Priesthood Sunday was established in 2003 to provide a way for Catholic communities to express appreciation for the priests who serve them so faithfully.
Usually scheduled for the fourth Sunday of October, this celebration acknowledges the central role of the priest in the lives of Catholic men and women.
The lay faithful of each parish, school or other ministry are asked to develop their own special way of marking the day and honoring both their own priests and the priesthood.
During the past few years, parishes have shown their appreciation by hosting receptions after Masses, placing advertisements in their local newspapers honoring their priest, or presenting their priest with personalized notes reminding him of what he does to bring people closer to Christ.
Serra International is a lay organization whose aim is to foster and promote vocations to the Catholic priesthood and religious life, and encourages its members to fulfill their own Christian vocations to service.