12th-19th September 2021
Thinking Vocations in the Year of St Joseph
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 – as 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.
This year is no different in many respects.
However, Pope Francis has designated 2021 as the “Year of St Joseph“, running from 8th December 2020 to the 8th December 2021. Because of that, our Vocations Awareness Week reflections this year place St Joseph front and centre. It asks us to reflect on how he heard the call God made to him, how he responded to it, how he gave himself in love to be the one who would care for Jesus and Mary and how he found his vocation to be a father not only to Jesus but for us all to look to and imitate.
Below are some PowerPoint resources which might be useful for R.E. classes at each stage of secondary school or youth groups – even virtual meetings – during this week.