Spirituality
Priesthood Ordination Novena: Day 4
May 13th, 2018 by Wayne
 

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

The priesthood for me means assimilation into the priesthood and victimhood of Christ.  It is about setting aside my wants and preferences for the welfare and sanctification of others. In addition to hopefully touching lives through the sacraments, through preaching, counsel and teaching, one of the primary things I am looking forward to is simply praying as a priest, continuing to grow in my relationship with God.  I hope to do this through a disciplined plan of life that involves daily mental prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament, and relying on the help of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Please pray for all aspects of my priesthood but specifically some of the big things that come to mind are trust, surrender, and uniformity to the will of God.

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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 three days of the novena, please click here.

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Priesthood Ordination Novena: Day 3
May 12th, 2018 by Wayne
 

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

The priesthood is a great gift that the Lord has called me, a most unworthy man, to follow him. I hope my priesthood will be focused on service of our Lord and the salvation of souls. I am looking forward to both celebrating Mass and forgiving sins in the sacrament of penance. Pray that I will be a gentle and prudent minister of the Lord’s mercy.

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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 two days of the novena, please click here.

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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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Jim Caviezel’s Words on Vocation
January 9th, 2018 by Wayne
 

It is flying around the internet right now! Jim Caviezel shocked about 8000 young adults this past week during the SLS18 Focus Conference by coming on stage as a trailer for his new movie, St. Paul, Apostle of Christ (in which he plays the part of St. Luke), was about to play. And he further shocked them by taking 15 minutes to teach them about vocation and our universal call to holiness and our responsibility to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Enjoy!

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UPCOMING: March (and April) Madness!
March 2nd, 2017 by Wayne
 

March is a very busy time for Vocation directors both at the diocesan level and in religious communities and that means there are a plethora of opportunities for you to take some quality time to discern your vocation both within and without specific religious communities. Check out all these upcoming Spring discernment opportunities and make a plan this Lent to respond to that tug you feel on your heart.

MARCH 9: MONTHLY HOLY HOUR FOR CONSECRATED VOCATIONS
CHOSEN: Monthly Holy Hour for those discerning a Vocation or praying for Vocations – March 9, beginning at 8pm at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood OH. Sponsored by the Archdiocese Vocations Office and the Children of Mary. Chosen: Every 2nd Thursday of the Month. Come and bring a friend!

March 10-12: “Is it I, God? Discerning a Call to Religious Life”
Dominican Sisters of Peace invite single, Catholic women, ages 18-45, to attend a free “Come and See” Discernment Retreat designed to explore contemporary Dominican life for women. Experience Dominican prayer and community with the Sisters, reflect on God’s call for your life and explore contemporary Dominican life as a Sister. The retreat begins at 4:30pm Friday, March 10 and concludes at noon, Sunday, March 12 at the Dominicans Sisters of Peace Motherhouse, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219. For more information, call or text Sister June Fitzgerald at 570-336-3991 or email jfitzgerald@oppeace.org. Participants may register online for the retreat or request a registration form at http://www.oppeace.org/thinking-about-religious-life. (Some travel assistance is available on a need basis.)

March 10-12: The door is open…will you walk in? Come and See Weekend
The Sisters of the Precious Blood invite all young women discerning a call to the religious life to learn about life as a woman religious, the meaning of our religious vows, the power of prayer and the reality of community in the life and minister of the Sisters. The retreat runs from Friday, March 10 at 5pm to Sunday, March 12 at Noon. Please register by March 3 to Sr. Patty Kremer, CPPS, Coordinator of Vocation Ministry at 937-609-0653 or vocations@cppsadmin.org.

March 10-12: Missionaries of the Precious Blood Discernment retreat
The Missionaries of the Precious Blood are holding a discernment retreat on March 10-12 at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio. Men age 18 or older are invited to attend the retreat, which begins with dinner on Friday and ends after lunch on Sunday. To reserve your place at the retreat or to learn more, contact Fr. Steve Dos Santos, CPPS, director of vocations, at vocation@cpps-preciousblood.org or 937-228-9263.

MARCH 12: HOLY HOUR FOR PRIESTLY VOCATIONS
Come to a Holy Hour for Vocations to the Priesthood at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary. The Holy Hour will take place in the St. Gregory the Great Chapel at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, located on the Athenaeum campus, 6616 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230.

