Priesthood Sunday, Oct. 25, is special during Year for Priests

By Jim Goethe
Priesthood Sunday, Oct. 25, is a special day set aside to honor and affirm the central role of priesthood in the United States. It’s a day to thank our priests for making possible our continued participation in the sacramental life of the Church.
When he instituted the Eucharist, Jesus also instituted the priesthood to carry out his command to “do this in memory of me.” Holy Communion, in which we receive the true presence of Jesus in his entirety, is both the source and summit of our spiritual life. 
The priest, acting “in the person of Christ,” makes present the sacrifice of Calvary at every Mass. In the Gospel of John, chapter 6, Jesus tells his followers, “I myself am the living bread, come down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he shall live forever.”

In the sacrament of Reconciliation, the priest brings Christ’s forgiveness of our sins. Priests act to make Christ’s mercy, healing, and life present to us in all the sacraments, in baptism, in anointing the sick, in confirmation and marriage. Priests do much more –counseling, visiting, consoling, managing parishes – but the sacramental life of the Church and faithful is absolutely dependent on the priesthood. 
Our diocese is blessed with many good priests, and many seminarians studying for the priesthood. Let’s make Priesthood Sunday an opportunity to thank our priests who tirelessly serve as our spiritual fathers. 
Priesthood Sunday is promoted by the USA Council of Serra International, an organization of lay men and women whose mission is to foster and affirm vocations to the ministerial priesthood and vowed religious life in the USA.
The Serra Clubs of Wichita and Reno County would like to see every parish in the diocese celebrate their priests in some special way. They are such a blessing.
To quote St. John Vianney, “Who put the Lord in the tabernacle? – the priest. Who welcomed your soul at the beginning of your life? – the priest. Who feeds your soul and gives it strength for its journey? – the priest. Who will prepare your soul to appear before God bathing it one last time in the blood of Jesus Christ? – The priest, always the priest.”
Goethe is a member of the Wichita Serra Metro Club.