Every year on Christmas the Archdiocese takes up a collection to help fund and support our seminary, Kenrick -Glennon. This collection is the main fundraiser of the year for the formation and education of our future priests. I attended the seminary here, as have most of the priests who have served here at St. Gabriel the Archangel.
The seminary strives to prepare young men for the priesthood in all areas: educational, spiritual, and formational. Other seminarians from around the Midwest also attend Kenrick-Glennon seminary because of its fine reputation. Last year four men were ordained for service to the Archdiocese as priests. This year over twenty new men have entered the seminary to begin preparation for the priesthood and three men hopefully will be ordained this coming spring for service to the Archdiocese. Our parish has been blessed this year with the ministry of our First Year Theologians: Mr. Charles Peirano, studying for the Springfield-Cape Diocese and Mr. Logan Obrigerwitch, studying for the Bismarck Diocese; may the good Lord bless them as they prepare for their Ordinations.
The Catholic Church takes seriously its obligation to provide the best candidates possible for the priesthood and the quality of the men is much more desirable than the quantity of the men. The need is still great though for more young men to answer the call to the priesthood.
I ask all of us to prayerfully consider making a donation this Christmas to the seminary. You can make the donation either on Christmas or send it to the parish and it will be forwarded to the seminary.
Let us also pray for and support more vocations to the priesthood; maybe in a recitation of the Rosary we can pray for Vocations to arise from St. Gabriel. I am also so grateful that families from St. Gabriel have embraced our Vocation Chalice program and have been praying for vocations in our community. I especially ask your prayers for our seminarians and priests for: Father Steve, Deacon David, Deacon Jim, Deacon Jim and me, asking the Lord to guide our ministry here at St. Gabriel the Archangel.
God bless all you do for our priests, deacons and for those preparing for the priesthood.
Msgr. John Shamleffer
Stewardship Reflection ~ December 9, 2018
Second Sunday of Advent
“And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value…” Philippians 1:9‐10
Glittery holiday ads can blind us to our stewardship values and distort our needs and wants. It is important that during this season of endless buying we remember that each of us also has the need to give back to God and to those that are in need.
We are St. Gabriel!