Vocations Awareness Week 2018

Vocations Awareness Week 2018

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Every year, the Church in Scotland sets aside a week in which we are all asked to reflect on our vocation within the Christian family, a vocation which flows from our shared Baptismal vocation to grow in holiness and in service of others. In particular, we are asked:

  • to pray for a renewed and strengthened sense of vocation among all God's People;
  • to consider what my own vocation is in life and how I might be responding to the call that God has made to me;
  • to pray for a generous response in the hearts of those called to serve the Church in priesthood, consecrated life and diaconate;
  • to consider - in a way which is appropriate to my own stage and situation in life - whether I might not actually be one of those called to be a priest, a religious or a deacon;
  • to encourage someone, whom I think might be showing the signs that they have such a vocation, to consider discerning or pursuing such a call;
  • to pray for and offer support and encouragement to our priests, the religious women and men who serve in our communities, the deacons who serve our parishes and dioceses and our seminarians and others in formation or discernment of their vocation in the Church.

 

For 2018, we offer some reflection on the Vocations Stories of six individuals whose lives have had a great impact on the Church of today. Two are still alive, three are now canonised as saints of the Church and one is considered "Blessed". Three are men; three are women. Some lived (or still live on!) to a fine old age; one or two died young. Some are household names; some are less well known. All have something to say to us about faith, about trust in God, about service and about vocation.

Click here for more and to access the resources available for schools and youth groups… 


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Newsletter – Issue 2 available

Newsletter – Issue 2 available

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To coincide with Vocations Awareness Week around Scotland, a second edition of our newsletter has been sent to parishes and schools.

This edition focuses on the stories and personalities of some of the new priests ordained around Scotland this year, a year which has seen what some have referred to as a "twenty-year high" in numbers of ordinations.  Likewise, 2017 has seen a number of new religious professions and young people exploring religious life as a real option for them.  As a final cause of joy and thanksgiving to God, it seems likely that this year also will see the highest number of applicants to seminary, to begin formation for priesthood, that we have seen for a decade or more.  G0d's grace is at work; the call is being heard. Please pray for all those considering and entering into priestly or religious formation and for all the new priests who will begin their service in our parishes over these months.

To download the Newsletter, click here or on the image below.


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PFS Magazine – Issue One now available

PFS Magazine – Issue One now available

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Priests for Scotland has issued for parishes, schools and those interested in priesthood and in vocations to priesthood, the first issue of a free magazine.  This edition has short pieces from seminarians studying to become priests from around Scotland as well as an insight from one of Scotland's newest priests, Fr Matthew Carlin of Paisley Diocese, ordained in the summer of 2016.

Over the course of a year we hope to produce a number of these short newsletters, to help promote the importance of priesthood, to look at the work priests do around the country and to issue the invitation to consider a vocation to priesthood.  Over the next few months, Vocations Directors in our dioceses will be inviting and meeting with men considering this possibility, to help them discern whether God might be calling them to serve his People as priests.  (Click here for contact details for the Vocations Director in your area.)

You can download the Magazine, issue 1, by clicking here or on the image below.


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Posting the Invitation

Posting the Invitation

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Each Sunday, we hear the Word of God in the readings at Mass.  But do we really listen?

Do we notice the call to follow Christ which gently echoes in every text?  Do we hear the "still, small voice", the "gentle breeze", which brought Elijah to the mouth of a cave, ready to go on his journey as prophet of God? Do we even think God is speaking to us when we hear his word?

As part of our shared task of Vocations Promotion, Priests for Scotland invites parishes to keep before its people the idea that some of its members might be being called to serve the Church as priests, deacons or religious. To this end, and as a help for busy parish priests, we have published here some brief notes, drawn from the Sunday readings for Ordinary Time as well as the major liturgical seasons, which can be used in the weekly parish newsletter or Bulletin, cut and pasted for use on parish websites or Facebook pages, or adapted for tweeting.

Let's work together to "pay out the nets", to let the Lord's voice be heard!

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Advent and Christmas Vocations Prompts

Advent and Christmas Vocations Prompts

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Each Sunday in Advent, and throughout the Christmas season, Priests for Scotland is publishing via our Facebook page little vocations "prompts" to help those who might be thinking about a priestly vocation to use this sacred time to consider the possibility guided by the weekly Scriptures.

