“Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Mathew 4:19)
The work and ministry of priests is not our own. It is part of a plan that is much larger than any of us. When all is said and done, it is God who calls, and we who must answer. It is God’s work that we participate in when we celebrate the baptisms of infants who are brought to the church, or of adults who have discerned the call to worship and pray in the gathered assembly with us. It is God’s call that we answer when we help young people to prepare well for the celebration of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation. It is in Christ’s name that we are present to couples who ask us to witness their weddings, and it is in Jesus’ name that we are privileged to stand at the bedside of those who are anointed with oil as we pray them into eternity. Finally, it is an act of faith that we observe when we gather to celebrate the funeral of a loved one, to give thanks for the ways in which he or she has contributed to the life of our parish, but most of all to celebrate the fulfillment of a promise first made on the day of our baptism: that we will all one day know the fullness of life and love in the presence of our God.
Check out the website www.beapriest.ca for information about the Diocesan priesthood in the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.
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You are always welcome to contact Father Tony at the parish office (telephone 705-472-1817 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).