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April 30th Pastor's Message

Read this week's message from Father Don

 

ALLELUIA, CHRIST IS RISEN.


Dear friends,


The Church needs priests, so let us pray that young men will be given the courage to respond to Jesus’ invitation.

This week throughout the archdiocese, parishes will offer eucharistic adoration to pray for priestly vocations. At All Saints, adoration will be held at the following times:


Tuesday May 2

7:00 pm Mass for Vocations

7:30 pm Adoration, confession, prayers for vocation

8:15 pm Coffee and discussion in the parish hall


Thursday May 4

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Adoration, Praise and worship, faith sharing, praying over individuals,

Individual blessings with the monstrance.


Friday May 5

9:00 am Mass for Vocations

9:45 am – 6:45 pm Adoration

7:00 pm Mass for Vocations


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In our society, young men are encouraged to get a good education and a good job, then, perhaps, to marry and raise a family. This is true in both Catholic and non-Catholic families. Very few Catholic parents encourage their sons to consider a life of priestly service in the Church. This is one of the reasons for the grave decline in the number of priestly vocations in the western world.


Let’s be honest, if the Church does not have priests, it will rapidly decline. That is the situation we are facing in our society.


Raising up priests is, above all, the responsibility of the laity. Most priests come from ordinary Catholic families who care about the Church and its future. All Saints Parish has been in existence for about 60 years and, as far as I can see, it has not produced any priestly vocations (please correct if I’m wrong). If true, that is a very bad sign.


This week, please join me at eucharistic adoration, as we pray that young men from our parish will take a serious look at the priesthood.




Love,


Father Don








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