Friday, April 9, 2010

Good Problem to Have? No a GREAT Problem.

I have highlighted the Great problem below.
Special collection on April 11
All parishes should take up the special collection for Seminarians and Priest Education and Formation at all Masses during the weekend of April 11. The following announcement should be read before all Masses:

• To minister to a rapidly growing population, the Diocese of Austin must ensure it has an ample number of priests to celebrate the sacraments, preach God’s word and guide us on our journey with Christ. The number of seminarians in the Diocese of Austin has risen significantly in recent years. As many as 50 men could be studying for the priesthood next fall. Seminarian education and formation can take up to nine years. Financial impediments should never prevent men from responding to God’s call to the priesthood. The diocese helps by spending almost $1.8 million annually for priestly formation. Costs include tuition, room, board, books, school fees and health insurance. Most financial support for priests and seminarians is made available from the Catholic Services Appeal, but the needs are far greater than our annual appeal can support. This special collection provides additional support for this very important effort. Please be as generous as you can.

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