Today is Good Shepherd Sunday, the day we make a special effort to pray to the Lord for vocations to the priesthood. Without priests the Church cannot exist.
Our parish is a good example of a community where priests and people share the work of proclaiming the gospel, each according to their particular calling. It is through baptism that we are empowered and equipped for this mission. Lay people are called to bring Jesus Christ to the market place, the sports field, the supermarket, and the home and streets where we live.
It’s a big challenge but it is also very exciting.
The priest is to administer the sacred mysteries of our faith – primarily through a worthy celebration of the sacraments and preaching of the Gospel. In the name of Jesus himself, the priest feeds the people of God with the bread of heaven.
Our diocese is blessed with a number of young seminarians: Tang Phan (5th year), Glen Brennan (4th year), Monty Bamford (3rd year), Huong Dinh (2nd year), and Connor Eatwell and Jose O’Sullivan (both 1st year).
Tang and Huong are loved members of our parish here. Please pray for our seminarians.
Last Sunday Bishop Paul received two further young men from Vietnam to Christchurch. They will study English with a view to being accepted for training for priesthood in Christchurch Diocese.
We are delighted to introduce to you Tang Joseph Phan (younger brother of 5th year seminarian Tang Phan). Tang Joseph has taken up residence at Papanui Parish.
Linh Cao is the younger brother of Father Tien Cao and has been appointed to Mairehau Parish. He will share the presbytery with the two priests and seminarians Tang and Huong.
Please introduce yourself to Linh when you are able. He would love to be invited out for a coffee or to visit your home for a meal.
Linh Cao (left) and Tang Joseph Phan (right)