 

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Advent is a season in the Church's life which of its nature looks to the future - yes, to the coming of Christ as a child at Christmas, but also beyond that to his coming in glory at the end of time.  What better time is there in the Church's liturgical calendar to think about our own futures too, about what God is asking of us, about how we might respond, and about the direction of our lives in light of our faith.

Could that future involve a life of priestly service for you, a member of your family, or someone you know?

In the middle weeks of Advent we encounter the person of John the Baptist.  He was called "from his mother's womb" (Luke 1:15) to be a herald of Christ, to call people to repent and return to God's ways.  He was called to be a prophet, to be a messenger, to be a witness to God's action in the sight of the people.  In the middle weeks of Advent we hear him fulfilling that vocation, as he "prepares a way for the Lord", as he becomes the voice "crying in the wilderness" (Matthew 3:3).

And so, our little "prompts" invite those who think God might just be calling them to be priests in Scotland today - to be messengers of the Gospel, heralds of Christ, witnesses to God's merciful and saving action in the world - to ask God to guide them to know his will, to hear his voice, and, perhaps, to look to their future as priests to serve God's people.

Pray for all who are thinking they might be so called...


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Misericordia et Misera

Misericordia et Misera

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On Monday 21st November 2016, Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter Misericordia et Misera following the closure of the Jubilee Year of Mercy on the Solemnity of Christ the King.  In the Letter, he outlines some of his reflections on the impact of the Jubilee Year and his hopes for its ongoing legacy in the Church.  While some specific aspects of it have been widely reported in the press, it is well worth reading in its entirety, in order to join the Holy Father in his hope that "the door of mercy of our heart continues to remain wide open" long after the "Mercy Doors" have closed in Cathedrals and churches across the world.

To read the Apostolic Letter in full, click the title here: Misericordia et Misera.

Below are a few highlights from the document in which Pope Francis makes explicit reference to the life and ministry of priests:

In the liturgy, mercy is not only repeatedly implored, but is truly received and experienced. From the beginning to the end of the Eucharistic celebration, mercy constantly appears in the dialogue between the assembly at prayer and the heart of the Father, who rejoices to bestow his merciful love...  In a word, each moment of the Eucharistic celebration refers to God’s mercy. (par. 5)

I strongly encourage that great care be given to preparing the homily and to preaching in general. A priest’s preaching will be fruitful to the extent that he himself has experienced the merciful goodness of the Lord. Communicating the certainty that God loves us is not an exercise in rhetoric, but a condition for the credibility of one’s priesthood. (par. 6)

I greatly desire that God’s word be increasingly celebrated, known and disseminated, so that the mystery of love streaming from this font of mercy may be ever better understood... It would be beneficial if every Christian community, on one Sunday of the liturgical year, could renew its efforts to make the Sacred Scriptures better known and more widely diffused. It would be a Sunday given over entirely to the word of God, so as to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people. Creative initiatives can help make this an opportunity for the faithful to become living vessels for the transmission of God’s word. Initiatives of this sort would certainly include the practice of lectio divina, so that the prayerful reading of the sacred text will help support and strengthen the spiritual life. (par. 7)

I invite priests once more to prepare carefully for the ministry of confession, which is a true priestly mission. I thank all of you from the heart for your ministry, and I ask you to be welcoming to all, witnesses of fatherly love whatever the gravity of the sin involved, attentive in helping penitents to reflect on the evil they have done, clear in presenting moral principles, willing to walk patiently beside the faithful on their penitential journey, far-sighted in discerning individual cases and generous in dispensing God’s forgiveness. (par. 10)

We confessors have experienced many conversions that took place before our very eyes. We feel responsible, then, for actions and words that can touch the heart of penitents and enable them to discover the closeness and tenderness of the Father who forgives. Let us not lose such occasions by acting in a way that can contradict the experience of mercy that the penitent seeks... (par. 11)

The Sacrament of Reconciliation must regain its central place in the Christian life. This requires priests capable of putting their lives at the service of the “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Cor 5:18), in such a way that, while no sincerely repentant sinner is prevented from drawing near to the love of the Father who awaits his return, everyone is afforded the opportunity of experiencing the liberating power of forgiveness. A favourable occasion for this could be the 24 Hours for the Lord, a celebration held in proximity to the Fourth Sunday of Lent. (par. 11)

