So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Looking ahead to Fathers' Day. Support Seminarians; support Priests.

Looking ahead, Father's Day is June 18th. Why not give a gift to our special fathers, our spiritual fathers who, like good fathers, sacrifice their time and energy, and too commonly these days, their lives to offer the sacraments for our eternal health and well being?

There are young men in seminarian formation who could use your support. They are the young men entering the Catholic priesthood to serve in the Ordinariate.

Like other Catholic groups such as the FSSP or the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, the Ordinariate is a community within a community that is doing something beautiful for God.
Click on the following link to support these men in their academic and religious formation:
Consider that there are currently 43 communities in the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. Whether a man is an Ordinariate seminarian or a FSSP seminarian or a seminarian in a diocesan formation program, they are all Catholics training for service in the vineyard of the Lord. Roman Catholics—members of the Ordinariate are Roman Catholic!—help Ukrainian Catholics help Roman Catholics help Chaldean Catholics help Maronites help... . The host parish for the (Ordinariate) Fellowship of Blessed John Henry Newman is a very generous and welcoming Portuguese community of the Catholic Diocese of Victoria. Different rites, different language parishes — we are all Catholics!

Priests' needs are great. They give much to help us work out our salvation (Philippians 2:12). If not nearly all, most current Ordinariate priests gave up the material comfort of their former positions in Anglican and Episcopalian dioceses to lead their parishes into union with the Catholic Church. Theirs is a story of courage and fidelity and joy.

Perhaps one's gratitude might find expression in continuing material support for our priests-in-training and our retired priests.

The Ordinariate priests' retirement fund:

Support your diocesan clergy! Visit your diocese's webpage and find out how to donate to the seminarian and/or priest retirement fund.

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