Vocations Awareness Week 2019
8th - 15th September 2019
Each year, the Church in Scotland sets aside this week as a time for parishes and schools to reflect on the idea of vocation - whether the vocation each of us has as baptised Christians to live our faith or the specific vocation some have in the Church to live and work as priests, deacons or in some form of religious life.
In a special way, we invite our Catholic schools and our parish youth ministries and groups to help our young people to reflect on and explore what their vocation in life might be: "to what is God calling me?"
To help with this, we provide each year a guiding theme with some ideas and materials to focus our reflections.
This year, Vocations Awareness Week takes as its theme a phrase from St Paul's Letter to the Ephesians: "We are God's work of art" (see Eph 2:9).
With these words, St Paul invites us to consider how God has made us and called us to live the "true life" he has planned for us, a life modelled on and guided by Jesus. In many ways, this is nothing more than a call to live our true vocation, our true calling, faithful to the plan God had in mind for us when he first created us.
So, young people are being invited to reflect on how they might see themselves as God's "work of art": how do they think God calls them? what gifts or talents has he given them to use and how are they using them? how are they discovering their "true selves"? how are they giving of themselves and their gifts to others? In short, we invite reflection on what it takes to be the kind of person God wants me to be, and how, for some, that might mean thinking about a vocation to priesthood or religious life of some kind.
For more, and to download the materials for 2019, click here or on the image below.