PRAY FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND RELIGIOUS LIFE

ADORE JESUS IN THE MONSTRANCE BLESSED BY POPE JOHN PAUL II

VISIT ANY TIME ON THURSDAY, APRIL 14 TH, 8:30 A.M.-7:00 P.M.

Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. -Pope John Paul II

     The beautification of Pope John Paul II is May 1st, on Divine Mercy Sunday. During his life of great holiness on earth, Karol Wojtyla, consistently proclaimed his love for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. He said "The Eucharist is the secret of my day; it gives strength and meaning to all my activities of service to the Church and to the world.”

As we adore Jesus in the sacred vessel blessed by the pope, let us ask Our Lord to bless our parish and diocese with more priests and religious. As parish members, we are called to participate in the mission of prayer to send more laborers into the harvest.

     Recalling the words of Bishop Melczek, in his January reflections to our parish, he asserts, “I believe that the practice of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will have a definite positive impact upon the willingness of young men and women to respond with generous hearts to a vocation from the Lord to a life dedicated to Him in the priesthood or religious life.”

“To love God and not to revere the priest...This is not possible.” -St. Josemaria Escriva

     As we pray that, those who are called will respond to the invitation to serve in the priesthood or religious life: let us also keep in mind Father Meade and Father McGrogan’s commitments to their priestly vocations. We are truly blessed to have priests who support and encourage Eucharistic Adoration.      They understand that the worship of the Holy Eucharist defines us: it is what makes us authentic in our Catholic faith.

     Our devotion to the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament puts us in the right relationship with God. Come, let us adore! Recognize that love for the Holy Eucharist is essential: it is the source and summit of our life. As faithful Catholics, it is through prayers and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament that our Lord will bestow upon us the fruitfulness and benefits of future priests and religious.

In Jesus and Mary,

Kathy Miller and Kim Morton