'Strive to live more fully by the Lord's sacrifice'
|Catholic Diocese of Parramatta seminarians, Alfredito Dalogdog and Galbert Albino, conferred in the Ministry of Acolyte. Photo: Anthony Saliba.|
Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP has conferred two Catholic Diocese of Parramatta seminarians, Alfredito Dalogdog and Galbert Albino, in the Ministry of Acolyte at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta on Sunday 13 March.
"Dear sons in Christ, Alfredito and Galbert, as acolytes you will have a special role in the Church’s ministry," Bishop Anthony said in his homily. "The source and summit of the Church’s life is the Eucharist. It is your new responsibility to assist the bishop, priests and deacons in carrying out their Eucharistic ministry and, as special ministers, to give Holy Communion to the faithful at Mass and outside it to the sick.
"Because you are specially called to this ministry, you should strive to live more fully by the Lord’s sacrifice and be moulded more perfectly to its likeness. The Lenten practices of self-sacrifice, charity and prayer are especially apposite for you. You should seek to understand the deep spiritual meaning of what you do, so that you may offer yourselves daily to God.
"In performing your ministry, keep in mind that, as you share the One Bread with your brothers and sisters, so you form one body with them. Show a sincere love for Christ’s Mystical Body, the Church, and especially for the weak and the sick. Be obedient to the commandment which the Lord gave to His apostles at the Last Supper: love one another as I also have loved you."
Read Bishop Anthony's Homily in full at the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta site
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