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How can I honor my priest[s]?

Please check with your Sunday Bulletin, website, or parish/mission office for Priesthood Sunday events or plans that might be specific to your community. Additionally, you might find the following list of ideas helpful in honoring your priest[s]:

  • Pray for your priest, and all priests serving in the Diocese of San Bernardino and elsewhere

  • Pray for the vocation programs for the Diocese of San Bernardino – and for more people to be open to a call to the priesthood, the permanent deacons and religious brothers and sisters

  • Personally thank your priest on Priesthood Sunday, or any day

  • Send a thank you note or letter to your priest

  • Invite children in  school classes to write or draw notes of appreciation

  • Invite your priest for dinner with your family or friends

  • Send a card or letter to a priest who used to serve at your parish [your parish/mission office can assist you with addresses]

  • Send a card or letter to a retired priest (your parish/mission office can assist you with addresses)

  • Participate in various vocations events

What can we do to help our parishioners honor our priest[s] on Priesthood Sunday?

Work with the pastor, the deacon[s], parish staff, Parish Council, Parish Finance Council, and volunteers to discuss the possibility of organizing Priesthood Sunday on the weekend after Thanksgiving Day, or any weekend of the year. Once permission is given, develop your own special way of marking the day and honoring your parish priests – both at Mass or other parish events, such as social celebrations and school activities.

Priesthood Sunday is designed to be an event led by the laity, but you may ask your priest to participate by talking about how he experienced and answered his own calling and about priests who have inspired him.

Priesthood Sunday offers another opportunity for priests and their parishioners to build a stronger working relationship.

Events/activities to consider for Priesthood Sunday:

  • Parish pot luck dinner to celebrate “Father’s Day”

  • Coffee cake reception following Masses

  • PSR or school essay, poster or poetry contest

  • Banner in front of church

  • Announce Priesthood Sunday events in the Sunday Bulletin a few weeks before the date you select for Priesthood Sunday

  • Special cover on the Sunday Bulletin on Priesthood Sunday [please contact your bulletin rep]

  • Click here for graphics and poster information

  • Special intercessions at all Masses on Priesthood Sunday

  • Special music at all Masses on Priesthood Sunday

  • A deacon or member of the parish council or other parish leadership organization may invite the members of the assembly to join in a blessing over the parish priest(s) at all Masses on Priesthood Sunday

  • Send press releases and photos to local press

Some additional long-term suggestions

  • Invite parish prayer groups to organize a regular time of prayer for the parish priest[s]

  • Organize a “Feed the Priest” group in the parish/mission. Invite parishioners to sign up to cook dinner for the priest[s] one day a week. While they are preparing their own dinner at home, they prepare an extra plate for their priest and then drop it off at the rectory or office on a set day of the week

  • Invite children in PSR or school to write or draw notes of appreciation

  • Invite your priest for dinner with your family or friends

  • Send a card or letter to a priest who used to serve at your parish [your parish/mission office can assist you with addresses]

  • Send a card or letter to a retired priest [your parish/mission office can assist you with addresses]