Sunday, July 1, 2018

IN THE SPAN OF FOUR DAYS, THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN MY 38 YEARS OF LIFE AS A PRIEST!


On Thursday, four days ago, our seminarian Nate and I went to our Bryan County Nursing Home where I offered the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to two of our elderly parishioners.

On Saturday at 10:00 AM at our Cathedral I concelebrated the Sacrament of Holy Orders at 10:00 AM.

At 1 PM,  arriving in time by the skin of my teeth, I arrived in my parish to preside at the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony for two of my parishioners.

At 4:00 PM, I celebrated the Sacrament of Penance by hearing Confessions for my parish.

At 5:30 PM I celebrated the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, the Mass and within the Mass, I also celebrated the Sacrament of Holy Baptism for the infant daughter of our parishioners.

This morning at our 8:30 AM Mass, with special permission of our bishop, I celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation for one of our parishioners who had missed it. She is preparing for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony and our bishop has extended faculties to priests to celebrate Confirmation in these circumstances.

THUS IN A SPAN OF FOUR DAYS I WAS A PART OF ALL SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH: BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION, HOLY EUCHARIST, PENANCE, ANOINTING OF THE SICK, HOLY MATRIMONY AND HOLY ORDERS! HOW KOOL IS THAT!

8 comments:

rcg said...

Very ‘kool’! What is more kool is that you have that sort of demand from the parish. That means they have come to desire these things because their pastor led them to want them and he busts his butt to deliver. So, yeah. All of that is extremely ‘kool’.

Anonymous said...

Wow, good on you, Father!
Now take a deep breath; and thanks be to God for your new parochial vicar!!

Mark Thomas said...

Father McDonald, I give thanks unto God for you.

Thank you for your holy witness. Thank you for your holy service to Holy Mother Church.

Pax.

Mark Thomas

John Nolan said...

Are you not over-using the term 'celebrate' in true post-V2 style? A priest celebrates Mass, officiates at Vespers, gives a blessing (which includes Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament), confers a sacrament and performs or carries out an exorcism.

Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh said...

Once I made six sacraments in one day - didn't have the opportunity to attend an ordination! It is an unusual thing to ponder.

Anonymous said...

Father McDonald, Deo gratias for your service to the priesthood!

Mallen

Seeker said...

The Abundant Life! Thank you Father.

Adam Michael said...

Very neat, Father! May God always bless and provide us with holy priests.