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.
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.
This page contains a number of resources which can be used in schools and parishes with our young people. Please feel free to download and use them as you see fit.
Even if you are not a school pupìl, these resources – which include potted life stories of these six individuals, reflections on aspects of their vocational journey, and prayers based on their own writings, experiences and thoughts – can be of benefit as you reflect on and pray about Vocations this week.
S1 Pope St John Paul II
S2 Pope Benedict XVI
S3 Pope Francis
S4 Blessed Chiara Badano
S5 St Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa)
S6 St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
Each resource is in two parts: a booklet containing discussion, prayer and activities material and a “Learning Plan” for use in school, indicating possibilities for use and RERC learning which may be overtaken by the material.
They are designed for use with secondary age young people from S1 to S6, but may be suitable also for use in youth groups within that age range. For younger pupils, the S1 material may be appropriate, while older (post-school age) young people may find elements of the s4-s6 material of benefit and interest.
They are free to use and can be copied as necessary for use as designed. Please note, however, that “Priests for Scotland” reserves the right to be named as the owner of the intellectual property rights to this material.