The 26th March is the 52nd World day of Prayer for Vocations! On this day, will you pray that your life might be changed by God’s grace? Will you pray that others will be changed by their encounter with a nun, priest, monk, or religious brother or sister?
These video clips explore four different types of vocation – longer videos of the same people may also be found on YouTube!
The virtuous circle of changing lives
WHEN A PERSON ACCEPTS THE CALL OF CHRIST to be a priest or a religious, their life is changed. But so are the lives of thousands of people who will be touched through their ministry. Lives are changed through the preaching of a priest, through the care of a religious sister or brother, through the prayers offered by enclosed nuns and monks. In these ways, a life changed in turn changes many lives. Completing this virtuous circle is the prayer of lay people for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, combined with the encouragement of those they know who are considering such a vocation. This too can change a life.
Each year the Pope writes a letter for Vocation Sunday. This year the Message from Pope Francis on Good Shepherd Sunday emphasises the importance of our vocation taking us beyond ourselves as he focuses on the Exodus of Israelites.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
For more information or resources visit the National Office of Vocation Page
or contact Fr Liam, the Vocations Director of the diocese: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Parish SVP group have been working hard!
In the past year (April 2014 – March 2015) our parish St Vincent de Paul (SVP) group have made 358 home visits to the elderly of the local area. Furthermore, they have made 1,850 visits to the sick and elderly in a residential or nursing home setting. The SVP have taken their ministry to the hospital too, making an additional 81 hospital visits.
The SVP have also provided transport for those who have needed it, and have recorded 188 instances of transport provision.
Well done to those who work for the SVP and meet each week. Their hard work and dedication of putting their faith in action, has helped ensure that those who can no longer get to Mass or parish events, still feel very much connected to our parish community and are supported by our prayers and concern.
Thank you to you all for the important work you do.
For more information on the SVP please follow this link.
In this weeks Gospel we learn that Jesus could eat fish and that he wasn’t a ghost. So what are ghosts and what does the Church have to say about them?
While the Church doesn’t say too much about ghosts and hauntings, clearly the Church acknowledges there is a spiritual world; that spirits, angels and demons do exist and that they are sometimes made manifest in our own space and time. The Bible – the divinely inspired word of God written in a human hand – mentions good and bad spirits, as well as the mission of Angels to carry messages. Here’s a fuller article which some may find interesting. What does the Catholic Church Teach about Ghosts.
Next Sunday, 26th April, sometimes called “Good Shepherd Sunday” is the 52nd world day of prayer for vocations when the church throughout the world looks towards fostering those who may have a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life.
In recognition of that day, Pope Francis has issued a pastoral letter which may be read by clicking here.
To find out more about the retreat, please follow this link: Cardigan2015 (1)