Wednesday, October 20, 2010

World Priests Day on October 31

World Priest Day to be celebrated on October 31st

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is sponsoring World Priest Day on Sunday, October 31, 2010, which coincides with the Serra Club’s Priesthood Sunday. World Priest Day focuses on celebrating the ongoing affirmation of priests and building of relationships between couples and priests. The mission and purpose of World Priest Day is to celebrate and affirm the men who commit their lives to the Lord and the Church through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. It is an opportunity for Encountered couples to thank, affirm and share their love and support for priests/pastors.

It is designed to be a day or several days to rejoice in the Sacrament of Holy Orders. On this day, or during the week preceding or following it, Encountered couples across the country are encouraged to develop one or several activities to affirm priests. This will be a unique occasion for reaching out to priests. Go to for ideas that you can use.

Couples of other faiths are also encouraged to do the same for their priests/pastors.

Here are some suggestions couples can do to thank and affirm their priests/pastors: START TODAY!!!

1. Send a card to your parish priest or bishop telling them what their sacrament and/or friendship means to you.
2. Introduce yourself and family to your priest or bishop you have not met.
3. Invite a priest or bishop you know, or do not know, to breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
4. If you invite them to dinner, you may make it a candle-lighted dinner with china, linens, and maybe soft music. Be creative! Kids could be included in this too! Let the kids help set the table and prepare for his arrival. Or make it a down home barbecue or something unique and special to your family
5. Send them flowers or a balloon bouquet.
6. Invite them on a family picnic and pick them up if possible.
7. If you know a priest or bishop out of town, give them a call; send a note, flowers, balloon bouquet.
8. Bake them cookies, etc. (Kids love to get involved).
9. Have the kids color a picture for them or write them a letter.
10. Invite them to your home.
11. Go on an outing together, such as a dinner and a play, concert, bowling, movie, hunting,
fishing, golf, tennis, etc.
12. Be creative and have fun with this special event. Let us know what you dreamed up to honor
priests so that we can pass on the ideas.