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Congratulations to our New Deacons!
May 3rd, 2019 by Wayne
 

This past Saturday, April 27th, 18 men were ordained by Archbishop Schnurr at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati, to the diaconate. Fifteen of these men will be permanent deacons and serve the people of their home parish from this day forward. The remaining three were ordained as transitional deacons and will, by the grace of God, be ordained priests next Spring. Thanks to the Catholic Telegraph and the good work of the communication office of the Archdiocese we are excited to share with you a beautiful recap of the ordination ceremony!

Don’t miss the beautiful photos from the day, found at The Catholic Telegraph.

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St. Francis De Sales on Vocation
January 24th, 2019 by Wayne
 

Today is the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, a patron of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and one of the greatest spiritual writers in the history of the Church. His most popular writing is his Introduction to the Devout Life which was written for the lay members of the Church to grow in holiness and to devote their entire lives for the love and at the service of God, our creator.

I have been thinking quite a bit about the term, “vocation”. As Luke Burgis and Dr. Joshua Miller, PhD point out in their book, Unrepeatable, we are each called, particularly, in our own way, for a definite purpose. This purpose is not given to any other person ever created. It is the very reason for our existence. God creates us out of love because he wants to share His love to the world through us! Therefore, in living out our lives, it is important for us determine our definite purpose and courageously express God’s love in a way that only we can!

St. Francis de Sales’s beautifully writes on this very topic

When God created the world He commanded each tree to bear fruit after its kind;and even so He bids Christians,–the living trees of His Church,–to bring forth fruits of devotion, each one according to his kind and vocation. A different exercise of devotion is required of each–the noble, the artisan, the servant, the prince, the maiden and the wife; and furthermore such practice must be modified according to the strength, the calling, and the duties of each individual. I ask you, my child, would it be fitting that a Bishop should seek to lead the solitary life of a Carthusian? And if the father of a family were as regardless in making provision for the future as a Capucin, if the artisan spent the day in church like a Religious, if the Religious involved himself in all manner of business on his neighbour’s behalf as a Bishop is called upon to do, would not such a devotion be ridiculous, ill-regulated, and intolerable? Nevertheless such a mistake is often made, and the world, which cannot or will not discriminate between real devotion and the indiscretion of those who fancy themselves devout, grumbles and finds fault with devotion, which is really nowise concerned in these errors. No indeed, my child, the devotion which is true hinders nothing, but on the contrary it perfects everything; and that which runs counter to the rightful vocation of any one is, you may be sure, a spurious devotion.

So we see, as St. Francis puts it, even our devotion to God is going to be different for each individual, and yet, it is through our individual devotion that we come to express the very love of God in this world today. Through prayer and undivided devotion to God above all, we can come to understand our very being and the mission for which we have been created. Many of us will live out that mission as lay men and women, but for others, their missions will lead them to serve the world as priests and consecrated religious. Do we have the courage to become the person God has created us to be? Are we truly devoted to the Lord and his will for your life? 

On this, the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, let us take more time to truly explore our devotion to God and to learn from one of the great spiritual masters of our Church.

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Priesthood Ordination Novena: Day 2
May 11th, 2018 by Wayne
 

Today is the second day of our novena for the men who are preparing for their ordination to the priesthood. Today we feature Deacon Jacob Willig who had this to say about approaching the day of ordination:

As I approach the altar of God, I think of Psalm 43:3 which is:

That I may come to the altar of God,
    to God, my joy, my delight.
Then I will praise you with the harp,
    O God, my God.”

Jesus Christ is our true Joy. He draws a priest to a deep intimacy with Himself. Saying the words of institution, calling down the Holy Spirit, standing in the place of Jesus. True intimacy with Christ is joy. Life in Christ at its core renews us and gives us the new life of the Resurrection in Him. Every time a priest stands at the altar in the person of Christ, he participates in this and God uses Him to share His gift of Himself with his people. What a joy!

I would like to pray for the gifts of counsel, courage, and fortitude. Some of these areas are ones in which I need to continually grow. I also pray that I might have the ability to be a compassionate, honest, and merciful confessor. I know that I will have a lot to learn as a priest, but I also hope to give it my all, to Not be Afraid and to continually put out into the deep! Please pray that I may be a holy priest.

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God our Father, 
you appointed Jesus Christ High Priest of the new and eternal covenant.
By grace you allow men to share in this priesthood and in his saving work.

