Saturday, 23 May 2009

Year of the Priesthood

On March 16th Pope Benedict announced a Year of the Priesthood to run from 19th June this year - Feast of the Sacred Heart - to June 19th next year. He told us that this was in an effort to encourage "spiritual perfection" in priests. During this jubilee year, the Pope will also proclaim St. John Vianney to be patron saint of all the world's priests. At present he, also known as the Cure of Ars, is considered the patron saint of parish priests only. In his March address, Pope Benedict said the priestly ministry consists of total adherence to the Church's tradition of participating "in a spiritually intense new life and a new lifestyle which was inaugurated by the Lord Jesus and which the apostles made their own." The pope underlined the "indispensable struggle for moral perfection which must dwell in every authentically priestly heart." You can read the letter on the Year by Cardinal Hummes, of the Congregation for Clergy here.

We are going to mark the beginning of the Year in our parishes by hosting the annual Sacred Heart Mass which is normally celebrated in St Peter's. Specially invited are those who attend Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in their parishes, but all are most welcome to join us - Friday 19th June at 7.30 in St Brigid's. Other events will be announced as the Year of the Priesthood unfolds. See what other Catholic bloggers are saying about the Year here.

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