Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Need is Great

This weekend at church the Serra Club took a few minutes after Communion to speak about prayers for vocations. They asked parishioners to pledge to attend a Mass once a month, pray a Rosary once a month, or pray daily for vocations.

Please join me in offering the Serra Prayer for Vocations:

O God, Who wills not the death of a sinner
But rather that he be converted and live
Grant, we beseech You,
Through the intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever virgin,
Saint Joseph, her spouse,
Blessed Junipero Serra and all the saints,
An increase in laborers for Your Church,
Fellow laborers with Christ to spend and consume themselves for souls
Through the same Christ Jesus, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. Amen.

In his analysis of God or the Girl, Moneybags observes that without priests, there is no Eucharist. Sister Eva-Maria had the same thoughts during the Triduum. Our pastor said the same on Sunday as he thanked the Serrans for their important prayer ministry. I am encouraged by the fact that each Sunday during the Prayers of the Faithful at our church, an intention is offered for those considering the priesthood or consecrated life.

Let us pray, and encourage, those who are considering priesthood or consecrated life, those who are in formation, and also those priests and religious who are already ministering in the Church.

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