Weekly Vocations Message
“If you are called by name, you should be prayed for by name”
Next weekend, the Vocations Ministry will have Seminarian Prayer Packets available for individuals and families who will agree to pray for one seminarian BY NAME daily. Each packet has the name and basic information about one of our 26 Harrisburg Seminarians, the journey to priesthood, and what a typical Day in the Life of a seminarian is like. This is a great opportunity for families to learn more about vocations. Please prayerfully consider adopting a seminarian as part of your daily prayers.
What is Priesthood Sunday?
Priesthood Sunday 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.
The Vocations Ministry team invites you to celebrate Priesthood Sunday on October 28th. This is a good opportunity to show your appreciation and support to our priests. After the 9:00 am and 10:30 am masses, our priests will greet parishioners in the cafeteria and share refreshments. Materials will be available for children to make cards or pictures for our priests.
“Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
A Special Thank You...
The Support Our Seminarians project of Corpus Christi Parish would like to thank SJA for the generous donation of $1,730 and postage stamps collected in August for Harrisburg seminarians.
What is Priesthood Sunday?
Priesthood Sunday 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. Our parish Vocations Ministry team invites you to celebrate Priesthood Sunday after ALL Masses on the weekend of October 27 & 28. Following each Mass the celebrant will greet parishioners in the cafeteria and share refreshments. This is a good opportunity to show your appreciation and support to our priests. Materials will be available for children to make cards or pictures for our priests.
“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
If you ask the Lord this question in prayer, are you ready to respond with a joyful “yes”? Consider following Christ more closely as a priest or in consecrated life. Talk to Father Al or Father Brian Wayne, Director of Vocations, at (717) 657-4804 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out this website: www.diocesanpriest.com
Starting Monday July 23, the SJA Pilgrim Cross will be renamed “Vocations Cross” and fall under the Vocations Ministry. Although this program has been at St. Joan of Arc for almost 20 years, you may not be familiar with it.
The Vocations Ministry invites families and individuals to take the Vocations Cross and prayer book home for one week to pray for religious vocations. Please call the parish office or visit the website to sign up. The schedule for the Vocations Cross will continue to be posted online and in the weekly bulletin.
What is God’s plan for your life? All Catholic young women ages 15 – 25 are invited to our Fiat Days vocation discernment retreat. It’s a great opportunity to know Jesus more deeply and help you to discern your vocation in life while having a lot of fun with other Catholic young women. Fiat Days will be held July 1 – 3, 2018 at Mount St. Mary’s University. There is a $50 registration fee, all other expenses funded by the Diocese of Harrisburg. Registration forms can be found at www.hbgdiocese.org. You may also contact the Office of Vocations at (717) 657-4804, ext. 282 or email email@example.com with questions or for a registration packet.
Here is a video of the variety of activities at a fiat Days event. Although this video is from the Diocese of Arlington, it was held at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emittsburg, MD where the Harrisburg Diocese holds our Fiat Days:
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6XIj7_EhUM
Attention all Catholic young men ages 15-25. Our Lord Jesus Christ has a great plan and mission for you! You are invited to attend the Diocese of Harrisburg’s Annual Quo Vadis Days vocation discernment retreat to spend time with other young men your age as you listen to the Lord’s call in your life while having fun. Activities include – Holy Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, sports, games, great food, talks and more.
Quo Vadis Days will be held from June 24-27, 2018 at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. There is a registration fee of $50; all other expenses are funded by the Diocese of Harrisburg. Registration forms can be found on their website at www.hbgdiocese.org. You may also contact the Office of Vocations at (717) 657-4804, ext. 282 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration packet or if you have questions. Registration deadline is June 17, 2018.
The Rite of Ordination occurs within the context of Holy Mass. The candidates promise to perform the duties of the Priesthood and to respect and obey their bishop. Then the candidates lie prostrate, while the faithful kneel and pray for the help of the saints singing the Litany of the Saints.
The essential part of the rite is when the bishop silently lays his hands upon each candidate offering the consecratory prayer. The newly ordained is vested with the stole and chasuble. Then the bishop anoints his hands with chrism before presenting him with the chalice and paten which he will use when presiding at the Eucharist. Following this, the gifts of bread and wine are brought forward and given to the new priests. All priests present, concelebrate the Eucharist with the newly ordained taking the place of honor at the right of the bishop. (EWTN)
The rite of Ordination to Priesthood has a great deal of symbolism, tradition and ritual. Here are two videos about what happens during a Priest Ordination:
What happens at an Ordination to the Roman Catholic Priesthood: Vocation director explains the ceremony
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv2AvMT46kg
Busted Halo: Sacraments 101 - Holy Orders
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q904xIwxnSc