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Parable of the talents

  • to the first servant he gave 5 talents
  • second servant got 2 talents
  • the last servant got 1 talent
  • the man then went on his journey and the first servant put his money to work and gained 5 more talents
  • the second servant did the same and got 2 more talents
  • the last servant buried his talents in a hole
  • when the master came back he asked for the servants talents he was very happy with the first 2 and told them they could share his happiness
  • the master was not happy with the last servant and he called him "wicked and lazy" and that he couldn't come with him but he'll stay in darkness
  • Christians believe that they will be judged according to how they use their talents
  • it suggests that people use their talents or gifts that they have be given to live in a way that helps others
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Contemplative and apostolic religious communities

  • CONTEMPLATIVE: those who chose to live out their vocation in structured prayer, mediation and work eg. Benedictine Monks
  • APOSTOLIC: religious communities which combine a life of prayer with a life of working in the world eg. Jesuits
  • RELIGIOUS LIFE: dedicating life to God, taking vows and living in a particular way
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The vows

  • POVERTY: living simply and sharing talents, money and material goods for the support of the community
  • CHASITY: making a vow not to take a wife, husband or partner and not have any sexual relationships
  • OBEDIENCE: obeying the person in charge of the community and trusting them
  • STABILITY: some communities take an additional vow which is to stay one monestry for the rest of their lives
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The Carthusians

  • Roman Catholic order or monks funded by St. Bruno of cologne
  • main monestry is Le Grande Chartreuse "into great silence"
  • devote their lives to prayer
  • contemplative
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Franciscan Monks

  • live as lesser people "not making anything our own"
  • go about the world entering people's lives
  • 14000 members and is present in more than 100 countries
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Role of a Bishop

  • successor is the apostles and shares the ruling office with other Bishops and Popes
  • responsible for the Priests and Decons in their diocese
  • responsible for training and supplying Priests for parashes
  • ensures that mass is celebrated in the diocese every Sunday and on major feast days
  • CROSIER: the shepherds staff used on ceremonial occasions and it symbolises being a shepherd of the people
  • PECTORAL CROSS: the large ornamental cross worn as a necklace
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Role of a Deacon

  • servant of all
  • supports the Priest and parish
  • can be fully employed out of the church
  • can be married
  • can be training to be a Priest
  • work of a Deacon:
    1. Liturgy: preside at baptisms, funerals and lead prayers
    2. The world: read the Gospel and preach to others
    3. Charity: serves the need of people especially the poor
  • seminarians, students just finishing Priesthood training
  • after a year they're ordained a Priest by the Bishop
  • no intention of becoming a Priest
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Role of a Priest

  • the ordination of a Priest seals the Priest with a spiritual character which means he can act in the name of Christ (In Persona Christ)
  • Bishops assistant
  • under the authority of the Bishop or superior
  • he is sent out to serve others and is concerned for all (an apostle)
  • he has a duty to care for and support a group of people (a presbyter)
  • works with deacons
  • visits the sick and dying which remembers Jesus' healing
  • conducts funerals
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The rite of ordination

1. THE PRESENTATION: the candidate is called forward to be presented to the Bishop. He's asked to declare his willingness to serve the church
2. THE EXAMINATION: the Bishop questions the candidate about his responsibilities and duties of the church and he promises to fufill them
3. THE PROSTRATION: the candidate will lay on the floor as a sign that he is submitting himself to God
4. THE CONSECRATION: the Priest is ordinated by the Bishop laying his hands on their head. The laying of the hands symbolises the passing of the Holy Spirit
5. THE PRAYER: the Bishop will kneel and invite all the those present to join in prayer for the candidate. This includes the litany of the saints
6. THE INVESTMENT: the Priest is given the stole and chasuble and presented with symbols
7. THE ANOINTING: Priest is anointed with crism oil on his hands which symbolises bless, consecrate and sanctify
8. THE MASS: the Priest assists the Bishop and is presented with the pater and chalice. These are symbolic of the Priests duty as minister of the Eucharist. A kiss of peace by the Bishop to seal the admittance to priesthood

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  • not to have any sexual relationships
  • it follows the example of Jesus
  • it makes it easier to concentrate on Christ and his church
  • marriage and family life is demanding and time consuming
  • Priests often need to be moved around which would be difficult for families
  • there is a great shortage of Priests in the church
  • it distances the Priest from ordinary human life
  • some men may be called to Priesthood and family life "go forth and multiply"
  • a Priest who experiences the challenges in families may be better to understand and support parishioners with family problems
  • the men that Jesus chose to be his disciples were married (St. Peter)
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Ordination of women


  • a Priest represents the whole church including women
  • the church needs to follow modern trends
  • both men and women can be baptised and are treated equally in the church
  • "there is no difference...between men and women; you are all one in Union with Jesus Christ"
  • there is evidence that churches led by woman priests are growing in numbers
  • women are educated to the same standard to men
  • only God has the right to say whether women can't be Priests
  • in genesis we are told that everyone is made in the image of God
  • Jesus chose 12 male apostles
  • the a Priest represents Jesus and Jesus was a man
  • there are many other ways women can serve God such as becoming a nun, mother or even teacher
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Florence Li Tim-Oi

  • she was made deacon on ascension day 1941
  • on the 25th January 1944, Bishop RO Hall ordinated her
  • when a Priest could no longer travel from Japanese occupied territory, for 3 years she was licences to give Eucharist as a Priest
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