Please pray for Deacon John Lamansky as he prepares for his priestly ordination on June 30!
His Mass of Thanksgiving will be Sunday, July 1, at 10:00 a.m. here at St. Wenceslaus. All are invited to Mass and a reception following in the parish hall!
As we continue to pray for Deacon Lamansky, we reflect on an excerpt from Pope Francis' homily given to a group of ordination candidates in Rome:
"Our sons have been called to the order of priests. Let us consider the position to which they are to be promoted in the Church. It is true that the Lord Jesus is the High Priest of the New Testament, and God has also made his entire people a royal priesthood in Christ. But Jesus Christ also chose some of his followers to carry out publicly in the Church a priestly ministry in his name on behalf of mankind, continuing his personal mission as teacher, priest and shepherd. Indeed, for this reason he was sent by the Father, and he in turn sent into the world the Apostles, and then the Bishops and their successors. Priests are co-workers of the order of Bishops, to whom they are joined in the priestly office and are called to serve the People of God. Our brothers have seriously considered this step, and are now to be ordained to priesthood in the presbyteral order. They are to serve Christ the Teacher, Priest, and Shepherd, in making the Body of Christ, which is the Church, grow into the People of God, a holy temple of the Spirit. They are called to be molded into the likeness of Christ, the Supreme and Eternal Priest. By consecration, they will be made true priests of the New Testament, and in this role, sharing in the priesthood of their Bishop, to preach the Gospel, sustain God's people, and preside at rites of worship, above all the celebration of the Lord's sacrifice."