Think Vocations 2021

Bulletin and Website Notices for Parishes

First Sunday of Advent 2020 to Pentecost 2021

On this page you can find brief reflections drawn from the Mass readings for each Sunday or feast day, prompting 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. Why not be generous in spreading the net?

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.  Some may be a bit long for Twitter, but they can be edited by removing the email link and/or some of the contact information.

Feel free to tag us when you post (@priestsforscot) or use the hashtags #thinkvocations2021 or #vocation2021.

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

Sundays in Advent and the Feasts of the Christmas Season

First Sunday of Advent — 29th November 2020
“The witness to Christ has indeed been strong among you.” Do you think God might be inviting you to bear witness to Christ as a priest, a deacon or in a religious community? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk, or see our website or Facebook pages, PFS or VocationNetworkScotland.

Second Sunday of Advent — 6th December 2020
“Go up on a high mountain, joyful messenger to Zion!” Do you think God might be inviting you to to be his messenger, perhaps as a priest, a deacon or in consecrated life? Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk, or see our website or Facebook pages, PFS or VocationNetworkScotland.

Third Sunday of Advent — 13th December 2020
“John came as a witness to speak for the light.” God still calls witnesses to speak for the light which is Christ: priests, deacons and religious men and women. Could you be one? Speak to your local Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland or see our website or Facebook pages: PFS or VocationNetworkScotland.

Fourth Sunday of Advent — 20th December 2020
“I am the handmaid of the Lord…. Let it be done to me as you have said.” It takes courage and grace to give a “Yes” to God’s call like Mary. Are you ready to say yes? Why not talk to your Diocesan Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland or visit our website or Facebook pages: PFS or VocationNetworkScotland.

Christmas Day – 25th December 2020
“I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people.”  If you think you may be called to announce the Good News of Christ’s presence 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.

Feast of the Holy Family – 27th December 2020
“Prompted by the Spirit, Simeon came to the Temple.”  What is the Spirit prompting you to do with your life? Are you listening? Could it be, like Simeon, to point out Christ to others? Speak to your local Vocations Director, or get in touch with Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk . See our website or Facebook pages: PFS or Vocation Network Scotland.

Epiphany of the Lord – 3rd January 2021
Would you be able to take a different route from the one everyone else maps out for you if the Lord should call you to it? Give him your gifts in service! Speak to your Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk or visit our website or Facebook pages: PFS or Vocation Network Scotland.

Baptism of the Lord – 10th January 2021
“I have called you to serve the cause of right” What is your call? How will you serve the Lord and his people? Speak to your Vocations Director about priesthood or consecrated life, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk or visit our website or Facebook pages: PFS or Vocation Network Scotland.


Sundays in Ordinary Time

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17th January 2021
Jesus invites Andrew and his friend to “Come and see.” Samuel says “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” Could you take up the invitation? Are you ready to hear him call to you? Talk to your local Vocations Director or contact Priests for Scotland. Visit our website or Facebook pages for more: PFS or Vocation Network Scotland.

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 24th January 2021
Jonah is told “Up! Go to Nineveh and preach to them as I told you.” Jonah is reluctant at first but finally does as he is asked. What is holding you back from acting on God’s call to you? Now is the time! Speak to your local Vocations Director or contact Priests for Scotland. Visit our website or Facebook pages for more: PFS or Vocation Network Scotland.

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 31st January 2021
“His teaching made a deep impression on them because he taught them with authority.” Could you share in Jesus’ teching authority as a priest, deacon or in consecrated life? Why not speak to your local Vocations Director or contact Priests for Scotland. Visit our website or Facebook pages for more: PFS or Vocation Network Scotland.

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 7th February 2021
“Let us go elsewhere… so that I can preach there too; for that is why I came.” Jesus’ mission continues in the Church and in the world in the lives of priests and religious. Do you have a desire to share the Good News with others too? Call your Vocations Director or contact Priests for Scotland. Visit our website or Facebook pages for more: PFS or Vocation Network Scotland.

