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      DATE : 05/19/2017                        PLACE : St. Paul Chong Ha Sang Church ( Des Plaines)

      SPEAKER : Fr. Foeckler, Miles Jesu     TOPIC :Vocation                                                                

      ** VOCATION **

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      Fr. Foeckler started with a description of the sacrament Holy Orders before giving a lecture about Vocation.

      There are Seven Sacraments including Holy Orders in the Catholic

      The sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Jesus
      Christ’s priesthood.

      Holy Orders are ordained
      ministries such as bishop, priest or deacon.

      Who is the full priesthood? Jesus Christ.

      The first level of the Sacrament of Holy Order is Bishops
      (Episcopate): Bishops can do all Orders.

      The second level of the Sacrament of Holy Order is Priests

      The third level of the Sacrament of Holy Order is Deacons
      (Diaconate): There are two types of deacons.

      -A transitional Deacon is a seminarian who is studying for
      the priesthood.

      -A permanent Deacon is a deacon who can get married, and
      assists a priest by performing some of 

           the sacraments.

      **Catholic Church Hierarchy: Pope, Cardinal and Archbishop have
      the legal power.

      Jesus Christ: is the
      highest priesthood, Son of God

      The Pope: represents Peter,
      always first
       of the list and has special role such as papal
      infallibility which means 

       God protects the pope from error when he speaks about
      faith or morality. 

       It applies only to solemn, official teachings on faith and

      “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon
      this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not 
      prevail against it.” – Matthew 16, 18

      The Cardinals: are
      appointed by the pope and service for the pope, and elect a new pope.

      The Archbishops

      Bishops: ordain priests/deacons/bishops

      preach/baptism/marriage/confession/anoint of the sick/Eucharist/mass

      Deacons: baptism/marriages/assist
      Eucharist or mass

      Religion consecrated




      is Calling

      (vocare means to call in Latin)
      from Jesus Christ,
      Father and Holy Spirit.

      God is calling each person by name, not everybody. You don’t
      hear anything by ear.

      Vocation is a calling to serve and love God and others in
      and through a specific path. 

      This could be through marriage or being a priest,
      deacon or consecrated religious.

      Each vocation challenges us to live our faith more deeply
      and to follow Christ more closely.

      12 My
      command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
       13 Greater
      love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
       14 You
      are my friends if you do what I command.
       15 I no
      longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s
      business. Instead, I have called you friends, 

      for everything that I learned
      from my Father I have made known to you.
       16 You
      did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go
      and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that 

      whatever you ask in my name the
      Father will give you.
       17 This
      is my command: Love each other. 

      – John
      15, 12-17

      Friends mean sharing, connection, attachment and team match. This is the

      As we seek friendship with Jesus and one another, we can develop deeper
      and deeper relationships. 

      Jesus is the source of LOVE which is the basis for
      the kingdom of God.

      Love is not something of possession. Love is Soul which lasts forever!

      16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3, 16

      Jesus said to the twelve disciples,

      34 “A
      new command I give you: Love one another. 
      As I have loved you,
      so you must love one another.

      35 By
      this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” –
      13, 34-35

      Vocation is
      following Jesus AS he did.

      Vocation is
      close to a relationship with Jesus. Not service, but just being with Jesus.

      Second Vatican Council made it plain that there is a “Universal call to holiness
      in the Church” To most of us this means becoming a priest or a nun, but this
      “Universal Call” really means that all men and women are called to holiness.

      calls us as his disciples to a new way of life – the Christian way of life.


      **Cardinal Blasé Cupich ordained six priests at Holy Name Cathedral
      in Chicago in May 20, 2017.

      Bishop Joseph Perry invited the Motjari families at ordination.

      Attending ordination was a tremendously thankful and blessed for
      all of us.

      Thank you, God. Thank you, Bishop Perry**







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