South Texas Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 43, No. 7, Ed. 1 Friday, April 4, 2008 Page: 4 of 28
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- SOUTH TEXAS CATHOLIC
APRIL 4, 2008
World Day of Prayer for Vocations is April 13
God of Cove,
You call us to live in your love
through the graces of baptism.
Bless us with the courage
to carry out the mission of Jesus.
Grant us open and generous hearts,
to see the needs of others
and to respond with compassion.
May the Church be blest with
women and men
who are dedicated to you
the single life, the diaconate. the
priesthood, and the consecrated life.
It is in Christ and through Christ, that
we offer ourselves to you now and
ST C/Glenn Goldapp
Above, about 120 priests gathered
with Bishop Carmody at the March
18 Chrism Mass at Corpus Christi
Cathedral. The bishop thanked the
priests for their service to God and
His people and encouraged them
to be men of compassion. During
the Holy Week liturgy the bishop
also blessed the oils of the sick and
catechumenate and consecrated
the chrism to be used in parishes
throughout the year.
Jonathan Trejo sleeps on the arm of
his grandmother, Felipa Bonilla, at the
Collection for Priests Pension
Plan Fund is April 12 and 13
On April 12 and 13 there will be a special
collection to help support the Pension Plan
Fund for our retired diocesan priests of the
Diocese of Corpus Christi. The Diocese
presently has 29 priests receiving a monthly
pension, some because they have reached
the eligible age of 70 and others for reasons
of medical disability. The yearly cost ap-
proaches $500,000, and your contribution
to this special collection helps fund 32%
of the yearly cost to the Pension Plan. Just
as these priests throughout their lives have
been dedicated shepherds in caring for us,
we must now generously care for them in
their years of retirement, so that they can
live in dignity and peace. So please be gen-
erous next weekend in giving to this most
Discernment Day of
Recollection May 3
A Discernment Day of Recollection for
those exploring a call to the ordained or
religious life will be held at St. Andrew by
the Sea Parish, 14238 Encantada Avenue,
Padre Island, on Saturday, May 3 from 9:30
a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The day is intended
for those who are between the ages of 18
and 35. Please contact the TWBS Vocation
Office, Sister Rosa Ortiz, at 361-888-7537 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or Olga Carrion at the
Diocesan Vocation Office at 361-882-6191
for further information or to register for
the event. Registrations need to be made by
April 30. See you there!
Vocations thrive in parishes with ‘spiritual soil/ pope says
By Cindy Wooden
VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Parish com-
munities with a real sense of obligation to
spread the Gospel are places where voca-
tions to be missionary priests and religious
thrive, said Pope Benedict XVI.
“Vocations to the ministerial priesthood
and to the consecrated life can only flourish
in a spiritual soil that is well cultivated,” he
said in his message for the World Day of
Prayer for Vocations.
The papal message for the day of prayer,
which will be observed April 13 in most
countries, was released Feb. 22 at the Vati-
can. The 2008 theme is “Vocations at the
Service of the Church on Mission.”
In his message, Pope Benedict insisted
that the task of explicitly proclaiming the
Gospel to those who do not know Jesus
Christ is still at the heart of the vocation of
In following Jesus, the pope said, some
men are called to the priesthood to carry
out the missionary task in a special way
by preaching and teaching, caring for the
poor, sick and weak, and administering the
In addition, in following Jesus who
sacrificed everything to bring salvation to
humanity, some Christians are called to
leave their homelands and set off to bring
the message of Gods love to a wider audi-
ence, he said.
“To respond to the Lord's call means fac-
ing in prudence and simplicity every danger
and even persecutions, since ‘a disciple is
not above his teacher, nor a servant above
his master,’” the pope said, quoting the
Gospel of St. Matthew.
“There have always been in the church
many men and women who, prompted by
the action of the Holy Spirit, choose to live
the Gospel in a radical way, professing the
vows of chastity, poverty and obedience,”
Pope Benedict said that those on the
front lines of the church’s work in mis-
sionary territories almost always are the
priests and religious women and men who
consecrate their whole lives to serving God
All Christians have an obligation to sup-
port the missionaries, materially and with
their prayers, he said, and to pray for more
vocations to the priesthood and religious
“Furthermore, so that the church may
continue to fulfill the mission entrusted
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the Gospel so badly needed by the world, a committed sense of missionary responsi-
Christian communities must never fail to bility and active solidarity with the peoples
provide both children and adults with con- of the world, ’ the pope wrote,
stant education in the faith,” he said.
Sign up now for May 3
St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles will be holding
a Stewardship Conference on May 3 from
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and all parishes in the
diocese are invited.
Father Andrew Kemberling and Mila
Glodava, Director of Stewardship at St.
Thomas More Parish in Centennial,
Colorado have successfully implemented
the concept of Stewardship and
Evangelization in their own parish and
gratitude will be sharing their ideas
with others across the country.
Learn more about how to get your parish involved in the
practice of stewardship by attending this free conference.
For more information call
Msgr. Morgan Rowsome at 361 -241 -3249.
St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians sums our view
of stewardship as a way of life.
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the fnowfedge of his zinff through att spiritual zvisdom and understanding
to five in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fatty pleasing, in every
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zihth every power, in accord zvith his gforious might, for att endurance and
patience, zvith joy giving thanks to the father, who has made you fit to
share in the inheritance of the hofy ones in fight. ” Cofossians 1 9-12
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