Well…welll…well…Just as I was feeling pleased with myself about posting I lost track of time. The last few weeks have been full of a lot of activity so I will try and re cap here as best as I can.
Our FIAT missions are in full swing as we begin our second and final month for this summer’s operation. On June 25th we had our “Discerner Open House” which was quite an event. We had nine young men attend ranging in age from 17-29 and all in different points of discernment from “being open” to seriously considering the priesthood and seminary. Please keep them in your prayers. In just a few weeks we will have our discernment retreat and our final Discerner Open House, please pray for those events as well. If you are a young man between 17-30 residing in the Diocese of Sacramento and are interested in attending you can contact our diocesan office of Vocations at 916-733-0258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s two new articles you can check out down below in our featured links section. I found them pretty interesting as well. Also this article is pretty interesting as well. I think it is pretty true; sadly it is hard for people, even with holy and noble intentions, to take up their cross and follow the Lord when it comes to discernment. Often times we begin with ourselves in discernment and not God…which is… rather…interesting since no matter to which vocation we are called He does the calling. Anyway, enough of my rambling check the article out! This article about the Holy Father and the priesthood has been out for a while but I missed the boat in getting it out here, give it a read!
June 22 was the feast of Corpus Christi and at St Thomas More it was celebrated with a lovely procession around our parish grounds. Corpus Christi is my favorite feast (outside of Christmas and the Triduum) so I was happy to be there. Then last Sunday, June 29, Feast of Sts Peter and Paul was my farewell party at the parish as well. It wasn’t really a farewell, but rather a celebration of the last year together. I say this because I was blessed by God to form relationships with many people there which will not end with the pastoral year and I hope, God willing, to go back several times and even offer Mass once a priest. A shout out to all the people who worked so hard to put the party on and mad thanks for all the love from everybody.
On June 19th was a meeting of the Sacramento Catholic Forum, Radio Santisimo was present to promote the radio and to hear Auxiliary Bishop Myron Cotta Speak. We even took a selfie (which I will post once I upload the photos from my phone). His Excellency, Bishop Cotta, shared the story of his call; to conversion, the priesthood and the episcopate. It was very moving and inspiring. Bishop Cotta is a man of great spirituality who has no qualms in sharing that.
Lastly, I am pleased to announce that we have two new seminarians for the Diocese of Sacramento. Bishop Soto accepted Stephen Wood and Ivan Franco as candidates to the priesthood. This month they will interview for seminary and if accepted start the path to priesthood in August at Mt Angel Seminary. Soon we will have pictures and more information on this two new seminarians.
I just saw this video on the priesthood. It’s a bit long, nine minutes but take the time to watch. It was a great reminder for me as I watched and hopefully inspiring for you. Consider it! Consider Priesthood!
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted in such quick succession so I’m almost at a lost as what to say but here we go.
Last Thursday was graduation at Paradise High School and so I went up, we had a number of kids graduate most of whom were in either youth group or Confirmation class. It was a nice ceremony. All things considered it was brief, funny and most importantly recognized the both the accomplishment and future of these young adults. Then followed a few graduation parties.
Saturday was Fr Eric Flore’s ordination day. It was, as always a beautiful event. At one point I was standing next to Mike Ritter during the ordination rite proper and thought “Mike’s next” and then after that “Wait! That mean’s after Mike’s class I”m next”. Eric’s joy was inspiring and encouraging.
Sunday I was in Paradise again and Sunday evening I was the Master of Ceremonies for Eric’s Mass of Thanksgiving there. Fr Eric ( I keep forgetting) did his pastoral year there and so after celebrating in St Joseph’s in Lincoln where he did pastoral ministry in his deacon year. He had a great crew of kids serving and our very own Jeremy Santos was the thurifer. I don’t doubt that a few vocational seeds were soon on that great day of celebration. Fr Eric celebrated well, only a few rookie mistakes ;).
While I was up North our FIAT crew was at St Vincent’s in Vallejo, I heard they spied a few guys taking literature that was put out. This coming week they will be at St Joseph’s in Vacaville. Please keep them in your prayers.
Sadly, a priest in Phoenix, AZ, Fr Kenneth Walker, FSSP, was murdered in the rectory by what are believed to be burglars. The priest he lived with was hurt badly and is in critical but stable condition. Fr Walker was only 28 years old and two years a priest. In your kindness pray for them both.
In two weeks we begin our discernment activities for this summer and so far we have five people interested. Please pray for the events and that the Holy Spirit will move many men to answer the call and give them the courage to do the things necessary for their vocation.
Stay tuned for more info and hopefully photos of all that’s going on!
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