Sunday, June 29, 2008: (St. Peter & Paul) (Fr. Don McCarthy’s 50th Anniversary of his Ordination)

Jesus said: “My people, today’s Mass honors St. Peter and St. Paul who were major disciples that were instrumental in starting My Church. St. Peter was the first pope in succession of popes, and St. Paul opened the Gentiles to receive the faith as well as the Jewish nation of Israel. Down through the years these two men have inspired many to follow Me by their words in the Scripture. This feast day is a tribute to all of My clergy who are hard at work evangelizing sinners and providing Mass and the sacraments to feed all of My faithful. Fr. Donald McCarthy has a beautiful tribute for helping My flock in the fifty years of his service to Me and the Basilian Order. He also has been a great help in carrying out your mission as your spiritual director. You heard of the many years of service in his teaching and helping the people in the parishes that he assisted. All of My priests need to follow his example, and My faithful need to be thankful for all the priests that serve you every day. Pray for My priests that they remain faithful to their vocation, and call on My angels to protect them from the temptations of the evil ones.”