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WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Today the Church throughout the world prays for vocations. The Word Day of Prayer for Vocations coincides with this weekend’s Good Shepherd Sunday. It’s a day when we as a Church community remember the Lord’s Instruction to “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest to send labourers into his harvest” (Mark 9:38; Luke 10:2). We especially pray for our youth and young people as they consider the call to Ordained, Married, Single or Religious life.

As Catholics, we firmly believe that God has a plan for our lives! He calls some to marriage, some to the priesthood, and others to religious life or to live as generous single people. Fully living our own vocations—and teaching young people how to discern God’s call—is a serious duty, but also a joyful one. During this week, please encourage the young people in your life—children, grandchildren, students, and friends—to be open if God calls them to priesthood or religious life.

To learn more about the 61st Annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations, visit worlddayofprayerforvocations.com

“Dear friends, on this day in particular, but also in the ordinary pastoral life of our communities, I ask the Church to continue to promote vocations. May she touch the hearts of the faithful and enable each of them to discover with gratitude God’s call in their lives, to find courage to say ‘yes’ to God.”

~Pope Francis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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