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From the Desk of Father Mac
 

Thirty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time
November 05th, 2017


My Dear Friends in Christ,

November 5-12, 2017 is National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW), an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and a time to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus condemns the Pharisees for not practicing what they preach, but rather lording their status and power over the people they lead. Jesus calls us instead to serve, saying: “The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matt 23:11-12). The key to discovering one’s vocation is casting aside the quest for status, pleasure, and power and embracing a life of humble service.

When Pope Francis was elected, he humbled himself before the entire world and asked for prayers, showing that in the Christian life, there are different calls, but not different classes. Our Heavenly Father assigns different roles but has the same love for each of His children. So the question is not “How can I rise above?”  but “Who can I humbly serve?” In the best marriages, spouses put each other first. The most effective priests make parishioners their priority. The holiest nuns and brothers “do small tasks with great love,” to quote Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

Will you make a special effort this week to ask the Lord for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life? Here are some things you can do:

  • Pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, and religious life.

  • Pray for the priests who have ministered to you throughout your life, living and dead.

  • Pray for your parish priests throughout the week.

  • Pray a rosary for more young men and women in our diocese to respond to God’s call.

  • Speak to your children, grandchildren, or other young people about vocations to the priesthood or religious life.

Praying for vocations is important, but we also need to actively promote vocations. Have any of your children shown interest in a religious vocation? Are there young people in your life who are in need of prayer, assistance or encouragement to mature in their decision to follow Christ? Encourage them! Speaking of my own vocation, I would not be a priest today if not for the prayers and support of my parents and the invitation of others to think about priesthood. We’re all called to be “talent scouts” for God. If you know someone you think would make a great priest, deacon, sister, or brother, tell them! A religious vocation might just be depending on you!

In Christ,
 

Pastor 

 

For Information, please contact the Parish Office at  info@st-cyril.org or phone 818.986.8234


 

 

St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234
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