Thursdays in the Diocese: prayers for vocations to the Priesthood and the Religious life

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“We would like to encourage parishes, schools and communities around the Diocese to make Thursdays a special day for prayer for Vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life… Many thanks, keep safe, and keep praying!”

Canon Jonathan Cotton, the Diocesan Vocations service

Thursday’s Masses have now been followed for some weeks by a recitation of the litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This is intended to consecrate our wish and desire for more vocations to the Heart of the Good Shepherd, Who said Himself that we must ask the Lord to whom the harvest belongs to send labourers out for the harvesting (Gospel of Matthew, 9: 38).

Please note that when we talk about Catholic vocations, we may be talking very generally about the full range that includes the priesthood, Religious life, the consecrated single life and marriage, in no particular order. But when we make this particular devotion on Thursdays, we are praying in particular for priests, and then for Religious, both men and women.

Here’s another passage from the Vocations service that you should soon find in the parish newsletter:

World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Sunday 25th April – Good Shepherd Sunday

“This Sunday is our yearly opportunity to reflect on the Vocations to Priesthood and Religious Life. Also, we can contribute to the Clergy Formation Fund which helps train our future priests and contributes to our priests continuing formation. Please pray for the priests who serve you and encourage the young men [and may be the unattached young at heart!] to either consider the call to priesthood for themselves or encourage among their peers those whom they think would make good priests.

“On behalf of the Diocesan Vocations Team…”

Father Paul Newman and Father Jonathan Cotton

By the by, here’s the new Vocations website from the Diocesan Vocations team.