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Holy Orders

You have been told, O Man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you:
Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.
-Micah 6:8

Holy Orders

Holy Orders, a sacrament at the service of communion, permanently marks man to God. Invested with sacred power and dedicated to the good of the whole Church, the priest acts in persona Christi Capitis - and Christ himself is present. Whether a bishop, priest or deacon, the individual devotes his life to serving God for the salvation of others. The sacrament of Holy Orders is not about an individual’s desire - it is about a humble response to a call from God.
At that time, as the number of disciples continued to grow, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table. Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
-Acts 6:1-4
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If you are wondering if you have been called, congratulations! To learn more about these vocations to follow God’s calling, visit or please call the Parish Office at 949.494.9701 to talk to one of our Priests, or Deacon.

Through [Jesus Christ our Lord] we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles, among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ; to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
-Romans 1:5-7

Hebrews 5:1-4

Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring, for he himself is beset by weakness and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God.
Hebrews 5:1-4

The Lord said clearly that concern for his flock was proof of love for him.
St. John Chrysostom

The priest continues the work of redemption on earth…If we really understood the priest on earth, we would die not of fright but of love…The Priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus.
St. John Vianney, quoted in B. Nodet, Jean-Marie Vianney, Curé d’Ars

The calling or destiny we have in this life and hereafter. God has created the human person to love and serve him; the fulfillment of this vocation is eternal happiness. Christ calls the faithful to the perfection of holiness.
… Priestly and religious vocations are dedicated to the service of the Church as the universal sacrament of salvation.
Catechism of the Catholic Church

Be good. Do good.
Be a power for good.
Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity