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?
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)