A Year for Priests

19 June 200911 June 2010

A.  THE MEANING OF THE SYMBOL FOR THE YEAR FOR PRIESTS

The symbolism is that of the Sacred Heart, calling to mind that the annual day for the sanctification of priests always coincides with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In this way the theme of the specific holiness to which the sacred ministry is called comes immediately to mind.

The visibility of the radiant heart refers to the phrase of the saintly Curé of Ars who defined the priesthood as “the love of the Heart of Jesus”.

The Stole with which the figure of Jesus is adorned calls to mind that he is the Supreme and Eternal High Priest, and the fact that every priest is made a continuation of that One Priest within history and in the various generations which succeed one another.

The arms held out recall the typical attitude of prayer and meditation which are proper to the priest. The wounds of the hands and the side of the figure of Christ in the logo remind us of the one redemptive sacrifice and recall the vicarious satisfaction and total self-gift typical of the priesthood. The attitude of welcome seems to say, “Come to me all you who labour and over-burdened, and I will give you rest”. It is a consoling invitation to every priest who wears himself out in the daily exercise of pastoral charity, even for example in the driest and rockiest places, so that they also can in their turn show the same attitude to those who are near and to those who are distant.

B.  PAPAL ANNOUNCEMENTS AND LETTERS

TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE PLENARY ASSEMBLY OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE CLERGY MARCH16, 2009

LETTER PROCLAIMING A YEAR FOR PRIESTS ON THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DIES NATALIS OF THE CURÉ OF ARS, JUNE 16, 2009

THERE’S AN ANSWER TO EMPTY CONFESSIONALS EXPLAINS ST. JOHN VIANNEY’S “VIRTUOUS CIRCLE” SECRET, JUNE 18, 2009

HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER BENEDICT XVI OPENING OF THE YEAR FOR PRIESTS

ON THE 150 ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF ST. JOHN    MARY VIANNEY – SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS, JUNE 19, 2009

CHURCH NEEDS HOLY PRIESTS, JUNE 19, 2009 PONTIFF

GENERAL AUDIENCE, YEAR FOR PRIESTS JUNE 24, 2009

GENERAL AUDIENCE ST. PETER’S SQUARE, WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2009

GENERAL AUDIENCE: ON PRIESTLY IDENTITY, JULY 1, 2009

“ONE WHO PRAYS IS NOT AFRAID; ONE WHO PRAYS IS NEVER ALONE”

SACERDOTII NOSTRI PRIMORDIA

ENCYCLICAL OF POPE JOHN XXIII ON ST. JOHN VIANNEY, AUGUST 1, 1959

C.  ARTICLES

MESSAGE FOR DAY OF PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

“IT IS ON PRAYER THAT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ACTION DEPENDS”

Congregation for Clergy for the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests.  Feast of Sacred Heart, May 30, 2009

CARDINAL RIGALI ON THE YEAR FOR PRIESTS…POPE KNOWS THE IMPORTANCE OF HOLINESS

Archbishop of Philadelphia and chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-life Activities, June 13, 2009

CHURCH READIES FOR A RENEWAL_IMPORTANT FOR LAITY TOO

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, June 14, 2009

ARCHBISHOP CALLS PRIESTHOOD MORE THAN A JOB_HIGHLIGHTS SPECIAL CALL TO SERVICE

Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn, June 16, 2009

POPE BENEDICT WRITES A LETTER TO EVERY PRIEST, JUNE 19, 2009 (Catholic Online www.catholic.org)

THE YEAR OF PRIESTHOOD

Cláudio Cardinal Hummes, Archbishop Emeritus of São Paulo, Prefect, Congregation for the Clergy

THE HOLY EUCHARIST AND A HOLY PRIESTHOOD

Rev. John A. Hardon, S.J.              Scroll down to 4th article

For more articles…  Fr. Hardon Archives_Priesthood Index

THE YEAR FOR PRIESTS EXPLAINED: A QUEST FOR PASTORAL ZEAL

Catholic Culture: Living the Catholic Life, June 18, 2009

PRIESTS A BAND OF “SACRAMENTAL BROTHERS”

