BRUNSWICK, Maine, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As we approach the Holy Day of Christmas, thousands of Catholics have no spiritual place to call home. It's one thing to choose to walk away for whatever reason from your childhood religious beliefs, but something else again to have it taken away or reduced to almost nothing. Yet, that is what happens every time a church or chapel is closed for lack of funds or lack of priests. It happens when divorced Catholics are ostracized by their church community; when Catholics become disenchanted with the lack of institutional integrity; or when sacraments are denied to anyone for any reason.
Ordained Married Roman Catholic Priests can help revive our faith and our renewed sense of being with Masses and faith sharing in your Home Church setting. Recruited since 1992 by Rent A Priest Ministries/CITI, a nationwide 501.c3 nonprofit organization, married priests are available in almost every state to help disillusioned Catholics receive the sacraments. All anyone needs do is ask them for this pastoral assistance. "Priests forever," according to the Church's own Canon Law (290), they "cannot refuse" such a request (Canon 843). (www.rentapriest.com, www.youtube.com/user/RentaPriest, www.vimeo.com/channels/rentapriest, http://www.rentapriest.com/married-priest-directory.php?country=United+States&state=&x=51&y=10, http://www.rentaprieststory.blogspot.com)
Married Priests are available for Christmas Mass, Baptisms, Holy Communion, Anointing of the Sick, Funerals, wedding ceremonies and/or other spiritual assistance. Home/House Church communities have already been established in various places throughout the country. Any small group of Christians can invite a married priest into their home for Catholic Mass at which all will be invited to the table and all will be welcome to receive the Eucharist.
If you are a frustrated Catholic or just someone seeking an experience of God in a faith sharing community, married priests may be able to help you on your spiritual journey. Reaching out to one of them is as easy as placing a phone call or locating him online. He may even be in your neighborhood or in your workplace.
According to Canon Law, however, married priests can only help when asked... even for your church. And permission is not needed from anyone.
For more information: website www.rentapriest.com; telephone 1-800-PRIEST-9 (774-3789); email: email@example.com, postal: Rent A Priest Ministries/CITI, 14 Middle Street, Suite 2, Brunswick, ME 04011, 207-729-7673. See us also on YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook.