Traditionally, the fourth Sunday of October has been designated as Priesthood Sunday. This year that date is October 27. This day was established to bring awareness to the ministry of the Priesthood. Over the past 40 years as the number of priest and religious have declined, it has become more difficult to build meaningful relationships and continue to serve the growing number of Catholics in our community and world.
Therefore, each of us, in our ministry, are encouraged to build those relationships with others that strengthen and support each other in our faith. As I recall the priest and community members who have been a part of my vocation journey and who continue to encourage and support me today, I cherish their friendship and support. As we celebrate Priesthood Sunday, we are encouraged to reflect on who has influenced and supported each of us in our ministry. As we minister to others, we are also called to be mindful of those we support and encourage to join us in the ministry.
Visit the priestsunday.org for ideas for celebrating Priesthood Sunday in your parish.