Bulletin and Website Notices for Parishes

Sundays in Ordinary Time 2019

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 from your website, or to use them as Facebook posts on or around the relevant Sunday.  Some are a bit long for Twitter, but they can be edited by, for example, removing the email link, website address or some of the other contact information.

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

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 7th July 2019
“The harvest is rich, but the labourers are few.” Could you be one of those Jesus sends to preach the kingdom and bring his healing, as a priest, religious or deacon? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or visit our Facebook pages: PFS and VocationScotland.

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 14th July 2019
The Word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart." Perhaps you feel a desire to share God's word with others. If you feel you may be called to the priesthood or religious life, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk.  See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or visit our Facebook pages: PFS and VocationScotland.

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 21st July 2019
"I became the servant of the Church when God made me responsible for delivering God's message to you". Could God be asking you to be, like St Paul, someone who takes responsibility for caring for God's people and preaching the Good News? Are you being called to priesthood or religious life? Speak to your Vocations Director or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or visit our Facebook pages: PFS and VocationScotland.

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 28th July 2019
"Abraham remained standing before the Lord." Perhaps you are being called to serve God's people by a life of prayer or by helping them to pray. Is the contemplative life or priesthood where God is calling you to serve? Speak to your Vocations Director or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or visit our Facebook pages: PFS and VocationScotland.

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 4th August 2019
"A man's life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs." Does a life of material comfort or wealth leave you dissatisfied? Could God be calling you to leave all and follow him as a priest, or in consecrated life?  Contact your Vocations Director or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or visit our Facebook pages: PFS and VocationScotland.

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 11th August 2019
"See that you are dressed for action with your lamps lit!"  Are you ready for action in service of the Lord, perhaps as a priest, in active religious life or as a deacon? Speak to a Vocations Director or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. Visit our website www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or Facebook pages: PFS and VocationScotland.

Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady -- 15th August 2019
"The Almighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name!"  Do you rejoice, like Mary, in the things God has done for you? Do you feel the urge to proclaim and share this joy with others as she did? Contact your Vocations Director or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or visit our Facebook page.

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 18th August 2019
"I have come to bring fire to the earth!" Perhaps you feel your faith is propelling you to offer our world something better than the superficial culture it promotes. Could God use you to spread the fire of his love as a priest, a religious, a deacon or in missionary life?  Speak to your Vocations Director or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or visit our Facebook pages: PFS and VocationScotland.

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 25th August 2019
"They will proclaim my glory to the nations… and some of them I will make priests and Levites."  Could the Lord be calling you to serve the Church as a priest, in religious life or as a deacon?  Could you offer yourself and proclaim his glory in that way?  Speak to your Vocations Director or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or visit our Facebook pages: PFS and VocationScotland.

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 1st September 2019
"Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted."  Could you put aside career, salary and comfort, to serve God and his People as a priest, deacon or consecrated religious? Speak to your Vocations Director or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or visit our Facebook pages: PFS and VocationScotland.

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 8th September 2019
"Before you came to birth I consecrated you."  Discovering our vocation in life is nothing more than realising what God has wanted for us since the very beginning. Could your deepest longings be fulfilled in service of God and the Church as a priest or in religious life?  Speak to your Vocations Director or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or visit our Facebook page.

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 15th September 2019
"While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity." Could you be a minister of God's mercy, bringing others to know his overwhelming love as a priest or in religious life? Contact your Vocations Director or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. See www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or visit our Facebook page.

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 22nd September 2019
"The one who can be trusted in little things can be trusted in great."  Could God be calling on you to look after his people, to speak up for the voiceless and guide them in holiness? Could the ministry of a priest, a permanent deacon, in consecrated life or in a religious community be your vocation?  Find out more by speaking to your Vocations Director, visiting www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or by contacting Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. Visit our Facebook pages: PFS and VocationScotland.

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 29th September 2019
Could you be like St Timothy, whom St Paul calls "a man dedicated to God"? Could you be like Amos, preaching justice and giving witness with your life? If you say "yes", could this be a sign you are called to give you life to it in priesthood or religious life? Speak to a Vocations Director, visit www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or contact Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. Visit our Facebook pages: Priests for Scotland and VocationScotland.

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 6th October 2019
"Fan into a flame the gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you."  Pray for our priests and religious set apart to serve us in our parishes and communities.  Perhaps you might consider joining them in their work. Why not speak to a Vocations Director or visit our website www.priestsforscotland.org.uk for more information?  Contact Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk or see our Facebook pages (Priests for Scotland or VocationScotland).

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 13th October 2019
The Samaritan returned to give thanks to God for his healing.  Could you be one who gives God thanks on behalf of His people by offering the Eucharist as His priest?  The call to priesthood is a joyful one. Speak to your Vocations Director about it or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk.  Visit www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or see our Facebook page.

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 20th October 2019
"Proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it… but do all with patience."  It takes courage to take up the privilege of preaching the message of Christ. Pray for our priests and religious who teach and live the message sometimes in the face of hostility.  Do you have what it takes to share this mission? Speak to your Vocations Director or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. Visit www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or see Facebook for PFS or Vocationscotland.

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 27th October 2019
"The one who serves God whole heartedly will be accepted."  Can you offer humble prayer for others? Could you serve God with your whole heart and whole life by becoming His priest, living in consecrated life or serving as a deacon? Speak to your Vocations Director about it or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. Visit www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or the Facebook pages for Priests for Scotland or VocationScotland.

Solemnity of All Saints -- 1st November 2019
"I saw a huge number of people, impossible to count… standing in front of the throne and of the Lamb".  Could you be called to guide your community to sainthood, by prayer, preaching and holiness of life ? Speak to your Vocations Director about it or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. Visit www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or see our Facebook pages: Priests for Scotland and VocationScotland.

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 3rd November 2019
"Zacchaeus, come down; for I must stay at your house today."  Jesus is calling to you; He wants to share your life. What is He asking of you? How do you respond? Perhaps it might help to speak to your Vocations Director to help discern what His call is for you. Visit www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or search Facebook for "PriestsForScotland" and "VocationScotland" for more.

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time -- 10th November 2019
"He is God, not of the dead, but of the living."  Could God be calling you to bring comfort to the grieving, to proclaim our hope in eternal life? This is one of the most privileged aspects of life in Diocesan priesthood and parish life. Speak to a Vocations Director about it or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. Visit www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or search Facebook for "PriestsForScotland" or "VocationScotland".

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time -- 17th November 2019
"I shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict." In a time of challenge and hostility to faith, could you be one through whom God speaks hope, courage and perseverance, in priesthood or another form of religious life? Speak to your diocesan Vocations Director about it, contact Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk, visit www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or search Facebook for "PriestsForScotland" or "VocationScotland".

Solemnity of Christ, Universal King -- 24th November 2019
"You are the man who shall be the shepherd of my people." Could these words, first spoken to King David, be true for you, called to care for God's people like Jesus, the Good Shepherd himself?  Speak to your diocesan Vocations Director or contact Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. Visit www.priestsforscotland.org.uk or visit our Facebook pages: PFS and VocationScotland.