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What is a Priest?  
Reconsidering the sacred office of the Priesthood

It’s easy to forget the awesome office of the Priest. We see him daily offering the Mass, hearing confessions, anointing, counseling, helping his people to overcome their difficulties and sins.

How often to we stop to think about what the Priest really is? One way to do that is to consider different terms for the things the Priest does, terms that have more weight, more meaning.

 

For example, when the Priest says Mass, in reality he is offering the Holy Sacrifice of Christ at Calvary, making that actual same sacrifice really present in a particular time and place, bringing Jesus to the sacred altar in his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity so that He can be united to His Church.

Take a second and really think about that...

Consider this example: when the Priest hears confessions, what he is really doing is allowing himself to become Christ so that sinners can turn away from their sin, be cleansed of their unworthiness, and stand again perfected before God to worship Him.

Take a second and really think about that...

Think of anything that the Priest does, and then put it into the context of its sacred character. The office of the Priest is  awesome - inspiring awe - when we really think about it.

St. Gregory of Nazianzus wrote of the incredible reality of what the Priest is in his Orations:

“I know whose ministers we are, where we find ourselves and to where we strive. I know God's greatness and man's weakness, but also his potential. [Who then is the priest? He is] the defender of truth, who stands with angels, gives glory with archangels, causes sacrifices to rise to the altar on high, shares Christ's priesthood, refashions creation, restores it in God's image, recreates it for the world on high and, even greater, is divinized and divinizes.”

If you’re discerning a potential vocation to the priesthood, this shouldn’t make you shrink away; rather, it should be an occasion to realize that God may have fantastic plans for you, that you might be an instrument for His work of Salvation in our broken world!

As St. Gregory did, realize both your weakness and your potential greatness with the help of God. Don't be afraid to do what He asks of you!


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to consider your vocation.

If you think God may be calling you to serve Him in the ministry of the priesthood, please contact me.

May God bless you!

Fr. Sam Kachuba 
Vocation Director 
Diocese of Bridgeport

 


 

 

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SUNDAY MASSES

Saturday Vigil for Sunday: 4:30PM
Sunday: 7:30AM, 9:00AM, 11:00AM, 5:00PM
 

WEEKDAY MASS

7:30AM

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION


Vigil Mass: 5:30PM on the evening before the Holy Day

If it falls on a Monday Through Friday...

Holy Day: 7:30AM, 12:10PM, 7:30PM

If It Falls on a Saturday and remains obligatory

Holy Day: 7:30AM & 9:00AM

 

CONFESSIONS

Saturday 3:00PM - 4:00PM
And By Appointment
 

BAPTISMS

Sunday 1:30PM
Baptismal Class (Mandatory):
Every First Sunday of the month at 1:30PM in the Parish Office
Please call the Rectory to make arrangements
 


REACHING A PRIEST

Priests at Holy Family are unable to keep "office hours," because things happen fast in ministry.  Instead, Please call the Parish Office first to arrange an appointment.  Walk-ins are welcome; however, there is no guarantee that a priest will be available, so please call first!

 

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