4th Easter Sunday - The Good Shepherd Sunday

Kia ora koutou

Good Shepherd Sunday (3rd May 2020) is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations to the Priesthood.  

In speaking of the Gospel passage that recounts the remarkable experience of Jesus and Peter during a stormy night on the Sea of Galilee (cf. Mt 14:22-33) Pope Francis says, "Every vocation is born of that gaze of love with which the Lord came to meet us, perhaps even at a time when our boat was being battered by the storm. We will succeed in discovering and embracing our vocation once we open our hearts in gratitude and perceive the passage of God in our lives."

Good Shepherd Sunday is a special day of prayer for vocations to the priesthood. Please pray for our seminarians Alfred, Matthew, Kinh and Emilio, for Gerson who is preparing to enter the seminary and for all those discerning the call to priesthood.

Could someone you know become tomorrow’s priest?

  • Pray for this person.
  • Invite him to consider priesthood.
  • Affirm his gifts and qualities.
  • Encourage him to be open to the possibility of priesthood.

Contact Fr David Dowling, Vocations Director: frdavidd@gmail.com or 021 174 4248.
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1  Prayer for Vocations - LORD of the Harvest:
BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call. Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things.
INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving-for vocations blossom in the good soil of faithful people.
INSTILL those in religious life, parish ministries, and families with the confidence and grace to invite others to embrace the bold and noble path of a life consecrated to you.
UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacrament, so that we may cooperate with you in building your reign of mercy and truth, of justice and peace.  Amen. Pope Francis

2  A Reflection on Priesthood: Fr James Lyons recently wrote a wonderful reflection on his priesthood journey.  Document attached.

3  Pope Francis' Message for Vocation Sunday 2020 is also attached.  You may wish to email this message to parishioners and put it on your website for Good Shepherd Sunday.

4  Please pray for our Seminarians - a poster introducing our current seminarians to people in parishes.  (Hard copies of this poster and the Prayer for Vocations cards will be delivered to parishes once churches reopen.  However, you may like to send them out to parishioners or put them on your website in the meantime.)

We appreciate all that you are doing to help promote vocations to the priesthood in the Archdiocese.

Fr David Dowling
Archdiocesan Vocations Committee