Year of Faith Prayer
O God, as you sent your Holy Spirit upon the early Church in the fiery tongues and the mighty wind of Pentecost, so now, we ask you to send that same Spirit upon us that we may go forth to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to every creature.
We humbly pray that you deepen your Trinitarian life within us; make us effective and holy witnesses of Jesus' death and resurrection; help us to live our Catholic faith with such joy, conviction and love that others will be drawn to the sacred mystery of your Church and the powerful grace of the sacraments.
We implore you to make us ministers of your Word in speech and action, in truth and charity, in the mystery of Jesus' cross and the light of his resurrected glory. Amen.
Auxiliary Bishop Donald J. Hying,
The Pallottine Family – Union of the Catholic Apostolate
St. Vincent Pallotti’s foundation had a very remarkable and touching history. From the beginning it took on a new form of an “Association” and immediately in 1835 it received the approval of the competent ecclesiastical authority. It is a community, which unites priests, religious, lay people and takes as name “Catholic Apostolate”. The spring-like beginning witnessed many new initiatives answering to the manifold needs of the Church (Foreign Mission, Popular Mission, Retreat work) and in the City of Rome (Evening Schools, a soup kitchen, orphanage – Pia Casa di Carità, etc.).
But the new ideas soon met with suspicion, many people could not understand his ideas and Pallotti had to defend his vision and his foundation again and again. After his death the name of his foundation was changed into “Pious Mission Society” and there remained only the community of priest and brothers and the community of sisters. But the members of these communities never forgot that the idea of Pallotti was more than their present realization.
Today St. Vincent Pallotti's idea has become a reality again. On October 28th 2003 the Union of the Catholic apostolate received the official approval and blessing of the the universal Church from the Pontifical Council of the Laity. This happened only after much study of St. Vincent's charism and reformulation of their individual Guidelines by the various pallottine groups that have continued to hold St. Vincent as their founder. Hence the reason for the name -- Union of the Catholic Apostolate. We are men and women, lay, religious and priests working together for glory of God and the spread of Jesus name, while fostering His love among all peoples.
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