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 14th February 2021
Jesus heals a leper because of his compassion and his desire to heal him. Could your compassion for people and desire to share Christ’s healing love with them lead you to give yourself to them as a priest, deacon or in a religious community? Speak to your local Vocations Director or contact Priests for Scotland. Visit our website or Facebook pages for more: PFS or Vocation Network Scotland.


Sundays in Lent

First Sunday of Lent – 21st February 2021
“The time has come: the kingdom of God is close.” Is it time to start taking that niggling sense of a call seriously? Pray for light and courage in discernment this Lent. Call your Diocesan Vocations Director, contact Priests for Scotland, or visit our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland).

Second Sunday of Lent – 28th February 2021
“This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.” Are you listening to him? Is he calling you to serve his people in priesthood or consecrated life? Speak to your local Vocations Director, contact Priests for Scotland or visit our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland).

Third Sunday of Lent – 7th March 2021
“We are preaching a crucified Christ.” Why not consider the call to preach the Gospel of the crucified and risen Christ as a Diocesan priest or permanent deacon? Speak to your local Vocations Director, contact Priests for Scotland or visit our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland).

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 14th March 2021
“We are God’s work of art.” God has crafted each of us for some unique purpose. Could yours be found in priesthood, diaconate or religious vows? Speak to your Diocesan Vocations Director, contact Priests for Scotland or visit our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland).

Fifth Sunday of Lent – 21st March 2021
Some people approach Philip to ask if they can meet Jesus. Perhaps you could be the one who introduces others to him today, especially in his word and through the sacraments. Speak to your Diocesan Vocations Director, contact Priests for Scotland or visit our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland).

Palm Sunday – 28th March 2021
“The Lord has given me a disciple’s tongue.” Jesus gave everything out of love for us. Are you being called to reflect the Master’s sacrifice by offering yourself as a priest, a deacon or religious? Speak to your Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk, or see our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland) for advice.


Sundays of the Easter Season

Easter Sunday – 4th April 2021
“Do not be afraid! Go and tell my brothers…!” Perhaps these words are being spoken to you today as you celebrate the resurrection. Share your faith! Do not be afraid! The world needs you! Visit our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland) for more information.

Second Sunday of Easter – 11th April 2021
Could you be called to be like the apostles, who testified to the resurrrection of Jesus with great power, building up the communmity of faith as a diocesan priest, a deacon or religious? Speak to your Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk, or see our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland).

Third Sunday of Easter – 18th April 2021
Just as Jesus opened the minds and hearts of the discciples to understand the Scriptures, you could be called to help others discover Christ in his word. This is the vocation of the priest, deacon and religious. Speak to your Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk, or see our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland).

Fourth Sunday of Easter – 25th April 2021
Today is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pray for those discerning a call to priesthood or religious life. Is that you? Speak to your Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk, or see our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland) for more information.

Fifth Sunday of Easter – 2nd May 2021
“Saul went round preaching fearlessly in the name of the Lord.” Could you have the zeal of Saul for sharing the power of the Gospel and the love of Christ? Speak to your Vocations Director, contact Priests for Scotland or visit our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland) for more information.

Sixth Sunday of Easter – 9th May 2021
“You did not choose me: no, I chose you, and I commissioned you to go out and bear fruit.” Has Jesus perhaps chosen you to share in his mission as a priest, deacon or in consecrated life? Speak to your Vocations Director, contact Priests for Scotland or visit our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland) for more information.

Ascension of the Lord – Thursday 13th May 2021
Could the Lord be asking you to fulfil the command to “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News” as a diocesan priest, a deacon or in religious life? Have no fear: the Lord will work with you! Contact your Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk, or see our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland) for more.

Seventh Sunday of Easter – 16th May 2021
“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” Are you being sent by Jesus to bring his presence to the world as a priest, deacon or in consecrated life? Speak to your Vocations Director, contact Priests for Scotland or visit our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland) for more information.

Pentecost Sunday – 23rd May 2021
“There is a variety of gifts but always the same Spirit; there are all sorts of service, but always for the same Lord.” What kind of service do your gifts suggest? Perhaps you could offer them as a priest, deacon or in religious life… Speak to your Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk, or see our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland) for more information.