Worldwide Marriage Encounter is sponsoring World Priest Day on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, which coincides with the Sierra Club’s Priesthood Sunday. World Priest Day focuses on celebrating the ongoing affirmation of priests and building of relationship between couples and priests.
The mission and purpose of World Priest Day is to celebrate and affirm the men who commit their lives to the Lord and the Church through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. It is an opportunity for Catholic parishioners to thank, affirm, and share their love and support for priests.
It is designed to be a day or several days to rejoice in the Sacrament of Holy Orders. On this day, or during the week following it, Catholics across the country are encouraged to develop one or several activities to affirm priests. This is a unique occasion for reaching out to priests.
Suggested activities for couples and families:
Send a card to your parish priest or our bishop emeritus telling them what their sacrament and/or friendship means to you.
Introduce yourself and family to your priest or bishop emeritus you have not met.
Invite a priest you know or don’t know to breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Send them flowers or a special card.
Bake them cookies, pie, healthy meals (kids love to be involved).
Have the kids color a picture for them or write them a letter.
Invite them to your home.
Go on an outing together, such as dinner, biking, walk, fishing, tennis, etc.
Suggested activities for parish-wide celebrations:
Put a basket at the church entry and have parishioners write notes of appreciation, affirmation and support for your pastor/priest. In the note highlight the qualities you most appreciate in your pastor/priest and your gratitude for his specific impact in your life.
Invite your pastor/priest or bishop emeritus to a dinner hosted by your group or community. It can be simple—the key is building relationship with them.
Take time before or after weekday liturgies to recognize and appreciate your pastor/priest.
Get Catholic schools or CCD classes involved in a poster or essay contest or in writing notes to their pastor/priest.
Priests have been and are a significant part of our lives. They have ministered to us, preached to us, counseled us, helped to present our Weekend Encounters, and they continue to journey with us. Let us share our lives, our appreciation and love through suggestions above. There is something here for everyone. Get your children involved and encourage the young men in your family and our church to listen to God’s call to be open to become priests.
Happy World Priest Day to all CNMI priests and our Bishop Emeritus Camacho! (PR)