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What Can I Do For the Year of the Priest?
Vultus Christi ^ | 06-25-09 | Father Mark

Posted on 06/25/2009 4:41:20 PM PDT by Salvation

What Can I Do For the Year of the Priest?



The Schola Cantorum of Priests of the Diocese of Tulsa

1. You can ask your Parish Priest to offer the Votive Mass of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest on the First Thursday of the Month. Suggest that he use the parish bulletin and the Sunday homily to invite the faithful to participate in this monthly Mass for the sanctification of all priests.

2. Study the Holy Father's Letter for the Year of Priests in a small group. Make copies. Mark them up. Take the message to heart. So much of what the Holy Father writes never reaches ordinary Catholics! Get the word out!

3. Yes, you can offer all your sufferings -- physical, emotional, and spiritual -- for the sanctification of all priests.


4. Considering the damage done to the priesthood by sins of calumny, detraction, and tale-bearing, you can resolve to refrain from all critical, unkind, and judgmental speech (and blogging) concerning priests, and also resolve never to repeat disedifying comments, anecdotes, or gossip concerning priests, their sins, and their failings.

5. Don't forget the souls of priests in purgatory. You may want to join with others in having Masses offered for the happy repose of the souls of departed priests.

6. Resolve to show all priests a supernaturally motivated respect and reverence. Reclaim the beautiful Catholic custom of asking for a priest's blessing whenever you encounter him. And brother priests, don't hesitate to offer your priestly blessing on every occasion!

7. "And He said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting" (Mk 9:32). In reparation for the sins of priests and to obtain for them graces of conversion, deliverance from patterns of habitual sin, and fortitude in spiritual combat, you can fast, abstain, or offer some other mortification for priests every Wednesday. (Spy Wednesday was the day of Judas' plotting against Our Lord.)

8. On Thursday (the day of the institution of the Most Holy Eucharist and of the Priesthood) you can spend one hour before the Blessed Sacrament in thanksgiving for the gift and mystery of the priesthood, and in confident supplication for the sanctification of all priests. I recommend that during this hour you meditate Our Lord's own prayer for priests in the 17th Chapter of Saint John's Gospel.

9. On Friday (the day of Our Lord's Blessed Passion) make the Way of the Cross for priests or pray the Litany of the Precious Blood or the Litany of the Sacred Heart for them.

10. Every Saturday (Our Blessed Lady's day) offer for priests five decades of the Rosary or the Ave, Maris Stella, a most suitable liturgical hymn for interceding for priests.

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Prayer
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist; cult; yearofthepriest
Some excellent suggestions here.
1 posted on 06/25/2009 4:41:21 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; markomalley; ...
Please post any other ideas you might have.

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2 posted on 06/25/2009 4:42:30 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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3 posted on 06/25/2009 4:45:10 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Salvation

My parish priest has asked us all to select one priest in our lives and offer up prayers for him throughout the year.

4 posted on 06/25/2009 4:47:55 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free baby.)
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To: mware

Great idea. I like the votive Mass suggested for priests on the first Thursday of each month, too.

You might ask him about that.

5 posted on 06/25/2009 4:56:48 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: mware

I recall a priest telling of being called to the deathbed of an elderly woman he did not know. He had ministered to her once, she spent her life saying a daily rosary for him. He knew God blessed him throughout his life, his ministry soared. He knew then who to thank for God’s tremendous grace. It was a touching story.

6 posted on 06/25/2009 5:05:57 PM PDT by tioga
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To: tioga

Wonderful story. I think we will be truly astonished when the Poor Souls in Purgatory that we have prayed for come to meet us at the moment of our death.

It would certainly be true of priests too. I was praying for my priest recently when the strangest prayer came to my mind — that of having his car stop in the area he was for a family reunion. That didn’t exactly happen, but he was delayed — his flight was re-scheduled. God answers our prayers in strange ways sometimes.

7 posted on 06/25/2009 5:11:51 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Salvation

I’m praying Stations of the Cross for my “adopted” priest, as well as remembering him in Holy Hours, saying rosaries for him, offering up little sacrifices and sufferings for him.

8 posted on 06/25/2009 8:16:10 PM PDT by MasonGal
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To: MasonGal

Super intentions. Blessings to you!

9 posted on 06/25/2009 8:48:26 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: MasonGal; tioga

Our Serra Club had cards made up for all the deacons, priests and seminarians in our area. We each took one to pray for him. I carry it in my wallet. I’ll have to say prayers more often! LOL!

10 posted on 06/25/2009 8:50:05 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: Salvation

EXCELLENT resources!! Thanks...

11 posted on 06/26/2009 4:57:59 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: SumProVita

There are prayer cards with St. John Vianney’s Prayer for Priests on them available on USCCB.

Our priest got a whole pile of them, both in English and Spanish.

12 posted on 07/19/2009 10:16:44 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: SumProVita
Saint John Vianney, the Cure of Ars
Pastor’s Column
19th Sunday Ordinary Time
August 9, 2009
Saint John Vianney, whose feast day is August 4, has been made the patron saint of all priests. Towards the end of his life he was in such demand that he spent up to 16 hours a day hearing confessions. For this week’s column I wish to offer a small selection of his words, that he might speak to us today.
                                                                             Father Gary
In your work, offer your difficulties and troubles quite simply to God…. And you will find that his blessing will rest upon you and all that you do.
We ought to in the morning on awakening to offer to God our heart, our mind, out thoughts, our words, our actions, our whole selves, to serve for his glory alone.
Our prayer is an incense which God receives with extreme pleasure.
If you really love God, you will not be content with avoiding big sins. You will regard as hateful anything which could be even a little displeasing to him.
Fear nothing but sin and displeasing God.
If we have a burden to carry, let us promptly remember that we are following Jesus Christ carrying his cross; let us unite our sufferings to those of our divine savior.
Alas! How many neglect or omit their spiritual duties just as easily as they will take a glass of wine. They will not do things unless they are in the modd, or put themselves to any inconvenience.
To pray well we need not speak much.
Ask our Lord for the grace to think only of him and to desire only to please him in all you do for your whole life.
Those who go often to Mass during the week, do their work very much better than those who, for want of faith, think they have no time.
We can, if we will, become a saint, for God will never refuse to help us to do so.

13 posted on 08/09/2009 2:13:23 PM PDT by Salvation (With God all things are possible.)
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To: All
Jesus, High Priest
Jesus. High Priest

The Year of the Priest

We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.

Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.

Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.

Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.

Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.

O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.

Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priests

14 posted on 10/31/2009 9:31:57 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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