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Boston, June 24, 2009

D. INDULGENCES FOR THE YEAR FOR PRIESTS

DECREE IN ENGLISH

WHAT ARE INDULGENCES AND WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

STEPS FOR THE LAY FAITHFUL TO RECEIVE INDULGENCE

E.  PRAYERS

PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF PRIESTS

PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

PRAYER FOR PRIESTS BY CLERGY

PRAYER FOR PRIESTS BY SAINTS

PRAYERS TO MARY FOR OUR PRIESTS

PRAYER FOR INCREASE IN VOCATIONS

ROSARY AND CHAPLET FOR PRIESTS

NOVENA FOR PRIESTS

LITANY FOR PRIESTS

YEAR OF PRIESTS PRAYER CARD

CLICK HERE FOR 100 PRAYERS FOR PRIESTS

F.  RESOURCES

CELEBRATING THE YEAR OF THE PRIESTS: SOME RESOURCES

List of Books, Films and Audio

BIBLE STUDY RESOURCE FOR YEAR OF PRIEST

A Bible Study Program for the whole parish

G.  QUOTES ON THE PRIESTHOOD

Click here to read the quotes from various sources

H. SAINTS WHO WERE PRIESTS

I.  JEAN BAPTIST MARIE VIANNEY (CURÉ OF ARS)

PROFILE OF ST. JOHN VIANNEY

MAIN DATES IN THE LIFE OF THE CURE OF ARS

PRIESTLY VIRTUES OF CURE D’ARS HIGHLIGHTED, POPE BENEDICT XVI,JUNE 18, 2009

THE HOLY CURE AND HIS MESSAGE

PRAYER AND WORDS OF ST. JOHN VIANNEY

LITANY IN HONOR OF ST. JOHN VIANNEY

CURE D’ARS MODEL PRIEST BY KARNA SWANSON, JUNE 19, 2009

STORY OF HIS LIFE

JEAN BAPTISTE MARIE VIANNEY (YOUTUBE)

SERMONS OF THE CURE OF ARTS – EXCERPTS

CROSSROAD INITIATIVE: A MINISTRY OF DR. MARCELLINO D’AMBROSIO

CATECHETICAL INSTRUCTIONS – ST. JOHN VIANNEY

HOMILY_ST. JOHN VIANNEY FEAST_AUG 4_FR I. MANFREDONIA (YouTube)

PRIEST: JEAN VIANNEY, THE HUMBLEST OF MEN

Sister Janet Fearns, June 19, 2009

J.  UPCOMING EVENTS

In Honor of The Year of the Priest, CatholicTV will air special “Priest” Programming in August 7/13/2009 – 12:20 PM PST For more details on this series, click on:               http://www.catholic.org/prwire/headline.php?ID=7253

K.  LINKS

VATICAN – THE HOLY SEE

VATICAN – YEAR FOR PRIESTS

CONGREGATION FOR THE CLERGY – ANNUS SACERDOTALIS

Italiano English Deutsch Français Español Português

CATHOLIC CULTURE

PRIESTS FOR LIFE

SAINTS WHO WERE PRIESTS

ARCHDIOCESE OF TORONTO

Includes letter from Archbishop T Collins, seven priest newly-ordained profiles and resources

UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS

Six YouTube sessions with priests and many resources

OUR SUNDAY VISITOR – Publishing Company: books and many resources

FIVE WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR PARISH PRIEST

L.  CONTACT US

CATHOLIC BIBLICAL ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

1407 – 2300 CONFEDERATION PKWY

MISSISSAUGA, ON  L5B 1R5

TEL: 416-406-4398

EMAIL: info@cbac.org

WEB:  www.cbac.org

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“May the Cure of Ars become the model of each priestly soul, grounded in an authentic relationship with Christ the only Savior, shaped by a profound spirit of prayer, in living communion with the Church, for its own salvation and that of its brothers.”     Congregation for the Clergy

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Outline of St. Paul’s 2,000th Anniversary Resources

A.           St. Paul Front Page

B.           Table of Contents

1. Jubilee Year to the Apostle Paul Launched by Pope Benedict XVI

2.           Life of St. Paul

a)           Pauline Chronology, Life and Missionary Work

b)           Tarsus, where Paul was born

c)           Revelation of Jesus to Paul

d)           Map pf Aegean Sea, Greece and Asia Minor

e)           Three Missionary Journeys

f)            Final Journey to Rome

g)           Last Days

h)           Further Studies on the Life of Paul

3. St. Paul in the Scriptures

a)           Acts of Apostles and Pauline Epistles

b)           Current Events

4.           Praying with St. Paul

a)           Praying with Paul

b)           Plenary indulgence (Full version)

c)           Plenary Indulgence_(Edited Version)

