VOCATIONS SUNDAY – EASTER 4/YA

The Church’s deepest call is to be like the Good Shepherd, loving without limit:   may all know that we are Christians by our love for one another, love enough to unite the Church and heal our world … we pray for our Universal Shepherd Pope Francis, our bishop Declan and the whole College of Bishops

               [reader:]              LORD YOU CALL US…
               [response:]        YOUR WILL BE DONE…

The Universal call is to be human,  protecting the life and well-being of every person and living  in communion with our creation:  that all peoples will struggle for peace rather than struggle in war: for the peoples of Syria,  Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan, the Ukraine, and central Africa; for the millions threatened with Famine

               [reader:]              LORD YOU CALL US…
               [response:]        YOUR WILL BE DONE…

Our Parish Community is called by Jesus to be a Gateway to Life and healing for the people of the Inner City: may we gather the poor and broken into healing, hope and life; following the Shepherd may we reach out to all and inviting them to the Table of the Lord

               [reader:]              LORD YOU CALL US…
               [response:]        YOUR WILL BE DONE…

Some are called to ordained ministry or the religious life:  for those soon to be ordained priest or deacon; for all the students of our Diocese studying for the priesthood in seminaries and for the diaconate in their own parishes;  for our young women and men that they might hear and welcome God’s call to serve in ordained Ministry and Religious Life; for the Church that we might be open to new forms of ministry that the Spirit calls and shapes for today

               [reader:]              LORD YOU CALL US…
               [response:]        YOUR WILL BE DONE…

For our catechumens preparing to be confirmed in the power and love of the Holy Spirit when we are able together once more: that they will be empowered to serve the cause of the Gospel of Christ with life-long faithfulness and openness to all the Spirit’s many gifts for mission and ministry among us; for all preparing for marriage or recently married that they might live faithfully their vocation to love

               [reader:]              LORD YOU CALL US…
               [response:]        YOUR WILL BE DONE…

We are all called to life and wholeness:  for those struggling in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic and all who care for them; for the victims of domestic abuse and for all suffering mental turmoil and depression because of isolation or fear; the housebound and sick of our parish …
for all who have died recently, especially victims of Covid-19 and al who been killed by war, conflict and famine;
for those whose anniversaries occur at this time:

               [reader:]              LORD YOU CALL US…
               [response:]        YOUR WILL BE DONE…

Let us ask Mary, who uttered her ‘Yes’ to God’s Call,  to pray that each will embrace our vocation more profoundly…

                                               HAIL MARY…

Let us pray in a moment of silence for unknown needs…

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