I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion. The provision I had made in this regard, limited to the duration of the Extraordinary Holy Year, is hereby extended, notwithstanding anything to the contrary. I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life. In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father. May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support and comfort to penitents on this journey of special reconciliation. (par. 12)

In all religions, the moment of death, like that of birth, is accompanied by a religious presence. As Christians, we celebrate the funeral liturgy as a hope-filled prayer for the soul of the deceased and for the consolation of those who suffer the loss of a loved one. I am convinced that our faith-filled pastoral activity should lead to a direct experience of how the liturgical signs and our prayers are an expression of the Lord’s mercy.  It is the Lord himself who offers words of hope, since nothing and no one can ever separate us from his love (cf. Rom 8:35).  The priest’s sharing in this moment is an important form of pastoral care, for it represents the closeness of the Christian community at a moment of weakness, solitude, uncertainty and grief. (par. 15)

We are called to promote a culture of mercy based on the rediscovery of encounter with others, a culture in which no one looks at another with indifference or turns away from the suffering of our brothers and sisters. The works of mercy are “handcrafted”, in the sense that none of them is alike. Our hands can craft them in a thousand different ways, and even though the one God inspires them, and they are all fashioned from the same “material”, mercy itself, each one takes on a different form. (par. 20)

I had the idea that, as yet another tangible sign of this Extraordinary Holy Year, the entire Church might celebrate, on the Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, the World Day of the Poor. This would be the worthiest way to prepare for the celebration of the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, who identified with the little ones and the poor and who will judge us on our works of mercy (cf. Mt 25:31-46). It would be a day to help communities and each of the baptized to reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel and that, as long as Lazarus lies at the door of our homes (cf. Lk 16:19-21), there can be no justice or social peace. This Day will also represent a genuine form of new evangelization (cf. Mt 11:5) which can renew the face of the Church as She perseveres in her perennial activity of pastoral conversion and witness to mercy. (par. 21)

As Pope Francis exhorts us: "Now is the time to unleash the creativity of mercy, to bring about new undertakings, the fruit of grace." (par. 18)  He makes no secret of the fact that he sees the ministry of priests as crucial to opening these gifts of God's mercy for God's people.  "This is the time of mercy."  May our reflections on the Jubilee Year now ended and on the mercy of God we experience, celebrate and share every day in priestly ministry renew us and open us to a new joy in service of the Church and of those whose lives we touch with the compassion, consolation and forgiveness of God.

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Vocations Awareness Week 2016

Vocations Awareness Week 2016

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As in past years, for 2016 Priests for Scotland is making available materials for schools and parishes to help our communities reflect on the idea of Vocation.

First of all, each one of us has a common vocation - or calling - to follow Jesus. This comes from our commitment as baptised people, to listen to Christ, to follow his ways and his teaching, and to live as faithful members of his Body, the Church, sharing with others our life, our faith and our love.

We each have a personal call too, however.  For many, this might include a call to family life, marriage and parenthood, for others a life dedicated to prayer or ministry in consecrated life or permanent diaconate, to a religious congregation or in a more personal consecration. For others, their vocation to love and serve might be lived out in their line of work - to teach the young, to care for the sick, to support the needs of a community in various ways, to offer their talents in creativity or the arts to beautify our lives and our environment, to serve in public life, etc.

Vocations Awareness Week invites us all to consider our own vocation, and how we are living it, or perhaps even to reflect on what our vocation in life might be. It invites us to take some time to ask: To what is God calling me? How is he inviting me to serve his People or our world more generally?  And what do I do to help or support others in finding their vocation in life?

For some, however, that personal vocation is a call to follow Jesus and to serve his Body, the Church, as priests.

For that reason, Vocations Awareness Week is also our opportunity to invite some to consider priesthood as a life to which the Lord might be calling them.  Out of all the possibilities to which God might be calling me, could priesthood be the one I need to consider more deeply?

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Below are materials which can be downloaded for use in parishes - either for use on the Sundays at either end of Vocations Awareness Week or for prayer and reflection at daily Mass or as part of a prayer group or other parish group meetings taking place during the week.

A Word document format can be downloaded by clicking here .

A PDF version can be downloaded by clicking here.   

Please feel free to use the materials as you wish.

Materials for schools can be accessed here.

A reflection by Bishop John Keenan of Paisley for Sunday 11th September can be accessed here.

"God calls you to make definitive choices

and he has a plan for each of you:

to discover that plan and to respond to your vocation

is to move toward personal fulfilment."

