Tomorrow, we celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This year, this feast also marks the end of the Year For Priests. I ask you on this Feast to make an effort to find some time to visit your local church and spend some time in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. As you do so, please remember and pray for the many priests who celebrate the Holy Mass each day to bring this precious gift of Jesus, the gift of his Love present in the Eucharist to each of us.
In this diocese, our priests are finishing their annual retreat, so there may not be Mass in many of our parishes today, though I know some of our priests are intending to return to their parishes to be able to celebrate this Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with their parisihioners.
The Eucharist is our greatest gift! Our priests who celebrate the Mass and consecrate the Eucharist are a big part of this gift. We are tremendously grateful for all our priests and their selfless ministry!
I might ask that you also pray for all our bishops, as we will gather in St. Petersburg next week for the annual June assembly. May all of us continue to grow in the unique vocations God calls us to, and the common vocation of holiness. God bless.