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6 October 23, 2015 THE U.P. CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY www.upcatholic.org On Priesthood Sunday, we thank all of our priests, as well as our pastoral coordinators and parishes for their patronage of our diocesan newspaper. Through your "full coverage" support, we have delivered the Good News of the risen Christ to nearly every Catholic home in our great diocese for more than 16 years! Father Dan Malone Fr. Dan, You are a wonderful Priest! Your love of the Gospel, pastoral leadership, kind and gentle heart have brought us all closer to Christ! We love you... -Your St. Rose Parishioners! T he qualities of todays priest stood out in Pres- byterorum Ordinis (of the Order of Priests), the De- cree on the Ministry and Life of Priests promulgated Dec. 7, 1965 by the Second Vatican Council. The decree high- lighted the call to preach the Gospel to all people as the first task of priests. The council refo- cused the Church on the centrality of the Word of God and raised the Litur- fy of the Word to greater prominence within the Mass. Since then, priests have worked to improve the quality of preaching to move the hearts of both the priest and the faithful to conver- sion and a more dedicated fidelity to Jesus Christ. The Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests speaks of priests as the indispensable helpers and advisers of the bishops in the ministry of teach- ing, sanctifying and shepherding the people of God. Since this decree, the Church has developed the Presbyteral Council, a group of priests chosen by the bishop to advise him in diocesan matters. The most important development occurred with Pope John Paul IIs apostolic exhortation, I Will Give You Shepherds. The pope wrote that within the Church, the priest is a man of communion. This phrase captures the heart of priesthood: a man in communion with God who is called to become a mediator of this relationship, bringing God to people and people to God. This happens in many ways, and especially at Mass. As a man of communion the priest also is called to become a man of mission and dialogue. Priesthood is never simply about the priest. It is about mission carrying the message of Jesus Christ into a world hungry for meaning and pur- pose. It is about dialogue bringing people within the Church and outside of it into community. The priest is to be a man of witness and a man of peace. The Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests called for the Church to engage in the progressive forma- tion of priests. Since then, a great deal of vision and effort has gone into the formation of priests after their ordination. St. John Paul spoke with eloquence on this need for the ongoing formation of priests quoting St. Paul in his Second Letter to Timothy: I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you. The U.S. Bishops promulgated the Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests in June 2000 to implement the popes vision for the renewal of priests here in the United States. This rekindling must happen in several areas. The priest is called to frow in human formation, the decree said, to develop and sharpen his human sensitivity to understand the needs and unvoiced questions of his people. He needs spiritual formation, to deepen his relationship to the Fa- ther through the Son and in the Holy Spirit. He needs intellectual formation to be an ongoing student of Scripture, theology, and the culture in which he lives. And he needs on-going pastoral formation to help him grow in his pas- toral charity, exercising a shepherds care for his people. In other words, he is to grow in the virtue of love. Each priest is called to engage in this formation as a young, middle-age, or older priest. Finally, The Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests calls priests once again to imitate Jesus the master: They are to serve and not be served. They are called to improve their ability to listen before they speak. This hu- mility is central to the spirituality of the priesthood and is an ever-present challenge to any attitudes of superiori- ty or pride. Clericalism has no place in a Church that seeks to evangelize - to bring Christ and his love to the world. Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis chairs the U.S. bishops' Commit- tee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. HOLY DOORS: Bishop Doerfler designates doors for Year of Mercy FROM PAGE 1 are associated with prayer, pilgrimage, sacrifice, confes- sion, and indulgences. But a holy door finds meaning only when the believer associates the door with Christ. Jesus is the door. Once the door is opened, it is to act as a reminder to everyone who goes through it that Jesus is the only way to salvation. As the conclusion of the introduction states, Let it serve as a symbol of Gods everlasting mercy and his con- stant invitation to us to return home to him. May the doors of our hearts be wide open to his call. And may the doors of all our parishes be open to all who seek the living God. The doors at St. Peter Cathe- dral that have been designated as the holy doors are the cen- ter interior oak doors with the coat of arms of Pope Francis above. Bishop Doerfler will open the holy doors on Dec. 13 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass, which marks the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy and foes until Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King. THE COUNCIL AT 50 Archbishop Robert Carlson Priests are ever growing for their people PRIESTHOOD IS NEVER SIMPLY ABOUT THE PRIEST. IT IS ABOUT MISSION - CARRYING THE MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST INTO A WORLD HUNGRY FOR MEANING AND PURPOSE. Prayer for Priests Gracious and loving God, We thank you for the gift of our priests. Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments. Help our priests to be strong in their vocation. Set their souls on fire with love for your people. Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom. Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel. Allow them to experience joy in their ministry. Help them to become instruments of your divine grace. We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest. Amen. Courtesy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Find us on facebook! Visit www.facebook.com/ theupcatholic

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