(Pope Francis, World Youth Day, Rio de Janeiro 2013)


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Propaedeutic Seminary Course

Propaedeutic Seminary Course

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What does "propaedeutic" mean?

In short, "propaedeutic" is a technical word in the Church for "preparatory".  However, we don't simply use the word "Preparatory" as that might suggest that such a course is not really part of formation for priesthood, or is somehow not that important.  Rather, we want to suggest that those who are undertaking this course while, certainly, "preparing" for the full seminary course of philosophy and theology studies which lies ahead, are at the same time already engaged in formation for priesthood.  It is an "Initial" stage of seminary life and training for priesthood, although it might also be a preparation for the full formation programme which will begin afterwards.

Following the injunction of Pope Saint John Paul II in Pastores Dabo Vobis that “there be a sufficient period of preparation prior to Seminary formation” (PDV, 1991, #62) many countries around the world made provision for such a period of initial preparation for students for the priesthood before they enter the full rigours of philosophical and theological studies in the major seminary.  From 2010, under the auspices of “Priests for Scotland”, the Bishops of Scotland provided a brief period of between three and five weeks in late August and early September for students who were about to head off to seminary. This took place each summer at the Royal Scots College in Salamanca.

So what is a "Propaedeutic Course"?

A propaedeutic course is intended to provide candidates for the Priesthood with aspects of spiritual and human formation for priesthood within a community setting. It is intended to help them explore their faith, deepen their relationship with Christ and reflect on what a vocation to be a priest means for them, so that they can be all the better prepared to enter into the academic and formational programme provided by the major seminary. It offers an Initial Formation, aimed at equipping them with a deeper understanding of priesthood, of the Church they seek to serve, of prayer, and of the various dimensions and themes which unite in the seminary formation which lies ahead of them. As a programme of formation, what is offered aims to provide as broadly-based and comprehensive a catechetical curriculum as possible, looking at the major aspects of any Christian formation (see the General Directory for Catechesis, #85-86):

  • Knowledge of the Faith,
  • Formation in prayer,
  • Preparation for and reflection on sacramental life
  • Formation in moral life
  • Formation for community living
  • Preparation for mission, keeping in mind the Church’s project of a New Evangelization

The opportunity offered to seminarians through a propaedeutic period, to deepen their faith and develop a more intimate relationship with the Lord, only makes sense in a community context. This is, in part due to what Pastores Dabo Vobis notes as the essential feature of discipleship as we find it in the Gospels: “To be with him”. That is: to join with others in company with the Lord, in order to learn from Him and become more like Him. It is also due to the fact that diocesan priesthood, which is the ultimate goal of this formation, is characterised above all by a life of service to the Christian community, and is rooted in a spirituality of service to that community. To help develop that spirituality and to express it most fully, Pastores Dabo Vobis (#31) says that all priestly formation should be placed in the context of - and be inspired by - an “essential and undeniable ecclesial dimension” of priesthood.  Even if our priests might work in "one-man-parishes", it is essential that they have developed a strong sense that they are not "lone workers", but rather servants of a community, either the local parish or parishes where they work, or the wider Church itself of which they are representatives, witnesses and servants.

“It is a good thing that there be a period of human, Christian, intellectual and spiritual preparation for the candidates to the Major Seminary. These candidates should, however, have certain qualities: right intention, a sufficient degree of human maturity, a sufficiently broad knowledge of the doctrine of the faith, some introduction into the methods of prayer, and behaviour in conformity with Christian tradition.” (Pastores Dabo Vobis, 62)

In practice, Initial Seminary Formation - our name for the "Propaedeutic Period" - aims to support the development of the student’s personal life of faith through:

  • opportunities to deepen their personal life of prayer;
  • an introduction to Sacred Scripture as the Living Word of God;
  • an introduction to the Liturgy and the Paschal Mystery;
  • reflection on the person of Christ and the mystery of the Church;
  • regular spiritual direction and opportunities such as days of recollection;
  • lived experience of the communitarian dimension of the Christian (and priestly) vocation.

As Pastores Dabo Vobis suggests, spiritual formation also requires an authentic and balanced human formation: “It is important that the priest should mould his personality in such a way that it becomes a bridge and not an obstacle for others in their meeting with Jesus Christ” (PDV, #43).

