In the sacrament of Holy Orders Jesus shares his priesthood with men, making them our spiritual fathers and bestowing on them the power to act in his Person. When the priest says the words of institution at Mass: “This is my body . . . This is my blood,” that which was bread and wine now becomes the whole Christ: body, blood, soul and divinity because Jesus speaks and acts through him. When the priest tells us in confession: “I absolve you of your sins,” Jesus is the divine Physician giving us, through the ministry of his priest, the absolute assurance that our sins are forgiven. When the priest blesses; it is Jesus who blesses.
To any young man in our parish who is discerning a call to the priesthood or who feels some attraction to priestly life and ministry, please contact the Parish Office to make an appointment with a priest.
Let us all continue in fervent prayer for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. May God grant all of us the grace to follow Christ’s call and the joy of inviting others to respond to that call in their lives.