“Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not presume to take this honor, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was.” (Hebrews 5:1-4)
The Sacrament of Holy orders is ‘the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to His apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate(bishops), presbyterate(priests), and diaconate(deacons).’ (CCC 1536)
The Priesthood is essential for the propagation of the faith, particularly through the other sacraments of the Church like the Eucharist and Reconciliation. Through something called ‘Apostolic Succession’, each priest can trace his ordination back to the first Priests of Christ: the Apostles, who were themselves made priests by our Lord Himself. Priests are called to lead the Church as servants, as modelled and commanded by Jesus, who came ‘not to be served but to serve’.
If you are a single, baptized man and wonder if God may be calling you to be His priest, please contact our Pastor Fr. Rico or the diocesan vocations website at http://www.saintcd.com/diocesan-offices/office-of-vocations/
If you are a single or married baptized man who would like to know more about becoming a permanent deacon, please contact Fr. Rico at the parish office.
For more information on the logistics of Holy Orders, enjoy this short video: