Our job, in the Parish of Mary, Mother of God, is to be missionary disciples of Jesus in south Bradford. This is the unfolding story of how Mgr Paul Grogan (Parish Priest), Fr Michael Doody (Assistant Priest) and about 500 Mass-goers seek to bring more people into the barque of Peter (while entirely respecting everybody else outside of it). It is a continuation of an earlier blog which narrated Mgr Grogan's work as a University Chaplain.
Mgr Paul Grogan
Mgr Paul Grogan
Monday, 20 February 2012
Chains of charity and forbearance
We were joined at Mass yesterday evening by the Bradford Circle of the Catenians. Each year they ask me, in my capacity as vocations director, to celebrate a Mass for the intention of an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The Catenians nationally have funded the publication of an excellent book for young men enquiring about the priesthood: I always give a copy to lads who come to see me. Also, each Circle of the Catenians holds an annual Clergy Dinner and a member picks us up beforehand and delivers us home afterwards, so that we can have a drink with the meal. These gentle expressions of support - prayers for vocations and occasionally wining and dining us - mean a lot to the clergy of the diocese, I know. I always feel a lessening of the burden when I attend Catenian events: I am reminded that the mission of the Church is not merely the mission of those who are ordained. The Catenians for example, have a great commitment to fostering the life of the family. Moreover, they take time to gather with each other regularly and in that way point to the value of solidarity: they chain themselves to each other (as their name suggests) in Christian chairty and forbearance. We are fortunate to have such commited Catholic laymen and their spouses enriching the life of the diocese. Plus, they are extremely generous. After last night's collection, the priests' training fund is looking distinctly healthier! And who knows what graces will have been bestowed on our diocese through the celebration of the Eucharist yesterday evening and what positive results these will have in building up a culture of vocation? The power of the Mass is incalculable. It's that simple.