This press release was just sent out today! Look for it to hit your local paper!
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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)
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
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Andrew Dinner to be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Holy Angels in Dayton has been cancelled.
The Andrew Dinner on Wednesday, October 15th at St. Cecilia in Cincinnati is still on from 5:30-8:00pm. All young men high school age and older who have been opened to the possibility that God is calling them to the Catholic priesthood are invited to attend.
Over the past two days, we at the vocation office had the privilege of joining with nearly 1000 people from all over the Archdiocese at PROCLAIM a conference that ultimately left us with hope and a new vision for the future of our local Church. This vision is marked by discipleship and relationship and an encouragement to recognize and put to great use the talents found in each and every one of us for the building up of God’s kingdom!
And so, now we are back in our offices, and where do we go from here? Of course, as one might expect, we go back to the plans we already had and we do them with a renewed spirit and a new purpose. Next week, there will be two chances for young men to meet and visit with Archbishop Schnurr at Andrew Dinners. On Wednesday, October 15th at St. Cecilia in Oakley (Cincinnati) and Thursday, October 16th at Holy Angels in Dayton (near UD), from 5:30-8:00pm, the Archbishop is enthusiastic about getting a chance to meet young men who have thought about or are now considering the call to the Catholic priesthood. We want to meet you, hear about your discernment journey and give you support and encouragement. This is a relaxed atmosphere and a great opportunity for any young men out there to get some additional advice on how to further his journey in following the will of God. Please contact us if you are interested in coming!
Following this week, there is an opportunity for young women at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Anderson Township to explore further the call to the consecrated life. On Friday, October 24, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 any young women in 7th grade and older is welcome to come sit down and have a meal with and hear the stories of women religious from around the Archdiocese. Just as with the men, these women will have the opportunity to explore how best to further their discernment and prepare themselves to fully accept and respond to the vocation God has placed on their hearts. If you are interested, please contact the IHM Parish Office at 513-388-4466 or Deacon Bill Mulaney at 513-753-7756.
Finally, as October comes to a close and we look around the corner into November, we begin the celebration of National Vocation Awareness Week, November 2-9! More details coming soon!