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ARCHDIOCESE HOLDS HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will hold a Holy Hour for Vocations on Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. at more than 20 parishes simultaneously across the Archdiocese. More parishes will open their doors for a Holy Hour on Thursday, Nov. 6.
A Holy Hour is a special time set aside for prayer in front of the Tabernacle in which Jesus is uniquely present in the Blessed Sacrament.
This special Holy Hour will give young and old alike the opportunity to come together in prayer, answering Jesus’s one prayer request, “Beg the harvest master to send out laborers for the harvest” (Matthew 9:38)
The numbers are in and the prayers are sent! Last Wednesday and Thursday, during National Vocation Awareness Week, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati participated in its first ever Archdiocesan Holy Hour for Vocations during which more than 25 locations participated in an hour of Eucharistic Adoration during which they prayed for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life and a revitalization of the need for all of us to seek and follow the will of God in our lives. The night was a huge success!
One parish in Cincinnati, Christ the King, had 8th grade students lead a living rosary during which they lit one another’s candles as they said one “Hail Mary” after another. Other parishes offered prayers written by Pope Benedict XVI, more prayed a litany of vocations and still others added prayers written by St. John Vianney, Patron of Priests. All parishes offered individuals the opportunity to pray silently before our Eucharistic Lord and undoubtedly the Spirit was alive and moving across the Archdiocese! More than 400 people in all prayed before the Altar of God and many more were encouraged to join the invisible monastery of their homes.
In addition to these, the other 5 dioceses in Ohio participated in their own Diocesan Holy Hour so that throughout much of the day, the Lord heard the pleading of thousands across this state for more courageous young men and women who are willing to generously answer the call to the consecrated life as priests or religious.
It is expected that this newly created event will become a regular occurrence each year during Vocation Awareness Week. The second annual happening will likely be on Wednesday, November 4, 2015. Mark your calendars now and in the meantime, continue to pray for an increase in religious vocations and for God to reveal to you the purpose for which He created you.
ARCHDIOCESE MARKS YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, in union with the Catholic Church around the world, will celebrate members of religious orders and others in consecrated life during the Year of Consecrated Life called by Pope Francis from Nov. 30, 2014 to Feb. 2, 2016.
The theme for the celebration in the Archdiocese, reflecting the Pope’s goals for the Year, is “Celebrating the Past, Serving in the Present, Embracing the Future.”
“Each of us has a call from God, and discovering God’s call for us will bring joy to our life,” said the Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati. “Religious life / consecrated life is a viable option.”
The objectives he has approved for the Archdiocesan observance of the Year are to:
- increase the visibility of religious life / consecrated life;
- express appreciation;
- highlight the joy experienced in this vocational choice;
- educate about religious life / consecrated life.
“The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has a long and rich history of welcoming religious communities,” Archbishop Schnurr said, noting as examples that the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur are celebrating 175 years and the Poor Clare Sisters 25 years in the Archdiocese in 2015.
“Today 34 different Congregations of women and 12 different Congregations of brothers and priests minister in the Archdiocese – approximately 226 priests, 114 brothers, and 781 sisters. We are also blessed with the presence of Secular Institutes, public (Regnum Christi) and private associations (Children of Mary) of the faithful, and a Consecrated Virgin Living in the World. All of those are examples of the consecrated life.”
In addition to parish-wide observances, there will be two Archdiocesan events to mark the Year of Consecrated Life. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph R. Binzer will preside at the opening Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Emmanuel Church in Dayton. Archbishop Schnurr will preside at the closing Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 38th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with almost 500,000 Catholics, and has the sixth largest network of Catholic schools in terms of enrollment. The 19-county territory includes 213 parishes and 113 Catholic primary and secondary schools.
Another location has been added to our list of sites for this first ever Archdiocesan Holy Hour for Vocations, but this time the holy hour is on Sunday, November 9th starting at 5:00pm. This holy hour will take place inside the St. Gregory the Great chapel at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West. It is part of a quarterly effort by the seminary to open its doors to all who want to pray with our seminarians for an increase of the number of men who have heard God’s call to the priesthood and who are ready to respond with a generous, “Yes.”
So, if you are not free to join us in the Archdiocesan Holy Hour for Vocations either on Wednesday or Thursday, please make an effort to join us in prayer on Sunday, November 9th from 5-6pm. For more details, contact Mary Mass at 513-233-6299.
This coming Sunday, October 26, 2014, has been designated Priesthood Sunday by the people at Serra International, a lay Catholic organization founded under the patronage of Blessed Junipero Serra to support and pray for priests and consecrated religious. What that means is that for one Sunday, the Serra organization is asking us to spend some time showing some appreciation for the men who have answered the call to serve all of us who are under their care.
One might be surprised at just how much priests have been charged with upon their ordination. Apart from the things we all know about, that they they make a promise of chastity and obedience to the bishop, the priest also takes on the care of all the souls that live within the limits of the parish to which he has been assigned. That means that no matter who or when, the priest is called to be there for any person within his parish is in need. There are days when priests are asked to celebrate a baptism, a wedding and a funeral all in the same day and they must be able to celebrate with each of the families in the way expected of them. Additionally, they are asked to be the CEO of a business and keep it solvent with the help of good staff. They are supported so many times by the prayers they promise to pray 5 times a day and, unfortunately, sometimes they are supported only by those prayers.
- shake your pastor’s hand as you leave Mass and say, “Thank you for being our pastor, we really appreciate it.”
- Go out before Sunday and get a card that says, “Thank you.” Add your own personal message and hand it to your pastor after Mass.
- Gather some prayer promises from your family members and write them all down. Hand them to your pastor after Mass or mail it to the pastor for him to open at the office and be encouraged by your prayers that day.
- Invite your pastor to join you for brunch after Mass or for lunch or dinner on another day.
- Purchase a small gift card that can pay for a couple gallons of gas, a coffee, some ice cream, or maybe even something from the iTunes store
- If you have children in your home, despite any personal preference for a priest with a different personality, talk positively about your pastor’s care for you and say some prayers on his behalf.
Fr. Donald Witherup, a priest from Paris, France will be coming to the University of Cincinnati to talk about St. Paul and the New Evangelization on Monday, February 23, 2015. Fr. Witherup, a member of the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulspice is coming to take part in the Frassati Speaker Series being organized by the young Catholic group, the Society of St. Paul that was recently established on the UC campus.
For more information about this talk, Fr. Witherup, PSS, or the UC Society of St. Paul, please visit http://www.ucssp.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 15, 2014
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so beg the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Matthew 9:36-38.
We have heard these verses so often in our priestly lives and yet so often it seems the people entrusted to our pastoral care, and even we ourselves, can forget that Jesus specifically asked us to pray for one thing: “laborers for his harvest.” He did not say this expecting it to be a one-time request. He said it in relation to the harvest, a regular happening that must be done with great care and within a set time frame. That is why so many laborers are needed.
Today, the harvest continues to be abundant and, as we all know, the number of laborers for this harvest is limited. Therefore with great enthusiasm I announce an Archdiocesan-wide Holy Hour for Vocations during this year’s National Vocation Awareness week on Wednesday, November 5th from 7:00-8:00pm. Parishes from each deanery have been selected as host parishes and I encourage you to ask your parishioners, public school religion (CCD) classes, and youth ministry programs to attend the holy hour nearest to your parish. If it would make more sense for you to hold your own evening of adoration at the same time, please feel free to do so and publicize those details to your parish.
To the pastors who have agreed to be host parishes, thank you for your generosity in opening your parish for this truly holy evening. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the Vocation Office.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Dennis M. Schnurr
Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr
Archbishop of Cincinnati