Serra Club of Singapore is taking part in an initiative to thank God for the gift of priesthood as well as show support for clergy.
The Serra Club of Singapore is participating in an international year-long project to pray for priests.
Serra International’s “Pray for Priests Year 2012” initiative is to thank God for the gift of priesthood to the Church as well as show appreciation and support for priests, says the organisation’s website.
Serra International promotes priestly vocations and supports priests in their ministry.
The Prayer for Priests initiative involves the formation of teams of prayer intercessors with a minimum of seven people each to pray for one particular priest daily.
Each intercessor prays for that priest by name throughout the year by offering and attending a Mass specially for this purpose at least once a week. The intercessor will also pray the rosary and a chaplet of the Divine Mercy daily for the priest.
The team may inform the priest concerned that they are praying for him if they wish to.
Intercessors are also encouraged to go the extra mile by making sacrifices such as fasting. They may also attend a Holy Hour or go for Eucharistic adoration, says the Serra International website.
The Serra Club of Singapore says it hopes each priest in the archdiocese will have at least one team praying for him.
So far, the club has managed to gather 420 intercessors. This covers about 60 priests. More prayer intercessors are needed as there are more than 100 priests in the archdiocese.
“I am very encouraged by the support that we have received thus far,” said Mr Sean Yeo, president of the Serra Club of Singapore. “I hope more will come forward to join us.”
Ms Josephine Liow, who was invited to be a prayer intercessor, said she agreed to be one as praying for priests is “something natural for Catholics”.
She added that she does not regard the commitment required as a big sacrifice.
By Darren Boon