Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 5, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

Last weekend we celebrated National Priesthood Sunday, a day in which we had a chance to prayerfully show our gratitude and appreciation for the gift of priesthood in our lives and in the life of the Church. This week we begin National Vocations Awareness Week. According to the USCCB website, National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. NVAW began in 1976 when the U. S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for NVAW. In 1997, this celebration was moved to coincide with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which falls on January 13 in 2013. Beginning in 2014, NVAW was moved to the first full week of November. Of the many prayer intentions that we all have, at the top of the list should be vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Toward this end, a new initiative that was introduced last weekend was the traveling stole for vocations. The Cascade Serra Club constructed a beautiful framed stole with the Serra prayer for vocations. The initiative is quite simple; each week at the 11am Mass, we are asking one family or household to take the framed stole home with them, place it in a prominent place within the home and pray throughout the week for vocations. This would be a perfect initiative for families with young or adolescent children. The following Sunday, that family would bring it back to the 11am Mass and hand it off to another family who would in turn take it home and pray for vocations. If you would like to participate in this exciting new initiative, please register on the form just outside of the rear sacristy at the entrance of the Church or call the office. I am extremely grateful to the Cascada Serra for helping us get this project off the ground. May the Lord call forth many and abundant vocations from our families and our parish family.

One indirect way that you can both support future vocations and at the same time support St. Pius X School is by attending the Annual Fund School Dinner on the 18th of this month. This is one of our most important annual fundraisers for the school and we are hoping for a record attendance this year. By participating in this event you will be helping to support vocations indirectly because many vocations come from Catholic Schools. Through daily prayer, weekly Mass and religious education, a child has a chance to encounter the Lord in a powerful way. Within this environment, the important seeds of future vocation and service are planted. Please consider registering and attending this annual event this year.

Queridos Parroquianos,

La semana pasada celebramos el Día National del Sacerdocio y encomendamos en nuestras oraciones y corazones todos de los sacerdotes. Gracias a todos de ustedes por sus oraciones que verdaderamente me sostengan me mantengan. Esta semana enfocamos sobre la importancia a rezar por las vocaciones sacerdotales y religiosas con la celebración de la Semana Nacional de Concientización Vocacional. La celebración de la Semana Nacional de Concientización Vocacional (SNCV) se inició en 1976 cuando la Conferencia Nacional de Obispos Católicos designó el vigésimo octavo domingo del año como el comienzo de la SNCV. Este año, por primera vez, la celebración cambió de fecha a la primera semana de Noviembre.

El episcopado de los EEUU nos ofrezca tres consejos que nos ayudaría especialmente las familias con jóvenes a dirigir sus niños a una vocación se el Señor les están llamando. 1.Ore por un aumento de las vocaciones al sacerdocio y a la vida consagrada. Jesús dice en Mateo 9:38 “Rueguen al dueño de los sembrados que envíe trabajadores para su cosecha.” Si queremos más sacerdotes, hermanas religiosas y hermanos religiosos, todos nosotros necesitamos pedir. 2. Enseñe a los jóvenes a orar. El Papa Benedicto XVI dijo que a menos que se les enseñe a orar, nuestros jóvenes nunca escucharán a Dios llamándoles a establecer una relación más profunda con Él y no entrarán a formar parte del discipulado de la Iglesia. 3. Invite a adultos jóvenes activos y a los adolescentes a considerar una vocación al sacerdocio o a la vida consagrada. Un comentario sincero y simple no debe subestimarse. Una manera fácil de hacer esto puede ser recordado por cuatro palabras. “Juan, yo veo en ti las cualidades que hacen a un buen sacerdote, y quiero animarte a que ores acerca de ello.” Esta es una forma que no es invasiva para fomentar la disposición abierta a una vocación religiosa.

In Christ / En Cristo,
Fr. Cal Christiansen

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Author: Very Rev. Cal R. Christiansen

Fr. Cal R. Christiansen is Pastor of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.

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