Our priests today
Our priests live in a different world, but one where in the face of widespread indifference towards religion, they are called to witness to the same mercy of God and to live with simplicity.
This Year for Priests is an invitation for priests to deepen their relationship with Jesus and commitment to his people.
The ministry of priests
We are all aware of how the ministry of priests is rapidly changing with larger and multiple parishes as well as their ageing. An increasing number of priests carry on ministries beyond their parishes. They are supported by those priests who, having retired from the administration of parishes, nonetheless are active in the celebration of the Eucharist and other pastoral responses.
The care of the people
Our priests, every Sunday, celebrate 231 Masses which are attended by 34,431 people (May 2009 count).
In 2008 they officiated at 671 weddings, celebrated 2,873 baptisms and were, with the bishops, involved in 2,156 confirmations.
They were involved in 97 Catholic schools through Masses, liturgies, school boards and religious education support.
They celebrated Masses and visited numerous nursing homes and hostels, cared for the sick in their homes and responded to emergency calls and pastoral requests in every hospital within the Archdiocese.
They prepared their homilies, were involved in sacramental programs, adult education, prayer groups, counselling, visits to parishioners, and had responsibility for ensuring the proper and just administration of the parishes.