The Sacrament of Holy Orders
Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate, presbyterate, and diaconate.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1536)
Priesthood and Religious Life
By virtue of Baptism, every Christian has a "vocation," a calling from God, to help in spreading the Good News of God's love. Some of the baptized experience a special calling to follow Jesus through a life consecrated and dedicated in a very focused way on service in the Church. Vocations to the priesthood, the deaconate and the religious life necessarily involve one in the larger Church of which St. Rose of Lima Parish is a part.