MARCH 17-18: MOUNT ST. MARY’S SEMINARY WELCOME WEEKEND
The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s of the West is once again hosting its annual Welcome Weekend for all men college-age and older who are discerning their call to the Catholic priesthood. The weekend begins at 4:30 on Friday evening and ends with dinner at 6:00 pm Saturday. There is no cost to attend. For more details or to register contact Fr. Schmitmeyer at 513-421-3131 x.2890 or vocations@catholiccincinnati.org. You may also visit CincinnatiVocations.org and click on “Events.”

March 17-19: COME & SEE RETREAT: Glenmary Home Missioners
Men ages 15-19 are invited to visit with Glenmary priests and brothers, travel to a nearby mission, and share in community prayer and reflection. They will also have the opportunity to meet other men who are discerning their call. For more details or to register call 513-881- 7411 or email vocations@glenmary.org.

MARCH 23-25: PONTIFICAL COLLEGE JOSEPHINUM SPRING LIVE-IN
High school aged men who are discerning their call to the priesthood are invited to attend the Pontifical College Josephinum Spring-Live in from March 23-25. Men will have the chance to pray, eat and attend classes with current seminarians as well as get the chance to hear all about life in the seminary and the formation process. All who are interested in attending should contact the vocation office at 513-421-3131 or visit www.pcj.edu/discernment-seminary-life/visit-josephinum/.

March 24-26: Marianist Discernment Retreat
Open to all men and women ages 18 – 30 exploring the possibility of Marianist Religious life. For more information, please contact Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI at vocations.ohio@marianist.us.

March 30-April 1: Congregation of the Holy Cross Come & See Weekend
The Congregation of Holy Cross welcomes high school juniors to a weekend at Old College, the undergraduate seminary on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, March 30 – April 1, 2017. Contact the Office of Vocations at 574-631-6385 or email us at vocation@holycrossusa.org for more information.

March 31-April 2: Live Joyfully Retreat
The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary of the Woods is hosting a weekend discernment retreat for women ages 18-42 at their motherhouse in Saint Mary of the Woods, IN. The retreat is free. Register on line at comeandsee.sistersofprovidence.org. For more details contact Editha Ben at 812-230-4771 or eben@spsmw.org.

APRIL 26: R U CALLED: DINNER FOR WOMEN DISCERNING CONSECRATED LIFE
Young women juniors in high school and older are invited to a great discernment opportunity on Wednesday, April 26 from 5-8pm. Women will hear from Sr. Tracy Kemme, SC and Jacquie Lustig, RC as well as from Archbishop Schnurr. They will have the opportunity to visit with numerous religious communities as well as other women in discernment. Register online by clicking the link above.

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Two Opportunities to Praise!
November 14th, 2016 by Wayne
 

This weekend offers two fantastic opportunities for people of all ages to praise our Lord in the Eucharist!

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-3-37-14-pm On Friday, November 18th, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West is hosting another Vigil Praise event in the St. Gregory Chapel from 7-8 pm with a social following the holy hour. This event is led by the seminarians at Mount St. Mary’s and features a keynote talk by Fr. Eric Wood, a 2015 graduate of the seminary and parochial vicar of St. Francis de Sales, Lebanon and St. Philip, Morrow. He will be speaking on the Year of Mercy and the responsibilities of all Christians found in Matthew 25. This event is open to people of all ages including families!

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-3-42-37-pmThe very next day, Saturday, November 19th, offers another great opportunity for high school teens to come worship our Eucharistic Lord and to join in a great discussion about most of the permanent vocations of the Church (i.e., priesthood, religious life, consecrated single life and married life) during a Vocation Panel at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Anderson Township from 6-7 pm. The panel discussion, which will take place in Heritage Hall on the IHM campus includes FREE pizza for all participants and chaperones. Directly following the panel is Encounter, the quarterly Eucharistic worship event for high school teens that leads them in an encounter with Jesus Christ and also allows them the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.  Encounter will take place in the IHM church. For more information and to complete the necessary permission slip, contact your local youth minister or Encounter Cincinnati.

Don’t miss these wonderful opportunities to be close to our Eucharistic Lord and to be challenged by his presence to become the person he has created you to be!

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It’s Time to Get Honest
March 18th, 2016 by Wayne
 

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.

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