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Catholics called to honor priests on Priesthood Sunday, Oct. 30


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On Oct. 30, Catholic parishes throughout the United States will show support for their priests with prayer, celebration and dialogue. The last Sunday of October is designated annually as Priesthood Sunday, a one-day celebration of the priesthood organized by parish lay leaders and coordinated and sponsored by the USA Council of Serra International.

Priesthood Sunday was established by the National Federation of Priests' Councils in 2003 to provide a way for Catholic communities to express appreciation for devoted priests who serve them so faithfully. Such a celebration is increasingly relevant in light of the declining number of priests in the U.S. Many priests serve two or more parishes by themselves.

The Serra Club of Boston is encouraging the lay faithful of each parish, school or other ministry to develop their own special way of marking Priesthood Sunday and honoring both the priesthood and their own priests. Special liturgies, Priesthood Sunday celebrations, tribute ads and the opening of a dialogue between priests and parishioners are recommended. For more information and a complete Planning Guide for participating in Priesthood Sunday, all are invited to visit the Serra Council USA website at www.priestsunday.org.

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