vows and the Holy Father will proclaim St. John Vianney as the patron saint of all priests. (He was previously recognized as the patron saint of parish priests and confessors.)
This year, National Vocation Awareness Week begins with the Baptism of the Lord and runs through January 16, 2010.
“This week provides the opportunity for parishes across the country to promote vocations through prayer and education,” said Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. “It is our responsibility to encourage young people to be generous in their response as they discern the possibility of a call to service in the Church. We must also ask parents, families and our parish communities to assist with this work, vocations are everyone’s business. As we pray for an increased number of seminarians and candidates for religious life, we recognize the importance of safeguarding the gift of vocations.”
During this week, let us take time to reflect on vocations in the following ways:
- Take time to pray for vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life.
- Pray for those with vocations to the married life — that God will be at the center of marriages.
- Pray with those who have vocations to the single life.
- Reflect on our own vocation and strengthen our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Renew our baptismal commitment as we consider our call to serve God in our particular vocation.
- Educate our children about the importance of silent prayer and taking the time to listen to God’s voice in their hearts.
Archbishop Raymond Burke claims that “playing Mass” as a kid led him to where he is today.
This from Zenit:
Church’s Smallest Members “Playing” Mass
Wee Believers Toy Line Nourishes Faith, Vocational Awareness
By Kathleen Naab
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, DEC. 10, 2009 (Zenit.org).- When the prefect of the Vatican’s highest court was a little boy in Wisconsin, probably no one imagined all he would have accomplished by now, 61 years later.
And yet, at least Raymond Burke’s family shouldn’t be entirely surprised. The little Raymond delighted in “playing Mass” — something which helped him along the journey that led to his priestly ordination at age 27. It was 33 years (almost to the day) after his ordination that he was called to Rome to be the prefect of the Apostolic Signature. By then he’d served as the bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and the archbishop of St. Louis, Missouri.
But the seeds of such a great mission really did put down roots in the early 50s, with young Raymond’s choice of childhood entertainment.
He recounted: “When I was in first grade, I used to like to play Mass with the participation of my siblings and neighboring children. My parents bought for me a Mass kit for children, which was available at the time. [...] To this day I feel badly that it was lost somewhere along the way. [...] I can tell you that the little Mass kit played its part in fostering my vocation to the priesthood.”
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If you are still in need of a great Christmas idea, here are two very different Mass Kits to choose from:
For ages 3 to 8: Wee Believers — My Mass Kit+Booklet
For ages 3 to 12: Our Father’s House — Baptismal Set, Mass Kit, Child-size Monstrance and more.
This Sunday, October 25, is Priesthood Sunday. This is a special day, sponsored by Serra International, set aside to honor the priesthood in the United States:
Priesthood Sunday, the thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, is a special day set aside to honor the priesthood in the United States. It is a day to reflect upon and affirm the role of the priesthood in the life of the Church as a central one.
In the wake of the clergy sex abuse scandal, there has been concern that the image of all priests has been tainted by the actions of a few. Priesthood Sunday sends a message to all that the sins of a few do not reflect the innocent majority, and that the parish priest, as the instrument of Christ’s ministry on earth, is loved and respected by those in the parish community.
This nationwide event is coordinated by the USA Council of Serra International. It is sponsored by the USA Council of Serra International and the Serra International Foundation.
Find out more about Priesthood Sunday.