Sunday, June 24, 2007

Don't Panic, we're still here

Yes, after 24 days we at last have time to update our readers on our activities. Term ended yesterday after an incredible silent retreat given by a marvelous priest whose meditations on Orthodox Catholicism aroused a mixed response from, 'Two hours a day having to listen to some middle aged bloke ranting about the state of society and the Church today and blaming it on the 60's and 70's. What a waste of my time' to, 'Wow! What an incredible man, we need more priests like him in the Church today'.

After that came the three busiest days of the year when we saw the commissioning of two men to Candidacy, 6 men to the Lectorate, 4 men to the Acolytate and the ordination of 3 men to the Diaconate. These were done in three beautiful Masses, and followed by three fantastic festal meals. As I was Sacristan for the Candidacy Mass, receiving the Ministry of Acolyte at the Ministries Mass and Thurifer at the Ordination Mass (yes, that does mean no one could see their hand in front of their face) I was rushed off my feet for three days solid and have had a thumping headache since so it is a real joy to be doing absolutely nothing at the moment!!

Please keep all those who received Candidacy, Ministries and Sacred Orders in your prayers.

God Bless

2 comments:

RomanCatholic Deacon said...

Sounds like you have a real mix of candidates there! When I went through formation in the early 80's, I stood out like a sore thumb as the rare orthodox thinker who was always being snickered at when making comments on what was being taught by the moderist Professors. My spiritual director, bless his soul, taught me to let it all go in one ear and out the other. He kept me from quitting a few times.
I love the rituals of those 'commissioning' Masses, and I miss the incense, even today. It's rarely used here in my area of Florida! Blessings to you all and I'm praying daily for all seminarians+
Deacon John

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