5.           Resources on St. Paul

a)           Bible Study Resources

b)           Resources – Books, CD’s, etc

c)           St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica

d)           Paul’s Tomb Discovered

6.           Footsteps of St. Paul Pilgrimage

a)         Pilgrimages with CBAC 2009

b)           Footsteps of St. Paul Chronology (2nd version)

c)           Biblical References for Greece & Turkey

7.           Bibliography

a) Bibliography on Paul

i)            Paul the Apostle: General Studies

ii)           Letters of Paul: Commentaries on Individual Letters

iii)          The Catholic Letters

iv)          Paul the Apostle: Surveys & Introductions

v)           The Church in the New Testament

b)           Ecumenical Resources on Paul

C.           Join the Catholic Biblical Association as we continue to spread the Good News

1)   Share your treasures!

If you have found a resource that could be helpful to your brothers and sisters, please send us the information and we will add it to the CBAC website.

2)   Which biblical passage(s), written by St. Paul, has/have touched your life?

3)   Become a Member of the Catholic Biblical Association of Canada (CBAC)

Come join us as we learn about St. Paul and how his message, 2000 years later, continues to challenge us and our world today.

Click here to find out how

STRONG ECUMENICAL ELEMENT TO PAULINE YEAR

June 28, 2008 – June 29, 2009

Cardinal Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, from St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls, remarked how Pope Benedict had called the Pauline year during the celebration of first Vespers for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul on 28 June 2007, in order to commemorate the second millennium of the birth of the Apostle of the Gentiles. On that occasion, the Pope had highlighted the ecumenical dimension of the event because St. Paul “was particularly committed to bringing the Good News to all people, and made prodigious efforts for the unity and harmony of all Christians”.

The cardinal explained how the Pauline year will “rediscover the figure of the Apostle; reread the numerous Letters he sent to the first Christian communities; relive the early years of our Church; delve deeply into his rich teaching to the ‘gentiles’; meditate on his vigorous spirituality of faith, hope and charity; make a pilgrimage to his tomb and to the numerous places he visited while founding the first ecclesial communities; revitalise our faith and our role in today’s Church in the light of his teachings; pray and work for the unity of all Christians in a united Church”.

FALL 2009 Programs with the Sisters of Sion

For further information, please call 416 769 8805.

Programs hosted at: 15 Oakmount Rd, Toronto, ON (Keele/Bloor subway)

Did you lose someone you love?

Join a Bereavement Support Group

Death, loss and grief are a part of everyone’s life. Pain, isolation and confusion are some of the feelings we can often experience after the loss of a loved one.

The mutual support and encouragement offered in a small group setting can ease the pain and struggle of loss. Sharing common experiences and concerns can help you discover new strengths and insights which can aid in your grieving and healing process.

For the past eight years, Linda Wisz has been the Bereavement Director at Nativity of Our Lord Church and has facilitated fifteen Bereavement Support Groups. Her experience in this role has evolved over the years, beginning with many years of personal experiences, and ministering one-on-one to those in need.

In preparation for her current work of facilitating Bereavement Groups, Linda has benefited from invaluable training and guidance from Kim Chiotti followed by Bereavement Support Group Training led by Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Director, Center for Loss and Life Transition, Colorado . She has also attended a variety of seminars and conferences over the past 20 years which have drawn her into this ministry.

Bereavement Group Sessions are now being offered; led by a female/male team willing to listen and help you work through your grief. If you have experienced the loss of a loved one in your life recently or in the past years, you are invited to join the next group:

Please Note: Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

The sessions are offered free of charge.

Location: Nativity of Our Lord – Upper Room

480 Rathburn Road (between Renforth and Hwy 427)

Etobicoke , Ontario M9C 3S8For further information, please call Linda at 416-435-7796 or 416-621-2732

Through the tunnel of time

The Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Judaism and Christianity

The Dead Sea Scrolls have been a constant source of fascination since their chance discovery by Bedouin tribesmen in 1947. They provide a rare, if not unique, insight into life and customs around the time of Jesus’ life and death. They contain our earliest copies of the books of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and many other Jewish writings that we did not know at all before this discovery.

Dr. Adolfo Roitman, an expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls, is the director and curator of the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, which houses Israel’s collection of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bar Kokhba Cave of Letters materials.  He has made significant contributions to the understanding of the Scrolls and is involved in their preservation and display for the general public.  Dr. Roitman is a Rabbi and holds a Ph.D. degree in Ancient Jewish Literature and Religion from the Hebrew University in Israel.