Monthly Vocation Corner

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            As we enter into the final month of summer there is much going on in the Diocese, in the Church world wide and with regard to vocations. This past weekend we had a magnificent celebration for the 60th Anniversary of the Diocese and Bishop Cote’s 10th Anniversary as Bishop of Norwich along with celebrating the re-dedication of the Saint Patrick Cathedral in Norwich after a three winter restoration project that is now the talk of Eastern Connecticut! The World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro were magnificent with crowds for each of the masses celebrated numbered in the millions! All this in the midst of the final months of the Year of Faith which comes to an end later this Fall.

            This August we will travel to Sacred Heart Church in Vernon for the Monthly Holy Hour which marks the end of the first three years of this diocesan wide effort. Thank you to my brother priests and religious who from the first 34 parishes and two religious houses we have visited, have hosted us for this most important hour of prayer every month for us as a diocesan family. Thank you also to the average of 70 – 100 people who have come out each month to join us for this beautiful Holy Hour. Thank you to all of you who pray with us even though your schedule may not allow you to join us at the monthly location. I would be remiss if I did not thank Fr. Kevin Reilly and his parishioners at Saint Patrick in Mystic who hosted the Holy Hour this past July. Fr. Reilly dedicated two different homilies prior to the scheduled Holy Hour and sent out emails to the different groups in his parish and the result was – A COMPLETELY FULL CHURCH, STANDING ROOM ONLY AND ONE OF THE MOST POWERFULLY PRAYED HOLY HOURS IN THREE YEARS!!!!

            I have no doubt it is because of the monthly holy hours and the many other prayers and sacrifices being made daily and weekly by people all around the diocese that we have seen our numbers of seminarians steadily going up along with an increase of interest being actively shown by young men from many different parts of the diocese. Therefore I OFFER A CHALLENGE TO MY BROTHER PRIESTS AND MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST AROUND OUR DIOCESE: MAKE THE SACRIFICE - MAKE THE COMMITMENT - TO JOIN US EACH MONTH FOR THE MONTHLY HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS. Wherever it is being held, whatever time of evening, come as a family, come on your way from work, come, because you believe it is important to have priests for the future. If you come and join us in begging the Harvest Master – He will send us men who will make great and holy priests and women who will make great and holy religious. HELP US MAKE IT HAPPEN!

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