The priest is ordained for a particular diocese or religious community and is a servant to that people. He is sent by the bishop and charged to ensure that the mission of Christ to teach, govern and sanctify is fulfilled in a particular place for a particular period of time. The Pastor serves as the shepherd of the community, works in collaboration with the members of the parish, and as priest stands in the person of Christ in celebration of the sacraments.
By ordination, the priest alone presides over the Eucharist which is celebrated by the entire community. The Parish priest or deacon preaches, baptizes, witnesses marriages and conducts funerals. The pastor is assigned by the bishop to coordinate and oversee all the various ministries of the parish.
Pray for vocations to all these ministries, but especially pray for vocations to the priesthood. If you feel you may be called, contact the Diocesan Office of Vocations for more information: www.richmonddiocese.org/vocations.
THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY ORDERS