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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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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