Sharing a Common Priesthood

May 31, 2015

Dear Fellow Parishioners:

The whole Church is a priestly people. Through Baptism all the faithful share in the priesthood of Christ. This participation is called the “common priesthood of the faithful.” Based on this common priesthood and ordered to its service, there exists another participation in the mission of the Christ: the ministry conferred by the sacrament of Holy Orders, where the task is to serve in the name and in the person of Christ the Head in the midst of the community.

The ministerial priesthood differs in essence from the common priesthood of the faithful because it confers a sacred power for the service of the faithful. The ordained ministers exercise their service for the People of God by teaching (munus docendi), divine worship (munus liturgicum) and pastoral governance (munus regendi).

— The Catechism of the Catholic Church 1591-1592

My brothers and sisters in Christ,

Through our Baptism and Confirmation we share in a common priesthood. We all are called to continue the good work of Jesus Christ. We all are called to continue to support the Church. Within this mission there exists the ministerial priesthood. These ordained ministers have a special role in the prophetic, priestly and kingly duties of the Church. This weekend we celebrate both these priesthoods. On Saturday, May 30th, the following were ordained as presbyters (the technical term for a ministerial priest) for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis:

Reverend Peter Hughes
Reverend Bruno Nwachukwu
Reverend James Stiles
Reverend John Powers
Reverend T.J. McKenzie
Reverend Jake Anderson
Reverend Byron Hagan

Please pray for our new presbyters as they begin their service to God and the Church.

As we celebrate the common and ministerial priesthood of our Church, we also celebrate our relationship with our bishops, the successors of Peter and the Apostles. Earlier this year our parish leadership and staff extended an invitation to our local bishops to visit our parish in the coming year. I am happy to announce that they have accepted our invitation. Here is the schedule of their visits:

Archbishop John Nienstedt — Saturday, June 13th at the 5:00pm Mass;
Bishop Lee Piche — Sunday, September 13th at the 10:30am; “Mass on the Grass” for the Feast of St. Edward
Bishop Lee Piche— Saturday, November 7th at the 9:00am Mass of Remembrance.

I hope everyone will gather with our shepherds to celebrate our Church.

Keep the faith! Fr. Brian