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Priesthood Sunday October 30, 2016

A Challenge...

Do not be afraid... go out on the streets and into public places, like the first Apostles who preached Christ and the Good News of salvation in the squares of cities, towns and villages. This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel (cf. Rom 1:16). It is the time to preach it from the rooftops (cf. Mt 10:27).


Do not be afraid to break out of comfortable and routine modes of living, in order to take up the challenge of making Christ known in the modern “metropolis”. It is you who must “go out into the byroads” (Mt 22:9) and invite everyone you meet to the banquet which God has prepared for his people. The Gospel must not be kept hidden because of fear or indifference. It was never meant to be hidden away in private. It has to be put on a stand so that people may see its light and give praise to our heavenly Father (cf. Mt 5:15-16).

-St John Paul the Great

An invitation...

On This Special Day...

Please join me on this special day, Priesthood Sunday, in praying for our priests, in praising God for their courage and their generosity. As your bishop I urge you to make your appreciation for your parish priest known. A simple note, a smile or a phone call to assure him of your loving care and gratitude for his presence in the life of your local church will go a long way to serve the greater good of our wonderful and growing Catholic Church.
-Bishop Joseph Gossman, Diocese of Raleigh

A Question...

Why Priesthood Sunday Is Important

The reasons for this celebration (of Priesthood Sunday) should be obvious. The number of priests per Catholic has declined over the past 40 years. This makes it more difficult for individual parishioners to establish a close relationship with any one particular priest. When I was growing up, our pastor served in our parish for 34 years. My mom and dad knew him well. His presence and service were significant factors in the story of my own vocation. Furthermore, priests are no longer the only ones who offer pastoral care to our people. Yet without a priest, no parish is able to be a Eucharistic community. It is important to reaffirm the importance of the priesthood of Jesus Christ and its central place in the life of our Church.
-Archbishop John G. Vlazny, Archdiocese of Portland

More things to consider and press information....

They are Called

"He calls them to lead your holy people in love, nourish them by your word and strengthen them through the sacraments. Father, they are to give their lives in your service and for the salvation of your people as they strive to grow in the likeness of Christ and honor you by their courageous witness of faith and love."

--Preface to the Liturgy of the Chrism Mass

Priest Heroes

Father Michael Hobson

My priest hero is Father Mike Hobson of Saint Agnes Parish in Middleton, MA . He came to our parish over five years ago and we have been truly blessed with his presence.

...more priest hero stories

Priest Stories

For The Children

SEATTLE, WA-"The world of children is a hostile place. And the way we treat children is a measure of our commitment to the Gospel." READ MORE...

Set up a dialogue

How well do your parishioners and priests know each other?

Start a dialogue to exchange concerns and ideas. <more...>

Posters to announce your parish celebration

Use the banner above to announce your celebration! <click here>.

"A Wonderful Celebration:"

Dear Father,

Last October our parish, St. Paul the Apostle, Racine, Wisconsin, celebrated Priesthood Sunday. This was such a wonderful celebration and our vocation team that was responsible for organizing it received many positive responses.

Four More Parishes Join the Celebration

Dear Father,

This will be our third annual celebration of PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY. We have added four other parishes in our district to celebrate the day also. READ MORE...


From the Serra Club of North-Minneapolis...

Sometimes priests are not comfortable with calling attention to themselves even though Priesthood Sunday is not to call attention to themselves but to call attention to the Priesthood. <more....>


Priesthood Sunday Planning

Planning Guide

Made to fit your busy parish calendar. Now your parish community can choose the best Sunday to Celebrate Priesthood Sunday.

En español

Guia de Planeación 

Tips for Teachers and Catechists

Priesthood Sunday lesson plans for Religious Education Programs and parish life programs.

Domingo del Sacerdocio: Lecciones catequéticas para programas parroquiales y de Educación Religiosa.

Share Celebration Ideas

Priesthood Sunday appreciation cards….Catholic youth are creative.

Fr. John Bolderson, pastor at St. Regis in KC, MO, received many appreciation cards from the school and CCD students. He picked a few to share during the homily on Priesthood Sunday. The first one he chose to read and show was from a 4th grader. It had a drawing of a man in black clothing and a dog inside the card with this note. “I love your dog!” He smiled, he loved his dog, too. Priesthood Sunday is more than giving a big party or reception, although those are great, let your children participate and honor their pastor. Here are a few sample cards in pdf and Word.doc templates: Print and show these to your parish school principal and director of CCD.

Card Box Label
Example #1-Priesthood Sunday Cards
Example #2-Priesthood Sunday Cards
Example #3-Priesthood Sunday Cards
Example #4-Priesthood Sunday Cards
Example #5-Priesthood Sunday Cards
Priesthood Sunday Page to Color
Scouting Example-Priesthood Sunday Cards

Ask the kids to make posters...

Priest Appreciation Poster by kids

National Catholic Committee on Scouting Celebrates Priesthood Sunday

The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has promoted Priesthood Sunday for the past 5 years through their webpage and distribution of PS material to Catholic Scouts. The latest support comes through the new website developed during 2009 and additions to the Priesthood Sunday webpage. We anticipate a broad distribution of this information to Catholic Scout leaders.

The link below will take you to the wonderful site and gives additional links to appreciation cards that Scouts and Scouts can download and print for their Packs, Troops and Venturing units to use in honoring their pastors, Scout Chaplains and bishop.

I want to express the appreciation of the USA Council of Serra International for the continuous support for Priesthood Sunday and the Serra Club Venturing in Catholic High Schools program.

I believe that during this Year for Priests we have a wonderful opportunity to work together even closer to build a more positive culture for Church vocations in America.

Together we are making a difference

Homer Radford

Pray! Invite! Encourage! Affirm! Vocations!

There are vocations...

...which manifest themselves. They must be fostered.

... which are not conscious of themselves. They must be awakened.

... which do not dare manifest themselves. They must be found and encouraged.

... which are in fear of being lost. They must be reassured.

... which meet with opposition. They must be strengthened.

... which are paralyzed by poverty. They must be helped financially.

Look around you.

How many men and women in your parishes are caring and compassionate individuals who are good listeners, articulate speakers, and loving enthusiastic Catholics?

How many of these special, gifted people have ever been invited to consider becoming a priest, sister, brother, permanent deacon, or full-time lay minister?

Statistics show that 80% of the 18-30 year olds in the United States and Canada have never been asked to consider a Church Vocation.

Additional Annual Events for you to Consider

Please contact the USA Council of Serra International toll-free 1-888-777-6681 or email for more information.

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