Mary-Anne Delaney on Why The Calendar Matters
The Roman Catholic Church devotes the month of July to the Precious Blood of Jesus. This months would to ask everyone following our prayer calendar to devote their Masses, Rosaries, prayers and personal devotions to the Priests who may be detained in Purgatory. It may be hard to fathom but priests and religious do go to purgatory. Our prayers for them should never cease; even upon their death. This month, please remember all the priests have touched your life as well as those from our diocese who have died this year.
One particularly effective devotion is The Chaplet of The Precious blood, published on this website.
Please be the liberators of all Priests who may be suffering in purgatory as well as for all other holy Souls who may have been abandoned and forgotten by their family members.
In the words of St. Pio of Pietreclina: “The Holy Souls are eager for the prayers of the faithful which can gain indulgences for them. Their intercession is powerful. Pray unceasingly. We must empty purgatory.”
On July 31, 2013, The Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of The Society of Jesus, we ask that you pray for The Holy Father, Pope Francis I, Bishop Dennis Sullivan, and Bishop Joseph Galante.
Blessed John Paul II established that, on the solemnity of the Sacred Heart, the Church will observe the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. This year The solemnity of The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is June 7, 2013. On this day, 60 participating shrines around the world will begin a Global Rosary Rally by praying a particular mystery of the rosary on the half hour in thanksgiving to God for our Priests and to implore the protection and loving care of Our Lady, Mother of all Priests, for her priestly sons. By the end of the day, the entire world will have been encircled in prayer for our priests.
Will you make sure your parish helps? Please show this link to your Pastor and ask to have your parish participate in this important day of prayer. worldpriestday.publishpath.com/rosaryrelay
I have always wanted to have Masses said ALL OVER this diocese for the Priests of the Camden Diocese. For several years, I’ve had Masses said as often as I can at Infant Jesus Parish in Woodbury Heights and thru Opus Bono Sacerdotti www.opusbono.org
I’d like to invite all of you to help me accomplish this. Please have as many Masses said in your home parish for The Priests of the Camden Diocese and for Priests in purgatory. In order for you and I to live out our individual call to holiness, we need Priests who are holy and courageous in preaching the truth. We need to thank God for the priceless gift of the priesthood so that, in His mercy He will call forth the multitude of vocations lying dormant all over this diocese.
Please remember the Priests in purgatory and have Masses said for them as well. Pray The Chaplet of the Precious Blood for them everyday and ask God to be merciful to them because they gave their lives in service to Him. Pray that their sins may be forgiven, that they may be allowed to see God face to face and that they will become powerful intercessors for the Priests actively ministering in the world.
The biggest challenge of maintaining this calendar has always been finding a reliable web hosting company. In January, I decided to start all over with WordPress. It’s a bit more work for me because the other calendar was customized by my husband to update on its own, but it’s worth every minute of my time to keep producing this monthly calendar.
Why? Two reasons: the ordained priesthood is a gift from the mind of God, that sprung forth from the depths of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and continues on for you and I through the workings of The Holy Spirit. The gifts of the ordained priesthood and The Most Holy Eucharist are abundant and lavish blessings God pours out at every minute for all of humanity, not just Catholics. As Catholics though, we bear a huge responsibility to continually thank God for these priceless gifts. We must also give our spiritual support daily to the men God calls to the priesthood. Priests are men with generous and courageous hearts; but they are also subject to all the human frailties and temptations that lay people are. If they weren’t, how could they dispense God’s abundant mercy, particularly in the confessional?
I don’t think a lay person can ever really understand the depth of the relationship that exists between God and a Priest, although The hymn, The Summons, provides a very moving summary:
Will you come and follow Me if I but call your name? Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?…Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen and admit to what I mean to you and you in Me?…Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around, through My sight and touch and sound in you and you in Me?
March 28, 2013 is Holy Thursday, the anniversary of both the Priesthood and the Institution of the Eucharist. Will you let the Priests of the Camden Diocese know what they mean to us?
This Easter season, thank all of your parish priests for the gift of their vocations.
Make sure this monthly calendar (www.camden priests.org) is used in your parish and linked to your parish’s website. Pray every day for living and deceased priests.
If your means allow, please have Masses said in your parish for The Priests in the Camden Diocese and Deceased Priests and leave us a comment when you do.