Today’s commemoration of the beheading of St. John the Baptist has been a good day, a busy day. We’ve had two Masses. I’ve heard about thirty of the middle school students’ confessions. And today is the tenth anniversary of the ordination of our two deacons. We’re especially blessed to have these two fine men serving our parish. Deacon James Orr and Deacon Michael D’Agostino were ordained together at San Fernando Cathedral, and each one of them carries out a marvelous diaconal ministry. Frankly, I don’t know what we’d do without them. I spoke to our students at Mass about the importance of standing up for the truth, no matter what the cost, after the example of St. John the Baptist. And I couldn’t help but give special thanks for our deacons who follow that example so faithfully themselves.
Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, who of thy divine providence hast appointed various orders in thy Church: Give thy grace, we humbly beseech thee, to all who are called to any office and ministry for thy people; and so fill them with the truth of thy doctrine and clothe them with holiness of life, that they may faithfully serve before thee, to the glory of thy great Name and for the benefit of thy holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.