Dear little Nesters,
Thank you so much
for being patient in waiting for your next instalment on the ‘Consecrated Life’.
I am happy to tell you that we are back in business!Most of the
building and moving is now completed and the boxes unpacked. Thank you for your
prayers for us and I hope you have remembered that you are in ours. Now let’s
introduce you to Fr Michael.
This is Fr Michael.
He is a Diocesan Priest.
This means he trained in the seminary for a certain diocese (a region in the
church). He is under obedience to his Bishop and can be asked by him to
move to any parish in the diocese.
Fr Michael is the Parish Priest of St Lucy’s Catholic Church. This means he is responsible for that church and her parishioners. It is part of his vocation to say Holy Mass in the church during the week and most importantly on Sundays. He visits the sick of the parish and those who are housebound bringing them Holy Communion, hearing their confessions and anointing them.
Fr Michael is privileged to say the Holy Mass at the ceremony of those couples in his parish who are getting married. He baptises their babies and performs the funeral rites for those who have died. When he is not busy with administering the Sacraments of the Church (there are 7 sacraments of the church they are Baptism, Holy Communion, Confession, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders and the Anointing of the sick)
Fr Michael makes sure the church buildings are kept tidy and in order. He organises a rota for parishioners to come and help out, sometimes he will get a duster and clean the pews.
Fr Michael takes marriage classes for couples wanting to get married, this is
to make sure they understand how important the vows are, for marriage
should be a lifelong commitment.
Fr Michael also runs classes for people who want to become Catholics. He
teaches them about the Catholic Faith and prepares them for the Sacrament
Fr Michael goes into the local school once a week to see
the children and speak to them about God. It is
important to Fr Michael to spread the Good
News that Jesus loves them and he wants the young
children grow to love Jesus with all their hearts.
Every Saturday Fr Michael goes to his local cricket club
to play. As well as enjoying the sport, Fr Michael is also
aware he is being a witness to the men he is playing with.
They see that he enjoys the things they enjoy, that he is just an ordinary
person with an extraordinary call, by being
called to be a priest of God.