Think Vocations 2022 (part 2)

Bulletin and Website Notices for Parishes

Trinity Sunday to Christ the King 2022

As we did for the first half of this year, we offer here some brief reflections drawn from the Mass readings for each Sunday or feast day throughout the year, which might help prompt thought and prayer about vocations to priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. By using them in your parish Bulletin, website or Twitter feed, you might just be helping someone to consider whether God might be calling him or her to follow Him in a life of service to the Church.

Since our Ordinary Time Sunday gospel readings come this year from the Gospel of Luke, we take as our guide the invitation Jesus makes to the fishermen to “Put out into deep water” in that Gospel (Luke 5:4). They have been working hard all night and caught nothing. But, at Jesus’ direction, they overcome their fatigue and their disappointment in order to try something new. Perhaps we too sometimes feel a little of that fatigue and disillusionment. Maybe now is the time to trust in God and try something new! Maybe now, Jesus is calling us more than ever to “put into the deep” with trust in him. Maybe he is calling some in your parish to join him in this mission, to draw new strength and to try something new in the service of his Kingdom.

Perhaps this is ideal the time to reach out to someone with the invitation to serve Christ and his people in priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.

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 on your website, or to use them as Facebook posts on or around the relevant Sunday.  If you have used them before, you might notice a slight change in format, streamlining the contact details etc. Some posts may be a bit long for Twitter, but they can be edited by removing the email link and/or some of the contact information.

Remember to tag us when you post (@priestsforscot) or use the hashtags #thinkvocations20212 or #vocation2022.

(Note: The texts below contain hyperlinks which may not be replicated in a “cut-and-paste” operation.)

The post-Pentecost Sunday Solemnities

Trinity Sunday — 12th June 2022
“When the Spirit of Truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth.” Ask the Holy Spirit to guide young people as they discern the life God is calling them to. Perhaps you are discerning a call to priesthood or religious life. Contact your Diocesan Vocations Director for support, visit Priests for Scotland online or on Facebook, or see VocationNetworkScotland.

The Body and Blood of the Lord — 19th June 2021
“You are a priest for ever.” We all share Christ’s priesthood by our baptism, but some are called to a particular share in it as ordained priests, bringing the sacraments and the Eucharist to our lives. Could that be you? Contact your Diocesan Vocations Director, visit Priests for Scotland online or on Facebook, or see VocationNetworkScotland.

Sundays in Ordinary Time

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time — 26th June 2022
Jesus calls some to follow him in today’s gospel, but the response is uncertain. Perhaps you need some advice or encouragement to take up Jesus’s call to you. Why not speak to your Diocesan Vocations Director or visit Priests for Scotland online or on Facebook, or see VocationNetworkScotland.

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time — 3rd July 2022
“The harvest is rich but the labourers are few.” Pray for vocations today. There is a great need for labourers in the harvest: could you be called to join that work as a priest, deacon or in religious life? Contact your Diocesan Vocations Director, visit Priests for Scotland online or on Facebook, or see VocationNetworkScotland.

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time — 10th July 2022
“The word is very near to you.”  If you think God might be calling you to bring God’s word to his people as a priest, deacon or in consecrated life, speak to your Diocesan Vocations Director, visit the Priests for Scotland website or these helpful Facebook pages: PFS or Vocation Network Scotland.

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time — 17th July 2022
Martha does the serving while Mary listens to Jesus speak. Do you find yourself drawn to do God’s work among his people, or perhaps to a more contemplative life? Speak to your local Vocations Director, or get in touch with Priests for Scotland via our website or Facebook pages: PFS or Vocation Network Scotland.

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time — 24th July 2022
“Ask and it will be given to you; search and you shall find.” We pray with faith for vocations today. Pray too that those discerning a vocation to priesthood, diaconate or religious life will have the courage to persevere. Speak to your Vocations Director, visit the Priests for Scotland website or see the Facebook pages: PFS or Vocation Network Scotland.

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time — 31st July 2022
“Let your thoughts be on heavenly things.” (2nd Reading) Do you long for more than just a job or career? DO you want to give yourself in service to others? Why not consider priesthood, a diaconate or consecrated life? Visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages: PFS or Vocation Network Scotland.

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time — 7th August 2022
“Happy those servants whom the Master finds awake when he comes.” Is the Master perhaps calling you to serve his people as a priest, religious or deacon? Talk to your local Vocations Director or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.

The Assumption of Our Blessed Lady — 14th August 2022
“Blessed are you among women!” Mary brought the Saviour into the world. Could you be the one to bring Him into the lives of people today, as a priest, religious or deacon? Talk to your local Vocations Director or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time — 21st August 2022
“Try your best to enter by the narrow door.” Do you feel called to follow a different path to the one people expect, a path of faith and service? Perhaps you are being called to priestly or religious ministry. Talk to your local Vocations Director or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time — 28th August 2022
Jesus teaches us a way of humility and kindness to the needy. Such a way can be lived out in religious life or ina life of service as a priest or deacon. Could that be your way? Talk to your local Vocations Director or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time — 4th September 2022
“Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” What would you be prepared to take up in service of Christ and others? Priesthood? Diaconate? Consecrated life? Talk to your local Vocations Director or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time — 11th September 2022
“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Could you be called to bring God’s unmeasured mercy and love into the lives of people today? Talk to your local Vocations Director or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time — 18th September 2022
“The man who can be trusted in little things will be trusted in great.” Christ calls those he trusts to take up his mission of teaching, guiding and supporting his people. Could that be you? Talk to your local Vocations Director or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time — 25th September 2022
“Fight the good fight of the faith” (2nd reading) To be dedicated to God as a priest, deacon or religious is to persevere in sharing the Gospel of God’s mercy with others. Are you being called to this dedicated service? Talk to your local Vocations Director or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time — 2nd October 2022
“Fan into a flame the gift that God gave you” (2nd reading). Paul reminds Timothy of his consecration for ministry. Could you have that spark, that desire? To fan it into a flame, why not speak to your local Vocations Director or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time — 9th October 2022
“Jesus, Master: have pity on us!” Like the ten lepers today, many people long to know God’s mercy and healing. They can experience it in the sacraments and through the Church’s pastoral care. To find out more about priesthood, diaconate or consecrated life, speak to your local Vocations Director or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time — 16th October 2022
“Proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it” (2nd reading). The preaching of the Gospel is a challenging task. Could you be called to share the message as a priest, deacon or in religious life? Speak to your local Vocations Director or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time — 23rd October 2022
“God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” Religion ought not to be self-righteous but humble and honest before God. Is your faith humble enough to be put at the service of God and others? speak to your local Vocations Director or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time — 30th October 2022
Zacchaeus wanted to catch a glimpse of Jesus, but was too short. Could you be a “sycamore” for others, helping them to reach up to see and meet Jesus? Speak to your local Vocations Director about priesthood, or vocation in the Church or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time — 6th November 2022
“The Lord is faithful, and he will give you strength” (2nd reading). Do not be afraid to respond to God’s call within you. He will guide you. Speak to your local Vocations Director or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time — 13th November 2022
“Your endurance will win you your lives.” Sometimes we need strength to persevere when things are confusing or unclear. We might also need advice from others. Are you looking for advice about your vocation in life? Why not speak to your local Vocations Director or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.

Solemnity of Christ, Universal King — 20th November 2022
Christ is seen today as a king on a cross, but his kingdom is paradise. Could you serve our crucified king and serve like him by offering yourself as a priest, deacon or in religious life? Why not speak to your local Vocations Director or visit the Priests for Scotland website or our Facebook pages (PFS or Vocation Network Scotland) for more.