In this regard, seminarians who are engaged in this initial stage of formation will be encouraged to:

  • take responsibility for aspects of the shared life of the community;
  • participate fully in the community’s life, spiritually, liturgically, socially and materially;
  • generously place his talents and experience at the service of others;
  • conscientiously follow the Rule of Life laid out by College staff on behalf of the Bishops;
  • humbly and prudently reflect on his experiences, his relationships and his vocational sense as the period unfolds, so as to share a self-evaluation of his progress.

 

How does this all happen for those training to be priests in Scotland?Scots College Salamanca cloister

From January 2016, seminarians beginning their training for priesthood in the dioceses of Scotland head to the Royal Scots College in Salamanca. Founded in 1627 to train young men to serve as priests in Scotland, the College takes on the role of beginning this process for all our seminarians.

Courses undertaken include:

  • Spirituality - exploring prayer, traditions of prayer, prayer practices and the devotional life;
  • Liturgy (both the Mass and the Prayer of the Church, or "Divine Office") and the Sacraments;
  • Introductions to Scripture - the Gospels, the Old Testament and in particular the Psalms;
  • the person of Jesus: how we understand what the Scriptures and the Church says about him, what we believe about him and how we form a relationship with Him;
  • the Church and how we understand it, sense our belonging to it, and recognise its "marks" as one, holy, catholic and apostolic;
  • Church history, especially the story of the Church in Scotland;
  • the nature of faith, the Creed and how we express and understand our faith;
  • Evangelisation, Mission and the call to witness to our faith;
  • aspects of our lived faith: Catholic Social Doctrine and moral thinking

In addition, there are courses and reflections on human development, our human capacities, relationships and personal growth as well as a variety of pastoral themes and opportunities to meet and hear from priests engaged in ministry in a variety of contexts, or with various responsibilities, to give insights into what diocesan priesthood can  look like.

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As well as all this, however, there are many valuable opportunities offered by living for these months in Spain, and especially in that part of the country which has been home to saints and scholars over the centuries: St Teresa of Ávila, St John of the Cross, St Ignatius Loyola, Fray Bartolomé de las Casas (the Dominican "Father of Human Rights"), Miguel de Cervantes (author of "Don Quixote") and many others.  Included in the course, therefore, are excursions to places of interest both in the spiritual life and in cultural life more widely.

 


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For Your Parish Bulletin

For Your Parish Bulletin

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Bulletin or Website Notices for Vocations

First Sunday of Advent 2016 to Pentecost Sunday 2017

Please feel free to copy and paste these brief reflections into your weekly parish newsletter or other publications.  You may prefer to copy and paste them onto your parish website as a banner message or news item, to place a link to this page as a whole from your website, or to use them as Facebook posts on or around the relevant Sunday (as most of them are more than 140 characters, they are not suitable for Twitter).

 

First Sunday of Advent – November 27th 2016

“They shall hammer their swords into ploughshares and their spears into sickles….”  If you think that God is calling you to serve the Lord of the Harvest as a priest, deacon, sister or brother, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Second Sunday of Advent -- December 4th 2016

Are you called to be “A voice in the wilderness,” a herald preparing the Lord's way in the hearts of His people?  If you feel you may be called to the priesthood or religious life, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Third Sunday of Advent -- December 11th 2016

“I am sending my messenger ahead of you to prepare your way before you.”  Are you being called by Jesus to be his messenger as a priest, deacon, sister or brother? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Fourth Sunday of Advent -- December 18th 2016

“When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do.”  Are you listening prayerfully to what God is asking of you? Could He be inviting you to the priesthood or consecrated life? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland : office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Christmas -- December 25th 2016

“I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people.”  If you think you may be called to announce the Good News of Christ's presence as a priest, deacon or in religious life, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God -- January 1st 2017

“Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.”  Are you pondering in your heart the possibility that God might want you to serve Him as a priest, deacon or in religious life? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

The Epiphany -- January 8th 2017

“Opening their treasures, they offered him gold, frankincense and myrrh.”  We all have gifts to offer in service and worship of Christ.  If you you think your gift might be yourself, as a priest, deacon or in religious life, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time -- January 15th 2017

“The Lord has spoken, he who formed me in the womb to be his servant.”  Has the Lord prompted you to be his servant in priesthood or consecrated life?  Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland : office@pfs.org.uk See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time -- January 22nd 2017

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.”  Are you being called to proclaim the coming of the kingdom as a priest, deacon, religious sister or brother? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- January 29th 2017

