The Fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally known as “Good Shepherd Sunday” because of the theme of the
Scripture readings. Because the Lord continues to call men to serve as good shepherds of His flock, this is also the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. “The purpose of World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life. While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), consecrated life in all its forms (male and female religious life, societies of apostolic life consecrated virginity), secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life.” (USCCB)
How fitting, then, that Bishop Callahan ordained eleven men to the Order of Deacon yesterday (Saturday) for service in the Diocese of La Crosse. With particular joy we celebrate the ordination of our own Tony Biolo! Deacon Biolo will be assisting at his First Mass today (Sunday) at 10am. He has been assigned by Bishop Callahan to serve in our parish, joining Deacon Jerry Ruesch, who has been here nearly 10 years. Congratulations Deacon Biolo, and to your wife Traci, who has been a strong partner in marriage and essential support in your diaconate formation!
May God bless you!