As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
- Mt. 4:18-20
Just as Jesus called Simon Peter and Andrew, along with the others by name, and made them his Apostles, teaching them, forming them, and guiding them so as to follow his ways and his commandments, and one day be a teacher themselves for others, so too does Jesus continue to call young men and women to follow him today.
The USCCB tells us that from the moment of Jesus' conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest. . . . While all the baptized share in Christ's priesthood, the ministerial priesthood shares this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way. "Here I am, send me." (Is 6:8)
Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest. Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God's call using the words of the prophet, "Here I am, send me" (Is 6:8). This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate.
Discerning one's vocation is truly a blessed time, but can also be a little scary if you try to do it alone, because many questions will arise. Rather than walking alone, you are encouraged to draw close to those whom, like you, or like someone you may know, have themselves felt that same call of God and answered it.
If you or someone you know is interested in discerning a vocation to the Priesthood, Permanent Deaconate, Religious or Consecrated Life, let them know that they are not alone and that we are here to help them and walk with them on this very special journey.
To begin your discernment process, or to request further information, please contact the Parish office at (901) 465-8685 or visit the Catholic Diocese of Memphis in West Tennessee's Vocations Office's website by going to http://cdom.org/CatholicDiocese.php?op=Vocations
St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church
11710 Highway 64
Somerville, Tennessee 38068
901-465-8685 - Office
901-466-1645 - Fax
Weekend Mass Times
Saturday: 5:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 10:30 AM