"Seek integrity, seek humility".  Could a life of humble but dedicated service as priest, deacon, religious brother or sister be your way to finding authenticity and integrity in life? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Presentation of the Lord -- February 2nd 2017 - World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

“She gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all…” We are all called to bear witness to Christ in our lives. Could you be called to do so as a priest, deacon, or consecrated religious? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- February 5th 2017

“Your light must shine before others” - perhaps as a priest, deacon, sister or brother? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- February 12th 2017

“We have a wisdom to offer those who have reached maturity.” If you think God might be calling you to bring his wisdom and love to our world in the consecrated life or priesthood, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland : office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time -- February 19th 2017

“Be holy, for I, the LORD your God, am holy.”  Is God calling you to live out your vocation to holiness in priesthood or consecrated life? Call your Diocesan Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 26th 2017

“People must think of us as Christ's servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God."  Are you being called to be a servant of Christ and others in the consecrated life or priesthood? Is God calling you to be a steward of his mysteries? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

First Sunday of Lent -- March 5th 2017

Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the desert for forty days of prayer and fasting. Are you open to being led by the Holy Spirit into the state in life God has prepared for you? If you feel you may be called to the priesthood or consecrated life, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Second Sunday of Lent -- March 12th 2017

“God has called us to be holy …according to His own purpose and grace.”  If you think God is offering you the grace of a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Third Sunday of Lent -- March 19th 2017

“But whoever drinks the water I give, will never be thirsty.”  Are you thirsting for an understanding of your vocation? Do you long to bring people the water of life through priesthood or consecrated life? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Fourth Sunday of Lent -- March 26th 2017

“Try to discover what the Lord wants of you.” Are you sensing that God might be calling you to be a priest or to serve in religious life, bringing hope to the downcast and light to those in darkness? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland : office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Fifth Sunday of Lent -- April 2nd 2017

“I shall put my spirit in you and you shall live.”  Is the Spirit of God drawing you towards a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland : office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion -- April 9th 2017

“The Lord has given me a disciple's tongue... Each morning he wakes me to hear, to listen like a disciple.” Could the Lord speaking through your prayer, calling you to serve him as a priest or religious?  Speak to your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland : office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Easter Sunday -- April 16th 2017

“He saw and he believed.” Through our baptism Jesus calls us to profess faith and proclaim new life to the world. Pray for those who, as priests, brothers and sisters, help others see and believe. If you think God may be inviting you to such a vocation, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Second Sunday of Easter – April 23rd 2017

“As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.”  Is Jesus calling to you so as to send you out as priest, sister or brother to proclaim the Good News of God's mercy? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Third Sunday of Easter  -- April 30th 2017

"They recognised him in the breaking of bread." Do you recognize Christ in your life and hope to make Him known to others? If you are considering the possibility that God might be calling you to this, speak to your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter -- May 7th 2017 - World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Today, Good Shepherd Sunday, we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life, especially for our diocese, that God will raise up good shepherds in our midst. Speak to someone whom you think might make a good priest or religious. If you think God is calling you to serve the Church in this way, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Fifth Sunday of Easter  -- May 14th 2017

“I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”  All are called to communion with Christ and the Father through Baptism. Some are called to a further communion through ordination or consecrated life. If you think this might be you, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Sixth Sunday of Easter  -- May 21st 2017

“They laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.”  Could Jesus be seeking to fill you with his Spirit to be a priest, a deacon or live in consecrated life?  Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Solemnity of the Ascension -- Thursday, May 25th 2017

"Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations."  Could God be calling to you, or someone you know, to join in this great mission, to make disciples, as a priest, deacon or religious brother or sister?  Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland: office@pfs.org.uk See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Seventh Sunday of Easter  -- May 28th 2017

“I pray for them... because they belong to you”  Jesus, the High Priest, prays for us all. He prays especially for those he sets apart to serve his people  If you think God may be calling you to serve Him and His people as a priest or in the consecrated life, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

Pentecost Sunday -- June 4th 2017

“There are all sorts of service to be done, but always to the same Lord.”   What kind of service are you being asked to undertake for the Lord? Could it be to serve Him and His Church as a priest, deacon, sister or brother? Is the Holy Spirit drawing you closer to this kind of life? Speak to your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk

 

 

Reflections and posts for the second half of the year will follow.


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