We ask you to pour out your Holy Spirit on our brothers, Craig, Jarred, Andy and Jacob, whom you have chosen for priesthood.

May they preach the Gospel worthily and wisely, celebrate the sacraments faithfully and reverently, and pray without ceasing. May they be united more closely every day to Christ the High Priest, who offered himself for us to the Father as a pure sacrifice.

Bless, sanctify, and consecrate the men whom you have chosen and called to the sacred order of Priesthood. Through the Holy Spirit make their lives worthy of the mysteries they celebrate.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Priest and Lord. Amen.

Please join us for the rest of the novena and keep praying with us as the Church prepares to celebrate with them on the day of their ordination and to support them throughout their ministry.

If you missed the first day of the novena, please click here.

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Priesthood Ordination Novena: Day 1
May 10th, 2018 by Wayne
 

Today is the first day of our novena for the men who are preparing for their ordination to the priesthood. Today we feature Deacon Andy Smith who had this to say about approaching the day of ordination:

When people ask me how excited I am for my upcoming ordination I tell them that I am definitely looking forward with great anticipation. I am not excited like when I was graduating college. That excitement was also mixed with anxiety. This is different. God has called/invited, I have responded, and the Church has accepted my response. I know I am not perfect, but for the last 7 years the seminary has formed me properly. I am confident and self assured. Please pray for my priesthood to be blessed with the virtue of perseverance, especially during my future physical struggles.

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God our Father, 
you appointed Jesus Christ High Priest of the new and eternal covenant.
By grace you allow men to share in this priesthood and in his saving work.

We ask you to pour out your Holy Spirit on our brothers, Craig, Jarred, Andy and Jacob, whom you have chosen for priesthood.

May they preach the Gospel worthily and wisely, celebrate the sacraments faithfully and reverently, and pray without ceasing. May they be united more closely every day to Christ the High Priest, who offered himself for us to the Father as a pure sacrifice.

Bless, sanctify, and consecrate the men whom you have chosen and called to the sacred order of Priesthood. Through the Holy Spirit make their lives worthy of the mysteries they celebrate.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Priest and Lord. Amen.

Please join us for the rest of the novena and keep praying with us as the Church prepares to celebrate with them on the day of their ordination and to support them throughout their ministry.

 

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Novena for Deacons: Day Nine!
April 28th, 2018 by Wayne
 

Today is ordination day!!!

Therefore, today is also the final day of our novena for the men who are preparing for their ordination to the Transitional Diaconate!

Thank you for praying with us these past eight days! 

Heavenly Father, you have called Jedidiah and his classmates to be heralds of your Gospel and to minister to your people, becoming the servant of all. May you continue to draw them closer and closer to Your Son’s Most Sacred Heart so that, through this year of service to your Church and the working of your Holy Spirit, they may more clearly understand and accept their vocation to serve the Church as Your priests.

Please continue praying with us as the Church celebrates with them on the day of their ordination and to support them throughout their ministry.

Did you miss the other eight days? Click here.

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Novena for Deacons: Day Eight!
April 27th, 2018 by Wayne
 

Today is the eighth day of our novena for the men who are preparing for their ordination to the Transitional Diaconate tomorrow!

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Heavenly Father, you have called Jeff and his classmates to be heralds of your Gospel and to minister to your people, becoming the servant of all. May you continue to draw them closer and closer to Your Son’s Most Sacred Heart so that, through this year of service to your Church and the working of your Holy Spirit, they may more clearly understand and accept their vocation to serve the Church as Your priests.

Please join us for the rest of the novena and keep praying with us as the Church prepares to celebrate with them on the day of their ordination and to support them throughout their ministry.

Did you miss one of the first seven days? Click here.

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Novena for Deacons: Day Seven!
April 26th, 2018 by Wayne
 

Today is the seventh day of our novena for the men who are preparing for their ordination to the Transitional Diaconate.

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Heavenly Father, you have called Elias and his classmates to be heralds of your Gospel and to minister to your people, becoming the servant of all. May you continue to draw them closer and closer to Your Son’s Most Sacred Heart so that, through this year of service to your Church and the working of your Holy Spirit, they may more clearly understand and accept their vocation to serve the Church as Your priests.

Please join us for the rest of the novena and keep praying with us as the Church prepares to celebrate with them on the day of their ordination and to support them throughout their ministry.

Did you miss one of the first five days? Click here.

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