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Praying for priests (letter)

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 Contents - May 2003AD2000 May 2003 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The significance of the Resurrection - Peter Westmore
Events: Carnivale Christi 2003 - A tale of four cities - Anthony McCarthy
News: The Church Around the World
Surge in priestly vocations confounds secular culture - Joanne Grainger
Why priestly vocations are up in Perth Archdiocese - Debra Warrier
Brisbane archdiocesan synod: challenges needing to be addressed - Peter Howard
Liturgy: Latvia shows the way on liturgical renewal - Cardinal Janis Pujats
Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan (1928-2002): How faith survived in a Communist prison - Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan
Architecture: 'Re-ordered' and 'new' churches - symptoms of a wider spiritual malaise - Marie Cassey
Language: The forgotten language of adoration of God - through words and actions - Audrey English
Letters: Definitive teachings (letter) - Jerome Gonzalez
Letters: Infallible (letter) - George Simpson
Letters: Teachings promoted (letter) - Pat O'Brien
Letters: Role of bishop (letter) - Arthur Negus
Letters: Healing of the family tree (letter) - Anne Lastman
Letters: Friday Abstinence (letter) - Leo Leitch
Letters: Teilhard de Chardin (letter) - Stuart J. Blackwood
Letters: Praying for priests (letter) - Denise Kelly
Books: Life-Giving Love: Embracing God's beautiful design for marriage, Kimberley Hahn - Leanne and Michael Casanova (reviewer)
Books: Christianity On Trial: Arguments Against Anti-Religious Bigotry - Bill Muehlenberg (reviewer)
Review: The Mysteries of Light: Rosary for Children and Youth on cassette - Colleen McGuinness-Howard (reviewer)
Books: Essentials of the Faith: A Guide to the Catechism / Pastoral Answers - Michael E. Daniel (reviewer)
Review: Spending The Day With Mary: The Rosary on CD and Tape - Joe Padero (reviewer)
Books: Our books are the cheapest!
Reflection: St Francis on individual confession and receiving Holy Communion - Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM

Will you help us pray for priests - in a Marian way? It is important we are united in our intention to pray for priests and priestly vocations with Mary Mother of Priests (cf Acts 1:14).

Where would we be without priests and the sacraments? Today Australia and the world desperately need more priests. How can we help? Jesus said: "Pray to the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth labourers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38).

Our Pope has called for a global rediscovery of the Rosary, as the ideal prayer for asking God for His blessing of world peace. Let us pray for the renewal of the world, through renewal of the Church and renewal of the individual's heart.

October 2002 to October 2003 is the Year of the Rosary. Marian spirituality is centred on surrender to Jesus Christ through Mary in the Holy Spirit's power for the glory of Our Father, as well as prayer, and renewal of the Church through renewal of a person's heart.

"Pray with Mary Mother of Priests" is an organisation of the lay faithful. Our goal is to pray for our Pope, bishops, priests and for priestly vocations. Our mission is to become available for this work of prayerful service to Jesus' priests.

Our three-fold prayer commitment is to pray the Mass, Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy every day for these intentions which we place under the patronage of Saint Joseph. For those who cannot attend Mass, we suggest a commitment of seven Our Father's, Hail Mary's and Glory Be's.

Let us pray in Rosary prayer groups across Australia and the world in churches, homes, schools, communities. If you are united with us in this intention, please contact Friends of the Cross, PO Box 97 Tugun Qld 4224, Australia.

DENISE KELLY
Tugun, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 16 No 4 (May 2003), p. 15

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