Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
September 28, 2009
Holy Hour of prayer upholds priesthood
Priests for the Third Millennium Holy Hour celebration includes adoration, praise, benediction, intercession
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St. Dominic Savio parishioner Mona Podloski prays for more shepherds for Christ.
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
ST.ALBERT - With its unique challenges and joys, there is nothing quite like the priesthood.
Priests, in proclaiming the Gospel and celebrating the sacraments, act as ministers of Christ, and participate in his priesthood in a special way.
SHEPHERDS OF THE FLOCK
"They are shepherds of the flock (and one of their roles is to) make the presence of Christ known to us," says Father Patrick Baska, director of vocations for the Edmonton Archdiocese.
But the laity also shares in that extraordinary role, according to the priest. "We share in the priesthood of Christ by being present in our world," he says. "The pope says the priesthood belongs to the whole people of God."
Roles such as preaching the Gospel, shepherding the faithful and celebrating some of the sacraments, "belong to all of us, to the entire Church," said Baska, who led a holy hour of prayer for priests at St. Albert Church Sept. 16.
The event, called Priests for the Third Millennium Holy Hour, was the first in a series of monthly celebrations to mark the Year for Priests. It consisted of praise, adoration, lectio divina, intercession and benediction.
Baska, who sang, chanted and preached during the holy hour, urged his small congregation to pray for priestly vocations and to fulfill their own priestly role by putting God's word into action in the world.
Inspired by the book Priests for the Third Millennium, by Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York City, each holy hour will include a topical presentation on a particular virtue of the priesthood.
The monthly event will go on until June 10, 2010. The holy hour scheduled for Oct. 14 will focus on humility and the one on Nov. 11 will focus on fidelity.
"Whether you are a priest or religious, consecrated or lay, single or married, this holy hour of prayer is meant to celebrate the gift of the priesthood and to grow in our universal call to holiness and service in the one priesthood of Jesus Christ," Baska said in a memo.
"I'm here to celebrate and give thanks to God for the priests (we have) and to pray for more priests," said Mona Podloski of St. Dominic Savio Parish.
"I came here to thank God for the priests I've known and to pray for more priests, but also for well-formed priests - spiritually," said Oblate Father McSheffrey of St. Charles Parish.
"I came because I wanted to pray for our priests that I love very much," said St. Albert parishioner Eva Fillion. "I pray for my priest everyday at home."