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Weekly Bulletin November 6, 2022
by Terrie Evans
National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated throughout our country from November 6-12, 2022. As practicing Catholics, we all believe God has a plan for us to live our own vocations. Vocations means “Call” with some of us being called to marriage, to the priesthood, or to a religious life. Pope Benedict XVI said, “Each of you has a personal vocation which He has given you for your own joy and sanctity. When a person is conquered by the fire of His gaze, no sacrifice seems too great to follow Him and give Him the best of ourselves. This is what the Saints have always done, spreading the light of the Lord….and transforming the world into a welcoming home for everyone. This annual weeklong celebration of the Catholic Church is dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education. National Vocation Awareness Week began in 1976 (46 years ago) by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to support those who are considering a particular vocation. During this next week, our San Antonio Church Community is asked to pray for those young men and women who are called to serve the Church as Franciscans, Dominicans, Benedictines, etc. We are also asked to pray for those who work with the youth in our schools within the Archdiocese and for all the Priests, Brothers, Sisters, and Deacons who have dutifully served San Antonio Church in the past and present throughout our 100th year history. We can never thank enough – Fr. Bill Ferris, Fr. Frank Jasper, Fr. Mike Savino, Fr. Rudy, Fr. Ralph Westerhoff, and Fr. Pat McCloskey for serving not only our church community but other parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
A Short Prayer for Vocations:
God Our Father,
We thank you for calling man and women to serve in your Son’s Kingdom as priests, Deacons, and Consecrated Persons.
Send your Holy Spirit to help others to respond generously and courageously to your call.
May our San Antonio Church Community of faith support vocations of sacrificial love in our youth and young adults.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
A quote from St. John Paul II: “The way Jesus shows you is not easy. Rather, it is like a path winding up a mountain. Do not lose heart! The steeper the road, the faster it rises towards ever wider horizons.”
Please remember, on Friday, November 11th, we observe Veterans Day to honor all our Military Veterans. In 2001, the U.S. Senate Resolution 143 designated the week of November 11th-17th as National Veterans Week. Our San Antonio Church Community has many military members who have served in our country’s wars who are part of the 19.5 million Veterans within the United States, and part of the 500,000 World War II veterans still living. These were the dedicated men who led troops into battle, served multiple deployments over years and came home to start families and became the greatest generation who built companies, communities and led our country to prosperity. Many were the sons of Immigrant Italians who were first generation Italian American men who enlisted and were proud to serve and defend our country. Our San Antonio Church Community is honored to have quite a few still attending Mass with us on Sundays. There were many distinguished Veterans who are no longer with us that are listed on the Honor Roll Roster in the Hall. Please take a moment to read their names.