April 22, 2018

April 17, 2018

My dear parishioners,

 

This Sunday the Church celebrates the ‘World Day of Prayer for Vocations.’ 2018 marks the 55th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly fulfill the Lord Jesus’ instruction “to pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest.” (Mathew 9:38, Luke 10:2.)

 

The Church appreciates and values all vocations. So the sacrament of marriage is very important in the life of the church. But today the Church asks all of her members to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. While appreciating all vocations, the church concentrates its attention  on this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious  Life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutions in their diversity of service and membership, and to missionary life.

 

Pope Francis reminds us that ’becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our decision… rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.

 

Not only this Sunday but every day we are called to pray that many more people respond to God’s call that God’s church might be better served.

 

Have a good week…

Monsignor Montecalvo

 

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