He is Risen!
He is Risen, Indeed!
Message from Fr Soper
On Tuesday, April 28, we will be diving in to the process of
writing a local pastoral plan for Saint Ann and Saint Brendan
Parishes. Father Tom and I have been working this week to
form the plan writing team, which is now nearly complete. That
plan will have to identify three or so priorities for our Parishes.
One of those priorities must be promoting vocations to the diocesan
priesthood. So I think this is a good time for us to begin
thinking about that priority in particular. Disciples in Mission is
a Parish based plan for evangelization. It need not have been so
- there are many ways of doing evangelization that are not particularly
Parish based. We could have focused on big events,
like World Youth Day or the March for Life. We could have
focused on movements, like Cursillo. These things are all excellent,
but are not particularly connected with day to day Parish
life. Cardinal Seán, in his love for Parish life, insisted that
Disciples in Mission be a Parish based plan. And, if we are going
to have Parishes, we need priests.
We have 289 Parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston. Right now
we have about 280 priests in Parish ministry. Over the next thirty
years, that number will cut in half. We are ordaining six guys
a year to serve as priests now. That means that in thirty years,
we will have 140 or so priests in Parish ministry. So how do we
get that number up to three hundred? Ordain twelve guys per
year. How do we ordain twelve guys per year? Send eighteen
guys per year to the seminary. How do we do that? Every collaborative
needs to send at least one guy to seminary every seven
years. If we can't do that, we're not really trying.
So, start to think. What young men in these Parishes should be
thinking about seminary? Let's start identifying them and asking
them. Let's gather these guys together and start to meet with
them. Let's form a committee - a Vocations Team - to help our
Parishes have events, like Holy Hours, talks by seminarians,
information nights, etc., to really begin to ramp up our vocation
awareness. And, while we're at it, let's begin to ask what young
women we should be encouraging to consider a religious vocation
to the consecrated life.
When was the last time you asked a young man or a young
woman in your circle of relationships whether they had ever
considered if they had a vocation? For every priest I know, including myself, it began when someone asked. It's time for us
to start asking.
Sincerely Yours In Christ,
Saint Ann Neponset
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