My Dear Parishioners,
On Sunday, June 11th, the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Archdiocese will begin the parish part of the Worldwide Eucharistic Revival. Later on the Archdiocese will host a Eucharistic Congress on August 30, 2023 at Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown. Anyone interested in attending, please contact me.
Eucharistic Revival – Join Us!
Scandal, division, disease, doubt. The Church has withstood each of these throughout our very human history. But today we confront all of them, all at once. Our response in this moment is pivotal. In the midst of these roaring waves, Jesus is present, reminding us that he is more powerful than the storm. He desires to heal, renew, and unify the Church and the world. How will he do it? By uniting us once again around the source and summit of our faith—the Holy Eucharist. The National Eucharistic Revival is the joyful, expectant, grassroots response of the entire Catholic Church in the U.S. to this divine invitation. Stay up to date on our local celebration of the Eucharistic Revival at phillyeucharisticrevival.org.
On Saturday, May 20th, Archbishop Perez ordained 7 men to the priesthood for our Archdiocese. They are: Reverend Anthony J. Albanese, Reverend Shane M. Flanagan, Reverend Randall J. Kraft, Reverend Phong T. Le, Reverend John C. Okpara, Reverend Kenneth I. Omeke, and Reverend Wesley L. Taveras Medina. Please pray for them as they assume their first assignments. It is also a good idea to pray for all priests at this time, as this is the time when many of the priest changes are announced. While we rejoice and celebrate the ordination of these seven men, I need to point out that they still are not enough. Next year there will be only 3 men ordained to the priesthood for Philadelphia. Please pray for vocations. We are in serious need. It is a good idea to encourage young men you know to consider if they are being called to the priesthood. For more information about the Diocesan Priesthood in Philadelphia, visit www.heedthecall.org. Here is a special prayer for vocations.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
God our Father, we thank you for calling men and women to serve in your Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons, religious and consecrated persons. Send your Holy Spirit to help us respond generously and courageously to your call. May our community of faith support vocations of sacrificial love in our youth.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
© U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations
God Bless You!