Good Shepherd Sunday 2014

This Sunday, we thank God for the priests we have been given and renew our commitment to support them in prayer and with our material help. It is also a good moment to renew our willingness to give our time and energy to accompany them as fellow disciples. Only when priests and people are working together does the Church come alive.

This is also a day to thank God for the coming Ordination of Thuc Le in Bathurst on July 4th. We pray for him and the five other young men at various stages of formation and discernment for priestly ministry in our Diocese. In earlier times, the families of seminarians paid for their education and upkeep. Today, this responsibility is rightly shared by all the faithful. In recent years the collection on Good Shepherd Sunday has fallen short of what we need. To provide for future priests, we need to lift it.

Above all, this is the day when we pray for more vocations. Last Holy Thursday Pope Francis said: “On this priestly Thursday I ask the Lord Jesus to enable many young people to discover that burning zeal which joy kindles in our hearts as soon as we have the stroke of boldness needed to respond willingly to his call.”

May the joy of the gift of ordained ministry be received gratefully by us all.

+ Michael McKenna
Bishop of Bathurs
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