Priests

Back in Business!

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 
rof Baptism.


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.

Consecrated life.

We discovered last week that we, as baptised people are a Consecrated people, belonging to God. Belonging not just anybody but to God. Yes, this is a very reassuring thought isn’t it? So what then is Consecrated Life?

Well, consecrated life is when you live your life for God, well that’s easy, anyone can do that! But, in a very special way Priests, Brothers, Sisters, Monks and Nuns live their lives for God. To these consecrated people, God is everything, Jesus is their one goal in life and doing Jesus’ will is their only aim. We must remember though that all Priests, Sisters and Brothers are still human and can make mistakes. We all are striving for sainthood and holiness together. 

Consecrated people are made over to the services of God and neighbour, their lives are centred on Jesus. They make three vows Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, they tell the world, like St Paul, “It is no longer I that live but Christ that lives in me.”


This means that the Consecrated person tries to live, being constantly aware of the presence of Jesus within them.

  • ·      Being poor, does not always means going hungry, but trusting that God will provide for all their needs.
  • ·      Being chaste, means having one’s mind centred on God. This also means that they, for the sake of God’s kingdom and His Glory remain single, taking neither husband nor wife and have no children.
  • ·      Being obedient, does not mean that the Consecrated person acts as a robot, doing what they are told, No! It is that they allow God’s will for their lives to be made known to them through their Abbess, Abbot, Bishop or Superior.

The Consecrated try to carry out all for the Glory of Jesus’ name. We can all do this but a Mum or Dad and even you will probably need to think about more worldly things, like your family and school. A Consecrated Life, a Religious Life is centred on Jesus and this enables them to see our world in the light of Jesus. 


Each one of us is called to live a special life and live it for Jesus and with Jesus. It may be in Marriage, Religious Life, Priesthood or Single Life, whatever it is, Jesus should be at the centre, so that we can grow in love daily and not be selfish. Jesus should be our all.

In this year of Consecrated Life, let’s remember especially all those who live the vows of Poverty Chastity and Obedience.



Next week we will meet Br Teilo the monk, and see how he lives his Consecrated Life. Until then, remember we are praying for you. Sr Anežka.