The May edition of The Catholic Telegraph is about to hit news stands and front steps and we are excited to read the interviews of the 10 men who will be ordained this year from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West. Seven of these men will be ordained on May 21, 2016 for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati!!
Go here to read what else will be filling the pages of the next Telegraph!
It is incredible to think that over the next month, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will see the ordination of 28 men to holy orders!! Thanks be to God!!
On Saturday, April 30th, 18 men will be ordained as permanent deacons and another three will be ordained as transitional deacons (to be ordained to the Holy Priesthood next year). The 18 permanent deacons will return to their parishes where now they will be able to minister to their parish and be an agent for God’s grace in the celebration of baptisms, weddings and funerals. They are now able to celebrate the rite of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and are able to confer the blessing of Almighty God on those who ask for the first time and for the rest of their lives! Those who have been ordained as transitional deacons will return to their studies in the seminary as they have now made their last step before being ordained a priest next Spring. It is during this ceremony when the men will freely give their promise of celibacy and faithfulness to the Church alone.
On Saturday, May 21st, in one of the most beautiful liturgies the Catholic Church has to offer, the Archdiocese will celebrate the ordination of seven men to the Holy Priesthood! These men will freely give their promise of obedience to the Archbishop, will receive the chalice and the book of the Gospels, will receive the laying of hands and will lay prostrate before the assembly of the people.Upon rising these men will be presented as the new priests of the Archdiocese, ready to join the Archbishop in consecrating the bread and wine on the altar into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ for the first time! They will remain priests forever and will give the rest of their lives in service to this, our local Church!
It is a time of great joy in this Archdiocese! Please come celebrate with these men if you are able. If you are not, please join with them through your prayers.
The deadline to join the Run for the Call team in the Flying Pig Marathon races on April 30-May 1, 2016 is fast approaching! Your last chance to sign up and use our team discount code is Saturday, April 17th at 11:59pm!! Don’t miss this great opportunity to help a great cause and save a lot of money!
If you want to get the discount code in person, come to the Run for the Call Square Dance tonight from 6-11pm at Annunciation in Clifton!! It’s sure to be one of the most fun family-friendly events of the year!
Once again this year, young adult groups from all around Cincinnati are coming together to put on a Square Dance in the City to support Run for the Call on Saturday, April 9th! This year, the dance will be held in Clifton from 6-11pm (Free Square dance lessons from 6-7pm) at Annunciation school and will feature new live square dance callers, Gregg and Jenny Schmitmeyer who will also provide LIVE music for those dances!! In addition, this year, we are also blessed to have professional DJ, Kenneth Young, keeping the dance floor busy between the squares.
As in the past, we will provide food and drinks to all in attendance and we will also have a fun photo booth with props for all to enjoy! Finally, as a new feature this year, for those who prefer just to come to socialize we will also have cornhole boards set up.
All are welcome and encouraged to come to this family-friendly event. The price of admission is just $5/person ($20 max/family) and kids 10 and under are FREE!
Come out and support a great cause!!
If you can’t make this fundraiser but would still like to support Run for the Call, we are always accepting monetary donations and it is not too late to join the team running during the Flying Pig Marathon weekend.
Today is Spy Wednesday and one of the more spiritually difficult days of the year in my opinion. While today’s Gospel passage is from John 13, where we encounter Judas at the last supper with Jesus, the story from Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 26:14-25) giving us the account of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus where he plans to hand him over to the chief priests in exchange for 30 pieces of silver is our focus here. We all know the story and for me, it is really hard to hear.
Here is a man who has been with Jesus since the beginning. He heard the words Jesus spoke, he listened to his teaching, he shared meals with him and witnessed the many miracles Jesus worked, and yet in Matthew 26:16, it says, “and from that time on he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.” He is willing to just hand Jesus over to the men who want Him dead! It is shocking and sobering. Yet, how well, at times has this story represented the way I have treated my relationship with Christ?! How often have I been willing to give up my faith for those who want Jesus’ name unspoken?
As I reflected more on this one line I was struck by the wording of “looked for an opportunity.” That is what we, who are engaging in the new evangelization, are constantly asked to do. We are asked to look for that opportunity to share the way that Jesus Christ has changed our lives. It is striking that we, who also call ourselves disciples of Christ, who also spend time with him, read his words and ask him to speak to us and perform miracles in our lives and the lives of those we love (and often are witnesses of those miracles!) are presented today with a choice: look for opportunities to hand him over or look for opportunities to hand him on. Today, let’s take on the challenge to do reparation for the sins of Judas and look for the next opportunity to hand on the Good News of Jesus Christ.
I would like to speak to the men for a minute. If you are a woman reading this, please pass this message along to the men in your life.
Holy Week is upon us! Praise the Lord! All the drama of the most epic story of all time is funneled into one great celebration that culminates in the most unfathomable event in history and leaves the world changed forever. The question is has it changed our hearts?
I recently attended a Catholic Men’s Conference in Southeast Indiana at which I heard Mark Houck speak. He began his talk by telling us, as the founder and president of The King’s Men, he travels around preaching the message that, as men we need to be willing to “lead with our weakness.” Of course, that statement makes very little sense in a world that seems to be ruled by power and greed. To even show ones weakness, especially as men, is to give the advantage to the other person and to give him the means to the upper hand. And yet, somehow it is exactly what we need to do. “For when I am weak, then I am strong,” 2 Cor. 12:10. So many times in the world of men we are expected to either have all the answers or be able to do everything on our own. We are expected to not need anyone or anything, but that is just a pile of …garbage!
Let’s get real for a minute. We need help! We aren’t perfect, we aren’t even strong! We are weak human beings with faults and failures and we don’t have all the answers. We do get scared, we can be hurt and there is no way we can ever save ourselves and make it to the home Jesus has prepared for us without His grace! We are weak! And that is GOOD! It is only when we admit that we need a savior that our savior can truly be who He is. It is only when we recognize who we are that we can finally let God be who he is in our lives.
So, this Sunday, when we are all singing out “Hosanna to the Son of David” and following that just a few minutes later by shouting “Crucify him!” stop and reflect, just who you want to be. Are you the man who needs a King or are you the man who wants to deny that the Savior can truly come into this world as a man riding on a donkey preaching about God’s mercy? This is the week when Jesus establishes a new and everlasting covenant with his people. Are we ready to accept that we need it? Be honest.