The Vatican has set the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations for April 21, the fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Vocations as a sign of hope founded in faith.”
The theme underscores the hope that vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life bring to the entire Church.
Visit the U.S. Bishops’ website for resources including videos prayers and discernment resources for men and women, down-loadable lesson plans for educators, and retreat resources for parishes.
Priests, seminarians to play basketball tourney
The sixth annual basketball tournament between the priests and seminarians of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will be April 12 at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis.
The event begins at 5 p.m. with a barbecue in the school parking lot. At 6:30 p.m. St. John Vianney Seminary will play Saint Paul Seminary.
The winner of that game will play against a team of priests of the archdiocese at 8:30 p.m.
Between games, Catholic high school students will compete in a dunk contest.
DeLaSalle High School is located at 1 DeLaSalle Drive. All games are free and open to the public.
Haiti priest to receive award from St. John’s
Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville will present its Pax Christi Award to Father Richard Frechette April 19, during a private dinner.
A Passionist priest, physician and missionary, Frechette has been serving impoverished children and orphans for more than three decades.
As the highest honor awarded by Saint John’s Abbey and University, the Pax Christi Award recognizes those who have devoted themselves to God by working in the tradition of Benedictine monasticism to serve others and to build a heritage of faith in the world.
Frechette will give a public talk titled “My Life and Labor of Love in Haiti” at 2:30 p.m. April 19 in the Alumni Lounge (Quad 170) at SJU. The talk is free and open to the public.
Providence Academy students score for charity
During this basketball season, Providence Academy seniors Jackson Canfield, Joe Heck, Taylor Finley and Nathalie Ratliff surpassed 1,000 career points.
In recognition of that milestone, they were each awarded $1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.
Canfield chose to donate to the Cancer Wellness Center, Heck chose the American Cancer Society, Finley chose the International Rhett Syndrome Foundation and Ratliff chose to donate to the Tim Tebow Foundation.
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