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by Deacon Joseph Placious
My dear friends, parish family, and staff, I hope you all had a blessed Christmas. I want to thank you for your cards, gifts, greetings, and prayers. I want to especially thank all the people who made our liturgies so beautiful and who worked so hard to wonderfully decorate the church. Like our own children, the baby Jesus will grow up fast and I invite you to follow his progress as he journeys back to Jerusalem. Before you know it we will be into Lent with all it brings. One of my favorite books of the Old Testament is the Book of Sirach, I recommend it as it has some wonderful practical applications for families. If there is anything I can do to help, please do not hesitate to call me. I wish all of you a healthy and prosperous New Year. God bless you all and thank you again for remembering me this Christmas. Every gift was a blessing to me and will be used wisely. Love as always,
Remember in Your Prayers all those affected by the Coronavirus throughout the World.
Compassionate and Loving Father, In the face of confusion and concern impart to us the calm of Your presence. In You allow us to find hope and healing.
Be with those who lead and give them Your spirit of wisdom. Be with those who have fallen ill and give them Your comforting heart.
Wrap Your arms around our world, and hold us in Your love. Allow us at this time of trial to then serve as instruments of that love to all we meet. We ask this in Your name.
Diocese of Rochester Permanent Diaconate
The deacon is a man of faith, who is called from the community that already recognizes his dedication to service. He makes a lifetime commitment to serving the People of God by proclaiming the Word, assisting and presiding at liturgies, and ministering in the areas of charity and social justice. A deacon gives witness to his availability to the community by addressing present and emerging needs of the Church.
The Diocese is inviting interested men of strong and active faith, who can demonstrate a record of service in the communities in which they live, work and worship, who may wish to explore a possible call to ordained ministry as a permanent deacon, to first speak with their pastor for an initial conversation. They may also contact Deacon Edward Giblin, Director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, at email@example.com, for additional information.
A potential candidate must be at least 35 years of age and no older than 62 years of age at the time of ordination after a five (5) year period of formation. He must be in good health, emotionally mature, have stable relationships and must have the wholehearted support of his wife (if married) and family to enter the phase of inquiry. Because the parish is the primary experience of Church for most inquirers, the parish community is asked as well to invite from among its members men who exhibit strong faith and a spirit of service and encourage them to consider a possible vocation to the permanent diaconate.
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