The World Day of Prayer for Vocations, also known as Vocations Sunday or Good Shepherd Sunday, will be observed on Sunday 8 May 2022.
The purpose of this day is to pray for vocations to priesthood and religious life and to reflect on these vocations of witness, love and service. The faithful are invited to “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2); that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, and religious life.
Pope’s Message for Vocations Sunday
He said, “As Christians, we do not only receive a vocation individually; we are also called together. We are like the tiles of a mosaic. Each is lovely in itself, but only when they are put together do they form a picture. Each of us shines like a star in the heart of God and in the firmament of the universe.”
At the same time, he said, we are called to form constellations that can guide and light up the path of humanity, beginning with the places in which we live. The mystery of the Church, the Pope said, is “a celebration of differences,” a “sign and instrument of all that humanity is called to be.”
Each, he insisted, is invaluable for their individual contribution.
The Pope said that when we speak of “vocation,” then, it is not just about choosing this or that way of life, or devoting one’s life to a certain ministry, or being attracted by the charism of a religious family, movement, or ecclesial community. Instead, “It is about making God’s dream come true, the great vision of fraternity that Jesus cherished when He prayed to the Father ‘that they may all be one’.”
You can read the message in full here
Resource pack from www.vocations.ie
Click here to download resources prepared by the National Vocations Office of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
Prayers of the Faithful
For young men and women; That God may give them the gift of understanding to discern their service in the Church, the priesthood, diaconate, or consecrated life; And for the gift of courage to follow His call. We pray to the Lord. . . .
For young people; That they may know the personal love of the Lord for them, and respond with open and generous hearts. We pray to the Lord. . . .
Social Media Posts on Vocation
These posts have been made available from the National Vocations Office for use to promote vocations to the priesthood.