Bulletin and Website Notices for Parishes

First Sunday of Advent 2019 to Pentecost 2020

On this page you can find brief reflections drawn from the readings for Mass from the relevant Sunday or feast day, prompting thought and prayer about vocation to priesthood or religious 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. 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 from 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 or some of the contact information.

If you are using Twitter or Facebook, you might consider using the hashtag #ThinkVocations2020. Why not get it "trending" this year!

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

Sundays in Advent and the Christmas Season

First Sunday of Advent -- 1st December 2019
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the Temple of the God of Jacob.” Do you think God might be inviting you to lead his people closer to him, in active faith and joyful worship, as a priest, a deacon or in religious 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.

Second Sunday of Advent  -- 8th December 2019
"A voice cries in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make his paths straight." Could God be calling you to be his messenger today, to help people prepare to encounter the Lord in their lives? If you feel you may be called to the priesthood or religious life, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk or visit our website or Facebook pages: PFS or Vocation Network Scotland.

Third Sunday of Advent - 15th December 2019
"Say to all faint hearts: 'Courage! Do not be afraid!' Do you need to hear this word today to overcome your fear or hesitation so you can answer the call to priesthood or religious life you feel deep within? Speak to your Diocesan Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk or visit our website or Facebook pages: PFS or Vocation Network Scotland.

Fourth Sunday of Advent -- 22nd December 2019
“Through Christ we received grace and our apostolic mission to preach the obedience of faith.” (Second Reading) Many still receive the grace to preach the faith today, to share that "apostolic mission". Could it be you? Speak to your local Vocations Director or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk. Check out our website or Facebook pages: PFS or VocationNetworkScotland.

Christmas Day - 25th December 2019
“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 religious life, call your Diocesan Vocations Director, or email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk or visit our website or Facebook pages: PFS or Vocation Network Scotland.

Feast of the Holy Family - 29th December 2019
“Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.”  Deep down, Christ's message may include a call to serve him in priesthood or religious life. Does that message find a home in you? 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.

Epiphany of the Lord - 5th January 2020
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 - 12th January 2020
"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 religious 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 - 19th January 2020
Like Isaiah in today's reading, God "formed you in the womb to be his servant." How will you serve Him? Perhaps in priesthood or religious life? 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.

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - 26th January 2020
Today has been named "Word of God Sunday". Love the Scriptures! Share the message! Preach the Gospel! Why not serve God's people and his word as a priest or consecrated person? 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.

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord - 2nd February 2020
Today is the World Day of Consecrated Life. Pray for our religious sisters and brothers and pray that many will join them in their dedicated service of the Church. Could that mean you? 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.

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 9th February 2020
"You are the salt of the earth... You are the light of the world." Could you help to season the world and bring it light as a priest, a deacon or in religious life? 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.

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 16th February 2020
"Whoever keeps these commandments and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven." Priests, deacons and religious are privileged teachers of the Lord's word, and are called to be an example to others too. Could you take up that challenge? 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.

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 23rd February 2020
"Be holy, for I, the Lord, am holy." Could you be called to a life of particular holiness for others, as a priest or religious? 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.

Sundays of Lent

First Sunday of Lent - 1st March 2020
“Man does not live on bread alone.” Do you feel called to share the bread of God's word and sacraments with others as a priest? Pray for light and courage in discernment this Lent. 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 Lent - 8th March 2020
Could you, like Abraham, be called to “leave your family and your father's house” to follow the Lord wherever he wants you to be? Will you let him lead you in trust? Speak to your Diocesan Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk, or see our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland) for advice.

Third Sunday of Lent - 15th March 2020
Make your own the words of today's Psalm: “O that today you would listen to his voice, harden not your heart.” Could that voice be calling you priesthood or religious 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) for more information.

Feast of St Joseph - 19th March 2020
In many countries, today is marked as the "Day for Seminaries". Pray for our seminarians and for those discerning a call to priesthood. It is also Father's Day in some places: pray today for fathers and all those called to family life and parenthood .

Fourth Sunday of Lent - 22nd March 2020
“God does not see as man sees.” Do you tell yourself you're not holy enough or don't know enough to be a priest? Maybe God sees things differently! Talk to your Diocesan Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk, or see our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland) for more information.

Feast of the Annunciation - 5th March 2020
“Let it be done to me according to your word.” Can you respond to God's call to you with love and generosity like Mary? It's hard, but God always helps us! 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.

Fifth Sunday of Lent - 29th March 2020
“Lazarus, here! Come out!” The Lord's voice can rarely be ignored. Do you hear him calling you to come out into the light and take a step towards priesthood or religious life? Call 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.

Palm Sunday - 5th April 2020
“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 - 12th April 2020
“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 - 19th April 2020
Could you be called to help our parishes be “faithful to the apostles' teaching, the fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayers,” like those early Christians 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 - 26th April 2020
Could you be one who helps others “recognise Jesus at the breaking of bread,” the Mass, by explaining Scripture and offering the sacrifice as His priest? 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 - 3rd May 2020
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 - 10th May 2020
We hear the story of the first deacons in today's reading. Could you offer yourself for service of this kind today? How do you share in the work of the Church? 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.

Sixth Sunday of Easter - 17th May 2020
Philip the deacon and the apostles Peter and John, bring the Word and the Holy Spirit to the Samaritans in the reading today. Could you share in this powerful ministry? Speak to your Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk, or see our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland).

Ascension of the Lord - Thursday 21st May 2020
Could the Lord be asking you to fulfil the command to "Go, make disciples" as a diocesan priest, a deacon or in religious life? Have no fear: He is with us always! Contact your Vocations Director, email Priests for Scotland at office@pfs.org.uk, or see our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland).

Seventh Sunday of Easter - 24th May 2020
The apostles joined in prayer with Mary after Jesus's Ascension. Pray today for the gift of the Holy Spirit to help you discern your vocation in life - or to guide someone who is considering a vocation. See our website or Facebook pages (PFS or VocationNetworkScotland).

Pentecost Sunday - 31st May 2020
"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.