From Director of Vocations

Fr Peter Zwaans

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GOD'S VOCATION FOR US IS A CALL TO JOY

As we celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week from August 5-12, I encourage us all to listen to the voice of Jesus.

In speaking about the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis remarked: ‘It is beautiful – and a great grace – to be completely consecrated to God and the service of our brothers and sisters.’

The vocation which God has prepared for each of us is, at its heart, a call to joy: a beautiful and a great grace. I think the Pope reminds us of the joy of God’s call because it is something we can easily forget.

A quick read of the newspaper reveals that these are difficult days for the Church in general and the priesthood in particular. These are indeed challenging times for all of us and perhaps it is easy for us to be discouraged at the sight of our recent history and the prospect of what lies ahead of us.

It is conceivable that the challenge of these days would make some reticent in opening their hearts to the possibility of a priestly vocation. One could imagine parents being slow to encourage a son to discern the priesthood. Perhaps parishioners and even other priests might be slow to suggest a young man consider a vocation because of the thought that it might involve too much sacrifice.

As understandable as these thoughts may be, Pope Francis reminds us that God’s vocation for each one of us is a call to joy.

There will always be a cross to be carried; the Lord Jesus teaches us emphatically that his disciples must take up their cross daily and follow him (cf. Matt 16:24). But the Lord Jesus also assures us that, ‘I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy complete.’(Jn 15:11)

The voice of Jesus leads us to joy, not necessarily to comfort.

In these difficult days the Lord Jesus will not abandon his flock and he will continue to call men to share in his priesthood. Jesus’ call invariably passes by way of the Cross, but it always leads to the resurrection.

I pray that we will neither be afraid to follow Jesus’ call nor be slow to encourage others to listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd.
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Below are some resources, prayers and Pope's message.

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VOCATIONS AWARENESS WEEK AUGUST 5-12

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In speaking about the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis remarked: ‘It is beautiful – and a great grace – to be completely consecrated to God and the service of our brothers and sisters.’

The vocation which God has prepared for each of us is, at its heart, a call to joy: a beautiful and a great grace. I think the Pope reminds us of the joy of God’s call because it is something we can easily forget.

 Vocations A3 poster new.pdf

SUGGESTED PRAYERS FOR THE UNIVERSAL PRAYER

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B
Sunday commencing National Vocations Awareness Week 5 August 2018

Celebrant: Christ calls us to be fed by him.  In this spirit, we pray for our needs:

  1. We pray for the courage to follow the Lord – that we will be faithful to our vocation each day.
    Lord hear us.

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DIOCESAN PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

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Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd, who is always mindful of your Church. Watch over those who are baptised in your name, and grant peace and harmony to all families.

We ask you to choose from the families of our parish many priests, sisters and brothers
who will gladly spend their lives in making you known and loved.

Amen

MESSAGE FROM HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 2018 WORLD DAY OF VOCATIONS

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Next October, the Fifteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will meet to discuss the theme of young people and in particular the relationship between young people, faith and vocation. There we will have a chance to consider more deeply how, at the centre of our life, is the call to joy that God addresses to us and how this is “God’s plan for men and women in every age” (SYNOD OF BISHOPS, XV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY, Young People, The Faith and Vocational Discernment, Introduction).

The Fifty-fifth World Day of Prayer for Vocations once again proclaims this good news to us, and in a decisive manner. We are not victims of chance or swept up in a series of unconnected events; on the contrary, our life and our presence in this world are the fruit of a divine vocation!

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